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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in Austin Powers Movies, Dies at 49

Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in Austin Powers Movies, Dies at 49

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Verne Troyer in 2009. Mr. Troyer, who was best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, died on Saturday. Kristian Dowling/Getty Images Verne J. Troyer, the actor and stunt performer best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movie franchise, died on Saturday. He was 49.His spokesman confirmed his death, the circumstances and location of which were not immediately available.A statement on Mr. Troyer’s Facebook page on Saturday said he had gone through a “recent time of adversity” and that “depression and suicide are very serious issues.”The statement said: “Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, b...
A Brief History of Movies So Unsettling They Caused People to Faint, Vomit, or Even Die

A Brief History of Movies So Unsettling They Caused People to Faint, Vomit, or Even Die

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Among the many differences between William Friedkin’s newest film and his most famous, one is considerably more visceral than the rest: “The Devil and Father Amorth” probably won’t make anybody faint and/or vomit. The Academy Award–winning director has revisited “The Exorcist” 45 years later with a documentary about an actual priest who performs actual exorcisms, making a kind of companion piece to his horror classic.“The Exorcist” was ahead of its time in many ways, not all of which were confined to the screen. Reports abounded — some confirmed, some not — of audience members having extreme physical reactions to the film. Nearly half a century later, that tradition continues in fits and starts — someone might even ...
The 17 worst sequels to great movies, ranked

The 17 worst sequels to great movies, ranked

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"Terminator Genisys."Paramount PicturesWhenever a critically acclaimed movie does well at the box office, Hollywood studios are eager to throw money into a follow-up picture or even a series of sequels.But some movie premises aren't meant to be extended.And many, many sequels aren't executed with the thought or care of their far-superior original films, especially in series that have stretched over many years — as one sees in the chasm of quality between "The Terminator" (1984) and "Terminator Genisys" (2015). We adapted this ranking from our list of the worst sequels of all time, selecting the films that had a vast discrepancy in Rotten Tomatoes critic scores between their terrible sequels and great originals. Here are 17 of the worst sequels to great movies, ranked by ...
Loving 'Rampage'? Here are the best movies based on video games to binge right now

Loving 'Rampage'? Here are the best movies based on video games to binge right now

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Ready to raid some tombs? (Photo: USA TODAY/Paramount Pictures)Video game movies may be Hollywood's Achilles heel. The film industry has been churning out adaptations of games like World of Warcraft and Assassin's Creed for years, but there's something about turning these popular games into two-hour narratives that almost always fails. The things that often make video games successful — generic characters, simple plots, lots of violence — often make movies dull and frustrating. And yet, filmmakers keep trying, most recently with a new Tomb Raider film and an adaptation of Rampage. But a few films stand out from the pack. We rounded up the five best video-game films available to rent or stream. And no, we d...
Comic Performers Play It Dark in Netflix Movies

Comic Performers Play It Dark in Netflix Movies

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Ed Harris, left, and Jason Sudeikis portray an estranged father and son in “Kodachrome.” Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix “Cargo,” a Netflix Original movie that will have its premiere on May 18, has an exemplary slow-burn opening. On a quiet river in the middle of a beautiful Australian landscape, Andy, played by Martin Freeman, steers a houseboat. In its kitchen area, his wife, Kay, feeds their infant daughter. Things look idyllic. The boat eases toward the shoreline; some balloons in trees hint of a celebration. Andy looks across the water at a patriarchal figure, who stares back, deadeyed. The man raises his shirt to show a revolver tucked into his jeans.Andy and his family, we learn, are running out of food. Something catastrophic is afoot. The...
The Stoner Canon

The Stoner Canon

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As pot has become increasingly widespread and legal, pot culture has seeped into the mainstream. So come trip with us through Stoner Week on Vulture as we explore bleary-eyed entertainment in its various guises, from the weirdest outpourings to the business behind it all.This list originally ran in 2015, but you know why we’re republishing it today. A lot has changed in a few short years, but this won’t steer you wrong.Pot has evolved from rebellious drug to mildly rebellious drug to widely legal aperitivo, but popular notions about what constitutes the best of stoner culture too often predictably rehash the Pink Floyds and Spicolisof the world.So let’s expand our minds. With a perspective that acknowledges both the classics as well as the recent outpouring of weed-cen...
140 Essential '80s Movies

140 Essential '80s Movies

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Welcome to our big list of the most Essential 1980s movies, showcasing 140 of the decade’s best and most iconic Fresh (and not-so-Fresh) movies. That’s right, we recommend some Rotten additions for your ’80s movie playlists, because this is one decade only fully experienced with the good, the bad, and the feathered neon.Any ’80s movie with a Tomatometer was considered for our Essentials guide, and after including the truly timeless material (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Raging Bull), we focused on works that represented the cinematic trends and social themes of the era. Some of those include the fantasy epic (NeverEnding Story, Princess Bride), teen movies (Breakfast Club, Weird Science), the new corporate overlord (Wall Street, Trading Places), women making strides ...
7 movies and TV shows that baffle, but we love them anyway

7 movies and TV shows that baffle, but we love them anyway

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We all love a story we can relate to, but sometimes it’s the enigmatic or unexplainable that gives us something to chew on — or grouse about — long after the credits.Watching “Lost” made me feel just that. It began with a plane crash, a tropical island, a smoke monster and a polar bear. And it got stranger from there. The show would often pose a question – for example, why is there a polar bear on a tropical island? – and answer it with five more questions. The result was a series that averaged four plot twists an episode.“The Tree of Life” is one of my favorite movies about faith, nature, grace — and dinosaurs. It’s a beautiful film, but director Terrence Malick’s famously unconventional approach to story means tha...
Netflix has rejected showing its movies at some willing theaters, and Hollywood insiders don't understand why

Netflix has rejected showing its movies at some willing theaters, and Hollywood insiders don't understand why

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Would "Mudbound" found more award season success if Netflix ran at theaters it owned?NetflixNetflix briefly considered acquiring Landmark Theatres, according to the Los Angeles Times.The move would have allowed the streaming giant to get their prestige titles better award seasons consideration.However, numerous sources told Business Insider that Netflix has the opportunity to screen its movies at more theaters but has declined some offers.It seems that, for at least a fleeting moment, Netflix was interested in buying movie theaters that would play its movies on the big screen.According to the Los Angeles Times, the streaming giant “explored” the idea of acquiring Landmark Theatres, the 53-theater chain with locations in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, and San Francisco (among...