Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Trailer Reveals R-Rated Animated DC Movie

DC has released the trailer for Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, the upcoming animated film pitting many DC characters against the forces of Darkseid. The previous Justice League Dark film released in 2017 and received positive reviews. It is part of the larger DC Animated Universe that began in 2013’s Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and continues to this day.

DC has been releasing original animated films since 2007, with Superman: Doomsday. Originally, most of the movies were in their own separate continuities. These typically adapted a comic book storyline, such as All-Star Superman and Batman: Under the Red Hood. DC established an animated universe at the end of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and fully began telling stories in it with Justice League: War. Many movies since then have taken place in the continuity, with a number of exceptions, such as Batman: The Killing Joke and more recently, Superman: Red Son. At the end of Reign of the Supermen, a battle against Darkseid was teased, along with Lex Luthor helping the League. It looks like this grand battle is about to commence.

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DC has premiered the Justice League Dark: Apokolips War trailer (via IGN), promising the “largest Super Hero cast in the history of DC Universe Movies.” The company isn’t kidding; the trailer features the Justice League Dark team, the core League, the Bat-family members, and more. Check out the trailer below:

There is plenty to absorb from this trailer. Although the film has the Justice League Dark title, the story features many different characters from the DC Universe. Interestingly, it looks like Darkseid has created an army of Doomsday Parademons. The heroes certainly have their work cut out for them. The description highlights Constantine, Superman, and Raven as the triumvirate determined to assemble the forces necessary to lead humanity’s final attack.” Fans of the films are probably not going to want to miss this.

Past Apokolips War, the only confirmed DC animated movie is Superman: Man of Tomorrow. It remains to be seen what the future holds. Apokolips War appears to be billed as the grandest film yet, gathering characters from throughout the universe’s run. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the end, but it’s interesting to consider. In the comics, The New 52 eventually gave way to the Rebirth initiative, which was highly praised. Perhaps the animated universe will do something similar. Whether or not the universe continues telling stories past Apokolips War, reboots, or the films become standalone again, remains to be seen.

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Justice League DarkApokolips War will be released this spring.

Source: IGN

2020-03-02 05:03:19

Daniel Alvarez

The Oscars: 10 Highest Rated Best Picture Winners, According To Rotten Tomatoes

The Academy Awards are known as the most prestigious awards ceremony for the film industry. The Oscars started way back in 1929, and the 92nd show premiered this year in 2020. With 92 winners for Best Picture, there are a ton of different flicks that have stolen the hearts of the Academy.

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Of course, this grand prize isn’t based on critics review, and some might be surprised when the lowest-rated film of the nominees actually takes home the win. However, there are tons of winners that blew every critic out of the water. Out of 92 years celebrating film, here are the 10 highest-rated Best Picture winners, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

10 It Happened One Night (1934) – 98%

There will several movies that scored a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, but the audience score is another indicator to pick the top 10 Best Picture winners. With an audience score rating of 93%, this movie takes the #10 spot on the list.

This classic romantic comedy follows a spoiled heiress, who after running away from her family, finds help from a reporter, who wants her to be his next story. With 5 Oscar wins, this 1934 classic certainly deserves the recognition it received.

9 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – 98%

This biography adventure drama tells the story of T.E. Lawrence, an English officer who led Arab tribes during World War I, in an attempt to fight the Turks. This four-hour movie didn’t deter any viewers, and this film’s audience score is 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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This film won 7 Oscars at its Academy Awards ceremony, including Best Director for David Lean, although it did score three more nominations for acting and writing. This classic 60s flick proved itself as a genuine war story, and continues to be critically-acclaimed by film-lovers.

8 On the Waterfront (1954) – 98%

This crime drama thriller stars the iconic Marlon Brando and follows his character, an ex-prize fighter, who has become a struggling longshoreman caught in the web of a corrupt union boss. Battling with his moral compass, Brando’s character is invigorating, misunderstood, and heroic.

With an audience score of 95%, this film has every aspect of a perfect watch – drama, stellar acting, a riveting tale, and romance. This 1954 classic took home 8 Oscars, and even had another 4 nominations. This film definitely swept its year, and it was all well-deserved.

7 Casablanca (1943) – 98%

This classic also received an audience score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. This Michael Curtiz directed war drama stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. A cynical American finds themselves struggling to choose to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape Morocco.

With 3 Oscar wins at the Academy Awards, this war drama was honest and entertaining, and definitely become an instant classic. This 1943 film is almost 80 years old, and still holds incredible esteem in the film world as being one of the best flicks to ever win Best Picture. Of course, it proves that by making the top 10.

6 The Godfather (1972) – 98%

Marlon Brando was apart of yet another Best Picture winner. This iconic film has an audience score of 98% and continues to be a cinematic masterpiece in Hollywood. Directed and written by Francis Ford Coppola, this movie continues to be one of his best projects.

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An aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty must transfer his control to his son. All movie lovers know this infamous story, and this crime drama took home 3 Oscars at the awards ceremony. In fact, the second part of this franchise won Best Picture only two years later.

5 All About Eve (1950) – 99%

Only 5 movies in the past 92 years have scored 99% or 100%. This drama is one of them and stars Bette Davis, George Sanders, and Anne Baxter. A woman insinuates herself into the lives of an aging and successful stage actress and her theater friends.

This classic film is women-led and won 6 Oscars for its genuine and intriguing story. In 1950, this movie was a hit, and it certainly maintains its fame even today.

4 Parasite (2019) – 99%

This Korean drama is the most recent winner at the Academy Awards. Making history as the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture, director Bong Joon Ho proved himself capable of storming Hollywood.

This movie tells the story of an impoverished family who infiltrates a rich family by deceiving them into becoming their servants. However, life only gets complicated, and even violent, when their deception is threatened to be exposed. With 4 Oscar wins, this film made history, and deserved to do just that.

3 Rebecca (1940) – 100%

This mystery drama romance is all the way back from 1940. The first Oscar-winning movie directed by the infamous Alfred Hitchcock, this flick follows a self-conscious woman who is struggling to adjust to her life as an aristocrat’s wife. She also must avoid being intimidated by his first wife’s spectral presence.

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Starring Laurence Olivier and  Joan Fontaine, this movie took home 2 Oscar wins, but had 9 other nominations it was considered for. Of course, this classic film scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and is one of 3 films out of all 92 Best Picture winners to do so.

2 The Lost Weekend (1945) – 100%

The top three films of the Best Picture category are all classics from the 40s and 50s. This drama is directed by Billy Wilder and tells the story of a chronic alcoholic who struggles through a four-day drinking bout.

With 4 Oscar wins, this honest tale hit the big screen in 1945 and marked history by winning Best Picture and scoring 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

1 Marty (1955) – 100%

This romance drama dates back to 1955 and stars Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair. This film follows a middle-aged butcher and a school teacher, both of whom have given up on love until they meet each other at a dance.

Winning 4 Oscars at the Academy Awards, this romance drama has become an iconic flick for the genre and takes a spot on this list as one of the 3 Best Picture winners to score a whopping 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

NEXT: The Oscars: 10 Lowest-Rated Best Picture Nominees, According To Rotten Tomatoes

2020-02-18 01:02:40

Meah Peers

10 Movies You Forgot Were Rated R (But Wouldn’t Be Today)

It was thanks to Steven Spielberg and George Lucas that the rating of PG-13 was added to MPAA ratings in 1984. It was due to a little film called Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, starring Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw, that an uproar (over the films then PG rating) ensued due to the film’s violence (and the fact it wasn’t not rated R).

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But what’s more surprising is how many movies are still far more contemporary but also got the R rating for some strange reason. See a few of the best examples below!

10 The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club was released in 1985, just after the PG-13 rating made its debut and still, it was stamped with an R by the Motion Picture Association of America. Why? Well, as will become a common theme amongst the movies on this list, it was because of language.

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The use of the F word in the film is the main reason it was, at the time, rated for adults (despite its important teen content). The use of a join in the picture also didn’t help but, if The Breakfast Club were released today, it’s highly doubtful it would still be rated R (even at a time when directors seem to be hoping for R rated comedies).

9 Boyhood

The 2014 film by director Richard Linklater was literally shot over the lifetime of star Ellar Coltrane, and yet the MPAA did not see the film as appropriate for teenagers also coming of age.

Why? There’s some drinking and pot smoking is mentioned but, other than that, it’s kind of a mystery as to what the MPAA had against Boyhood, especially in 2014. Teens are hearing and seeing far worse things on their ride to school most mornings than anything that appears in the award-winning Linklater flick, but the rating won’t keep anyone from finding the movie streaming online.

8 Stand By Me

The 1986 movie, based on a Stephen King novella, was released after the PG-13 MPAA rating was already in effect, and yet, the Motion Picture Association of America decided the film still required an R rating.

What was held up as questionable behavior? Like The Breakfast Club, it’s mostly swearing, though there is mild violence and smoking (of cigarettes) in the film. There was a fight for a looser rating but, apparently back in the 80s, the MPAA was unwilling to budge and the R rating of Stand By Me remains strange and mysterious today.

7 The King’s Speech

No one is saying that the Academy Award Winning The Kings Speech would have appealed to a much younger demographic, but the fact that the historical drama is rated R is still surprising.

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Why is this tail about the father of current UK monarch Queen Elizabeth II too mature for younger viewers? Again, it’s because of the F word that the King himself repeats, memorably, in a single scene. In the world of the twenty-four-hour news cycle what did the MPAA really think it was protecting minor viewers from? Only history, it seems.

6 Billy Elliot

The 2000 film about a young English boy who wants to learn ballet dancing was rated R when it was released. That’s right, the ballet movie that was made into a Tony-winning Broadway musical was rated R. Why? We will give you one guess.

That’s right, because of language. Swearing was literally the only reason the movie was rated R, and still is. Words apparently have a great deal of power, especially to the MPAA. The Dark Knight only earned a PG-13 rating but heaven forbid youngsters watch anyone dance.

5 Air Force One

The best American President ever depicted on screen (that’s Harrison Ford’s James Marshall) was cut off from the wider viewing audience of the American public by an R rated upon release. Why? There’s violence in the film for sure, but certainly not as much as can be seen in any traditional superhero movie.

There is no nudity whatsoever. So why is this American hero in an R rated film? Because the F word is used one time. With the popularity of the movie on television, it may come as a surprise to some that it does have an R rating.

4 Bully

In 2011 a documentary was released addressing one of the largest issues affecting teen lives then (and today): bullying. The film, titled Bully was given an R rating because of its use of language.

Its use of real language that real kids and teens were already using. Still, the MPAA saw no reason that the material might be appropriate, as well as important, to an underage audience and slapped the film with an R rating, hindering its accessibility in theaters.

3 Once

Once was a 2007 Irish “musical” movie lauded by the likes of Steven Spielberg. Once tells the story of two struggling musicians in Dublin, Ireland. Like Billy Elliot before, it too was later made into a Tony award-winning musical.  

Again, the rating is exclusively due to language. That should come as no surprise at this point, though it may still be surprising that this “musical” and future Broadway darling did have the same rating as 2007’s No Country for Old Men and There Will be Blood.

2 The Good Son

In 1993 child megastar Macaulay Culkin went from prankster holiday darling to psycho in the film The Good Son (which also starred a very young Elijah Wood). Most of the film follows the two child actors as Culkin performs more and more violent stunts (though many are offscreen) and his cousin, Wood, has to try and convince the adults around them.

While probably not for the smallest audience members, it’s still a surprise that the Culkin film earned an R rating rather than PG-13. It’s still a mystery as to what exactly made the film so scary to the MPAA.

1 The Matrix

Maybe way back before the new millennium (meaning 1999) violence really did need an R rating in theaters. But, today’s audiences might be surprised that The Matrix received an R rating on its release.

Again, as films like The Dark Knight and Avengers: Endgame score PG-13 ratings and younger audiences the violence of The Matrix doesn’t stand out as much as it may have some two decades ago.

NEXT: 10 Movies That Defined ’90s Cinema

2020-02-03 01:02:37

Jessie Atkin

After Life: 6 Of The Lowest-Rated Episodes From Season 1 Ranked, According To IMDb

After Life is the dark comedy on Netflix starring Ricky Gervais as the show’s main character, Tony Johnson. The show picks up after Tony’s beloved wife Lisa loses her battle to cancer. To help Tony with her death, she left a series of videos teaching him how to move on without her. But even with the videos, Tony is a mess without Lisa and doesn’t see the point in living anymore. In his trail of despair, he manages to insult, degrade, and berate anyone who tries to lend him a helping hand. Sure, there comedic moments hiding within Tony’s insults, which makes this show a piece of art.

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The first season tested the waters with audiences and did well enough to be given a second season on Netflix coming out later this year. But until then, let’s take a look at how the episodes from season one ranked, according to IMDb.

6 Episode #1.1: 7.8

Surprisingly, the first episode of the series is the lowest-ranking episode. In the premiere episode, we meet his deceased wife Lisa who has made a series of videos for Tony. She tells Tony how lovely of a man he is and how much she adores him. She praises his character and how his funny personality makes everyone swarm to him. Sadly, that’s not the same Tony we meet in episode one. The Tony we meet is dirty, depressed, rude, and on the verge of killing himself.

We see him insult a stranger in the park, show no compassion for an elderly woman on the street, insulted his co-workers, and showed up late to work. He has no real passion or point of living without Lisa, and it’s devastating to see. Viewers can see people trying to uplift Tony but he won’t have any of it. But in the depths of Tony’s rude comments is a glimmer of hope, which leads fans to the next episode.

5 Episode #1.3: 8.1

Knowing that Julian the drug dealer stole money from him, Tony confronts him on the street when meets a woman named “Roxy” (whose real name is Daphne). She claims to be a sex worker and she would do anything for 50 quid, so what does Tony do?

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He pays her the money to come back to his house and clean his dishes. His house has been in tough shape since Lisa left. There are dirty dishes taking over the sink, empty wine bottles, and trash is thrown everywhere. It’s no place for a respectable adult who makes an income to be living. He’s better than this. And to be Frank, Lisa warned him not to let himself go and to not make a mess of their lovely home. Without Daphne’s generosity, Tony would be up to his nose in filth.

4 Episode#1.2: 8.1

Episode two was a real doozy. Tony is still deeply depressed by the loss of Lisa and tries to take his life at the beginning of the episode but he’s snapped out of the decision after his dog Brandy comes to save him. To make matters worse, Tony decides that he should take up drugs as a hobby after seeing the neighborhood drug dealer around town.

That night he smoked heroin and passed out but not before the drug dealer stole money out of his wallet and left. Overall, it was a hard few days for Tony.

3 Episode #1.4: 8.4

Who would have thought we’d see the day of Tony going on a blind date so early on in his grieving period!? Funny enough, he was set up by his brother-in-law, Matt, as an attempt to get Tony out of the house. His co-worker Sandy even helped him get ready for the date, which was a cute bonding moment between the two. But as one can imagine, the date didn’t go well.

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The woman had almost too much in common with Tony, which made Tony uncomfortable. She was also a widow who cussed and drank too much but it was offputting to Tony. The episode did have a touching moment in between all the chaos, though. Daphne (the “sex worker”) cleaned the inside of Tony’s house out of the goodness of her heart because he’s a good guy who treated her with the respect she deserved.

2 Episode #1.6: 8.6

Viewers can agree that the season finale was one of the best episodes of the series. It’s enlightening and uplifting. We finally see Tony realize that life is worth living and that diminishing the dreams of those around him brings more harm than good. Essentially, episode six is Tony’s apology tour and it’s brilliantly done.

However, this does leave us wondering what life will be like in the second season coming out this year. Will he be optimistically happy or will life throw him curveballs again? We see him having a crush on his dad’s nurse, so that will be an interesting dynamic to see played out.

1 Episode #1.5: 8.6

The fifth episode was rated generously with an 8.6 out of 10. Episode five was a real game-changer for both the series and for Tony. We see Tony at his all-time low when he successfully helps the neighborhood drug addict, Julian, kill himself at the end of episode four. And at the beginning of this episode, we see Julian dead in his garage. The worst part is when he’s confronted about it by his brother-in-law, he shows no remorse. He was simply helping someone end it all because they were in pain.

This is also the episode where he threatens a child with a hammer, so it’s obvious Tony has no remorse and hasn’t learned a thing about compassion until the end of the episode when he talks to Anne. Anne is the sweet widow he met in the cemetery, whose husband’s plot is nearby Lisa’s. Had it not been for Anne, Tony may have never found himself in the season’s finale.

NEXT: After Life: 10 Darkest Moments From Season 1

2020-01-22 01:01:56

Layne G.

Full Birds Of Prey Movie Trailer Rated, Likely Coming Soon

Warner Bros’ new Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) movie trailer is rated, indicating it will likely release soon. Though the last DC movie to hit theaters was Todd Phillips’ Joker, that film has no connection to Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey, which is set within the (unofficially titled) DC Extended Universe. Margot Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn from David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, though Harley’s broken up with her Joker (Jared Leto) and starts out on her own adventure. In Birds of Prey, Harley Quinn teams up with Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to protect the young Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco).

Though Harley Quinn originated in Suicide Squad, her next DCEU outing has little connection to Ayer’s movie. Instead, director Yan and screenwriter Christina Hodson focused on delivering a standalone movie featuring Robbie’s beloved character. Further, Harley Quinn will be joining up with new characters, and facing off against DC villains Black Mask (Ewan McGregor) and Victor Zsasz (Chris Messina). With Birds of Prey just over a month away from hitting theaters, Warner Bros. is ramping up its marketing push for the DC movie. Now, the full Birds of Prey movie trailer is rated and may arrive soon.

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According to Consumer Protection BC (via Trailer-Track), the full Birds of Prey movie trailer is officially rated. Clocking it at two minutes and 22 seconds, it’ll be longer than the previously released teasers. Trailer-Track notes that this Birds of Prey trailer will likely be a red-band video since the rating includes “two instances of coarse language.” Given the trailer is rated, it will likely drop in the next week or so, as is typically the case. See the classification below.

It would make sense for Warner Bros. to release a red-band trailer for Birds of Prey because it’s officially R-rated – the first DCEU movie to be rated R (since Joker isn’t set in the DCEU). However, we won’t know for sure whether the upcoming Birds of Prey trailer is red-band until it’s confirmed or it’s released. Certainly, fans excited to see what Robbie and the cast do with their R rating would appreciate a tease in the form of a red-band trailer, but Warner Bros. may want to release a trailer for everyone in order to promote the movie to as big of a potential audience as possible. As of now, the Birds of Prey opening weekend box office projections are solid for its R-rating, but Warner Bros. no doubts hopes it exceeds expectations to become wildly successful.

Since the first Birds of Prey trailer focused more on Harley Quinn, fans of the film’s other DC characters are likely hoping the full trailer reveals more about Black Canary, Huntress and Black Mask. As of yet, the movie hasn’t even shown Black Mask wearing the villain’s signature mask, though McGregor has been a high point for many in Birds of Prey’s marketing so far. Fans will just have to wait and see what the full Birds of Prey trailer has in store; now that it’s rated, though, it should be arriving soon.

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Source: Consumer Protection BC (via Trailer-Track)

2020-01-03 01:01:08

Molly Freeman

Rian Johnson Censored Chris Evans To Stop Knives Out Being Rated R

Writer-director Rian Johnson reveals he censored Chris Evans’ profanity-filled Knives Out scene to prevent the movie from being rated R. Johnson got his start in Hollywood by writing and directing well received thrillers like Brick and Looper, though he’s perhaps best known for tackling Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Johnson is also developing his own Star Wars trilogy. His next project is the whodunnit mystery thriller Knives Out, which boasts an A-list cast that includes Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon and Toni Collette. They’re joined by Daniel Craig, who’s investigating the death of Plummer’s Harlan Thrombey – and more than a few members of Harlan’s family are suspects.

For his part, Evans is coming off the massively successful Avengers: Endgame, which wrapped up his time as Steve Rogers aka Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As seen in the Knives Out movie trailers, Evans’ Ransom Drysdale in a far cry from the Star-Spangled Man, and has quite the mouth on him in one particular scene. In actuality, Ransom’s tirade is the watered down version of what Johnson originally envisioned for Evans’ character.

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Speaking on CinemaBlend‘s ReelBlend podcast, Johnson revealed the scene in which Ransom tells his family members to “eat sh-t” originally featured Evans’ character repeatedly saying, “F-ck you.” However, in order to prevent Knives Out from being R-rated, Johnson censored himself. The writer-director said:

When I wrote it, it was ‘F-ck you.’ He goes, ‘F-ck you, f-ck you, f-ck you, f-ck YOU…’ I decided right before we started shooting, I was like, ‘You know what? I really want this movie to be PG-13.’ Because I was thinking about growing up as a kid and watching those Peter Ustinov Poirot movies with my family and thinking that was the age when I got into this stuff. I thought, ‘You know what? Let’s make this change.’ I pulled a lot of F-bombs. There were a lot more F-bombs in this script!

Evans going on a profanity-filled rant with multiple F-bombs would’ve been especially ironic as a followup to his final appearance as Captain America considering one of Steve Rogers’ most beloved moments in the MCU was when he chastised Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) for swearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That comment – a simple “Language” – was even combined with the America’s ass joke in Avengers: Endgame for one of Marvel’s Captain America shirts at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, proving how well remembered it is. As such, MCU fans may be sad that they missed out on the chance to see Evans’ Knives Out character go in the complete opposite direction and drop multiple F-words in one scene.

That said, Johnson’s reasons for cutting out many of the F-bombs, not just in that particular Evans scene, makes sense. Knives Out being PG-13 opens the film up to a larger potential audience, one that includes younger moviegoers as Johnson indicates. Since the film hasn’t released yet, it’s unclear whether Johnson’s decision will ultimately help his latest to be a success, but early Knives Out reviews have certainly been very positive. Plus, Knives Out box office projections for its opening weekend are looking good so far. The combination of its ensemble cast, a long holiday weekend release (not to mention the early Knives Out preview screenings being held this weekend), Johnson ensuring it received a PG-13 rating and positive reviews could all contribute to the movie being a success.

As for the alternate, R-rated version of Evans’ Knives Out scene, it was likely never filmed. Since Johnson made the decision to cut out the F-bombs before filming began, Evans would’ve only performed the scene as it appears in the final film. Still, it’s no doubt a fun bit of trivia to know that Knives Out could’ve been rated R and included Evans dropping multiple F-bombs if Johnson had made a different decision.

Next: Knives Out Final Trailer Boasts Its 99% Rotten Tomatoes Score

Source: CinemaBlend

2019-11-18 01:11:39

Molly Freeman

The 10 Highest-Grossing G-Rated Films Of All Time (According To Box Office Mojo)

The biggest hits are not defined by a single MPAA rating. It doesn’t matter if a film has been assigned an R or a G; if a film is good, moviegoers are going to flock to see it. Because of this, we decided to focus on the latter of these two categories by seeing which G-rated films have outscored all the rest. To do this, we’ll be using stats from Box Office Mojo.

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Before we get started, it’s important to note that we’ll be stacking up the top-scoring films based on their domestic gross. This means the money a film brings in outside of North America won’t be taken into account. With that said, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the show. Here are the highest-grossing G-rated movies of all time.

10 Toy Story

The original 1995 Toy Story film brought in $222 million at the box office. After all, who wouldn’t want to check out the first-ever entirely computer-animated feature film?

Toy Story tells the tale of Andy’s favorite cowboy doll, Woody, whose place gets threatened after his owner’s parents buy him a shiny new Buzz Lightyear action figure. To make things more complicated, Buzz believes he’s an actual space ranger and sets out to return to the planet he came from. The heart, animation, music, voice acting, and more had this film earning a series of awards and a whole lot of love.


Far into the future, the Earth has become a trash-covered wasteland. Humans have evacuated the planet, but one little robot, who is supposed to clean it all up, remains: WALL-E. After running into a futuristic robot who has been sent back to earth, WALL-E ends up getting entangled into a grand adventure that has not only his destiny but that of all of humanity at risk.

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The imagination and life in this 2008 hit had it edging out Toy Story by just a little, with a $223 million domestic gross.

8 Cars

This 2006 comedy tells the story of a popular racecar who winds up stuck in the sleepy town of Radiator Springs. Though his mission is to get out of the desert and make it to a race in California, he ends up making a few friends and gaining a new perspective on life along the way.

The film took in $244 million at the domestic box office, with critics praising the feel-good story and gorgeous animation. There have been sequels and spin-offs, but let’s be honest, nothing could top the first.

7 Toy Story 2

Next in line is the rootin’-tootin’ 1999 sequel to Toy Story. This time, Woody gets stolen by a toy collector. While Buzz and the gang set out to rescue their favorite cowboy, he begins to reevaluate his place in the world after he meets a group of valuable toys based on the Woody’s Roundup TV series.

The follow-up comedy was given even more praise than the first. While it managed to keep the spirit of the first movie, it also upped the heart. This had it earning $245 million at the box office.

6 Monsters University

Pixar’s film about Monsters who use the screams of human kids to power their city received a prequel film in 2013. This time around, the focus shifted to Mike and Sully’s college years. Here, the pair competes against each other to become the top-scarer at their school. However, after their rivalry has them getting bumped out of the coveted Scare Program, they’re forced to work together to get back in.

The fun of it all had Monsters University working its way to $268 million at the domestic box office.

5 Monsters, Inc.

The only thing that could have done better than the Monsters. Inc prequel was the original. This 2001 computer-animated comedy told of Mike and Sully’s quest to collect screams during their employment at Monstroplosis. The problem comes after a cute human kid, Boo, wanders out of her room and into the Monster world. Their mission: to get her back.

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The clever and funny feel of the movie had it gaining all the praise from critics. Audiences goers also flocked to see it, with the film taking in $289 million at the box office.

4 Finding Nemo

This 2003 tale tells of an over-protective clownfish who journies across the ocean to chase down his son after he gets kidnapped by a group of divers. He makes this adventure alongside a quirky blue tang with short-term memory loss.

The film’s story was touching and adventurous. The animation quality was also impressive, with Pixar’s water-filled backdrop turning out more breathtaking than ever before. This had the film swimming its way to a $380 million box office score.

3 Toy Story 3

Andy’s toys once again took center stage in the second Toy Story sequel. However, rather than getting regularly played with, they’re busy collecting dust. With Andy about to head off to college, his mom donates the toys to Sunnyside Daycare. Though this new world is colorful and exciting, it turns out to have some dark secrets lying underneath.

Toy Story 3 took in $415 million at the domestic box office. The creative story, comedic adventure, and genuine feelings had many critics not only enjoying it but deeming it the best in the franchise.

2 The Lion King

Disney’s 1994 tale about a young lion who most take back his rightful place as king received praise for both its animation and emotion. It also scored itself $422 million at the domestic box office.

After the death of his father, Mufasa, Simba runs away from his homelands as a child. However, with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa, he decides to journey back and overcome his sinister uncle, Scar, as an adult. Though The Lion King‘s 2019 live-action remake received mixed reviews, the original stands strong after all these years.

1 Toy Story 4

Topping off the list is Pixar’s most recent movie: Toy Story 4.

The final installment in the Toy Story series has the gang embarking on a road trip with Bonnie’s family and her newest hand-created toy, Forky. However, after Woody stumbles into an old antique shop where he reunites with Bo Peep, he starts to question what his purpose is as a toy. The comedy received universal love, with everything,  especially the animation, coming a long way since the original. Toy Story 4 earned itself $433 million at the domestic box office and over $1 billion worldwide.

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2019-11-15 01:11:00

Brooke Bajgrowicz

Joker Broke The R-Rated Box Office Record (But Beat The Wrong Movie)

Deadpool 2 is currently the second highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time behind Joker, but does it deserve that high ranking? The Merc with a Mouth’s second big screen adventure was recently usurped in box office terms by Todd Phillips’ Joker. A low-budget DC movie with no connection to any wider franchise, Joker was already a risky proposition before fans discovered it was essentially a detailed and disturbing artistic character study in which Joaquin Phoenix explores the mental state of a character who may or may not be Batman’s future nemesis. Joker has virtually nothing in common with the superhero movie genre or the general blockbuster format, but has still enjoyed phenomenal box office success thanks to strong reviews, an award-winning festival run and positive word of mouth. As the cyanide-laced cherry on the cake, Joker recently became the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time at the worldwide box office.

The film Joker toppled at the top of that pile was another comic book adaptation, albeit one from the Marvel camp – Deadpool 2. Ryan Reynolds’ original 2016 Deadpool effort was hailed as a perfect balance of violence, action and comedy, proving to studios in no uncertain terms that mature superhero movies could still bring in tons of cash. The follow-up introduced Josh Brolin’s Cable and Zazie Beetz’s Domino, and although the sequel perhaps wasn’t received as rapturously as its predecessor, Deadpool 2 was still a very worthy continuation that greatly expanded the fictional world of Wade Wilson and his friends. It also gave the world Rob Delaney’s Peter.

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Deadpool 2 currently sits as runner-up some way behind Joker in the worldwide box office rankings, but it could be argued that the original Deadpool movie is more worthy of that spot, not because of any difference in quality between the two installments, but due to how Deadpool 2 was released. Six months after Deadpool 2‘s initial theatrical run began, a re-edited PG-13 cut called Once Upon A Deadpool hit cinema screens, removing some of the grislier material for a more kid-friendly audience and inserting a framing device in which the film’s story was being narrated to Fred Savage in a nod to The Princess Bride. It was only because of this festive re-release that Deadpool 2 overtook the original, approximately raking in an additional $50 million and narrowly attaining second place with $785,046,920 to Deadpool‘s $782,612,155.

As such, it’s somewhat unfair for Deadpool 2 to sit above Deadpool at the worldwide box office rankings, and that ordering doesn’t provide an accurate reflection of the respective financial success of the two films. If the original Deadpool had also been re-cut for younger eyes and ears in Once Upon A Deadpool style, then it would currently be the movie sitting directly behind Joker in the 2019 table, and perhaps even could’ve seen off the Clown Prince of Crime’s challenge.

Arguably adding to the sense of injustice is the fact that many fans consider Once Upon A Deadpool to be an unnecessary addition to the series. The censored edit was largely deemed too similar to the first cut to warrant its own separate release, and this was highlighted when the UK’s film certification board gave Once Upon A Deadpool the exact same classification as the full-fat version of Deadpool 2. For many, Deadpool without an R-rating also seems like an entirely pointless exercise; akin to a Batman film without intense nighttime brooding on top of tall buildings. This was a key point of contention in Ryan Reynolds’ attempts to get Deadpool made in the first place, and the only saving grace is that part of Once Upon A Deadpool‘s takings were donated to charity.

If Deadpool 2‘s PG-13 edit had felt a little less like Diet Deadpool, it might’ve earned its position underneath Arthur Fleck at the worldwide box office, but the cynicism behind the Christmas re-release means that the original Deadpool has been cheated out of its rightful place.

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2019-10-31 01:10:48

Craig Elvy

Joker’s Zazie Beetz Stars In Both Highest-Grossing R-Rated Movies

Actress Zazie Beetz has starred in the two highest-grossing R-rated movies ever – Deadpool 2 and now Joker. In 2o18, she appeared in Deadpool 2 as Domino, winning audiences over with her cool, collected demeanor and refusal to put up with Deadpool’s sass. Earlier this month, she starred as Arthur Fleck’s “love interest” in Joker, but her actual importance and involvement in the plot have been subjects of great debate.

In Deadpool 2, Beetz played a fairly large role, one that proved important both to the plot and to the future of that franchise. She will more than likely be back, too. In Joker, she was a tertiary character, living in the same apartment building as Arthur. Fans have speculated that either she or at her encounters with Arthur are simply a figments of the failed comedian’s twisted imagination, but her character remains an important role in Arthur’s life regardless. And thanks to the controversial film’s box office success, Beetz can now add a second R-rated movie to her top box office earnings.

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Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld shared a photo of Beetz in both roles to Instagram, proudly announcing that she has now appeared in the top two highest-grossing R-rated films of all time. Deadpool 2 grossed over $785 million worldwide and Joker just passed $800 million. The latter film doesn’t appear to be losing much traction (if any at all), which is great for director Todd Phillips, lead Joaquin Phoenix, and Warner Bros. Early predictions pointed to a strong theatrical run but no one expected Joker to near a billion-dollar bow. Check out Liefeld’s post below:

Few people had likely noticed that Beetz is the link between both of the highest-grossing R-Rated movies, and who better than Liefeld (along with Reynolds) to enlighten us. It’s a seemingly pointless, “so what” observation, but it also indicates Beetz’s status as an up-and-coming star in Hollywood. She’s talented, funny, and a delight to watch onscreen. Her is career is definitely on an upward trajectory. At this point, who wouldn’t hire her? Beetz has also appeared in Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone for CBS All-Access and can currently be seen in Lucy In The Sky.

Now, technically, Deadpool 2 only reached the top spot at the box office for R-rated films because of its Christmas-themed, PG-13 release. While Joker, on the other hand, has reached the milestone in just the opening weeks of its release. Still, Beetz remains the constant between the two successful films, possibly proving Liefeld’s theory that she is a key ingredient for success.

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Source: Rob Liefeld/Instragram



2019-10-27 07:10:40

Hayden Mears

Joker Is About To Break Worldwide Box Office Record for R-Rated Movies

Warner Bros’ Joker is on its way to being the biggest R-rated movie ever released. The iconic clown has been breaking box office records left and right. Yesterday, Warner Bros. stated the film was the 4th highest-grossing DC movie internationally.

Joker is a few weeks into its release, and discussion is not even close to fading. Many are currently debating if the film is indeed a dark masterpiece. Joker did receive an eight-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival, and some Oscar voters give it their praise. It’s not universally positive, however. Its Rotten Tomatoes score is 68 percent, losing its Certified Fresh status from a little while ago. Still, even some who criticized the film state Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the mentally ill Arthur Fleck is captivating. The mainstream attention certainly fueled interest in the film. Joker is currently tearing up the box office, and could set a record for R-rated movies.

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Joker could potentially be on its way to a worldwide gross of $900 million (via Deadline), becoming the most successful R-rated movie ever released. The film already surpassed IT, and will soon overtake The Matrix Reloaded for the 3rd spot. However, it then has to contend with Deadpool and Deadpool 2. Technically, Deadpool 2 is the highest-grossing R-rated movie, but only when counting its PG-13 cut, Once Upon a Deadpool. The latter made $47 million, putting Deadpool 2’s gross at $785 million. (Without Once Upon a Deadpool, Deadpool 2’s gross would be around $738 million.) The first Deadpool made $783 million. Joker has made $737.5 million. If Joker just makes about another $48 million, it will become the highest-grossing R-rated movie.

If Joker ends up with $900 million, that will be unprecedented for R-rated films. The highest-grossing movies of all time typically target large demographics, so few expect a film aimed squarely at adults to achieve such a number. Although fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for a gross of $1 billion, Joker achieving $900 million would not only make it the highest-grossing R-rated film, but also the 4th most successful DC Comics film.

Love or hate the film, one cannot the deny the impact it will likely have on the comic book movie genre going forward. Joker serves as a character study, using the iconic character to tell a tragic story about a mentally ill man pushed to the side by society. As Joker continues to make money, many are probably wondering if a sequel will be made, despite the standalone nature of the film. Phoenix did say not too long ago he’s open for returning to the role of Arthur Fleck. Time will tell, but for now, fans can enjoy Joker as a unique, standalone feature on one of pop culture’s greatest antagonists.

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Source: Deadline

2019-10-21 01:10:54

Daniel Alvarez