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    Michael Douglas was all set to be a part of his first big comic book movie with Ant-Man. Sure, he’s still a part of the production. But he is clearly upset over the Edgar Wright exit from the project.

    Michael Douglas Picture 1

    “He’s a wonderful talent. It was very disappointing, yeah. It was a big disappointment and more so for him because he had a lot of years invested and he was really the one initially who got them to even consider it, you know, the screenplay that he wrote,” Douglas said in a round table while talking about his movie And So It Goes.

    “I’m not the producer on it and I’m an actor for hire, and Marvel certainly has a pretty amazing track record, rightly or wrongly. So I think it just was that kind of combination where although they like the idea of the individual and somebody with Edgar’s individual spirit and everything, maybe it just collided with an operation. I think they’re all on relatively decent terms.”

    And then he gave us some great news: looks like Ant-Man will be joining Mark Ruffalo and Avengers: Age of Ultron at Comic-Con for Marvel. 

    “Yeah! I’m going to Comic-Con,” Douglas proudly stated. He’s even bringing his son!

    “I promised I’m taking him out of camp. But we gotta be back here. I’ve gotta give a cancer speech on Sunday morning. Marvel’s on Saturday night. So we’re gonna fly all night back and drop him at camp like at 5:30, 6 in the morning in the Adirondacks, and come down and talk to 2,000 head and neck surgeons.”

    But, then the next month, he’ll be busy with Ant-Man. “August, yeah. Yeah, I’m gonna go do Ant-Man in August in Atlanta.”

    Introducing Ant-Man
    Meet Ant-Man... Everyone, Ant-Man. Ant-Man, everyone!

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    Bad Robot, J.J. Abrams’ production company, took to its Twitter account and posted the below photo of an IMAX camera panning the Abu Dhabi desert, which of course we know will double as Tatooine in Star Wars: Episode VII! The only comment posted was... @bestformatever, of course referring to IMAX.

    It’s our first glance at Tatooine, which fans know is the home of Luke Skywalker (and also his father Anakin). For George Lucas, it was Morocco that doubled as the home planet, but Abrams found the Abu Dhabi filming locations more suitable. And with the shoot utilizing IMAX cameras, we have a feeling it will look spectacular.

    Filming is underway for Star Wars: Episode VII as the production now heads to London. And yes, there will be a two week break soon while Harrison Ford recovers from a broken leg.

    This picture comes just days after the announcement of two new actors joining the series, Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson.

    Look for Star Wars: Episode VII in theaters December 18, 2015. And is it us, or is this the most anticipated movie in, like, thirty years?!

    J.J. Abrams Films Tatooine!
    Tatooine (or as we Earthlings like to call it, Abu Dhabi) being filmed in IMAX for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII.

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    Ethan Hawke has had some incredible experiences with writer-director Richard Linklater over the years, most recently with the Oscar-nominated Before Midnight. But none of that could compare with the incredible cinematic journey he took with Linklater making Boyhood. “It’s just so fun to tell a real story about a real family,” Hawke told Movie Fanatic.

    Boyhood Stars Ellar Coltrane Ethan Hawke

    As teased in the Boyhoodtrailer, the film is a story about a boy, played by Ellar Coltrane, and his life from eight to 18. And he’s played by Coltrane through the whole journey which means, yes, Linklater and his cast filmed this movie over an astonishing 12 years.

    “I mean, so much of the problem with most movies is they create a false narrative. It has a beginning, middle and end that all takes place over six months. But our lives never feel like that.”

    Hawke says that the beauty of life is that there is so much more to it than what can be captured in that type of narrative. And Boyhood allowed Linklater and his cast to explore the nuances of life that other film projects would miss. “We have moments of grace or moments when we feel something deeply but it is because of 90 million other things that happen before it, not just that moment,” Hawke said.

    “I found it’s so enjoyable to tell a story without any lies in it like that. Time is so much a part of what makes you close to people. So we got to do that with each other, and we got to do that with the audience. The audience starts to believe these characters because they are watching them experience time with each other.”

    The thing about Boyhood too is that at any point in the 12-year process, the film could have been derailed. Yet, the opposite happened. “It gained momentum the more we were in it,” Hawke admitted.

    “Knowing Rick, I didn’t have any fear we wouldn’t finish it. It could become more problematic. Jonathan Sehring at IFC really believed in this project and was there supporting. He could have gotten fired! That happens to these executives.”

    We all know that actors can be vein, but what was it like for Hawke to see himself literally age over 12 years while watching the finished product of Boyhood? “When the movie started I had this feeling of like, man, I still look good,” Hawke said and laughed. “And then I’m like oohhh (makes downward spiral sound).”

    For this movie star, age is about experience and living life and it's nothing to shy away from.

    “It’s fun. Everybody acts like (age) is just some kind of evil thing. Everybody keeps talking about it as if it’s not happening all the time to everyone. We had freaked out about it, but it’s just the reality and it always is," Hawke said.

    "The second you buy a car it’s a used car. That’s the way we are, man. This machine is in action. I tried to be really proud of it. I don’t know why we support this idea that the best time of your life is when your skin is great because it is one time of your life!”

    Overall, Hawke knows that a production like this is once in a lifetime. “We got so lucky,” he said. And a large portion of that had to do with the casting of Ellar and Linklater’s daughter to play his sister Lorelei. “We could have never predicted that they would contribute on the level that they both did.”

    Don't miss Linklater's early work and watch Dazed and Confused online.

    A Boyhood Family
    Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane and director Richard Linklater's daughter Lorelei star in Boyhood.

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    The first trailer for the Ridley Scott directed biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings has landed and between its haunting music and story of Moses that we all think we know, this thing could serious rock when it lands in theaters December 12.

    Christian Bale is Moses, a man who was adopted into upper society of Egypt and became great friends and almost brothers with Ramses (Joel Edgerton).

    Upon learning his true fate (he's Jewish) and seeing how the Egyptians have made Jews slaves, Moses has a change of heart and with God on his side, launches a series of plagues on Egypt that paralyze the nation and brings them to their knees. 

    We've seen The Ten Commandments and knowing the budget, technology and acting talent (Aaron Paul and Sigourney Weaver also star), we're wondering if Exodus: Gods and Kings could replace it as the Moses story. Now, is that sacrilege?  

    Check out Scott's most recent work and watch Prometheus online.

    Christian Bale Poster
    The Christian Bale as Moses poster for Exodus: Gods and Kings.

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    Disney has hired writer Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Age of Extinction) to write a screenplay for a planned live action remake of Dumbo.

    Dumbo Photo

    After the success of Maleficent and its bringing the Sleeping Beauty villain story to life, the Mouse House is busy looking at bringing other beloved characters to the big screen and make them live and breathe.

    We recently reported that Bill Condon had been hired to direct a live action Beauty and the Beast, and the news of the Dumbo live action flick is hardly a surprise in terms of a Disney movie getting the real life treatment.

    But, in many ways, we are a little shocked at the choice. Of all the Disney films to bring to live action (check out our suggestions in the slideshow below), Dumbo seems like quite a challenge.

    I mean, it’s a flying elephant! Sure CG has come a long way, but this will be one enormous challenge to capture that aspect along with the emotional power that the original had when it arrived in 1941.

    Stay tuned for more and enjoy our suggestions for which other Disney movies need the live action treatment!

    Mulan
    With its sweeping and epic scope and inspirational story for little girls (and boys) everywhere, Mulan is custom fit for a live action leap.

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    Yesterday we reported on the arrival of a new short Harry Potter story penned by J.K. Rowling that updates the world on what Harry and his friends are up to since the close of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

    Daniel Radcliffe What If

    The man himself, Daniel Radcliffe, was at the Television Critics Association's semi-annual event talking about his work on A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories yesterday and there was no way the press would let the man who was the Boy Who Lived go, without asking him about the Rowling short tale.

    The question came up whether Radcliffe would ever consider reprising his role. Given the framework that Rowling has given us in the short story, we can see a future for Potter. Can Radcliffe?

    “I don’t know. My inclination is to say no,” Radcliffe said.

    “It’s not even a hypothetical, at the moment, really. What she’s written, I haven’t read it yet. I am going to read it. But it is, as I understand, a very, very short piece that I’m not sure is, of itself, worthy of an adaptation to film. I don’t know. He’s at least 12 years older than I am now, so I don’t think I’ll have to worry about that for a long time, I’m hoping.”

    Check out how it all began and watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone online and it's easy to see why we're all so gaga about Harry.


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    You already know how we feel about the Bad Grandpa DVD, and you can imagine our thrill for even more laughs with the release of the all new Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5

    To celebrate the arrival of the film that contains even more jokes, hilarious pranks and jaw-dropping moments from star Johnny Knoxville, we're giving away four copies of the Bad Grandpa .5 Blu-Ray and mini-poster, all signed by Mr. Knoxville himself! 

    Bad Grandpa .5 Blu-Ray Prize Pack

    Bad Grandpa .5 contains over 40 additional minutes of outtakes, interviews and pranks that have never before been seen. Want a taste of what you're in for? Check out the Bad Grandpa trailer and the mad brilliance of Knoxville comes through.

    He dons an old man costume and full makeup and heads out on the road to prank the most unsuspecting of souls... all for the laughs of the audience. And believe us, there are dozens and dozens of hysterical moments!

    Use the widget below to enter on Facebook or Twitter. There are three unique ways to enter, and by entering all three ways you can increase your chance at winning! 

    And if you don't win, we can't recommend enough that you watch Bad Grandpa online!

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    Hot off that President Snow address to Panem that served as a teaser for Mockingjay, we've got his second address to the nation! 

    Donald Sutherland's President Snow is delivering his "Unity" address with Josh Hutcherson's Peeta right by his side! 

    Then, it gets interrupted by Jeffrey Wright's BeeTee, who lets the world know what everybody wants to hear: "Mockingjay Lives!"

    It's a stunning short video released from Lionsgate as it readies the world for the arrival of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 in November.

    We've come a long way from the way things were at the beginning of The Hunger Games!

    Enjoy the above video and to get further ready for the big first part of the two-part conclusion, watch The Hunger Games online and watch Catching Fire online.  

    Julianne Moore is President Coin
    President Coin is ready for her close-up.

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    The Hundred-Foot Journey stars Helen Mirren as the head of a famous French bistro in the South of France that is doing fantastically. Then, the Kadam family moves to the area from their native India and opens up an Indian restaurant across the street.

    The Maison Mumbai challenges Mirren’s Le Saule Pleureur, even with its Michelin-starred pedigree, and its head is none too happy, as teased in The Hundred-Foot Journey trailer.  

    The film is based on the book by Richard C. Morais and arrives from an esteemed filmmaking team to say the least. Lasse Hallstrom is your director, and Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are your producers. The trio participated in a video featurette that takes us further into The Hundred-Foot Journey and delves deeper into a movie that is about love of food and so much more.

    Check out Mirren in a totally different light -- albeit one still from the world of Disney -- and watch Monsters University online.


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    The extended The Expendables 3 TV trailer is here and gives us our first lines uttered by newbies Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas.

    We’re thrilled to see them part of the team, and we have to admit that Mel Gibson looks pretty bad-ass as our villain, Conrad Stonebanks, the man who co-founded the Expendables with Sylvester Stallone’s Barney. 

    As teased in that first The Expendables 3 trailer, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey and Kelsey Grammer have also joined series regulars Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham and Jet Li for the film that returns the action to theaters August 15.

    Get ready for the big action sequel's late summer arrival and watch The Expendables online.

    Harrison Ford!
    Harrison Ford joins The Expendables in The Expendables 3. What more needs to be said?!

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    As you get ready to head into theaters this weekend to witness Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we found 11 fun facts about the first film in this prequel series to the legendary franchise that should make the experience all the more fascinating.

    As we stated in our theatrical Rise of the Planet of the Apes review, the James Franco-starring film truly got it right in imagining a world before the Planet of the Apes movies that began in the '60s starring Charlton Heston.

    But, there is so much that went on behind the scenes and elements to Rise of the Planet of the Apes that you might not have known that not only show how brilliant filmmakers were in creating that instant classic, but also the reverence and knowledge they had about the franchise that came before.

    Watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes online and get ready for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and then click through and discover 11 fun facts about Rise of the Planet of the Apes that are sure to enlighten and entertain.

    Apes' First Word
    The first word spoken by an ape in Rise of the Planet of the Apes is "no." This is a nod to the past films where it is used in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973).

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    The first clip from the thriller Lucy has arrived and it features Scarlett Johansson kicking some serious butt. In fact, if you watch the Lucy trailer, Johansson is just beginning her amped up journey in the below clip.

    Luc Besson wrote and directed the film and we could not be more excited to see the next great work from the man who gave us La Femme Nikita, The Professional and The Fifth Element.

    Johansson stars as a reluctant drug mule that is kidnapped and has drugs surgically implanted inside her. When she gets kicked, the drugs are released and she begins to use an ever-increasing percentage of her brain.

    And as you can see from the above clip, that is not so good for people who get in her way. 

    Lucy hits theaters July 25 and until then, watch The Fifth Element online and let it serve as a reminder of the brilliance of Besson.

    Lucy Poster
    The Lucy poster has premiered! Is it us, or has Scarlett Johansson never looked so intense?

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    The Purge: Anarchy has released a series of photos from the wildly anticipated sequel to The Purge

    Our shots include looks at the cast, including Frank Grillo -- who is on a Purge to avenge the death of his son, as teased in that The Purge: Anarchy trailer

    Grillo meets up with a few others who happen to be caught out on the one night a year where all sorts of murder and mayhem are legal. He is confronted with a major moral dilemma that will haunt his entire evening. 

    The Purge: Anarchy lands in theaters July 18, and stay with Movie Fanatic as we take you on a journey as we experience our own Purge and run our exclusive videos with the cast next week! 

    Stay safe, and enjoy The Purge: Anarchy slideshow.

    To get caught up on all things Purge, watch The Purge online and see how this entire chaos got started. 

    A Purger Does His Thing
    What's with the masks on The Purge? I mean, if murder and mayhem is legal, why you hiding behind a mask tough guy?!

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    We just premiered the Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer and it has been almost universally hailed in its biblical telling of the Moses story. Christian Bale is Moses in Ridley Scott’s epic, and if you are teased from the trailer, that is a good thing, according to Scott in an interview with Empire.

    Exodus Christian Bale

    Those plagues that are iconic from the Moses story… we’re only getting the beginning in the trailer.

    “I’ve held back a bit -- wait till you see the movie. You must never oversell yourself. You’ve got to wait till you’re three weeks out, then you go for it. This is a big movie. 1300 effects shots is a lot. Not compared to something like Star Wars, sure, but we’re not ‘effecty’ in that sense of the word,” Scott said.

    “One of the things that has come off really well is the reality of the characters. You wouldn’t call it an effects film even though in many ways a lot of what was needed is extraordinary. There were things I couldn’t build. But in today’s world the effects are so good that it looks real, effectively.”

    One thing is for sure, although one of the last classic directors to embrace the digital format, he is clearly enjoying his newfound joy in the format.

    “I went digital really late in the day, maybe even later than Steven [Spielberg]. I was one of the diehards who said they couldn’t possibly go to push-button technology without really realizing that it actually works like a son of a bitch,” Scott added.

    “It gets you what you want and you can control it. Outside of digital the whole thing depends on so many other factors. How many prints have been run off it and so forth. On this, when you press a button it’s the same.”

    Scott had told a source of Movie Fanatic's at Fox that Exodus: Gods and Kings was one of the films in his career he was most proud of, which is clear from his feelings looking at the close-to-finished product.

    “Well, in terms of the metaphorical aspects, yes [this is the biggest project I’ve done]. Even budgetarily it’s probably the biggest. But I didn’t approach it as my biggest. I never do that,” Scott said.

    “I always approach it from the point of view of the characters, of the story. I never realized Gladiator was going to be quite as large in terms of its scope and yet it was a very small, personal story -- a revenge. A simple revenge into which we had jig-sawed some characters.”

    Watch Gladiator online to see what Scott is talking about with that film and click through and check out our gallery of photos from his latest, Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Christian Bale Poster
    The Christian Bale as Moses poster for Exodus: Gods and Kings.

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    The first trailer for the next directorial feature for Angelina Jolie, Unbroken, has premiered. The stunning teaser gives us just a glimpse into the powerful life of real-life hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell).

    Zamperini struggled as he grew up fighting his own internal battle between good and bad. When he found track and field, he had found his voice and his purpose. He would go on to become a gold medal-winning Olympian and become the hero of a nation.

    When World War II arrived, he signed up and became an airman who would be shot down in the Pacific. He and his fellow crew would spend 47 days in a raft and somehow miraculously survive. They would be rescued, but by the Japanese. He would then spend years in a Japanese prison camp.

    This story is beyond powerful and frankly it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been brought to life before now. But, judging by the above trailer, we are beyond thrilled that it is Jolie that is telling his story as this thing has Oscar written all over it.

    Unbroken lands in theaters December 25. Sadly, Zamperini passed away at 97 just last week. 

    And Jolie, boy, is she on a roll of late. Her Maleficent became her highest grossing movie in her career!

    Jack O'Connell is Unbroken
    Jack O'Connell in a Japanese prisoner of war camp scene from Angelina Jolie's Unbroken.

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    Ian McKellen took to his Twitter account and posted our first look at him as the legendary Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes. “Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn,” he stated with the below photo.

    Mr. Holmes Ian McKellen

    McKellen, as he said, is set to play the iconic sleuth as an old man who is haunted by a 50-year-old case he could not solve.

    Mr. Holmes is based on the novel by Mitch Cullin, which takes place in 1947 and finds McKellen as Holmes living in Sussex village with his housekeeper and her son, who also dreams of being a detective. Perhaps the son will help him solve the case that got away? We’re thinking yes.

    Laura Linney also stars in the film that is being directed by Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2, Dreamgirls).

    McKellen is truly hitting his stride in the last half of his life. I mean, the guy has played Gandalf, Magneto and now Sherlock Holmes?!

    Check out another guy as Sherlock Holmes and watch Sherlock Holmes online with Robert Downey Jr. killing it in the role. 


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    The gang from The Peanuts Movie is heading to Comic-Con and we could not be more thrilled.

    Now, no word has been given if there will be a panel or footage shown, but Blue Sky Animation and 20th Century Fox released a pair of posters announcing that Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang will be on the convention floor!

    This is the Peanuts gang’s first visit to the famed annual pop culture convention as the Charles M. Schulz cartoon comes to life in a CG-animated movie in 3D that lands in theaters November 6.

    Just check out this The Peanuts Movie teaser trailer and you immediately are struck by the gorgeousness of the look.

    And yes, Woodstock will be there too... After all, he’s doing the happy Comic-Con dance with Snoopy in the below posters! 

    Peanuts is Coming to Comic-Con
    Charlie Brown looks thrilled to be coming to Comic-Con!

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    Fast and Furious 7 is in the can! Director James Wan has shot his last scene of Fast and Furious 7, a production that has seen extreme difficulty with the tragic death of Paul Walker. The filming halted for months while they re-wrote the story and brought in Walker’s brothers to finish the shooting months after his passing.

    The “Fast and Furious family” released a statement announcing the end of production and it is both touching and hopeful. The film hits theaters April 3, 2015, and to celebrate the conclusion of principal photography, they also released a still of star Vin Diesel in character, looking quite somber we might add.

    “Today we completed the last shot in the production of Fast and Furious 7. We wanted to take this moment to express how thankful we are for your support. We felt the love and strength from our fans throughout this journey, and it’s because of you that we got here,” the statement read.  

    “There was a time when we didn’t know how we could go on, or even if we should. But we listened to you, and you inspired us not only to keep going but to try and make the best Fast and Furious movie yet.”

    The statement went on to talk about how the family of Fast and Furious has grown tighter over the years. “Our Fast family has been together for almost fifteen years now and has grown a lot in that time. From the start, Vin has been our leader who feels what’s right for Fast in his gut and in his heart. When we had to stop production last year, Vin gathered us back together and moved us forward when we needed it most. He led us to this day,” the statement continued.

    “Some of us have been here from the very beginning. Vin, Michelle, Jordana and our producer Neal all go back to that first little movie we shot on the streets of LA. We came back to LA in Fast 7, and it was an especially emotional homecoming for those who’ve grown up with each other since that first shoot.”

    It went on to thank more of those who have recently joined the world. “There are those we count as brothers who we gathered along the way and are with us again: Dwayne, Tyrese, Luda, Lucas and our writer, Chris. We’ve got some new additions this time in Jason, Kurt, Djimon, Nathalie and our director, James. Caleb and Cody joined us to honor their brother and help complete his work,” filmmakers said.

    Then, they addressed the loss. “Our family is big and strong but it won’t ever quite be whole again without Paul. All of us -- those who’ve been here from the start and those whose first Fast film is 7 -- wanted to create a special film for him and for you. We believe we have. Thank you for being there for us. You are the biggest part of our family, and we couldn’t have gotten here without you. The countdown to April 3 begins.”

    Check out where we left off and watch Fast and Furious 6 online.

    Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious 7
    One of the last shots in Fast and Furous 7.

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    The first trailer for the Reese Witherspoon-starring Wild has arrived. It tells the haunting true story of Cheryl Strayed, who after years of self-destructive behavior did the most unlikely of things: She headed out on a 1,000 mile walk along the Pacific Crest Trail, alone.

    Witherspoon is Strayed, and through her journey, we learn her past and what it is that placed this woman on this trail that will take her through the utmost of challenges that will not only challenge her well-being and life itself, but everything she has ever believed in.

    Wild is from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee and hits theaters December 5. 

    Watch Dallas Buyers Club online and see what Vallee can do with a stunning true story. 

    This must be a day for stunning true stories to debut their first trailers -- don't miss Angelina Jolie's Unbroken trailer for that powerful true tale.


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    Winning an Academy Award is the highest honor one can achieve in the movie business. For actors, actresses and directors, after earning an Oscar, one can do almost anything. 

    So, how would you explain the 15 movies that these 15 Oscar winners chose to do next after their big win? 

    Watch Goodfellas online and there is Joe Pesci killing us on so many levels. His next film, downright horrible! 

    And when you watch Silver Linings Playbook online, you'll never believe the schlock that Jennifer Lawrence released after that Oscar win!

    Do you remember what the Oscar winner that can be seen when you watch Gladiator online followed that Ridley Scott classic with? I bet Russell Crowe wishes you didn't!

    So, click through our slideshow below and witness 15 Academy Award winners and the shocking movies that they made next after winning Oscar gold.

    Jennifer Lawrence Wins for Silver Linings Playbook
    Jennifer Lawrence was astounding in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook and won the hearts of millions of fans. Then, she followed that with...

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