16 Movie Stunts That Went Horribly Wrong

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A huge explosion goes off after an epic fight sequence and in the foreground, through a cloud of clearing smoke, you see the hero, walking away relatively unscathed while dusting his/her shoulders off. It’s the cliche action star shot. But as great as they look on film, these shots don’t always play out that smoothly behind the scenes.Here are some movie stunts gone horribly wrong that you probably never even knew about.

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Isla Fisher – Now You See MeThe actress was “trapped” in an underwater tank, and the script called for her to panic and bang desperately on the glass. What the people on set didn’t notice was that Fisher had become entangled in her chains, and was actually panicking. She spent two and a half minutes struggling underwater before she was finally able to free herself and get to safety.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Premium RushBeing a New York City bike messenger is one job you couldn’t pay me enough to do. Hell, I live in Toronto and I wouldn’t ride a bike downtown. Those guys are fucking crazy. And apparently, faking it for a movie is just as dangerous. Just ask Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who ended up with 30 stitches in his arm after slamming into a cab while filming a scene for 2012’s Premium Rush.Turns out Levitt has some bad luck with bikes. In 2018, on the set of Power, he flipped over the handlebars of a bike and landed in urgent care. Maybe just stick to movies with no bikes pal, or at least let the stunt guys handle it for you.

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Charlize Theron – Æon FluxRemember Charlize Theron in Æon Flux? Ya probably not, unless you’re one of the four people who actually watched it. Unfortunately for her, she’ll probably never forget it after she fell during a stunt and seriously injured her neck. Theron was nearly paralyzed and spent eight weeks in the hospital. The damage caused by the fall even forced her to have neck fusion surgery years later.

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Aaron Paul – Breaking BadAaron Paul was almost crushed on the set of the hit TV series Breaking Bad. The actor was asked to stand underneath a large boulder for a specific shot. No problem, and it went off without a hitch. It wasn’t until he stepped away that the boulder came crashing down, landing in the exact same spot where he had just been standing.

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Michael J. Fox – Back to the Future Part IIIIn his autobiography Lucky Man, Michael J. Fox described the time he almost died while making Back to the Future Part III. For the scene when Mad Dog tries to lynch Marty Mcfly, he was supposed to act like he was struggling, but what the crew didn’t realize was that Fox wasn’t just giving a truly breathtaking performance, he was actually being hung. By the time they cut him down, he was unconscious, but thankfully he ended up being okay.To top it off, the shot turned out so good, they used it. So what we see in the movie is basically real.

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George Clooney – SyrianaWhile shooting a torture scene for his 2005 movie Syriana, Clooney cracked open his skull and suffered some severe spinal injuries. The pain was so bad, the actor revealed that he contemplated taking his own life. He eventually recovered and went on to say, “I went to a pain-management guy whose idea was, ‘You can’t mourn for how you used to feel, because you’re never going to feel that way again.'”

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Sylvester Stallone – Rocky IVI think it’s safe to say that we all know Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago weren’t actually pounding each other’s faces in. The fight scenes were all heavily choreographed, and no matter how amazing they looked the first time you saw Rocky IV, they’re fake. Except for that one time…After watching the historic 1985 match between middleweight boxers Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns, Stallone was inspired and decided to ask co-star Dolph Lundgren, who he admittedly had a hate-hate relationship with at the time, to really try and knock him out during one of their fight scenes. That bright idea landed Sly in the ICU for nearly a week after his heart swelled up from banging into his ribs so hard, an injury that normally occurs in car accidents.

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Bob Denver – Gilligan’s IslandAs highly trained as they are, having wild animals on set always increases the risk factor. Especially when said animal is a damn lion. Unfortunately, Bob Denver learned that the hard way during a scene for Gilligan’s Island when he was nearly mauled by one. Luckily though, the lion slipped attempting to jump at the actor, which gave the trainer enough time to intervene.

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Diane Kruger – Inglourious BasterdsDiane Kruger’s character Bridget von Hammersmark suffers a pretty gruesome death in Inglourious Basterds. The actress was supposed to be choked by an offscreen actor, but when director Quentin Tarantino decided to do the honours he got a little carried away and squeezed too tightly, accidentally causing Kruger to pass out.

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Halle Berry – Die Another DayIf you sign up to be a Bond girl, one thing’s a guarantee, 007’s getting you under the sheets. But Halle Berry got more than she bargained for while filming Die Another Day. During her steamy sex scene with Pierce Brosnan, Berry was supposed to seductively slice and eat a fig, which she did, and it was hot… right up until she started choking.Brosnan recalled the freak accident, saying, “Suddenly there was no sound coming out. She was waving her arms and I was banging her on the back. I was about to put my arms around her and start doing the Heimlich manoeuvre, but the both of us were kind of naked. Somehow she expelled the fruit, which was a good thing.” He playfully added, “I was certainly in no position to give the Heimlich to Halle at that moment.”I don’t know Pierce. If you ask me, you were in the perfect position.

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Uma Thurman – Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning ThiefUma Thurman had a close call on set when a parked van positioned behind her started rolling downhill. The actress would have been crushed by the vehicle if it wasn’t for the quick actions of her co-star and apparent real-life superhero Pierce Brosnan, who jumped into the van and stopped it.Good guy Pierce, at it again.

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Gerard Butler – Chasing MavericksGerard Butler nearly drowned while shooting a surfing scene for 2011’s Chasing Mavericks. After a massive wave crashed into him, he was caught in what’s known as a two-wave hold down, when one wave takes a person too deep to surface before another wave hits. He suffered some major injuries, which unfortunately led to a painkiller addiction and a brief stint in rehab, but Butler has since turned his life around.

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Matthew Fox – Lost This one is so crazy, it’s actually hard to believe. For the finale of Lost, Matthew Fox was shooting a fight scene with fellow cast member Terry O’Quinn. In the scene, Fox’s character gets stabbed in the abdomen with what was supposed to be a collapsable stunt knife, but somehow it got mixed up with a real one, which they were using to film other shots with. It’s a good thing the actor had on protective kevlar padding and only suffered some bruising, because he could’ve easily been seriously injured or killed.

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Jackie Chan – Pretty much all of his moviesJackie Chan’s calling card has always been that he does his own stunts, and with that comes a slew of expected injuries. I still remember when I found out that he broke his foot halfway through the filming of his first breakout movie in North America, Rumble in the Bronx. Instead of delaying the shooting schedule, they just painted up his cast to look like his other shoe, and he carried on. Crazy.But perhaps his most severe injury happened on the set of Armour of God II: Operation Condor, when Chan fell and suffered a serious brain injury that required surgery and a metal plate, which he still has in his head today.

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Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: MockingjayJennifer is no stranger to stunt accidents. While making The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, she seriously injured her ear during an underwater sequence and was partially deaf for months. But it was a mishap on the set of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay that really caused a scare.During the filming of a tunnel scene, one of the smoke machines broke and began spewing dense smoke at the actress, nearly suffocating her. It took several minutes before crew members could rescue her, and filming had to be put on halt while she recovered from nausea and vertigo.

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Brad Pitt – TroyThis movie turned out to be pretty good, but making it was anything but that. Brad Pitt, who played the ancient warrior Achilles, was filming a combat sequence and ended up rupturing his, umm, Achilles. Oh, the irony.


16 Of The Most Misleading Movie Trailers

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Movie trailers aim to answer five basic questions. Who is in the film? What is the film going to be about? Where can I see it? When does it hit theaters? How is the film being presented (3D, IMAX)? A good trailer also sets the tone of the movie. Is the film going to be a serious English period drama or an entertaining popcorn flick about aliens who fight robots? However, not all movie trailers honestly depict the actual movie. Sometimes, they even purposely dupe the spectator. Here are the most misleading movie trailers ever.

Why would a movie trailer purposely deceive a viewer? It’s almost always about selling tickets. More people are likely to see a more mainstream film. For example, horror films are extremely popular with teenagers and often do very well at the box office. Gothic romances, on the other hand, tend not to be such big business.

When the marketing team set out to make the trailer for Crimson Peak, they sold the movie as a straight-up haunted house horror movie. However, the film’s director Guillermo del Toro flat-out said that his movie was a far cry from horror, “Crimson Peak is not a horror movie but it has more to the tone of a fairytale or a gothic romance, sort of a female-centric tale, than Haunted Mansion which is a ride and has to be fun and scary in a Disney way.”

Imagine going to the movies to see Crimson Peak because the trailer depicted it as a horror film, and then getting a story in the vein of Emily Brontë. Crimson Peak isn’t the only offender. Several films are notorious for marketing their movie one way in order to draw a bigger crowd, only to disappoint spectators expecting the movie they were sold in the trailer.

Make your voice heard. Vote up the movie trailers that are the least representative of the movies they advertise.

 

 


10 Things You Missed In Bird Box

10 Things You Missed In Bird Box

 

 

If you haven’t been on social media since December 21st then you may not have heard of Bird Box. However, everyone else in the world has been inundated with memes and references to the Netflix thriller. The film had a record-breaking 45-million views in the first week after its release, making it the most viewed Netflix original to date. If you’re one of the 45-million to have watched the film, there are some details you may have missed. We’ve rounded up the subtle metaphors, hidden Easter eggs, and other goodies that we don’t want you to miss out on. Take off your blindfold and take a look.

 

10. BASED ON A NOVEL

What many fans of the film are missing out on is the origin of the story. Bird Box is based on a novel of the same title. The book was released in 2014 to critical success and was written by Josh Malerman. Malerman is also the frontman of rock band The High Strung. While the film sticks to many of the prevailing themes in the novel, there are some stark contrasts. Fans may want to check out Malerman’s thriller for a look at what inspired the movie because the director of Netflix’s telling chose to make her film more positive than the original work. The setting of the story was also changed.

 

9. NEV SCHULMAN CAMEO

Fans of MTV’s reality show Catfish are in for a treat in Bird Box. Host Nev Schulman watched the film—with the 45-million other audience members to date—and took to Twitter to point out what he called a "creepy" resemblance.

At the beginning of the film, Malorie is working on a large painting. The piece features several figures but focuses on a young couple. Schulman couldn’t help but notice how much the pair resembled himself and his wife Laura. This cameo was no accident, though, as the artist who created the piece for the film was Lily Morris: the friend of both Nev and his wife.

8. HIDDEN DEATHS

 

With so many graphic deaths featured in Bird Box, it’s no surprise that a couple could get lost in the bloody blur. Some eagle-eyed fans, however, noticed that they had seen a specific pair of anonymous corpses before.

When Malorie first arrives at the safe house, she encounters a couple. They’re missing their kids and soon make a foolish attempt to save them. During the blindfolded drive scene later, Tom runs over two nameless bodies in the street. If you’re observant, you’ll notice that they’re the same couple from the safe house that left. This detail could get easily lost with so much chaos to distract viewers.

NEXT: Bird Box Designer Shares Photos Of The Film's Unseen Creatures

7. STRUGGLES OF PARENTING

There are many themes throughout both the novel and the film. Some are blatant but others are more subtle. Fans everywhere have connected the dots and discovered some of the underlying tropes in the film, though. At the beginning of the timeline, we meet Malorie while she's pregnant. The world seems to lose all sense and fall apart around her as the apocalyptic event begins. The symbolism is heavy. Many feel that the story is a metaphor for the fear and struggle of becoming a new parent. It can make mothers, in particular, feel like the world is upside down. Many parents weighed in on how accurately the film captured the emotions of caring for kids.

6. BLIND FAITH

You don’t have to be a biblical scholar to catch all of the religious undertonesin Bird Box. There are several on-the-nose conversations between characters about Christian prophecies and the events unfolding around them. A subtler nuance to this theme is the need to remain blind to survive. In Bird Box, any character who relies on their own sight is stricken down. Some have argued that this is an allegory for blind faith. Many who “open their eyes” and begin to examine their beliefs find themselves questioning what’s real. Could the film be addressing the reliance on ignorance for faith to survive?

RELATED: Netflix Warns Viewers Away From Attempting Viral Bird Box Challenge

5. MENTAL ILLNESS AWARENESS

In Bird Box, anyone who takes too close a look at what’s going on around them is driven insane. One look at the mysterious creatures and you meet a violent end by your own hand. Fans and critics alike can’t help but draw a parallel between this and society’s struggle to address mental illness. Those who blind themselves to the problem can survive and move on. Those who face it head on are overcome. Many point out that society tends to turn a blind eye to the complex and often overwhelming issues surrounding mental health. Suicide, in particular, is a mental health crisis the film touches on heavily.

4. SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTARY

Artist Lily Morris provides a stunning painting for use in the film. In the story, Malorie is painting the piece as a commentary on how dependent many have become on social media. The picture features several people standing close together. Each is on their phone instead of connecting to the others around them. Malorie’s sister tells her that the painting is deeply lonely. Mal responds that the people in her work are often times too distracted and overstimulated to connect. The loneliness is incidental. Many have pointed out that the film is a metaphor for that same dependence.

MORE: Deleted Bird Box Monster Recreated As Custom Toy By Fan

3. MONSTER SNEAK PEEK

The production team made a bold choice in the making of Bird Box. There was originally a scene that revealed what the creatures looked like. For many reasons, this scene was deleted and the film relies on implied fear for its mood instead. We get an idea of what the monsters look like from sketches created by one of the characters, but observant fans will notice there’s another peek at the mysterious monsters. In one scene, a silhouette of the creature can be seen passing by a window. This doesn’t give fans a direct look at what’s terrorizing the world but it gives viewers something to work with.

2. DOUGLAS IS NEVER WRONG

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There are few characters in Bird Box as hated as Douglas. He’s portrayed by John Malkovich as an obnoxious loudmouth who’s drinking his way through the apocalypse. Probably the most annoying thing about Douglas is that he’s always right. He tries over and over to warn people off of doomed choices to no avail. No one wants to take the advice of this abrasive drunk but everyone who fails to heed his words meets horrific consequences. It’s easy to get caught up in dislike for him, but writing off his rantings is a mistake. Fans have noticed that everything Douglas predicts seems to come true.

NEXT: Over 45 Million People Watched Bird Box in First Week, Says Netflix

1. NEW ENDING

Those who have read the book know that the film ends differently. If you haven’t picked up Josh Malerman's novel you may be missing out on the key difference.

In the film, Malorie and her kids make it to the sanctuary and find that it’s a home for the blind. There is so much hope and emotion in that scene. It leaves the audience with a sense of security.

In the novel, Malorie and the kids still make it to the sanctuary but they find something darker waiting for them. Many of the residents at the home had chosen to intentionally blind themselves in order to survive. This heartbreaking detail implies that this tragic choice is the only way forward. The director of the movie didn’t want to leave the audience feeling hopeless so this detail was omitted.


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25 Iconic Movie Props Fans Would Trade Anything For

25 Iconic Movie Props Fans Would Trade Anything For

Like everything good or bad in this world, this story starts with a tweet.

In this case, it was a tweet by ScreenCrush editor-in-chief Matt Singer:

Inspired by some recent viewing of movies with very memorable props, he asked Twitter what props they would pick if they could own any from film history. He got over 3,000 responses. (He was not expecting that many.) But the sheer volume (and variety) of answers prompted he and fellow ScreenCrush editor Britt Hayes to select a joint list of the 25 most-desirable props of all-time.

To be clear, this is not a list of the “best” or “most memorable” props in movie history.  This list is specifically about the props we would want to own, and show off with pride in our own private memorabilia collections. Just because it would otherwise make things too broad we avoided anything in the realm of cars (sorry Doc Brown’s DeLorean) or costumes (our apologies, Ghostbusters jumpsuits). Those could be their own lists. This one is just about legitimate props. Like...

 

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8 TV Characters Punished By Death For Their Actor’s Behaviour

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There's usually a good narrative reason for a TV character being killed off. It may be that there's simply nothing left to do with them, or that they'd serve the plot and fellow characters much better by being dead than they would alive. Sometimes it's just for the shock factor.

When a TV character is killed off because of the actor, though, then it's more often than not because they've gone on to bigger (if not always better) things, or wish to seek new challenges. But others, it's because they've done some truly terrible things, or been extremely difficult to work with.

Whether they've broken the law or just been a disruptive presence, there's only so much that studios, showrunners, and other cast members can put up with before something has to give, and TV characters have to bite the dust.

8. George O'Malley & Derek 'McDreamy' Shepherd - Grey's Anatomy

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Grey's Anatomy has had its fair share of behind-the-scenes drama, including Isaiah Washington using a homophobic slur, and former star Katherine Heigl acrimoniously leaving the show, but neither were actually killed off. Two who were, though, are George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey).

Knight cited a "breakdown in communication" with producer Shonda Rhimes for his decision to leaving the show, although it was also alleged that Washington directed homophobic slurs at him (something Washington has denied). It seems, then, that Knight was thrown under the bus - quite literally, in fact, with his character O'Malley being hit by a bus and killed.

As for Dempsey, he played the love interest of the central character and was on the show for a decade, and thus seemed pretty bulletproof. The actor has since said he simply wanted to move on to different things, but rumours swirled at the time that he had disagreements with Rhimes, with tabloid talk of him cheating on his wife circling as well.

7. Prue Halliwell - Charmed

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Shannen Doherty already had a reputation for being difficult to work with before Charmed, with her time on Beverly Hills, 90210 marred by behind-the-scenes controversy which reportedly led to her being fired, although that time her character was at least left alive.

She wasn't given such a kind exit on Charmed where, after three seasons as Prue, the eldest of the three sisters, one of the most powerful witches of all time, and arguably the show's best character, she was attacked by the demonic assassin Shax.

Although the season ended on a cliffhanger, her feud with co-star Alyssa Milano led to her departure - with Milano reportedly issuing an ultimatum about her status on the show - which meant the Season 4 opener revealed the attack had been fatal.

6. Chef - South Park

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Chef, the soulful cafeteria worker who gives (often inappropriate) advice to the kids of South Park, was one of the show's biggest and most popular characters outside of the core foursome.

He was a mainstay on the show during its first nine seasons, voiced all the while by singer Isaac Hayes. His time on the show coincided with it skewering just about every aspect of society, politics, and religion, drawing a lot of controversy in the process, but it was an episode taking aim at Scientology that led to Hayes' departure. After the episode Trapped in the Closest, he issued a statement saying: "There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins."

The creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, weren't too happy with this - especially as he hadn't complained any time before - and Hayes was released from his contract as requested. His character, however, made one appearance in Season 10, where he is turned into a paedophile, and then killed when a bridge he's crossing is struck by lightning, causing him to fall to his death before having his corpse mutilated and defecated on by animals.

5. Edie Britt - Desperate Housewives

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Desperate Housewives was a show full of melodrama and fights, and that was often true of the show off-screen as much as it was on it.

Real estate agent Edie Britt was very much a fan-favourite for her five years on the show, and Nicollette Sheridan even being nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance, but the drama behind-the-scenes caused the need for an early exit.

Her death came when she crashed her car, where unbeknownst to her a power line had snapped and there was water underneath her vehicle, meaning when she stepped out she was electrocuted and killed on the spot. The reason was that Sheridan was reportedly quite difficult to work with, but more specifically clashed with creator Marc Cherry, culminating in the actress filing a $20m lawsuit against him in 2010 for assault, wrongful termination, gender violence, discrimination, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Cherry claimed that it was only a light tap on the head, an all of Sheridan's claims were eventually dismissed in court.

4. Pierce Hawthorne - Community

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Chevy Chase's character on Community wasn't much of a character at all, really, with Pierce Hawthorne mostly just a fictionalised version of Chase himself. However, while his personality made a big contribution to how Pierce was written, it was also his ultimate downfall.

Chase had a number of clashes with the producers of the series over the years, including some very public disputes with creator Dan Harmon, which resulted in him departing the show (even though Harmon too had gone by that point) during its fourth season.

When Harmon returned, he cleared up what had happened to Pierce, with Shirley revealing that he had a heart attack and passed away.

3. Charlie Harper (Twice) - Two And A Half Men

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Charlie Sheen was the highest-paid actor on television at the height of Two and a Half Men's success, earning around $1.8 MILLION per episode, before his hugely public meltdown led to his departure.

The show was placed on hiatus on 2011 while Sheen underwent a substance rehabilitation program, but not long after his contract was terminated after making derogatory remarks about creator Chuck Lorre. It was after his dismissal that Sheen went on to make his claims of having 'tiger blood' and being a warlock, but in show he was killed off rather unceremoniously, with his character Charlie Harper struck by a train in Paris.

It's retconned in the series finale, however, when it turns out he was alive the whole time and locked in Rose's basement, only for him to escape, ring Alan's doorbell, and have a piano dropped on him, killing him a second time.

2. Frank Underwood - House Of Cards

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Back in October 2017, Kevin Spacey was accused by actor Anthony Rapp of making a sexual advance toward him when Rapp was 14, which then led to numerous other men coming forward with similar allegations of sexual abuse or harassment.

This not only caused Ridley Scott to replace him in all of his scenes in All The Money In The World with Christopher Plummer, but Netflix completely severed ties with the actor, shelving his film Gore and removing him from House of Cards Season 6, with production halted until they figured out a way to move forward without him.

There's been a lot of speculation as to how the series would handle Spacey's exit, but a new teaser reveals that they have killed him off, showing Claire speaking to his gravestone:

 

 

 

1. Roseanne Conner - Roseanne

 

ABC's Roseanne revival was a ratings hit when it returned in early 2018, but things quickly soured thanks to its star's real-life politics. The right-wing Barr come under fire for a number of provocative tweets and drew ire for her support of President Donald Trump, but things really came to a head with tweets she posted about former Barrack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett.

In the racist tweets, Barr compared Jarrett, an African-American, to Planet of the Apes and linked her to organisation Muslim Brotherhood.

Roseanne's other characters will continue in spin-off series The Connors, with star John Goodman revealing his on-screen wife will be killed off-screen.


FASCINATING FACTS: 14 Heroic Facts About The Movie "Hacksaw Ridge"

FASCINATING FACTS: 14 Heroic Facts About The Movie "Hacksaw Ridge"

 

 

 


FASCINATING FACTS: Big Trouble In Little China Tidbits

FASCINATING FACTS: Big Trouble In Little China Tidbits


10 Movie Secrets That Were Hiding In Plain Sight

10 Movie Secrets That Were Hiding In Plain Sight

A great movie mystery can turn a pretty good film into a cultural touchstone, inspiring debate across countless message boards, forums, and real-life water-cooler discussions.

Whether or not they're wrapped up in a movie or franchise eventually or left to hang for years before viewers finally figure them out, there are plenty of directors both in and out of Hollywood who thrive on including plots in their projects that pretty much require three viewings to understand.

However, it's often the little details that go into each and every production that make the eventual resolution of these mysteries so engaging, inspiring everyone to get back in order to spot all of the clues packed into the production. And the best of these are always the ones that make you feel a little dumb after the fact.

They're big enough that they give the game away as soon as you notice them, yet obscured enough so that you don't even question what they mean until the movie has already told you. As a result, whether you spotted them retroactively your first time through or took years to notice them, they all had viewers kicking themselves when they realised.

10. Criminal Records On Prison Uniforms - Guardians Of The Galaxy

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One of the long-running theories coming out of the original Guardians of the Galaxy focused, oddly enough, on the individual markings each of the heroes had on their prison uniforms. After being jailed, each member is put in matching yellow jumpsuits, with the only differences being the pattern and colour of the lines on the left leg. Fans put together that these must be a reflection of their criminal records, an idea which director James Gunn later expanded upon.

Apparently, the colours stand in for different crimes, including murder, arson, burglary and grievous bodily harm. Gamora's are almost exclusively the same colour, reflecting her long list of murders and assassinations as the daughter of Thanos, while Rocket's cover pretty much everything previously mentioned as well as breaking out of prison and public drunkenness.

Not only is it a nice little detail, but also expands upon both the characters' history and personalities, acting a great reflection of the criminal past they eventually leave behind. Well, mostly leave behind.

9. Bellwether's True Motivations - Zootopia

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Though pretty much every Disney movie features a twist in regards to its main villain, one of the most surprising in recent memory came in Zootopia. Uncovering a plot about corrupt officials attempting to frame predators for allegedly turning feral, it turns out that a seemingly innocent sheep, Assistant Mayor Bellwether, is actually responsible for the whole thing.

All the way through she's presented as being an inherently good character, being the one to put protagonist Judy on the trail of the missing predators and seemingly pushing for an end to the violence. Of course, it's revealed she wants the exact opposite outcome and is simply getting rid of loose ends.

While it seemingly comes out of nowhere, one small sticky note on her desk at the beginning of the movie actually revealed her relationship to the conspiracy plot straight away. In between everything is the scribbled-down number of Doug, a name which means nothing to the viewer initially. However, it's later revealed he's the one responsible for shooting animals and making them feral, of course, on Bellwether's orders.

8. Tesla Vs. Edison - The Prestige

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While The Prestige, like each one of Christopher Nolan's movies, has its fair share of details which become more meaningful when you know the full plot, it's an entirely missable subplot between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison that's the most interesting.

The film never actually shows Edison on screen, opting to focus on David Bowie's Tesla, but it does show how he's just as committed to ruining his rival's inventions as the two magicians are to ruining each other's illusions. When Tesla shows off his latest machine on stage, he's heckled in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot by a bearded man in the audience, apparently there to highlight how risky the inventor's new creation is.

However, in another short scene towards the end, the same man is present at a hotel, and the receptionist refers to him as "one of Thomas Edison's men". Not only does this add an extra meaning to his prior sequence, but it hints even more strongly to the rivalry between the two inventors going on behind the scenes.

7. Luke's Projection Didn't Leave Footprints - The Last Jedi

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With the full might of the First Order facing down on him, everything was set for the confrontation between Luke and Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi to be highlight everyone had waited for. Everything was in place, except for one tiny detail: Luke wasn't actually there.

While it's obvious in hindsight - I mean, how did Luke have time to get a fresh trim, dye his beard and craft a new lightsaber while the fate of the galaxy was hanging in the balance? - there is one key detail that makes this even clearer.

The surface of the planet they're on is initially white salt, which turns into a dark red when anyone touches it. Consequently, the pristine surface is two completely different colours by the time Luke turns up to the battle, however he doesn't seem to be able to impact it.

Multiple times we see him walking on the salt without leaving any footprints, while Kylo (and everyone else we've seen) does. Obviously, it's because he's not really there, something which everyone should have realised.

6. How Two Face Got In Marino's Car - The Dark Knight

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The Dark Knight is a pretty grounded film, but it still features a handful of fantastical moments - usually involving the ridiculous plans of the supervillains - that you just have to go with. One which became a source of contention after release, however, was how Two Face managed to slip into Maroni's car unnoticed - which actually has a pretty obvious explanation.

If you watch the scene of Maroni and his men getting into the car again, you can actually see Dent take out one of his goons if you keep your eyes focused on the left side of the frame. Ingeniously, Christopher Nolan made sure that was the last place you were looking, not only by putting Maroni himself on the opposite end of the frame, but by moving the camera to the right to keep you following it.

Still, once you notice it it's hard to not see the move every single time, but that only makes it even more satisfying.

5. The T-Rex Isn't Chasing Claire - Jurassic World

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Despite Jurassic World being a very, very dumb movie, the one small leap in logic that took the most flack post-release came from Claire managing to outrun a T-Rex while wearing heels. While somebody managing to escape the jaws of a dinosaur in heels does sort of make the creatures seem a little ineffectual, there is one detail everyone overlooked which explains everything.

Early in the movie it's established that flares are used to train the T-Rex and other dinos to eat on command, with the camp operators throwing them at other animals they can devour. They've managed to create an association so that the creatures will follow the flare with the expectation that food will be waiting for them on the other end.

Consequently then, when Claire cracks open a flare at the very end and starts to run away from the T-Rex, the reason she isn't instantly eaten is because the dinosaur isn't actually chasing her, but rather following her. It's been conditioned to understand that the flare equals food, so isn't necessarily trying to get her, but rather find something it can chow down on.

4. Cross' Murderous Motivations - Ant Man

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Though audiences could tell a mile off that Cross was going to be the villain of Ant Man by the time the climax came around - after all, when has a smartly-dressed business man who isn't the hero ever turned out to be good in these movies? - the extent of his villainy is actually revealed in an mid-movie scene, you just didn't know it.

Cross shows up in Hank Pym's house to invite him to the unveiling of the Yellow Jacket, however it's later revealed he was actually there to kill him. Though he outright says as much later in the movie, in this scene the fact that he's wearing gloves (and his outfit in general) gives away his true intentions.

You could say he just enjoys wearing leather gloves, but it's the only time in the movie he's shown with them on which, combined with the rest of his get up, indicates that he was going to assassinate Pym and slip away without leaving any evidence.

I mean, he tried to be inconspicuous, but the dude couldn't have worn an outfit that screamed "I am a serial killer" more if he tried.

3. The Bride's Name - Kill Bill

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For much of the first Kill Bill, the audience is purposefully left out of the narrative. While the basics are established, the full extent of the story is kept under wraps, to the point where even the name of Uma Thurman's character is obscured.

Dubbed either "The Bride" or "Kiddo", there's even a scene where her full name is bleeped out, in order to keep her real identity a secret even to the people watching.

However, despite going to great lengths to obscure it, her name actually does feature in the movie, albeit written down in a brief close-up. It's stamped on The Bride's boarding pass, revealing her name as Beatrix Kiddo.

Director Quentin Tarantino actually extends this mystery into the second film, but for those scouring the fine details of the first flick, they'd already figured it out.

2. The Guards Not Giving A Damn - Shutter Island

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Shutter Island's final twist reveals that the whole narrative is a form of therapy concocted to snap psychiatric patient Teddy out of delusions he's convinced himself are real, with pretty much everything in the film being constructed purely for him, something which becomes obvious on the second watch.

The most immediately apparent detail that suggests everything is simply an act is the way the employees of the island constantly mess up the "roles" they're given. Teddy's alleged detective partner (actually a doctor on the island) struggles to even get out his badge when he first arrives because it's attached to his gun holster, something which he's not used to wearing.

However, the most obvious indication that the story Teddy has been told isn't true is when he and the guards are searching for a missing patient. Though some are indeed pretending to search for her, a few shots make it clear that some guards are just relaxing. They're surprisingly laid back considering there's a missing person, but that's because they know there really isn't, and have no drive to actually look around the premises.

1. Thor Not Being The First Born - Avengers: Age Of Ultron

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Thor's nightmare in Age of Ultron turned out to be a pretty iffy scene in the grand scheme of things, as while the prophecy of the end of Asgard did come into play, Thor Ragnarok's apocalyptic narrative didn't really reflect this scene. That said, it's still an important part of the franchise for one reason: it actually revealed that Thor wasn't Odin's first child.

While interacting with a crazed Heimdall, Thor is referred to as the "first son of Odin", rather than his "first born" or first child. While that could just be strange phrasing, it could also be a reference to the fact that while Thor was indeed Odin's first son, the Goddess of Death, Hela, was eventually revealed to have been born before him.

Whilst it's easy to brush that off as reading too much into the text, there's no denying how much Marvel was relying on this scene to set up future movies, forcing Joss Whedon to include it in the final cut despite it being a pretty major tangent.

It was meant to be purposefully mysterious and tease the future of Thor's journey, so it would make sense that Marvel would seed the eventual Hela revelation so far in advance.

 


The Shape Of Water Beat A Plagiarism Lawsuit Because Of Its Fishy Sex Scene

The Shape Of Water Beat A Plagiarism Lawsuit Because Of Its Fishy Sex Scene

Back in February, when the world was riding high on The Shape Of Waterand its timeless love story between a woman and a fish-man, the estate of playwright Paul Zindel decided that the film seemed a little familiar. Zindel’s estate sued director Guillermo del Toro, accusing him of lifting plot elements from Zindel’s play Let Me Hear You Whisper, which centers on a very introverted woman working as a janitor at a lab who develops a relationship with a dolphin that is being experimented on. Del Toro vehemently denied the accusation, noting that he constantly talks about his influences, so he’s not the sort of person who would steal a plot element without telling everybody about it, and also that he had never heard of Zindel’s play before the lawsuit brought it to his attention.

Today, as reported by Deadline, a federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit from Zindel’s estate with prejudice. The Deadline story quotes Fox Searchlight’s thorough defense of the film, which noted that Zindel’s play is a “straightforward story” that lacks “decidedly adult meld of genres” that The Shape Of Water has, including the “romantic and sexual relationship” between the woman and the fish-man (Zindel’s play doesn’t have a sex scene between the woman and the dolphin).

On top of that, Fox added that the only real similarity between the play and the film is based on the “non-protectable idea” of a person having a relationship of any kind with an animal/mythical creature, which has been seen in everything from Free Willy to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Del Toro, meanwhile, pointed out that he has written dozens of screenplays and received no prior complaints about plagiarism, which evidently provided some strong support for his case.


How Movie Trailers Are Made

How Movie Trailers Are Made

 

Making a great movie trailer can be crucial to a film's success, and there's a lot more involved in making them than you might think. Trailer Park in LA has produced some of the best in the past few years, like "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Wonder Woman." We spoke with CEO & Creative Director of Trailer Park's A/V Division to see what's involved in the process and what makes a good trailer.


11 HISTORICAL MISTAKES FOUND IN POPULAR FILMS

11 HISTORICAL MISTAKES FOUND IN POPULAR FILMS

The Green Mile - 1999

Action in the film takes place in 1935 in Louisiana. All death sentences in The Green Mile are committed with an electric chair. However, in Louisiana, the electric chair wasn`t used until 1941.

The Imitation Game - 2014

This film is about the English mathematician — Alan Turing, who worked tirelessly on his own to crack the Enigma code. In fact, he used the help of Gordon Welchman, a mathematician who wasn`t even mentioned in the film.

The Last Samurai - 2003

The US flag with 43 stars flashes in the film now and then. But the action takes place in 1876 and 43 stars on the flag appeared first in 1891, when the states of South and North Dakota, Montana, Washington, and Idaho joined.

Apollo 13 - 1995

It seems that all is well in this excellent film about the American astronaut Thomas Kenneth Mattingly. But he didn`t participate in the rescue mission on Apollo 13. In the photo above you can see the real Ken Mattingly and the movie screenshot features an actor (Gary Sinise, he stays in the middle) playing him on the Apollo 13 rescue mission.

Braveheart - 1995

In Wallace’s day no one in Scotland wore a kilt. This clothing appeared much later. Also, they definitely didn`t paint their faces with blue paint or any other color.

Troy - 2004

This film is full of mistakes, from coins that were placed on corpse’s eyes (coins in those times didn`t exist), to an umbrella with metal spokes over the heads of Paris and Helena.

Pirates of the Caribbean, 2003 — 2017

The Pirates of the Caribbean movies were set during the 1740s. In those times people had trouble with fruits. But we can see Granny Smith apples in the film (they didn’t exist until 1868) and sweet bananas (that appeared for the first time in 1836).

Titanic - 1997

When Jack tried to prevent Rosa’s suicide at the beginning of the film, he tells her the story and mentions that once in his native Wisconsin he was fishing on Lake Wissota. But in fact, this artificial lake didn`t appear until 1917, 6 years after the crash of the Titanic.

JFK - 1991

This film only spurred the distributors of conspiracy theories associated with the death of JFK. David Ferrie has long been accused of assassination. In one scene of the film in the hotel Fontainebleau, he makes a supposed “confession.” In fact, he had never admitted anything and has always denied any involvement.

Gladiator - 2000

In the movie Gladiator you can see how the ancient Romans carry a balloon with gas on their chariots. In those days they didn't even have gas.

Marie Antoinette - 2005

A nice mistake can be found in the biographical film from Sofia Coppola about the life of the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. Sneakers were unlikely to have been in trend in those days.


20 Unexpected Movie Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

20 Unexpected Movie Facts You Probably Didn’t Know


20 Celebrities Who Made Huge Demands On A Movie Or TV Set

20 Celebrities Who Made Huge Demands On A Movie Or TV Set

 

We all want to get a job that will allow us to live a fairly comfortable life for ourselves and our families, but some people think a lot bigger, which is why there are so many people trying to become celebrities. The best way to become a celebrity is by becoming an actor, a singer, or a pro athlete, but there are also many people who now become famous because of their following on social media and because of sites like YouTube. No matter what the avenue is though, not everyone can reach celebrity status, as only a small handful of people have the necessary talent to actually pull it off, and those individuals tend to also have the time to properly hone their craft.

It is pretty easy to see why so many people want to become celebrities, as celebs tend to date and marry other celebs and because it generally means that you will become a millionaire who will be able to live a care free and lavish lifestyle. When you put that stuff aside though, you will see that all celebrities are basically ordinary people just like everyone else, which means that they too have certain qualities that rub people the wrong way. Nowhere do these negative qualities manifest themselves more than on the set of a movie or TV show, mainly because there are so many people around, and because egos tend to often clash with one another. With that being said, there are celebrities who let their negative qualities get the best of them, and when that happens, the movie or show that they are working on somehow gets negatively affected, and this article will focus on 20 celebs who have caused that kind of trouble on sets.

CHARLIE SHEEN

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Considering the title of this article, it is pretty safe to assume that many people knew that Charlie Sheen was going to appear on this list, so to kick things off, we might as well talk about him first. Sheen's career may have started in 1973, but his rise to fame did not occur until 1984, when he starred in the original Red Dawn movie, and it was thanks to that performance that he landed meatier roles in movies like Platoon, Wall Street, and Navy SEALs. We all know that Charlie was the star of the sitcom, Two and a Half Men, and that his tenure with the show ended because he blasted the show's creator. But despite that downward spiral, he was able to land the lead role in another sitcom shortly after. That new show was Anger Management, and because he was still leading a hard-partying lifestyle, several days of shooting had to be cancelled to accommodate his schedule. In the show's first season, actress Selma Blair served as Charlie's co-star and love interest, but the two did not really get along, to the point that she told the production company that he was a menace on set. That led to Sheen threatening to quit the show unless she was fired, which she was.

LINDSAY LOHAN

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Disney has become an unstoppable force at the box office over the past decade, and all of that success can be attributed to their catalog of animated movies, and early live-action programming. This early live-action programming, included both movies and TV shows, and both mediums ended up turning children and young teens into celebrities, which is how the term 'Disney Star' originated. One of the original Disney Stars was Lindsay Lohan, who came onto the acting scene in 1998 with The Parent Trap, but she also appeared in Disney films such as Life-Size, Get A Clue, and Freaky Friday. It was thanks to these performances that people assumed that Lindsay was going to become a superstar in the acting world, but thanks to multiple run-ins with the law, her career essentially fell off a cliff. Most of her issues may have occurred away from a set, but Lindsay has also been known for being a difficult person to work with on set, as she has been known for either delaying shoots or not showing up at all, and for having unpredictable mood swings. While filming the 2013 film, The Canyons, her co-star James Deen went as far as to refer to Lohan as a "child lashing out".

CHRISTIAN BALE

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Many people consider Batman to be their favorite superhero, so it makes sense that the character has had more live-action film adaptations than any other hero, but he is also the only hero to be portrayed by more than five actors. Ben Affleck is currently wearing the cape and cowl, but before him we had Christian Bale, who many comic book fans believe produced the best incarnation of the Dark Knight over the course of his standalone trilogy. Bale may have played Batman, but he is also best known for starring in films such as American Psycho, The Fighter, and American Hustle, and seeing as he has won an Oscar for his work, it goes without saying that he can indeed act. While filming Terminator: Salvation, Bale had a very famous blow-up which saw him yelling at the movie's director of photography because he interrupted him during a take. Bale is known for not wanting to make friends while filming, and to give you an idea of how difficult he was to work with, his assistant, who was with him from 2000 to 2004, had to go through five years of therapy as a result of working for the actor.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND

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When it comes to Hollywood, it is actually quite rare to see both a father and son in the business, but it does happen, and from a filmography point of view, Kiefer Sutherland has had half the career that his father Donald has had. Kiefer made his acting debut in 1983, but it was not until he appeared in The Lost Boys that he started to get more roles, but even though he has appeared in quite a few movies, he is best known for his time on television, primarily the show 24 where he played Jack Bauer. The show ended up running for a combined nine seasons, and it also spawned a TV movie that he also starred in, and in 2010, during the eighth season, he worked alongside Freddie Prince Jr. As it turns out, people have not enjoyed working with Kiefer, and years after his appearance on the show, Freddie explained why. While working on the show, he says that Kiefer was very temperamental, and that he would get people fired simply because he did not like them, in fact he acted so unprofessionally on set that Freddie almost quit acting after working with him.

MIKE MYERS

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It is believed that Canadians are the most polite people on the planet, and for the most part, that minor stereotype is true, and you can see that level of politeness in virtually every Canadian celebrity. Mike Myers was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, and although he has appeared in some more serious films like Inglorious Bastards and Terminal, he is best known for starring in lighthearted comedies like the Shrek and Austin Powers movies. Myers is also best known for his time on Saturday Night Live where he created the Wayne Campbell character that eventually led to the Wayne's World movie and its sequel, and based on these roles, and how he acts during interviews, you would think that he is a good old Canadian boy. As it turns out, Myers is not the easiest person in the world to work with, as evidenced by his actions on the set of Wayne's World, where he once walked off set because he was given a bagel without any margarine on it. While filming Bohemian Rhapsody, he became angry because of the amount of takes needed to film a scene that he did not think was funny, which added to the view that he is an egotistical, and very temperamental, control freak on set.

KATHERINE HEIGL

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Most of us can agree that the first five seasons of a show are the best that the show has to offer, but not many shows are able to get to that mark, and for those that do, they tend to go on until the show's quality diminishes. Grey's Anatomy just finished its 14th season, and although it is still very popular, the current show pales in comparison to its first couple of seasons, which featured characters that are no longer there, including Katherine Heigl's character. Heigl was on the show for its first six seasons, a run that spanned 109 episodes, and thanks to that role, she was able to land roles in several movies, including 27 dresses, The Ugly Truth, and Knocked Up. In truth, Heigl has had a bit of trouble getting work, and that would be because she has earned a reputation for being a difficult person on and off the set, as she and her manager are very difficult to deal with during negotiations, and she has also badmouthed projects that she has worked on. In terms of on set issues, she is known for delaying shoots by either spending too much time in makeup, or refusing to leave her trailer for petty reasons, and she has on occasion insisted on making script changes in the middle of production.    

VAL KILMER

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In 1986, audiences were introduced to Top Gun, a movie that helped to make Tom Cruise a superstar, but it also helped to bring Val Kilmer into the spotlight, and next year, he will appear alongside Cruise in the movie's anticipated sequel. It is true that many of his films have been direct-to-video releases, but that does not mean that he has not appeared in some notable films, like Alexander, and The Prince of Egypt. As it turns out, Kilmer happens to also be part of a very exclusive club, as he is one of the six actors who have gotten the chance to portray a live-action version of Batman. He played the caped crusader in Batman Forever, and it was while filming that movie that his temperament became well known. While on set, Kilmer would talk down to members of the crew and production staff, and when director Joel Schumacher spoke to him about it, the two got into an argument that resulted in neither person speaking to the other for two weeks, and that argument would explain why he was replaced by George Clooney in the sequel. Kilmer has seemingly always had a temper, as evidenced by the fact that he walked off the set of a commercial when he was 12 years old.

CLAYNE CRAWFORD

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As of right now, the television landscape is the best that it has ever been, as there are literally hundreds of channels, and several streaming services, that air hundreds of different shows that represent every type of genre imaginable. With that being said, Hollywood does like to revisit properties from the past, which is why there have been so many show revivals recently, and why several movies have been brought to the small screen as well. The Lethal Weapon franchise consists of four movies, all of which starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, and in 2016, a television adaptation debuted on Fox, with actor Clayne Crawford taking over the portrayal of Gibson's character. In April, news broke that Crawford was putting a potential third season of the show in jeopardy because of his on-set behavior, but in the end, the show will be back for a new season, just not with Crawford, who was ultimately fired. It turns out that Crawford was disciplined several times for emotionally abusing crew members and for creating a hostile and unsafe work environment, as evidenced by the fact that another actor was injured after being hit by shrapnel in an episode that Crawford happened to be directing.

EDWARD NORTON

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Virtually every aspiring actor would do anything to land a life changing role, and Edward Norton knows that all too well, as he made his big screen debut in 1996 with the movie, Primal Fear, which got him a Golden Globe award and Oscar nomination. That role sure changed his life, but it was his ability to act in other movies such as American History X and Fight Club, that solidified his spot as one of the best actors that his generation managed to produce. The Marvel movies are known for casting big names, and in 2008, Norton played Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk, which is part of their cinematic universe, but as we all know, Mark Ruffalo has been playing the big green guy since 2012. As of right now, Norton is the only actor that Marvel has had to replace, and that would be because Norton has a history of being VERY difficult to work with, especially when it comes to directors on and off the set. The director of American History X for example, has called Norton a "narcissistic dilettante", and for good reason, as he forced himself into the editing room and took over the final cut of that movie.

JENNIFER LOPEZ

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In the past, actors generally stuck to acting while singers stuck to singing, and from time to time, there would be a few individuals who could do both, but now, more and more singers are getting into the acting game. In 1991, Jennifer Lopez broke into the entertainment business as a backup dancer for New Kids on the Block, and since then, she has managed to become a very successful recording artist who has also put together a pretty lengthy filmography that includes multiple movies. People may love J-Lo, but most of those people have never worked with her, and as it turns out, many of those who have worked with her considered her to be a total nightmare. When Lopez signs on to appear in a movie, she has a long list of demands, and when any of those demands are not met, she is known for throwing fits on set, and when she is on set, she refuses to speak to anyone unless it is in front of a camera during a scene, and if anyone tries, they are forced to speak to a handler. While working on American Idol, a member of the crew said that “Jennifer is more difficult to deal with than Barbra Streisand on a bad day.”

SEAN YOUNG

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Last year we saw the release of Blade Runner 2049, which somehow underperformed despite the fact that it was the long awaited sequel to Blade Runner (1982), a movie that is considered to be one of the best science fiction films ever made. The original movie saw actress Sean Young play a biorobotic android, and based on her performance in the movie, there were many people who believed that she was going to have a very good career. As it turns out, she has had a lengthy career that includes dozens of films and TV shows, but she was never able to reach any true level of superstardom, mainly because she had many run-ins with coworkers and movie executives. While filming Stripes, she and Bill Murray clashed several times on set, and when she did not get the Catwoman role in Batman Returns, she crashed a meeting at Warner Bros while wearing a makeshift Catwoman suit. In 1988, Young was filming The Boost with James Woods, and at one point during filming, she had the bright idea to superglue Woods' reproductive organ to his leg, a move that unsurprisingly delayed production for some time, and which caused tension on the set.

MARLON BRANDO

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In nearly a century, Hollywood has introduced audiences to hundreds of different actors, but just like most things in life, there is an obvious hierarchy in Hollywood in terms of the ability to actually act, as some actors are just much better than others. There are only a handful of actors who can be considered the greatest of all time, and based on his body of work, Marlon Brando is without a doubt in the conversation. The late actor is considered to be one of the biggest cultural influences in 20th century film making, and he is also credited for bringing realism into acting. Brando appeared in over two dozen movies, where he was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and those nominations led to two wins for his performances in On the Waterfront and The Godfather. He may be one of the greatest actors who ever lived, but that does not mean that he was an easy person to work with on set, as he actually frustrated quite a few directors with his actions. He would come to set without any pants on, and would only receive direction from the actors who he shared scenes with, and they were forced to wear earpieces because of it; and he never even read the script for Apocalypse Now before filming any of his scenes.

SHANNEN DOHERTY

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For years, there have been shows that were created for the purpose of bringing in a predominately teenage audience, and such programming did not really start until the early 90s. In 1990, Beverley Hills 90210 made its debut on television, and it was a massive hit, as it ran for ten seasons, and it was even revived in 2008 with a new show that ran for another five seasons, and it is thanks to the show that actors like Shannen Doherty became household names. The show had an incredible amount of teenage drama, but off screen, there seemed to be a fair bit of drama as well, and as it turns out, Doherty was at the center of most of that drama. While working on the show, she feuded with her co-stars, especially Jenny Garth, and she was also known for partying a lot, showing up on set late, and for getting into physical fights while on set, which is why she was fired from the show in 1994. A few years later, she was cast as one of the leads in the show Charmed, but she was fired yet again, this time after three seasons, all because she feuded with co-star Alyssa Milano.

LEA MICHELLE

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Fox is the network that introduced audiences to the world of teenage TV drama, and in 2009, they continued down that path when they started airing the musical comedy-drama series, Glee. The show became a massive hit, and ran for six seasons before ending in 2015, and it became so popular mainly because of the cast which was filled with individuals who for the most part were able to sing. The biggest name to come out of Glee was without a doubt Lea Michelle, who ended up receiving Emmy, Golden Globe, and Grammy nominations during her tenure with the show, and she used that fame to land roles on both Scream Queens and the very short lived sitcom called The Mayor. It appeared as though Lea allowed her fame to get to her head, because while shooting Glee, she gained the reputation of being a Diva. According to her former co-star, Naya Rivera, Lea would lock herself in her trailer, and stall production because of unflattering rumors, and she even blames Lea for the producers firing her. Actress Kate Hudson at one point guest starred on Glee, and she has said that working with Lea turned out to be a total nightmare.

RUSSEL CROWE

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There are so many great American and UK actors out there that we sometimes forget that there are great actors from all over the world, including New Zealand, which is where Russell Crowe hails from. Crowe has been acting since 1990, but it was not until 2000 that he made his mark in Hollywood following the release of Gladiator, a critically acclaimed film that earned him his first and only Oscar for best actor; and since then, he has gone on to star in films such as Noah, Les Miserables, and Robin Hood. Even though Gladiator was the film that made his career, he was not a fun person on set, seeing as he threatened to kill a producer with his bare hands because of his assistants not getting enough money from the production company. At another point in the filming process, the screenwriters decided to make changes to a monologue, and despite delivering the lines masterfully, he was not pleased with the changes, and he even stated that the script "was sh*t, but I’m the greatest actor in the world and I can make even sh*t sound good.” He has also gotten into fights on other sets, allegedly because he was drunk.

MARIAH CAREY

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Earlier on this list, we talked about Jennifer Lopez and how she has managed to do well in both the singing and acting segments of the entertainment industry, but Mariah Carey has also, and unsuccessfully, tried to delve into the acting world. The 5-time Grammy Award winner has appeared in critically acclaimed films like Precious and The Butler, but the body of her work has been very forgettable, except for the movie Glitter, which is still considered to be a terrible movie that should have never seen the light of day to begin with. When it comes to the entertainment industry, a Diva is defined as a woman who is difficult to please, and who has a reputation for being temperamental, and for quite some time, Mariah has been viewed as a very big Diva. This became very evident in 2012, because that was the year that she became a judge on American Idol, and as many people already know, she had several on-set clashes with fellow judge and Diva, Nikki Minaj. She did not have problems with just Nikki though, as several contestants complained that she was late to mentor shoots, and that she was incredibly demanding when it came to specific singing details.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA

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Lindsay Lohan may be one of the original Disney stars, but the company was putting kids on the path to stardom years before she came around, and that would be because of The Mickey Mouse Club, which gave many people their first glimpse of celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. With over 50 million records sold worldwide, and five Grammys to her name, Christina has had a very successful career, but unlike the other singers who have appeared on this list, she has not tried that hard to venture into acting. With that being said though, her almost non-existent filmography has not stopped her from appearing on TV, as she worked as a judge on The Voice. She worked on the singing competition for a combined six seasons, where she and fellow judge Adam Levine clashed several times behind the scenes, and according to him, she even tried to sabotage one of the singers who was part of his team. Those were not the only problems she caused though, as she apparently showed up on set looking bloated and hungover multiple times, mainly because she liked to party a lot at the time. The show even had to enforce a curfew in order to get her on set at a reasonable time.

STEVEN SEAGAL

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Like many things in history, Hollywood has gone through several different eras, and right now, we are very much still in the era of superhero movies, but in the 1980s and early 90s, the movie landscape looked very different. That era was in fact dominated by the action movie genre, and gave us names such as Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the genre also gave us Steven Seagal, who has appeared in over three dozen movies. Seagal's first role may have come in 1988, but it was in 1992 that he made a name for himself after the release of Under Siege, which saw him play a Navy SEALs counter-terrorist expert. That movie turned out to be Seagal's best movie, and the only movie in his filmography that is worth mentioning, seeing as the majority of his movies were direct-to-video. Just because most of his movies were never released in theaters, does not mean that Seagal was not a problematic individual to work with, as he was known for abusing his own stuntmen, and he even sucker punched one of his co-stars on the set of Executive Decision. In 1991, he was a host on Saturday Nigh Live, and his actions in the writing room almost made him the first celebrity guest to be fired from the show.

BRUCE WILLIS

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In the grand scheme of things, Steven Seagal was/is a minor name in the action movie genre, and if you were to ask anyone, they would probably say that his career is meaningless when compared to Bruce Willis'. The action movie icon got his big break in 1988, following the release of Die Hard, a movie that has so far spawned four sequels that he also starred in. Thanks to that one movie, Willis has gone on to appear in over three dozen movies, including action films such as Red, The Expendables, Death Wish, Looper, and Sin City; but he has also appeared in non-action roles in films such as The Sixth Sense and Armageddon. Now, Willis has been criticized over the past couple of years because of his politics and stance on guns, but neither of those things have translated to on-set issues, instead, his personality is what has bothered a lot of people. Willis is known for being unapproachable on set, and when filming the movie Cop Out, director Kevin Smith said that working with Willis was a "soul crushing" experience, and while working on the show Moonlighting, he constantly slowed down production to the point that producers were not sure if episodes would meet their air date.

CHEVY CHASE

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Saturday Night Live has produced dozens of comedians who went on to have great success in both film and television, and the first real star to make the jump from the show was Chevy Chase, even though he only appeared in 30 episodes. Following his run with the show, Chase went on to star in Caddyshack and the Family Vacation movies, and it was through those movies that his reputation for being a massive jerk came to light. The man who played a loving father on the big screen was actually intolerable on set, as he would often have outbursts and insult crew members and fellow actors, but he was also a nightmare while working on SNL as both a cast member and hostWhile appearing as a guest host, he got into verbal and physical fights with Bill Murray, and during another appearance, he made homophobic comments, and when he was told to apologize, he threw a fit. While working on the beloved sitcom, Community, Chase was known for throwing racial slurs, which did not sit well with his co-stars, Danny Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown, and those slurs were just one of the reasons why he was written off the show, as he also got into several public fights with Dan Harmon, the show's creator.

 

 


MOVIES QUIZ / 1990S MOVIE TAGLINES

MOVIES QUIZ / 1990S MOVIE TAGLINES

 

Can you pick the movie from the 1990s that matches the tagline?

 

 



Top 15 Biggest Harry Potter Film Mistakes

Top 15 Biggest Harry Potter Film Mistakes

The new Harry Potter movie's finally coming out this summer, so here are 15 Harry Potter 'owlers. Yeah, appalling pun, but the Sun used that headline back in 2001 relating to this website, so no reason I can't use it...


15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Room

15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Room

After experiencing all three stages of production with the producer/director/writer/actor Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell co-wrote the novel The Disaster Artist, documenting the ongoing behind-the-scenes insanity on Wiseau's The Room.

Paired with the cult status that the film had eventually earned, the book was elevated to the mainstream, earning the attention of James Franco, who would end up adapting the the novel into a film, directing said film, and even portraying the enigmatic filmmaker himself.

That said, though, there are plenty of details surrounding The Room that are almost too bizarre to believe. Everything from futuristic vampires and aggressive farting to Matt Damon played a role in developing Wiseau's vision (for better or worse). It's a faulty foray into filmmaking, and can hardly be compared to any other film that has ever been produced, but that's exactly where its cult status stems from.

I f you're planning on seeing Franco's adaptation of the novel (which has gotten Wiseau's personal seal of approval), keep reading to discover 15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Room.

15 FLYING CARS & VAMPIRES

As if The Room couldn't be any stranger than it already is, Tommy Wiseau once had other ideas in terms of where the plot could potentially go. He had already gone all in on green screens and faulty post-production audio recording, but when he was toying with the screenplay, he played around with the idea of incorporating some sci-fi and supernatural elements into the story.

An original concept included characters Johnny and Mark having an argument, which then resulted in Johnny - who was inexplicably revealed to be a vampire (that would explain the sunglasses, pale skin, and lack of basic football knowledge) - getting into his car and... flying away. Thankfully, co-star Greg Sestero convinced him that this wasn't a great idea. Though, then again, maybe the supernatural angle would have actually made some sense out of all the madness.

14 $300K FOR A SINGLE BILLBOARD PROMO

If you want to sell a movie, your marketing game needs to be on point. Even Tommy Wiseau (questionable though his logic may seem) understood this; so much so that he was willing to cough up a pretty penny in order to let the world (or LA, at the very least) know about his upcoming film, The Room. That said, his approach was questionable at best. Instead of reaching out to investors, he reached into his own pockets, paying for a billboard that cost him $5,000 a month.

What's more, however, is the fact that the billboard's shelf life was hardly minimal. He paid to keep it standing for five years, meaning that he put a grand total of $300,000 into a single billboard. You can argue that it ultimately paid off, considering that it's still being discussed, but still... this is a prime example of risky investments.

13 "I DID NOT HIT HER"... 32 TIMES

There are quite a few perfectionists in Hollywood. The late Stanley Kubrick was famous for indulging in take-after-take during a single scene before he was satisfied, and David Fincher is another director who isn't afraid to film up to 50 takes before moving on to another scene. When it comes to creating art, everybody's different. Even Tommy Wiseau.

While filming The Room, Wiseau apparently had so many issues with the "I did not hit her" scene that it took a frustrating 32 takes before the crew got what they needed. This is even touched upon in James Franco's The Disaster Artist, where he recreates the failed attempts of Wiseau trying his darnedest to make this scene work. The dialogue is awkward and stilted, but he deserves some credit for trying.

12 A NO FARTING POLICY

Every job has rules when it comes to workplace etiquette. There are simply things you're not allowed to do when you're on the clock, and for the most part, they're not often things that are especially difficult to temporarily give up. And while the same sort of rules essentially applied to the production of The Room, there was one rule about which Wiseau was especially adamant: no farting.

No matter how badly a cast or crew member's stomach might have ached, and no matter how poorly one's bottle of Gas X may have fared, farting was a giant no-no. As it so happened, though, someone on set did end up farting during the production, and Wiseau erupted into a tirade of gaseous objection, calling the deed, "Disgusting as hell!"

11 "IF THE JEANS GO, I GO!"

Sex is a no-pants dance. Though it's an activity that offers unique experiences for all sorts of couples, there is one fairly universal rule that tends to stick: nudity is necessary. However, while filming The Room, actor Greg Sestero kindly objected to this, insisting that he not remove his pants during filming. To each their own.

This led to the awkwardness that was the sex scene between Mark and Lisa. During an interview with Rolling Stone, Sestero said, "‘Uh, that’s not going to happen with me.’ So, luckily, he made the exception so I could have my jeans on.” It's hard to say whether or not his lack of jeans would have improved the scene, but any sense of added realism to this movie would have done wonders. The jeans simply add to the madness.

10 THE ROOM MEETS "EYES WIDE SHUT"

Actors need motivation when filming a scene. It's technically possible for someone to simply assume what is going in with their character and to aimlessly read their lines, but the results are going to be next-level awkward. So, as strange an experience as watching The Room may be, Wiseau did at least attempt to give his actors something to work with in terms of motivation.

It just so happens that the motivation was questionable at best.

For Juliette Danielle, who played Lisa, Wiseau recommended that she watch and study Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. That said, though, he didn't go into detail as to why he wanted her to watch the movie. If anything, it could explain the overall confusion in the film (if that helps).

WHY THE DIALOGUE IS SO... OFF

One of the most enjoyable parts of watching The Room is experiencing the lunacy of sound. The dialogue appears to be coming out of actors' mouths, but something is off. It feels distant. Removed. Alien, almost.

However, there is an explanation for this after all.

Due to issue with audio recording on set, Wiseau was forced to resort to one line every filmmaker tries their best to avoid: "We'll fix it in post." A solid chunk of dialogue in The Room is ADR (Additional Dialogue Recording), a process that allows actors to re-record their dialogue over a scene in post-production. While the process itself might be helpful in some circumstances, using it often causes the film to suffer from a lack of realism (not that The Room has to worry about that).

ACTORS HAD TO BE ON SET AT ALL TIMES

Film productions may seem chaotic, but they're usually meticulously controlled. Everyone has a role to play, not a single dime is wasted, and if you're not needed on a particular day, then you're simply excused from the day's schedule.

As it turns out, though, Tommy Wiseau never got that memo. Instead of allowing actors a day off on days where the schedule didn't need them, he insisted they appear on set—just in case. If Wiseau felt inclined to use an actor in a scene in which they didn't originally appear, he had the luxury of having them on standby.

Sure, it may have cost him more money on an already limited budget, but it was a sacrifice he was willing to make. Did it pay off? That's subjective.

BASED ON THE BOOK AND PLAY THAT NEVER HAPPENED

You might want to sit down for this one, but The Room wasn't always going to be a movie. Once upon a time, before Wiseau wised up and turned his precious creation into a full-on production, he had other ideas. Originally, The Room was going to be a stage play. However, from there, inspiration took hold of Wiseau and his ideas evolved.

While writing The Room as a play, he eventually switched gears and rewrote it as a novel. When the process of trying to get it published failed, he eventually came to terms with the fact that this story simply had to be seen to be believed. So, the tides turned, the process transformed, and audiences now have the pleasure of witnessing Wiseau's creation whenever they feel so inclined.

BUSTING THE BANK

The Room looks fairly cheap, yeah? There is an overall lack of imagination or general finesse to the production, acting choices, direction, etc., which makes sense considering how low its budget must have been.

As it turns out, though, The Room was actually a fairly expensive movie to make, with a $6 million budget. What's more, the money didn't come from outside investors. Oh, no. Just like the billboard, the budget's money came straight out of Wiseau's pocket. He packed the film to the brim with every penny he could get his hands on (which turned out to be a lot), but he still managed to make a movie that didn't really do its budget justice.

But maybe this was a blessing in disguise. The Room isn't just a cult-favorite, but a cult-favorite that'll likely show up at the Oscars— assuming The Disaster Artist earns some deserved nominations.

MARK DAMON

When Wiseau was creating characters for The Room, he was influenced by some of Hollywood's greatest talents; specifically Matt Damon when it came to writing the character Mark. A proud fan of Damon, Wiseau was so inclined to use the Bourne Identity star as inspiration that he went so far as to use Damon's first name for the character. Only, in case you hadn't noticed, Wiseau made a goof. He confused Matt's first name for Mark, and then never bothered to change it.

So, despite the fact that Mark has no discernible ties to Damon, the influence is strong. It's skewed and laughable, but it's there all the same.

Now, if only Damon would give The Room his seal of approval, then all would be right in the world.

UNKNOWN MENTAL DISORDERS

Denny is an awkward character in The Room (which is saying a lot, considering the overall awkwardness of the entire movie), but there is a reason for this. Tommy Wiseau intended for the character to have an unspecified mental disorder; however, this is something he never bothered explaining to Philip Heldiman, the actor playing the character. He was completely unaware of the motivation behind his character's behavior and simply acted per Wiseau's direction.

If you've seen The Room, you'll be well aware that the result was muddled at best. Denny's dialogue is very childlike but because he's a grown man, it comes off as extremely creepy.

Again, though, considering how incomprehensible all of the other characters are in this movie, Helidman hardly has anything to worry about. By comparison, his portrayal is pretty much on par with everybody else's.

THE LAUGHTER TENT

If you think The Room is amusing, you're obviously not alone. Despite the fact that it was intended to be a hard drama, The Room is as famous as it's become on account of the accidental humor (on account of a bad acting, bad directing, etc.). In fact, it just so happens that the audience isn't alone on this. During production, the crew had such a difficult time holding in laughter that there was a special tent erected for the sole purpose of expressing emotions that Wiseau would have naturally deemed inappropriate.

Director of Photography, Todd Barron, would casually dip in and out of the tent in order to keep his amusement as private as possible. Considering Wiseau's issue with gas-passing, one could only imagine how he might react to fun-poking.

BUTTS SELL MOVIES

If you couldn't tell already, Tommy Wiseau is brimming with confidence. No matter what audiences, critics, or even his crew, might think of him, he's got confidence to spare— so much so that he was more than happy to strip naked while filming The Room.

As it so happened, his nudity didn't really benefit in the long run, especially considering how the nudity was ultimately displayed. During a sex scene, Wiseau is buck naked, with his rear end propped directly in front of the camera. It's awkward, it's unashamed, and it's apparently where the overall success of the movie resided. According to Sestero's book The Disaster Artist, Wiseau said, "I have to show my a-- or this movie won’t sell.”

Whatever you say, Tommy.

THE ROOM LOWERS CRIME RATES

Claiming that a piece of art can help prevent crime is a bold statement. However, when it comes from someone like Tommy Wiseau, it's expected. During in an interview with Gawker, Wiseau explained that his movie could be a quick fix to crime—assuming criminals take their time out to watch it, that is...

Wiseau said: "Screening The Room midnight eliminated crime in America. Look at how many young people—you been young, I mean we still young, whatever—go in the street, you know, walking on the street, nothing to do, go see The Room, have fun. Let's assume you don't see The Room, you don't have The Room, you walk on the street, grab the rock, and by accident you hit somebody, you know? Accident happen, get 'em arrested, go to jail, whatever. Instead, you see The Room. So high probability crime, high probability… you know what I'm saying?"

Will someone please make The Room mandatory viewing for hardened criminals?

 


5 Insane Facts About How Much Money 'Infinity War' Has ALREADY Made

5 Insane Facts About How Much Money 'Infinity War' Has ALREADY Made

In case you hadn't heard, Marvel movies are pretty good at obliterating box office records. And it should come as no surprise that Avengers: Infinity War - aka The Most War Possible (according to math) - just made more money in one weekend than any film in history. At both the US box office, and even internationally (without China, even!).

 

1. Literally the biggest domestic opening weekend ever ($258.2m)

The previous record-holder for biggest domestic opening weekend was 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens at $247m. And it made sense - the first SEQUEL Star Wars film in nearly 30 years! A new Star Wars for a new generation! If you remember winter 2015, you'll remember how that was pretty much the only thing on anyone's mind. NEW STAR WARS - how could you think of anything else? The air was abuzz with anticipation for what ended up being the highest grossing film (domestically) ever.

All that buzz? All that hype? That was nothing compared to Avengers: Infinity War, which blew that number out of the water by about $10m. That's right - Han Solo died for nothing.

 

2. Literally the biggest domestic single box office day ever ($82.1m)

I haven't seen a whole lot of outlets talking about this, but Infinity War made more on a single day than any other movie has ever made at the box office - $82.1m on Saturday. One reason this probably isn't being too heavily discussed is the way box office numbers are calculated - namely, how Friday numbers roll in Thursday "preview" screenings. See, technically, box office stats say that The Force Awakens' Friday is the highest box office day ever at $119m - but this number includes $57m in Thursday previews, meaning that the movie ACTUALLY only made $62m on that Friday. Similarly, Infinity War has a reported $106m for its Friday numbers - but that includes $39m in Thursday numbers.

So - not only did Infinity War have the biggest domestic Saturday box office ever, it has the BIGGEST SINGLE DAY AT THE BOX OFFICE IN US HISTORY. IT MADE MORE MONEY IN ONE DAY THAN ANY OTHER MOVIE EVER. So that continuation of the Star Wars universe that the world was anticipating for 30 years? No one gives a shit anymore.

 

3. Oh hey it had the biggest domestic Sunday gross ever, too ($69.2m)

Hey that's pretty cool. Infinity War's Sunday number was higher than The Force Awakens' Saturday number ($68.3m), which was THAT MOVIE'S biggest day! Maybe just give up, Star Wars. Is there even any POINT to making Episode IX, now that you've been so thoroughly embarrassed?

 

4. Also the biggest worldwide opening weekend ever, because sure why not ($640.9m)

Worldwide openings are a bit hard to gauge - after all, certain films will open at different times in different markets, often weeks or even months apart. Infinity War is fortunate, then, that it opened PRETTY MUCH everywhere all at the same time - and was able to claim $640.9m in the span of about three days, utterly trouncing the previous worldwide record holder: The Fate of the Furious, at $541m. Yep - it topped that by $100m, and it did it WITHOUT opening in China, the biggest non-US film market in the world - and, in case you were curious, Fate of the Furious DID have its Chinese opening included in its debut numbers.

And it gets REAL wild once you start looking at individual countries, where Infinity War set records as the biggest opening in....so many countries, including:

  • South Korea
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Chile
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • ....and a bunch more. Christ.

Maybe send the Toretto crew into space next time to meet up with the characters from Star Wars, which is the only hope either franchise has of topping Infinity War.

...honestly, sending the Toretto crew into space isn't THAT far-fetched of an idea, given the trajectory fo that franchise.

 

5. It beat the entire domestic run of 'Justice League' (which now sits at $229m)

When discussing the box office returns of a big superhero crossover film in 2018, it becomes impossible to not bring up Justice League - DC's crown jewel, which it had hoped would be an Avengers of its very own. Spoiler alert - it wasn't! Calling the film a flop might be generous given the expectations WB had for the film. Regardless, it did make $229m domestically over the course of its several month run - a number Avengers: Infinity War crushed in about 3 days (and - reminder - that Black Panther crushed in 4 days).

Honestly, I'd feel a little bad for Justice League if it wasn't such an expensive mess that everyone involved made knowing it was a bad idea (given production started just a little while after Batman v. Superman opened to horrible reviews and epic box office drops week-to-week). It really is a testament to the differing philosophies of Marvel and DC - Marvel takes its time, thinks things out, plans ahead, and makes high-quality products...and audiences respond to these efforts by GETTING HYPED AS HELL for their insanely good films and showing up en masse. The MCU has built an incredible brand name for itself - people INHERENTLY trust MCU films to be enjoyable and fun, because even Marvel at its worst isn't half-bad.

Hell, they're smart enough that they've expertly turned Ant-Man into a huge character (his very fun cameo in Civil War went a long way with general audiences), and they know exactly how to build off of the hype of Infinity War. Seriously, Ant-Man and the Wasp is gonna make $100m+ opening weekend. THE SCOTT LANG VERSION OF ANT-MAN, NO LESS. If you would have told me that even a few years ago, I would've laughed at the idea. But Kevin Feige and his crew are the ones laughing now.

Fun isn't something one considers when making insane amounts of money at the box office, but this...does put a smile on my face.

 


17 Totally Insane Polish Movie Posters

17 Totally Insane Polish Movie Posters

In America, we love our movie posters two ways: either hand-drawn in that classic ‘80s Drew Struzan style, or really, really, really, really badly Photoshopped. Other countries, however, tell a different story with their movie promotions. Poland in particular has a history of taking our classic American films and turning them into — what’s the most polite way to put this? — surreal, mind-bending nightmares. Take a look at some of their most bonkers Polish movie posters below.

 

1. Vertigo

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2. Tootsie

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3. Alien

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4. Fatal Attraction

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5. Raiders Of The Lost Ark

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6. Strangers On A Train

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7. Pulp Fiction

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8. Young Frankenstein

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9. Gremlins

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10. The Fly

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11. The Birds

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12. Return Of The Jedi

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13. Aliens

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14. Rocky

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15. Working Girl

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16. A Clockwork Orange

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17. Short Circuit 2

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Which movie poster boinked you up the most? Which film would you love to see Polish poster-ized?


5 Movies That REEEEEEALLLY NAILED The Internet

5 Movies That REEEEEEALLLY NAILED The Internet -

 

 

The series of tubes that we know as the "Information Superhighway" or "In-ter-net"has ushered in a magical era — information at our fingertips! Unfiltered access to the personal lives of our friends and family! But hey, near the turn of the century, Hollywood was ahead of the curve. THEY figured the internet out waaaaaaay before we did. Here are five movies that absolutely NAILED the Internet.

 

The Lawnmower Man

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The Lawnmower Man proved to us once and for all that screwing around with virtual reality will undoubtedly make you smarter and, as an added bonus, maybe turn you into a telepathic super villain with ambitions based on becoming a being of pure energy! All of those hours spent on the Virtual Boy and Playstation VR will pay off when we transcend consciousness and... uh... make all of the world’s phones ring at once?

 

Fear dot com

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You may not know it, but Fear dot com was a formative website for lots of us. This was the epiphany that we needed in order to realize that websites can be haunted! If someone dies on a shady-ass subscription-based murder site, it’s a guarantee that they’ll create a website of their own to kill people out of vengeance. I mean, it’s basically Internet law at this point, right? Isn’t that what you’d do?

 

The Net

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Sandra Bullock’s action-packed 1995 vehicle struck fear into the hearts of anyone with a dial-up connection and an affinity for Domino’s. In a stroke of pure genius, the movie features the brilliantly simple "pizza.net" to drive home just how easy it is to order pizza over your computer! We don’t need any of those silly brand names. The Net showed us how convenience works in the digital age! Want to order something? Enter that object into your search bar, throw a .COM at the end of it, and BOOM. INSTANT PIZZA.

 

Hackers

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What The Net did for ordering your favorite shame-dinner online, Hackers did for understanding the subtle complexities and nuances of computer viruses! Namely that they are actual PHYSICAL entities that live inside your computer. Pesky Da Vinci Virus screwing up your day? Simply fly inside your computer and shoot that thing with INTERNET LASERS. Bing bang boom, no more virus.

 

Untraceable

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2008’s Untraceable begins with a cataclysmic inciting incident: a torture site where people pay to watch a cat get killed. Now, the real internet isn’t quite that dark, but it reveals the truth: the internet actually HATES cats. Mind blown yet? It’s true! From Keyboard Cat to Lil Bub, the denizens of the web have wanted to STICK IT to these smug felines for years, but Untraceable was the first and only film to blow the lid off of this sucker.

 


15 Venom Comics Panels That Deliver Hard

15 Venom Comics Panels That Deliver Hard

 

 


How To Make The Dude's White Russian From 'The Big Lebowski'

How To Make The Dude's White Russian From 'The Big Lebowski'

Ice, vodka, coffee liqueur and heavy cream — simple sure, but there's definitely room to get fancy.

 

 


Peking Duck From A Christmas Story

Peking Duck From A Christmas Story

In case 785 smelly hound dogs eat your holiday turkey, Binging with Babish has you covered. The chef prepares Peking duck, similar to what Ralphie and his family are served at the Chinese restaurant in the Christmas classic. He wraps the meat up in a homemade Mandarin-style pancake and tops it with thinly sliced cucumbers, scallions, and hoisin sauce.

 


‘Ghost In The Shell’ Facts Fans Should Know

‘Ghost In The Shell’ Facts Fans Should Know -

 

 


Ghost in the Shell is considered by many to be one of the greatest stories and animated movie ever made. Its success can be attributed to the fact that the various themes explored in the series are relatable at a basic human level. Though it is a cyberpunk tale set in the future, it has the ability to connect with people at a fundamental level.

Ghost In The Shell History

It all began in the mind of Masamune Shirow when he created a manga about a few very interesting characters in 1989. Nobody at that time could have predicted the impact Masamune’s creation would have not only amongst manga lovers but the world as a whole. The Ghost in the Shell series is undoubtedly one of the best works of art in modern history because it touches on so many unique personal themes all at the same time.

The story revolves around Major Motoko Kusanagi which is a cyber-brain built into a prosthetic human body and agents of a counter cyber-terrorism organization. All this takes place in the backdrop futuristic cyber punk-ish Japan where most of the population consists of cyber brains. The age of humanity is slowly ending and technology has ushered in a new era. Though the cyber humanoids have several advantages over normal human beings, they are extremely prone to hacking. By infiltrating their minds, attackers can easily turn them into puppets for whatever purpose they desire.

In 2017, a new Ghost In The Shell movie hit theaters with Scarlett Johansson portraying Major Motoko Kusanagi. Several details and approach differ from the original anime. More films are also in the works.

An idea in the mind of Masamune in the late 1980’s has more or less become a reality for us today with even governments getting hacked. If you haven’t seen it already, you must give it a try.

Here are facts behind one of the world’s best-told story — Ghost in the Shell.

Ghost In The Shell Series Facts

It inspired the Wachowski sisters to create the Matrix trilogy

There is probably not a soul alive on Earth who hasn’t heard about the Matrix movies. They were a phenomenon all unto themselves. But the earth-shattering concept of the Matrix was inspired by the Ghost in the Shell series.

In fact, the Wachowskis showed Joel Silver, who was the producer of the anime to give him an idea about the approach they wanted to take. From the whole cyberpunk theme to the concept of hacking into one’s mind and inserting data; a lot of common elements are found. In fact, the trilogy has several homages to the iconic anime hidden all throughout.

The TV series, movies, and manga are significantly different from one another

The Anime which blew the world away, gaining fans like Steven Spielberg and James Cameron is significantly different from the manga. Both of them have a lot of differences with the TV series too.

However, instead of alienating the audience, it manages to pull them more in because each platform provides a fresh interpretation of the characters. This is not to say that there are fundamental changes but the character of Major Motoko Kusanagi itself changes significantly.

In the 1995 movie adaptation directed by Mamoru Oshii, there is a philosophical edge to her as she contemplates the meaning of self and what it means to be an individual. In the manga, however, she is someone who doesn’t take things that seriously and always jokes about situations and others.

The interesting story of Kusanagi’s characterization in the TV series

The TV series found themselves in a pickle because they had to choose between the movie version of Kusanagi or the manga version. People had grown accustomed to both versions that creating a whole new interpretation wouldn’t have connected to the audience. Moreover, both characterizations brought their unique problems for the new medium.

In the manga, her character jumps from extremely comical situations into intense fight scenes and adapting that would have meant far more work as far as animation is concerned primarily for a drawn-out TV series. The format requires content to be pushed out regularly and adapting the manga version would have made it hard.

The animated movie version, however, brought a completely different problem. The more realistic and philosophical characterization fit into the themes being explored by the movie perfectly. But maintaining the same theme across multiple episodes or seasons would have made the show stale. So they split it right in the middle where she is philosophical but also quite younger and having certain elements from the manga characterization.

The characters are highly sexualized in the original Ghost In The Shell

The original manga is very different from the movie version to the point where many have argued that the movie has moved away far too much from the original subject. But the beauty of Ghost in the Shell is that the different interpretations of the character add layers of depth and in many ways helps to bring in a larger audience.

In the manga, Major Kusanagi is highly sexualized and far more comic than the movie version. Motoko keeps changing Kusanagi’s body from chapter to chapter, and some stories have her in barely anything at all. She is also a bisexual in the manga and frequently gets displayed in erotic angles focusing on her cyber lady parts.

The diverse themes approached in the Ghost in the Shell movie

Ghost in the Shell is widely considered to be one of the greatest anime films ever made and rightly so. For a long time, many people considered anime to be more for children rather than mature adults. Ghost in the Shell helped a lot in showing the world that anime is universal in its content and subject matter. It encompasses everything from comedy and tragedy to action and philosophy.

From identity and ontology to enslavement and subjugation, the Ghost in the Shell movie touches upon so many themes.  The themes of sexuality and definition of self presented throughout the film are also notable. What does it mean to be human? Is it our flesh and blood or is it our mind? If it is the latter, can a cyborg be considered to be human if the mind is still intact?

The original movie has several references to Angel’s Egg

Mamoru Oshii, who directed the 1995 Ghost in the Shell movie had earlier made an animated film called “Angel’s Egg.” Oshii often dabbled in biblical themes in all his movies and these two are no different.

Apart from that, G.I.T.S also has several references to Angel’s Egg. Both movies show the tree of life in similar contexts and showcase the use of feathers in the same way during the climax. There are also quite a few pieces of symbolism displayed in very similar ways to showcase the underlying philosophical questions put forth in the movies.

In Angel’s Egg, a girl grows into a woman whereas, in G.I.T.S, a woman slowly transforms into a girl. Since the latter considered the physical body to be insignificant, both movies in a way mirror each other as opposite reflections

‘Ghost in the Shell: Arise’ is a prequel

Ghost in the Shell: Arise came out in 2013 as a prequel to the entire series. It was accompanied by recompilations of the four original parts of the OVA along with two original episodes to tie in Arise with the new sequel, “Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie.”

The series takes us back to the year 2027 where people were getting transformed into cyborgs with prosthetic body parts. It features a much younger Major Kusanagi before Public Security Section 9 came into being. It shows us the early beginnings of Kusanagi and how she got her prosthetic body. Arise is essential if you want to get the complete arc of the main character and tells an intriguing tale about the beginning of this saga.

The soundtrack is as eclectic as the series

Apart from the stunning visuals and cutting-edge animation, what makes watching the Ghost in the Shell series is the fantastic soundtrack. The opening track in particular, which is a hybrid of ancient Japanese Min’yo chants and Bulgarian music. The combination of both of these genres makes for a chilling and almost ethereal experience.

Kenji Kawai, who was behind the music, created a track encompassing everything about the anime but also one that blends perfectly with the cyber punk theme. It’s not what you would expect at all, but somehow it just works. This eclectic combination of different genres has been a long-standing tradition of the Ghost in the Shell series.

The soundtrack of G.I.T.S: Stand Alone Complex featured Russian, English and Latin lyrics combined with electronica and it worked perfectly.

 


‘PARASITIC ENDEAVOURS’

‘PARASITIC ENDEAVOURS’


This bizarre CGI short by Christoph Krenn features the disconcerting interactions of conjoined body parts. There isn’t any simple way of explaining it, just watch.


"No Monsters" Is A Dystopian Animated Short Film YOU WILL ENJOY

"No Monsters" Is A Dystopian Animated Short Film YOU WILL ENJOY

Welcome back to Autodale, children. Today's programming is nearly done, which means it is time for bed. But sadly, not all dreams are sweet, some are scary and full of monsters. If any night terrors haunt your sleep, children; always remember that you're safe in Autodale. There are no monsters here.


LITERATURE QUIZ / 'I WROTE THE BOOK; HATED THE MOVIE!'

 

LITERATURE QUIZ / 'I WROTE THE BOOK; HATED THE MOVIE!'

Some authors are very outspoken about their work being misrepresented in film. Can you identify the reasons each author disliked the film adaptation of their work?

 


Star Trek: 15 Deleted Scenes You Won’t Believe Were Cut

Star Trek: 15 Deleted Scenes You Won’t Believe Were Cut

 

Star Trek is in rude health right now. J.J. Abrams gave the film series a reboot back in 2009, and the result was a blockbuster trilogy that made plenty of cash and earned its fair share of favorable reviews. Like all the Trek films that came before, this new trilogy also served up some intriguing deleted scenes.

Last year gave fans Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the new Abrams-originated timeline, marking the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s franchise in a winning style. A lot of stuff did get cut from the movie, though.

Of course, there is also Star Trek: Discovery, which has revitalized the franchise’s TV wing, boldly going into the new frontier of online streaming, with a lot of success. A second series has been ordered, before the first one has even finished airing. Essentially, then, Star Trek fans are being treated to a lot of good stuff these days.

While you wait for the next Discovery episode, and the next big-screen outing for the Enterprise crew, it’s as good a time as any to look back over the Star Trek scenes that didn’t make it through the edit. Over the 51 years of this franchise, a lot has been left on the cutting room floor.

15. KIRK IS LONELY IN YORKTOWN (BEYOND)

This scene, cut from Star Trek: Beyond, sees Pine’s Kirk being shunned by his crew upon arriving at the Yorktown. Simon Pegg’s Scotty turns down his offer of a drink, before awkwardly trying to invite Kirk along to his date as a consolation. Kirk declines. Scotty’s little alien friend Keenser then sneezes green goo onto himself and walks off, leaving Kirk to wander Yorktown alone.

Arguably, this scene should’ve stayed in. It would have helped to develop the idea that Kirk is bored of life as a Starfleet captain. The finished film touched on this — with Kirk seeming unsatisfied and worn down after a lengthy period in deep space — but the inclusion of this little moment could’ve really hammered it home.

Even when the Enterprise lands somewhere interesting, Kirk still can’t find anything to do. No one from the crew wants to spend time with him, putting him into an even darker spot. These themes still come across in the movie, but this scene would’ve contributed.

14. RIKER PRANKS THE NEW FIRST OFFICER (NEMESIS)

On a more fun note, this little scene from 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis would have ended The Next Generation era of the franchise with a comedic flourish. The final cut of the film ended with Picard seeming glum after Riker’s departure, finding some solace in the fact that some semblance of Data’s personality has survived within B-4.

This scene would’ve put a funnier spin of Riker leaving the Enterprise to captain the Titan. In this short scene, Riker meets his replacement as Picard’s first officer, and decides to have a little fun with him: Riker tells his replacement to be casual with Picard, and to call him Jean-Luc, if he wants to win his favor.

Riker leaves, Picard comes in, and the replacement does exactly as he was told. He calls Picard by his first name. The captain clearly hates it, which would have provided a big laugh.

Picard sits in his new chair, hesitant to accept all the changes around him, but he soon perks up, realizing that his new assignment will take him to a place where no one has gone before. It would’ve been a more optimistic ending, fitting for the era it was closing.

13. SCOTTY BLAGS HIS WAY PAST HANGAR CONTROL (INTO DARKNESS)

This scene from Star Trek Into Darkness sees Scotty attempting to blag his way past Hangar Control in order get a peek at the Vengeance. The finished film skips past this bit, picking up with Scotty when he’s already inside.

However, you could argue that they should have kept this scene in, for one nerdy reason: it appears to be a Star Wars reference, with Scotty filling in for Han Solo and Hangar Control for the Death Star. J.J. Abrams love for Star Wars informed his work on Star Trek, and this scene would have provided another fun little example of that.

Fans of both franchises would have got a kick out of this brief parallel between Scotty and Han, but ultimately it ended up on the cutting room floor, before coming a DVD extra.

12. PICARD AND DATA TALK MOVING ON (NEMESIS)

This highly interesting scene cut from Nemesis would have slotted in just after the wedding scene, near the start of the film. It sees Picard and Data discussing, as Patrick Stewart puts it, “change, necessary change, evolution, loss, friendship and family.” Over a bottle of Chateau Picard wine, the two iconic characters take the time to talk about how they’re feeling, and their hopes for the future.

Data talks about a “confluence of emotion” he felt at Riker’s wedding, where he felt “both pleasure and sadness simultaneously.” Picard explains to Data that certain traditions, such as weddings, “evoke very complex emotions because they mark important transitions in our lives […] they make us think about our mortality.

This scene is quite long and talky, so you can see why an editor looking to shave a film down might decide to remove it. However, it offers such an insight into both characters’ emotional well-being, making it a real shame that cinemagoers at the time did not get to see this conversation.

11. KIRK TRIES TO APOLOGIZE TO GAILA (STAR TREK ’09)

A removed subplot from the 2009 Star Trek re-launch would have explained exactly how Captain Kirk programmed a subroutine into the Kobayashi Maru simulation.

In an extended version of the bedroom scene, Kirk explains that he has sent a note to Gaila, which she should open at a very precise time. When Gaila opens the note in a later scene, it downloads a virus into her Starfleet computer, which allows Kirk to defeat the no-win scenario test.

This subplot would have culminated in a really interesting scene: Kirk later encounters a green woman who he believes to be Gaila. He apologizes for using her, clearly conveying guilt over his actions. However, it turns out that this woman isn’t Gaila, which makes Kirk look like an even bigger schmuck.

This whole subplot, arguably, should have stayed in. It would have allowed fans to understand Kirk’s Kobayashi Maru win, as well as showcasing a bit of character development Kirk: his apology, albeit to the wrong person, is a clear sign of growth.

10. A THOUGHT-PROVOKING ENDING (INSURRECTION)

Star Trek: Insurrection originally had a different ending. In the original cut, Picard managed to stop the Son’a Collector’s self-destruct sequence, but Ru’afo got away in an escape pod. The pod journeyed into the rings of the planet Ba’ku, where a fatal dose of metaphysical particles hit Ru’afo. This caused him to de-age rapidly, before disappearing altogether.

However, after screening the film to test audiences, the producers felt that this ending was too soft. Instead of de-aging Ru’afo and letting him die a bizarre sci-fi death, the powers-that-be decided to blow him up. In the final version of the film, Ru’afo’s confrontation with Picard culminates in a giant explosion. Picard beams out in the nick of time, but Ru’afo is blown to smithereens. His final word is a lengthy “NOOOO!”

An unfinished version of the original ending, without completed special effects, was later included on the film’s home release. It may not have the Hollywood-friendly bang that the finished film did, but it was an interesting idea that built on the ‘fountain of youth’ themes in the film. This original ending could’ve really made audiences think.

9. KIRK DOES A SKYDIVE (GENERATIONS)

Star Trek: Generations originally opened differently. Initially, the plan was not just to open with the champagne bottle floating in space that ends up smashing against the new Enterprise.

Spliced in between the shots of the bottle, the original opening has Kirk skydiving from orbit down to Earth. On the ground, Scotty and Chekov look to the sky, bickering. Kirk lands in slightly the wrong place before enthusing about his next jump, which he’s planning for tomorrow. However, Chekov reminds Kirk that the new Enterprise is being christened tomorrow. Kirk insists that he isn’t going, but, of course, in the end, he does.

This alternate opening doesn’t really add much to the film in terms of story, but it would have been a fun way to reintroduce Kirk, Scotty and Chekov. It’s certainly a bit more interesting than watching a bottle float around for ages.

8. KIRK MEETS THE HAREWOODS (INTO DARKNESS)

In another deleted scene from Star Trek Into Darkness, Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk crosses paths with Rima and Lucille Harewood, the wife and daughter of Thomas Harewood (played by Noel Clarke), who blew up a Federation base earlier on the film under the instruction of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan. Fans will remember that Thomas did that because Khan offered medicines that could save his kid from a terminal illness.

This tiny deleted scene would have slotted in near the end of the film, with Rima and Lucille (clearly cured of her illness) approaching Kirk after his speech. Rima thanks Kirk for his words, and Rima says hi. Kirk shakes hands with the youngster, and the two share a look for a moment. Kirk seems to realize that, although Thomas’ actions caused a lot of pain, they also saved this young child.

This scene should have stayed in the film, as it offers some closure on the Harewood strand of the film and gives Kirk some interesting moral material to think about.

7. PICARD’S WORKING LUNCH (INSURRECTION)

In this deleted scene from Insurrection, Captain Picard has an unsuccessful working lunch in his ready room. He drops a bowl of well-dressed cheese salad on himself, which would have provided a hefty laugh in the cinema.

Riker enters, and sneakily snares a bit of the salad, while Picard talks about the mission at hand and cleans himself off. The pair discusses the radiation in the region, before being summoned to the bridge.

This scene wasn’t exactly crucial to the plot, but it was full of interesting character beats. Picard enjoys dramatic orchestral music at lunchtime, Riker expresses amusement upon seeing his captain covered in gorgonzola, and the pair are clearly very comfortable together, discussing complex science while one of them is walking around and trying to smarten himself up. None of this is plot-essential, but it helps the characters feel fully fleshed out. They should’ve kept it in.

6. SPOCK AS A BABY (STAR TREK ’09)

Here’s another deleted scene from the 2009 Star Trek movie. This one shows the infant Spock being handed to his mother, who is crying. “The baby is healthy,” says a nearby Vulcan, “why does the mother cry?” Another one responds: “She is human.

Spock’s dad enters the scene, suggesting the name Spock based on some ancient Vulcan stuff. The new parents admire Spock’s eyes and ears. It’s a completely harmless scene, which offers some nice context. It would’ve helped newcomers to the franchise to understand Spock’s history.

There is one more deleted scene from the Vulcan, as well. It shows Spock’s parents arguing after he is bullied at school, with the topic of his half-human nature coming up again.

If it had stayed in, this moment would have offered even more detail about the iconic first officer’s backstory, and the struggles he has to deal with. Instead, viewers had to make do with a trimmed-down version.

5. EXTENSION OF THE COLD OPEN (INTO DARKNESS)

Star Trek Into Darkness’ cold open was a lot of fun, throwing fans into an Enterprise adventure that was already well underway. The crew were spotted by the primitive indigenous species of a very colorful planet, who subsequently decided to worship the futuristic technology of the Enterprise. Of course, this broke the Prime Directive of the Federation.

This deleted scene shows how Kirk tried to get away with it. He produces a dishonest Captain’s Log, spouting lies about how he stayed off the planet to avoid interfering with their way of life. “If there is one word I would use to describe this mission, it would be: uneventful,” Pine deadpans.

In the finished film, this Captain’s Log is alluded to, but it isn’t explicitly seen or heard. This is a shame, because this scene definitely would have got a couple of laughs from most audiences. It wouldn’t have turned this divisive film into a fan favorite, but it might have earned a tiny bit of extra goodwill.

4. CLEANING OUT DATA’S QUARTERS (NEMESIS)

This deleted scene from Insurrection shows Worf and Geordi cleaning out Data’s quarters after the emotional android’s heroic final sacrifice. It was a memorable death scene, and this quiet moment of reflecting and mourning would have made its impact feel even greater.

For a minute and a half, Worf and Geordi silently gather up Data’s belongings, not saying a word to each other until the end of the scene. It would’ve been powerful to watch in the cinema.

Also, in the scene, Geordi finds Data’s emotion chip on the desk, hinting even further at the idea that Data could feasibly be brought back. The scene also ends on a moment of levity, with Worf becoming the owner of Spot the cat, despite not being “a cat person.”

There are three reasons to keep this scene, then: some quiet morning, a tease that Data still exists, and an amusing moment that would’ve raised a wry smile. As Data would’ve appreciated, there’s a lot of emotion here.

3. KIRK SEES PIKE GET SHOT (INTO DARKNESS)

During the filming of Star Trek Into Darkness, a couple of extra Kirk/Pike moments were shot. Prior to some script changes, a scene was shot which shows Pike taking the Enterprise away from Kirk and giving the command to himself. (In the finished film, the decision is made by Starfleet higher-ups.)

This alternate version – with Pike making the call – shows the dynamic between the two men in a different light. Pike looks a lot more like the punishing father, and Kirk the upset son.

In a similar way, an alternate version of Pike’s death was shot, where Kirk sees it happen. Kirk witnesses the fatal phaser fire, before rushing to Pike’s aid. Kirk attempts to save Pike, telling his mentor that he’ll “be fine.” In the finished film, Kirk is in action hero mode during much of this scene, engineering a way to take down Khan’s ship. As it plays in the final edit, Spock is with Pike instead of Kirk.

Arguably, both of these alternate scenes play better than the ones in the finished movie. They lean on the Kirk/Pike surrogate father dynamic that served the previous film so well, which would have had a huge emotional impact if the scenes were left unchanged.

2. SCOTTY & CHEKOV MOURN KIRK’S PASSING (GENERATIONS)

Much like the clip of Worf and Geordi quietly mourning in Data’s quarters, this scene – from Generations – deals with the immediate aftermath of the death of a crewmember. In this brief scene, Scotty and Chekov react to Kirk’s death in dramatic fashion, with James Doohan and Walter Koenig both putting in loads of emotion.

A quick run around the block,” laments Scotty, recalling Kirk’s description of the trip that would ultimately end his life. Chekov truly breaks down, managing to mutter, “I never thought it would end like this.” Then, Scotty tries to reassure him with the words, “All things must end, lad.

Both actors are on the top of their game here, making it a shame that the footage was removed from the film. Plus, Kirk’s death might have resonated a bit more if viewers got to see his good friends react like this.

1. YOUNG KIRK DOESN’T WANT HIS BROTHER TO LEAVE (STAR TREK ’09)

Here’s a deleted scene from 2009’s Star Trek that would have explained a lot about Kirk’s personality. This scene from his childhood leads directly into the clip from the finished film, where Kirk joyrides a car and drives it off a cliff. In the final edit, the scene still plays really nicely, but this prelude would have explained why it was happening.

Jim and his brother are in the care of a horrid uncle, due to the fact that their father died on the U.S.S. Kelvin. Jim’s brother has had enough, and he leaves home after a loud shouting match with the uncle. Jim protests, asking his brother to stay, and the uncle chimes in with a horrible statement: “what you want doesn’t matter. You’re no one. And I asked you to wash the car.

Dejected, having failed to convince his brother to stay, Kirk cleans the car. He finds the keys within it, enabling that memorable joyride sequence. Kirk takes control of the car and of his own life, driving away from his uncle, his brother and his unhappy childhood. It leads him straight into trouble with the police, establishing this fiery new version of Kirk in under three minutes. Amazing stuff.

 


Some Of The Greatest Movie Gadgets Of All Time

 

Burger Fiction presents their selections for the 100 greatest movie gadgets of all time. They show off the hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II, the Mark V suitcase armor from Iron Man 2, and Data’s slick shoes from The Goonies.

 


Marvel's Obi-Wan Comics Are Everything We Want in a Star Wars Movie

Marvel's Obi-Wan Comics Are Everything We Want in a Star Wars Movie

Of all the characters in Star Wars canon, Obi-Wan is the one with the most ready-made timegap to fill with untold stories. What does a Jedi get up to while guarding Darth Vader's kid on a backwater scumhive like Tatooine? How do you keep that kind of secret for 20 years? How did Ewan McGregor rapidly age into Alec Guiness? All of these questions are worth answering, and that's what makes the prospect of an Obi-Wan movie so tantalizing.

You know how I know this place and time in the Star Wars universe has potential? Because Marvel has already proved it. The flagship Star Wars comic mostly revolves around Luke, Han and Leia's activities just after A New Hope, but there are a few flashback issues that tell tales from Obi-Wan's journal. In issues #7, #15 and #20, writer Jason Aaron and artists like Simone Bianchi, Mike Mayhew and Justin Ponsor came together to tell some fantastic stories about a lonely warrior-turned-hermit whose sworn duty is the galaxy's best-kept secret. 

While making sure Tatooine's ruffians don't mess with the Lars homestead sounds easy enough for a Jedi, it's made a little tougher by the fact that he has to keep his existence a secret. Well okay, it's not that tough. Dopey goons don't stand much of a chance against invisible magic powers. 

Obi-Wan is privately thrilled that he finally got to kick some ass and feel like himself again instead of a dusty shut-in, but as we learn later in this mini-arc, there are some pretty steep consequences for intervention.

In one issue we see Obi-Wan watching/spying/creeping on young Luke flying a T-16 skyhopper like a pro. Obi beams with pride, delighted to see just how much Luke is like his father. Though he wishes he could be training him, Obi settles on buying some skyhopper parts from Jawas and having them deliver the "gift" anonymously. If he can't be a part of Luke's life, Old Ben figures he could at least make his would-be padawan's life a little better. 

But it doesn't really work that way. Luke might not know where those freebies came from, but Uncle Owen sure does -- and he's pissed. Grabbing the box of parts, Owen shows up at Ben's door and shows him what he thinks about Luke having the slightest hint of a Jedi's influence.

That's pretty rough, especially because it's all true. Obi-Wan was trying to encourage Luke in part because he reminded him of his old friend and student, Anakin. But as Owen points out, things didn't end well for Ben's last ward. And Owen doesn't even know the worst part: Obi-Wan's padawan didn't die. Instead, Anakin was corrupted and eventually turned into Darth Vader, who even at this point in the timeline has caused an immense amount of pain and suffering. You can see that failure crease Obi-Wan's face, illustrated so perfectly by Mayhew. He blames himself for letting a cyborg monster wreak havoc across the stars, the same man Obi-Wan trained, the same man Obi-Wan couldn't finish off after their climactic battle. And yet, Old Ben is holding onto a single shred of optimism. Maybe this time things will be different. They have to be. Otherwise, what else is left?

Should an Obi-Wan movie go forward, that core emotional struggle between the fear of repeating past mistakes and holding on to hope for the future would be about as compelling a theme as a space opera could ask for.

I know that's maybe a little too heavy, but don't worry, it definitely gets more Star Warsy from there. Ready for one of the best premises in all of fiction? "Jabba the Hutt is infuriated by Obi-Wan meddling in his plans, so he sends an evil Wookie bounty hunter named Black Krrsantan to get revenge." Hell yes.

Thrilling as this might be, we all know where it ends up. Obi-Wan doesn't die here -- he has to live to disappear into some robes on the Death Star so Vader can smoosh them around with his feet. We know that Obi-Wan is successful at protecting Luke and his family, at least until the events of A New Hope. Star Wars history has already been written -- anything taking place between Episodes is essentially scribbling in the margins.

But then again, if an Obi-Wan movie fills gaps in the timeline with scenes like this, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world:

I know I'm not complaining.


Can You Pick The Movies From A Plot Description That Omits Any Mention Of Magic Or The Supernatural?

Can You Pick The Movies From A Plot Description That Omits Any Mention Of Magic Or The Supernatural?

 

 The is no magic here. Nothing to see, move along people. Zero occult happenings below.

 


FASCINATING FACTS: 15 Lesser Known Facts Related To RMS Titanic

FASCINATING FACTS: 15 Lesser Known Facts Related To RMS Titanic

 

The RMS Titanic was the largest ship at the time of its maiden voyage back in 1912 (at 269.1 meters long and 53.3 meters high), and was widely regarded as unsinkable. Unfortunately for the 1,500+ people who died, that wasn’t quite true after it collided with an Iceberg five days after launching. For more facts about the Titanic, read on!

1. Even after being adjusted for inflation, the 1997 movie Titanic cost more than the RMS Titanic.

It cost $7,500,000 to build the RMS Titanic in 1912, and $200,000,000 to make the movie “Titanic” in 1997. Adjusted for inflation (as of 2013) this translates to roughly $176,482,575 and $290,289,096 respectively.(source)

2. There was actually a film made about the Titanic 29 days after it sank. An actress who actually survived the catastrophe played a part in the movie, but was so traumatized by reliving the experience that she mentally broke down and never acted again.

The film was called “Saved from the Titanic” and was a silent motion picture starring the survivor, Dorothy Gibson. Dorothy was aboard the first life boat launched alongside 27 or so other people and was rescued five and a half hours after disembarking.(source)

3. A priest refused to board a life boat twice while the Titanic was sinking, choosing to stay behind to hear confessions and provide absolution to people still on board.

Image source: eorailway.co.uk

The priest was Father Thomas Byles, a rector at St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Chipping Ongar. His actions meant that he perished among the other 1,500 or so people that fateful night in April 1912.(source)

4. A Japanese man survived the sinking of the Titanic, although was sacked from his job and called a coward for not dying with the other passengers.

Image source: www.historyeuro.com

His name was Masabumi Hosono, a Japanese civil servant, who was the only Japanese passenger on board the RMS Titanic. He was sadly ostracized by the Japanese public for saving himself and not choosing to go down with the ship.(source)

5. The Titanic’s fourth funnel was fake and was added for aesthetic purposes.

Image source: blogs.davenportlibrary.com

A little like a “dummy” exhaust, the Titanic’s fourth tunnel was added for aesthetic purposes, although was also used by the kitchen for ventilation.(source)


17 Most Satisfying Villain Deaths In Movies, Ranked

17 Most Satisfying Villain Deaths In Movies, Ranked

In the struggle for good and evil, that tried and true cornerstone of storytelling, the villain is just as important as the hero. In films, as much as we want to see the hero succeed, we also want to see the villain get what’s coming to them.

A good cinematic villain makes the audience hate them so much that when they are finally defeated, the audience wants to jump out of their seats and applaud. While there are some films that have succeeded without the villain getting their just desserts, there is something so satisfying about seeing a baddie get righteous payback in the form of a violent death.

It might seem a bit unsavory to take such joy in watching someone die, but this is all fiction and these fictional characters really deserve to bite the dust. Gruesome and unpleasant though some of these deaths way be, every single one of them are fitting rewards for terrible individuals.

Whether it’s because of the terrible evil deeds they’ve committed throughout the film, the lengths the hero has gone through to get their revenge, or just the manner of the death, these are the 17 Most Satisfying Villain Deaths In Movies, Ranked!

17. THE SHARK – JAWS

Part of what makes the shark in Jaws such an effective villain is that its just a mindless beast only interested in its next meal. Even though it’s just an animal, it always seems to be one step ahead of the heroes and almost unstoppable as it wreaks havoc on the citizens of Amity Island.

After killing Quint and leaving Chief Brody on a sinking ship, it looks like the killer shark might just win. But with the scuba tank lodged in the beast’s mouth, Brody takes aim, delivering the iconic line, “Smile, you son of a b****.” Instant sushi!

What makes this demise so satisfying is how the advantage is very much with the shark. Brody is out of his element, he’s alone and the shark seems indestructible. But once you realize Brody’s plan the excitement and tension rises, until the sight of that shark blowing up makes you want to stand up and cheer.

16. HANS GRUBER – DIE HARD

Hans Gruber may be an example of those rare cases when the villain is more interesting than the hero and could explain why Die Hard’s sequels have never matched the greatness of the first film. Alan Rickman’s performance is so effective that we want to see Gruber get his comeuppance, but at the same time, we don’t want to see him go.

Indeed, a great death was needed to send this great villain off in style. Having Gruber dangle from the tops of Nakatomi Tower before taking the long plunge to the pavement below is a fitting end to the story while making for a memorable end.

The story goes that Rickman wasn’t prepared to be dropped in that moment, making his stunned expression quite authentic. Watching him take that insanely long fall gives Gruber that extra bit of screen time he deserves.

15. MAJOR ARNOLD TOHT – RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

Obviously, anytime a Nazi appears onscreen, the moment the audience gets to see them die will be satisfying. It was a wise move making them the arch-enemies to Indiana Jones. But even by Nazi standards, Major Toht is an unpleasant man. He has shown a penchant for torture, a willingness to kill his own men, and yet is a considerable coward.

When he and the other baddies seem to come out on top, capturing Indy and securing the Ark of the Covenant. However, their greed is ultimately their downfall as the Ark unleashes its immense power on the Nazis, causing Toht to shriek in terror before his face melts off his skull.

How can such a gruesome and horrifying death make audience stand up and cheer? Well, Toht is just a real creep (plus the whole Nazi thing) and something about watching him scared like a baby just puts a smile on your face.

14. DARCY – GREEN ROOM

Moving from Nazis to neo-Nazis, Patrick Stewart, mostly known for good guy performances like Xavier and Picard, turned in a chilling performance in one of 2016’s hidden gems.

Green Room follows a punk rock group, besieged by skinheads after they witness a murder backstage at a show. Stewart plays Darcy, the leader of the skinheads, who dispatches of the young rockers in brutal fashion without blinking and is coldly calculating in cleaning up the messy situation. But when the tables get turned on him, he reasons his way out of every situation.

Watching an evil man who’s been in control throughout the whole movie suddenly made completely vulnerable is so satisfying. It’s also great how Darcy tries to just walk away from danger before being gunned down in appropriately cold fashion.

13. THE YELLOW BASTARD – SIN CITY

Sin City is filled with disreputable characters, but probably the vilest among them is The Yellow Bastard, a character who was seemingly designed to make audience applaud when he met a violent end.

He starts the story as the child-molesting son of Sin City’s most powerful family, who has an unpleasant run-in with Hartigan, the city’s only honest cop, that leaves him transformed into a repulsive yellow creature. Naturally, he seeks revenge, but Hartigan doesn’t make the mistake of letting him live twice. He blows off the Bastard’s hand, rips off his yellow family jewels, and beats his head into a literal pulp.

It’s an over-the-top and brutal death scene, almost comical in nature, with the yellow globs of blood and brains flying about. It’s a violent death entirely fitting for such a disgusting monster.

12. STUNTMAN MIKE – DEATH PROOF

Quentin Tarantino is responsible for a number of great, complex villains like Hans Landa, Calvin Candi,e and Bill, so while Stuntman Mike appears to be the typical stalker killer at first, we should have known there would be a few surprises.

After killing several innocent women with his souped-up car, Mike turns his attention on a new set of victims. After nearly killing them, the girls start to fight back, revealing Stuntman Mike’s true colors. He immediately turns into a sniveling coward, crying in terror, offering weak apologies and generally being pathetic. The warrior women finally run him off the road, dragging him out of the car before axe-kicking the life out of him.

It’s a hilarious turn on the slasher movie, making the damsels in distress the badasses and the killer into the screaming, frightened victim. An unexpected and totally pleasing end.

11. COUNT RUGEN- PRINCESS BRIDE

Though most of The Princess Bride is played for laughs, Count Rugen is a presented as a legitimate villain. He’s a chilling, vile, and won’t think twice about killing you. However, what makes Rugen’s death so satisfying has more to do with who finally kills him.

After 20 years of searching for the man who killed his father, Inigo Montoya has Rugen on the ropes. He taunts the Count with his famous mantra, repays the Count with every cut he gave to Inigo, then as Rugen offers him anything he’d like in exchange for his life, Inigo stabs the Count, saying “I want my father back, you son of a b****.

As awesome as it is, it’s also a sad moment of realization that his revenge won’t bring back his father, but it’s nonetheless great to see his moment of revenge go exactly as he always dreamed.

10. SCAR – THE LION KING

No cartoon character has emotionally damaged as many children as Scar did in The Lion King. After throwing his own brother to his death and trying t kill his nephew, Simba, Scar secured his place in the villains’ hall of fame.

It’s satisfying enough to see Simba return to Pride Rock to take back the throne, but we all just wanted to see Scar pay for what he did. After trying to blame the whole thing on his hyena minions, Simba knocks Scar off Pride Rock where the hyena’s quickly turn on him and make a meal of the treacherous lion.

Scar’s downfall is entirely predictable and yet it makes it no less rewarding to watch. After backstabbing anyone he needed to on his rise to power, Scar is left with few friends and a lot of enemies. It’s perfectly poetic that he seals his own fate in his last moments.

9. HOWARD PAYNE – SPEED

While there have been many lackluster Die Hard rip-offs, Speed (aka Die Hard on a bus) is a great action film in it own right, and that is partially thanks to Dennis Hopper’s great turn as the villain Howard Payne.

Throughout the film, Payne is always one step ahead of law enforcement, and particularly hero cop Jack Traven. As Payne is getting away with the money, Jack tracks him down, leading to a fight on top a speeding subway car. Payne taunts Jack, saying he’ll win because he’s smarter than the cop. Jack then lifts Payne up and he’s quickly decapitated by a subway light. Jack triumphantly says, “Well, I’m taller.

It’s such an unexpected, quick, and pretty comical death that’s hard not to cheer for. And it’s only made better by the equally absurd kiss-off line.

8. MRS. CARMODY – THE MIST

While The Mist features plenty of deadly monsters, the true villain of the film is a little church lady. Mrs. Carmody starts the film as the town’s religious nut job, but when the mysterious mist brings in these creatures, her talk of God’s reckoning starts to make sense to a lot of people.

It’s a really terrifying display of how fanaticism can catch on as Carmody soon has most of the survivors willing to kill in order to please “God.” As it happens, Carmody relishes her seat of power and targets anyone who disagrees with her. When she’s mid-rant, turning her mob on small boy, Ollie, the unassuming supermarket employee, pulls out a gun and shoots her in the head.

Obviously, such violence is not commendable, but it sure was nice that someone finally found a way to shut her up.

7. COLIN SULLIVAN – THE DEPARTED

Colin Sullivan is a rat able to squirm his way out of any situation. While working for the mob as an informant inside the police department, Colin does a lot of lying and developed a real talent for it, which he’s used to save his own skin many times.

With the only people who know of his criminal life now dead, it appears Colin is going to get away scot-free. That is until he returns home to find vengeful cop Dignam waiting for him. Before Colin can spout off a fresh batch of lies and weasel his way out of this, Dignam shoots him dead.

It really seemed as though Colin was going to get away with it all, which would have been completely frustrating. The brilliance of this death is that we finally see Colin in a situation that he can’t lie his way out of.

6. ARJEN RUDD – LETHAL WEAPON 2

Lethal Weapon 2 might not be as good as the original but it’s a pretty worthy sequel and features an extremely frustrating villain.

Arjen Rudd is a South African consul-general who moonlights in smuggling gold krugerrands. Everyone knows he’s corrupt but whenever Riggs and Murtaugh try to stop him, he claims diplomatic immunity. Of course, neither cop is fine with letting that slide, leading to a shootout in which Rudd fills Riggs full of bullets. When Murtaugh takes aim at him, Rudd once again arrogantly claims diplomatic immunity. Murtaugh shoots him in the head saying, “It’s just been revoked.

Nothing is worse than a villain who doesn’t fight fair and nothing is more satisfying than finally seeing them go down. The whole movie, anytime Rudd would hide behind his badge, you’re screaming at the screen, “Just shoot him!” and Murtaugh finally obliges.

5. WARDEN NORTON – SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

Corrupt prison wardens are a dime a dozen in films, but Warden Norton might the worst. A wormy hypocrite, Norton preaches the Bible to his inmates while using his position of power to his own financial gain, even murdering to cover up his crimes.

After Andy Dufresne, the inmate Norton frequently brutalized, escapes from Shawshank, he exacts revenge on his former tormentor. Informing the local newspaper of his crimes, the police raid Shawshank to arrest Norton. In his final cowardly moments of defeat, Norton contemplates going out in a blaze of glory before deciding to take his own life.

While being locked up in Shawshank would have been a more poetic end for Norton, the real pleasure was seeing Andy be the cause of his downfall. After all the warden did to him, for Andy to not only humiliate him with escape but also bring him down is so sweet.

4. STANSFIELD – LÉON: THE PROFESSIONAL

Gary Oldman is one of those actors who seem to relish playing a villain and Stansifeld is maybe his best baddie ever.

A psychotic, pill-popping dirty cop, Stansfield enters the film by gunning down nearly an entire family in cold blood. The surviving daughter, Mathilda, hires Léon, a hitman with a code, to exact revenge on Stansfield. The crooked cop sends in an army to take out Léon and just as he’s making his escape, Stansfield shoots him in the back. As Léon dies, he hands Stansfield a gift from Mathilda. Stansfield opens his hand to see it’s the pin to a grenade and the psychopath is blown to bits.

Though is would have been nice to see Léon make it out alive, even while on death’s door he still managed to take out his target. And Oldman’s expression when he realizes he’s screwed is priceless.

3. T-1000 – TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 Terminator was certainly a formidable villain in the first film, but when he turns good in the second film the T-1000 is more than capable of filling that villainous slot.

Even more so than Arnold’s Terminator, the T-1000 is an unstoppable killing machine with the added bonus of being made of liquid metal. The T-800 is outmatched every time they faceoff until the T-1000 seemingly shuts down the older model for good. But just when Sarah and John Connor are about to be terminated, Arnie returns with a grenade launcher, blasting the T-1000 into a vat of molten steel where it melts.

The classic hero returning just in time to save the day is always a crowd-pleaser, and this one is pulled off to perfection. When all hope seems lost, the inferior model manages to put down the unbeatable villain for good.

2. THE EMPEROR- STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI

Darth Vader may very well be the greatest cinematic villain of all time, but as we discover in Return of the Jedi, the real villain of George Lucas’ Star Wars series is The Emperor. He basically brainwashed Anakin into join the Dark Side and tried to convince Luke to then kill Vader so her could become The Emperor’s new apprentice. Pretty evil.

However. In the end, The Emperor pushes the family drama too far. After Luke refuses him, the Sith lord begins killing Luke right in front of Vader. Luckily, Vader’s long-dormant fatherly instinct kick in. He picks up his master and tosses him to his death.

As frightening as Vader was as a villain, this is the moment we were all hoping for. The Emperor was a grand manipulator but he pushed Vader too far and finally got what was coming to him.

1. HITLER – INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

 

As we saw in Raiders of the Lost Ark, seeing a Nazi get his comeuppance can be pretty satisfying, so it’s no wonder seeing the leader of the Nazi’s biting the dust ranks at the top of the list.

Thank goodness for Quentin Tarantino’s twisted mind that he decided to retell history with his World War II opus, Inglourious Basterds. The many storylines of the film intersect at a film premiere Adolf Hitler is attending and becomes a scene of carnage. As the theater fills with top members of the Nazi party burns, two soldiers burst into Hitler’s opera box with guns blazing. Hitler is brutally ripped apart by bullets before the whole theater explodes, ending the war.

Only Tarantino would have the genius and guts to actually kill Hitler in a movie. Watching one of history’s most hated men have his face disintegrated by machine gun fire is one of cinema’s most crowd-pleasing images.

 

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Can You Name The Missing 4-Letter Words From These Movie Titles?

MOVIES QUIZ / MOVIES MISSING 4-LETTER WORDS

Can you name the missing 4-letter words from these movie titles?

 


Netflix: 15 New Movies And TV Shows You Need To Watch This June, Ranked

Netflix: 15 New Movies And TV Shows You Need To Watch This June, Ranked

It’s really not fair what Netflix has done to us, but here we are, living week to week waiting for one Netflix Original to debut after the next. For some of us it’s the highlight of our months when Netflix debuts something new and buzzworthy. For others our nightly binges on prestige dramas or quirky comedies are simultaneously depressing and enjoyable affairs. But nonetheless we all keep on reading lists about the best new releases that Netflix has waiting for us month after month.

So grab a seat in front of your tablet, laptop, or TV and get ready to click play. As always we at Screen Rant are here to tell you what’s worth all of your time, what you might as well take a look at, and what deserves to be skipped right alongside episodes of The Ranch. Get ready for a hot June, because this month Netflix is heating up, and burning your social life to the ground.

Here’s a complete ranking of the 15 New Movies And TV Shows Coming To Netflix You Need To Watch This June.

15. THE SIXTH SENSE (1999) – JUNE 1

Kicking off the start of a new month is one of the very best thrillers made in the past two decades. The film with the twist that the whole world now knows, The Sixth Sense still holds up despite everyone and their mother going on about seeing dead people.

From its deeply haunting yet compellingly personal story to the incredible performances turned in by the actors, M. Night Shyamalan’s masterpiece is everything we could ever want from a film. The original twisty brain-melter, many movies have tried to copy The Sixth Sense over the years – including Shyamalan’s own – and all have failed. But now that it’s on Netflix for us to stream we get the privilege of re-watching this Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis classic and dissecting every frame piece by piece, and marvelling at this one of a kind movie whenever we want.

14. FLAKED: SEASON 2 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) – JUNE 2

When Flaked debuted last year we were all very excited about the comedy series from the minds of Arrested Development’s Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett. Described as a comedy about a man from Venice Beach who gets caught up in his own web of lies, we expected the series to be the quirky, absurd, madcap farce that its creators excel at. But then it debuted and… it wasn’t even close to that.

The series is best described as a depressing half-hour character study that focuses on the lives of recovering addicts and delves perhaps too deeply into the Venice Beach community. But then, you gotta give Hurwitz and Arnett credit for trying something different and expanding their horizons. While the show wasn’t hilariously funny, or even a little bit funny, we’re still cautiously anticipating the second season to see if it can build on its unique tone and change directions just enough to wring some laughs out of the premise.

13. LUCID DREAM (NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM) – JUNE 2

A Korean film that Netflix has acquired for international distribution, Lucid Dream is exciting simply because it’s not the type of thing that English-speaking audiences would normally get to see. Directed by Jun-seong Kim, the film follows a father that has been searching for his abducted son for three years. The twist? He’s looking for his missing boy through lucid dreams.

Smart and moody, Lucid Dream will fulfil that promise that you once made to yourself to watch more foreign films, but it will do so without being typically ‘art-house.’ Equal parts sci-fi and cool fantasy, the film looks to be as engaging as it is original, and whether you’re a fan of Korean dramas or not, this release should definitely be on your radar.

12. THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT (2015) – JUNE 17

The Stanford Prison Experiment is one you may have heard of from any Intro to Psychology course you’ve ever taken, or alternatively, any friend that took an Intro to Psychology course and wants to sound intelligent. Regardless of what you know of the real-life case that happened in 1971, the film version (one of many to have been released) takes a fascinating look at the people involved in the experiment and paints a human picture of a textbook moment.

With a stacked cast featuring Billy Crudup, Michael Angarano, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Keir Gilchrist, and more, the film follows the students and professors that conducted the experiment where people were either assigned a role as a prisoner or a guard. From there, understandably, all hell breaks loose, and the film does a great job at painting the panic, fear, and paranoia that came with such a famously botched psychological experiment.

11. MOANA (2016) – JUNE 20

Let it go, let it go! That is, let go of the fact that Frozen isn’t available on Netflix and watch Moana instead, because it’s just as delightful! And while certainly not underrated, compared to the love that Frozen got, Moana is basically unheard of in some corners, which is a damn shame and needs to change immediately.

Starring Dwayne Johnson and featuring a scene stealing performance by Jemaine Clement, Moana is Disney at its finest, as their latest princess movie tells the story of the daughter of a Polynesian tribal leader who has to save her island. With compelling themes and incredible songs written by the Internet’s favorite Lin-Manuel Miranda, Moana is a can’t miss animated film that thankfully no one can miss now that it’s coming to Netflix.

10. EL CHAPO: SEASON 1 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) – JUNE 16

Netflix already has a hit in Narcos, but that didn’t stop them from making another series featuring drug traffickers and mustaches, as El Chapo is coming to the streaming service on June 16th. A co-production with Univision, El Chapo is the big budget dramatization of the infamous El Chapo, the world’s most famous drug cartel leader.

Starting at the beginning of his rise in 1985 and already renewed for a second season, we can look forward to the series going deep into a fascinating life and being bloody and violent along the way. As binge-worthy as Netflix’s best dramas, this series is one you can’t miss, especially if you need your Narcos fix ASAP. And yeah, that was a reference to the addictive nature of Netflix dramas.

9. OH, HELLO ON BROADWAY (NETFLIX ORIGINAL SPECIAL) – JUNE 13

If you ever thought you’d live to see the day that John Mulaney and Nick Kroll put on old age makeup, yelled a lot, made a meta show about the theater, and did it all in front of a Broadway audience, well, you’re very smart. All of those things did happen, the show was called Oh, Hello On Broadway, and if you didn’t see it, here’s some good news: We live in a golden age of comedy and thankfully Netflix is supporting those of us that don’t live in New York by bringing the aforementioned Mulaney and Kroll show right to our streaming accounts.

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney play their popular alter egos Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland as they take the stage to do something that’s a little bit theater, a little bit stand-up, and a whole lot of insanity. Funny, satirical, and infinitely strange, Oh, Hello On Broadway is something that you can’t miss, even if you want to.

8. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) – JUNE 1

Mel Brooks is a living comedy legend and yet we’re willing to bet that many of our readers haven’t seen a single Mel Brooks movie. For all the modern comedy that you love, we can guarantee it was at least partly inspired by Mel Brooks. And at the top of Brooks’ resume is Young Frankenstein, which is quite simply one of the funniest films ever made.

A spoof of the classic Universal monster of the 1930s, calling Young Frankenstein a spoof movie – even though we just did – is unfair. Spoof movies have a bad reputation, and this film works both as a send-off of classic black and white horror as well as a classic film in its own right. With legendary performances by Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman, to describe Young Frankenstein here would be a disservice. There’s simply no explanation that can grasp how essential this film is to modern cinema, how deeply entertaining it still is to this day, how immediately you need to push play on your Netflix account and watch this.

7. COMEDY BANG! BANG!: SEASON 5, PART 2 (2016) – JUNE 2

It’s finally here, or should we say its finale here. No? We shouldn’t say it’s finale here? Well, it’s too late, but the series finale of Comedy Bang! Bang! is now on Netflix for everyone to enjoy, then promptly cry over. Although the weirdest show on TV defied all odds by staying alive through 110 episodes, it’s still sad to see it go when it easily could have lasted hundreds more.

For those not in the know, Comedy Bang! Bang! follows Scott Aukerman as he hosted an insane talk show and dispensed with a new “special episode” gimmick every episode. From time travel to murder mystery to thriller and even to the tropes involved in series finales, Comedy Bang! Bang! did it all and it did it in the most anti-comedy way imaginable. Though the show could best be described as lame, unfunny, and unintelligible, those were the things that Aukerman and the writers did intentionally to make the show what it was. On top of those things, Comedy Bang! Bang! was above all else weird, and that may be the best compliment any TV show could ever get.

6. ZODIAC (2007) – JUNE 1

Zodiac is the hidden gem of David Fincher’s filmography, if only because it was made at a time when – believe it or not – Robert Downey Jr. and Jake Gyllenhaal just weren’t that famous. And yet, of all the classics that Fincher has made, Zodiac is second only to The Social Network, and there’s no doubt that once this 2007 gem starts getting rediscovered on the likes of Netflix its status will go from that of a cult hit to one of the most appreciated thrillers of all time.

Sprawling, beautiful, thrilling, gripping, and any other adjective one can think of, Zodiac is nothing short of a masterpiece. It’s also nothing short, as the director’s cut (definitely the best version) runs 158 minutes long. Featuring one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s best performances and that typical Fincher dread that lies under every scene, there’s not one frame of Zodiac that isn’t incredible to behold. And that’s why come June 1st everyone should be on Netflix watching this film at least twice.

5. SHIMMER LAKE (NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM) – JUNE 9

Shimmer Lake is that exciting breed of Netflix Original Film that seems like it was made just for us. Described as a darkly comic crime thriller, the film follows a local sheriff as he hunts three bank robbery suspects, one of which is his own brother. And though the synopsis doesn’t sound like anything miraculous or ground breaking, it’s when we get into the details about Shimmer Lake that we get truly excited.

Starring Benjamin Walker, Rainn Wilson, Rob Corddry, Adam Pally, and Ron Livingston, the film is Oren Uziel’s directorial debut. Uziel, for the uninitiated, wrote 22 Jump Street and the upcoming Cloverfield: God Particle. When you add all that up it amounts to something pretty special, but then we have to consider that the film takes place over a reverse timeline and is said to be genuinely funny, not to mention incredibly suspenseful and well-made. With all of that in mind, there’s no doubt that Shimmer Lake looks to be our new indie film obsession, and we can’t wait to get caught up in the twists and turns of Netflix’s newest – and most bizarre – Original Film.

4. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: SEASON 5 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) – JUNE 9

Remember when Orange is the New Black was the world’s obsession? Oh, how simple we were then, back when a Netflix Original was just House of Cards, Arrested Development, or OITNB. But now that Netflix debuts mote series than pretty much everyone, does anyone really care about Piper, Crazy Eyes, and the rest of the inmates? Does anyone talk about this show with the fervor that it once brought? Is anyone going to watch the upcoming fifth season?

We’d have to imagine that the answer is yes, even if we stopped watching the series a few seasons back. After all, why would Netflix keep making something if no one was watching it. Maybe we’re wrong and Orange is as strong as it’s ever been. Maybe we’ll go back and check it out for the upcoming fifth season. Maybe people are constantly talking about Litchfield Correctional Facility and we’re just not listening. Maybe.

3. GLOW: SEASON 1 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) – JUNE 23

Speaking of no one watching Orange is the New Black anymore, maybe we’re on to something considering that even showrunner Jenji Kohan is onto her next series, Netflix’s GLOW. The feminist neon 1980s set wrestling show that the world has been waiting for, we’re genuinely excited for this comedy series starring Alison Brie, if only because it looks like the type of show that wouldn’t be made if it wasn’t amazing.

Created by writers Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, the series follows the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling in both their professional and personal lives as they navigate a world that is probably foreign to all of us. But that’s exactly what’s set to make this series compelling. Just like how OITNB once made the unfamiliar world of female prison fascinating, GLOW is set to do the same and become the series that all of us are talking about, at least until Netflix’s next original series debuts the week after. Speaking of which…

2. GYPSY: SEASON 1 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) – JUNE 30

There’s a lot we still don’t know about Netflix’s next big new drama series, but maybe it’s better that way. Considering the tone and subject matter of Gypsy, we’re actually excited to go into the show knowing as little as possible and loving it all the more. Described as a thrilling series that follows a therapist who develops dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives, Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup star in Netflix’s latest attempt to grab our attentions and never let go.

With all the trappings of a prestige series and all the star power we’ve come to expect from Netflix, Gypsy is the first really big new Netflix drama in what feels like a long time. No doubt hoping that the show enjoys the same level of hype as some of their previous shows, Netflix seems to have high hopes for Gypsy and so do we.

1. OKJA (NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM) – JUNE 28

Let’s be totally honest. Netflix hasn’t really succeeded at their original films as much as they have with their original series. Though Netflix’s The Discovery was met with a lot of hype before release, the Jason Segel and Rooney Mara starrer fell flat on arrival. Then came last month’s War Machine, which was all set to be Netflix’s first blockbuster and then… disappointment. But their past failures aside, we can’t stress enough how excited we are for Okja and how sure we are that this will be Netflix’s first bonafide hit film.

Fresh off of a Cannes premiere where it tore the roof off of the festival, the newest film by director Jon-ho Bong of Snowpiercer fame looks to be as strange and beautiful as you’d expect. With a giant pig, a fight between animal activists and corporate greed, and a whole bunch of cloudy grey moral ethics thrown into the mix, there’s no doubt that Okja will be a special and very weird movie. Even more exciting is the film’s cast, which includes Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Considering that those three actors have almost never been in a bad film, yeah, it’s safe to say that Okja will be amazing.

It’s also safe to say that with two entries on this list, Jake Gyllenhaal is the guy you’ll be seeing a lot of on Netflix this June. At least, that’s the case if you’re doing Netflix right.

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Amy Schumer Has A New Special Out And New Accusations That She Stole Jokes From Dave Chappelle

Amy Schumer Has A New Special Out And New Accusations That She Stole Jokes From Dave Chappelle

 

It’s that time again. When Amy Schumer releases a new comedy special and then in come accusations that she stole jokes. Her new Netflix special is titled “The Leather Special,” and it is getting crushed with bad reviews. Even the YouTube clip of the special has 376 Likes compared to 3,750 Dislikes. Not exactly the percentage of Likes to Dislikes that media companies are seeking. To make things worse, there is a new video of Schumer that shows striking comparisons to other comedians.

Now if this was the first accusation of joke theft by Amy Schumer it would be one thing, but there are several instances. There were the jokes said to have been stolen from the late great Patrice O’Neal, John Mulaney, and Marc Maron.

Schumer has responded to those accusations by saying, “On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke” and by appearing on The Jim Norton Advice Show. Comedian Jim Norton did defend Schumer, who is a friend and the two have done standup shows together.

One of the alleged stolen jokes is from a little-known comedian, I’ve doubt you’ve ever heard of him… Dave Chappelle? Jesus Amy, if you’re going rip off jokes steal them from some unknown comic like Rich Vos, not Dave fucking Chappelle. One of Amy’s jokes is similar to her friend and fellow comedian Dave Attell. It is a bit about how being blackout drunk is similar to time travel, but to be fair to Amy, this is a concept that has been discussed before and could easily be a coincidence or parallel thinking.

However, the Chappelle joke from 2005 about silly places to ejaculate when a woman asks a man to cum seems almost identical as Schumer’s stand-up. Even Chappelle’s punchline of “fishbowl” is better than Schumer’s line of “jar.”

But the video spotlights not just theft from standup comedy, it also shows that Schumer’s upcoming movie Snatched appears to have similar jokes to Portlandia and Space Balls.

 


Some Talented Geniuses Edited All 62 Episodes Of ‘Breaking Bad’ Into A 127-Minute-Long Movie!

Some Talented Geniuses Edited All 62 Episodes Of ‘Breaking Bad’ Into A 127-Minute-Long Movie!

Breaking Bad is one of the greatest television shows of all-time, and one could even argue that it is the finest. The problem is that it’s over. Sure we have Better Call Saul, which is terrific, but it’s no Breaking Bad. We would all love a Breaking Bad movie, but it probably wouldn’t be a tremendous as the TV show because it’s already been covered. However, what if there was a Breaking Bad movie using video from the TV show?!?!? Some mad geniuses did just that and it is masterfully done.

Somehow, talented French editors Lucas Stoll and Gaylor Morestin took all five seasons and 62 episodes of Vince Gilligan’s masterpiece and squeezed into a 127-minute-long Breaking Bad movie.

From these saints who made the Breaking Bad movie:

After two years of sleepless nights of endless editing, we bring you the answer to that very question. A study project that became an all-consuming passion. It’s not a fan-film, hitting the highlights of show in a home-made homage, but rather a re-imagining of the underlying concept itself, lending itself to full feature-length treatment. An alternative Breaking Bad, to be viewed with fresh eyes.

This is probably the closest we’ll ever come to an actual Breaking Bad movie, so enjoy!

P.S. If these guys want to do the same and make a Game of Thrones movie, that would be appreciated.

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Adam Savage Gets A Fascinating Propmaker's Tour Of WETA's 'Ghost In The Shell' Studio

Adam Savage Gets A Fascinating Propmaker's Tour Of WETA's 'Ghost In The Shell' Studio

 

Before he was a Mythbuster, Adam Savage was a propmaker. Every time he lets out a noise of excitement, you know that means he's seriously impressed by the fine work of WETA.

 

 


12 Reasons the Famous 'Ocean's Twelve' Laser Dance Scene Doesn't Make Any Sense

12 Reasons the Famous 'Ocean's Twelve' Laser Dance Scene Doesn't Make Any Sense

After recently watching the 2004 comedy heist film, Ocean's Twelve, YouTube user Technical Bovine was very confused by the Night Fox's laser dance scene in the film, and made this video in hopes of getting some answers.

Watch the full scene below.


Milk in Movies: Why Do Characters Drink It?

Milk in Movies: Why Do Characters Drink It?

A big hat tip to Draculya for this submission.

What people consume in a movie says a lot about their character, but what does it mean when they drink milk? Let's take a look.


Will Ferrell And John C. Reilly Film "Holmes And Watson"

Will Ferrell And John C. Reilly Film "Holmes And Watson"

 

The comedic duo takes on Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. What could be better?

Move along, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

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Not that we expect a fourth movie in the franchise…

That’s enough, Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.

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Not that your sarcastic banter isn’t wonderful…

Step aside, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

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Not that you give us anything more than three episodes every couple of years or so…

That’ll do, Sir Ian McKellen.

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Not that you’re not a legend…

Sorry to all of the other Sherlocks and Holmeses because John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell are filming their own take on the classic characters…

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…and it’s gonna be GREAT.

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Holmes and Watson has been filming in London for the past month or so and while little is known about the project, we *do* know it’ll be a comedic take on the series.

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Will Ferrell will play Sherlock Holmes.

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And John C. Reilly is his Watson.

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Is there any way this movie won’t be good?

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NOPE! Can’t wait for 2018!

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Chef Recreates The Big Kahuna Burger From 'Pulp Fiction'

Chef Recreates The Big Kahuna Burger From 'Pulp Fiction'

In this episode of "Binging with Babish," a cooking series where home chef Andrew Rea recreates iconic dishes from films and TV shows, Andrew prepares his take on the tasty Big Kahuna cheeseburger from Quentin Tarantino's 1994 black comedy crime film, Pulp Fiction (view a detailed version of this recipe on YouTube).
"The Big Kahuna Burger is one of the countless themes running throughout numerous Tarantino films, almost as prevalent as revenge, lurid violence, and the racial epithets. After this double-stacked caramelized-pineapple-and-onion Hawaiian smash-burger, you're gonna need a Red Apple cigarette."


There Are Rumors That Magnificent Megan Fox Will Play Poison Ivy, Here’s How Criminally Hot She Would Look

There Are Rumors That Magnificent Megan Fox Will Play Poison Ivy, Here’s How Criminally Hot She Would Look

If you can't get enough of Megan Fox, here are the 12 Hottest Megan Fox gifs on the internet.

The new Suicide Squad  for Gotham City Sirens, which will feature some of the top DC female villains including Catwoman and Poison Ivy is in the works. And the mesmerizing Megan Fox is rumored to play the toxic botanist Poison Ivy.

Fox, who was in Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is said to be a longtime fan of comic books and previously expressed interest in playing Poison Ivy or Red Sonja.

Artist Boss Logic took the time to imagine the beautiful Megan Fox as Poison Ivy and the results are tremendously intoxicating.


The stunning Megan Fox as Poison Ivy in a movie with two other bisexual villainesses is already worth the price of admission.


Director Admits ‘Last Tango In Paris’ Rape Scene Wasn’t Consensual [NSFW]

Director Admits ‘Last Tango In Paris’ Rape Scene Wasn’t Consensual [NSFW]

 

In 2013, director Bernardo Bertolucci revealed during an interview in front of a live audience that Maria Schneider never consented to the infamous rape scene in 1972’s “Last Tango in Paris.” In the scene, Marlon Brando, who was 48 at the time, uses a stick of butter as lubricant for his fingers and digitally penetrates the then-19-year-old actress.

Bertolucci stated in 2013 that he and Brando came up with the idea for the scene the morning prior to the shoot. After explaining to the audience that Brando “had to rape her in a way,” Bertolucci said, “we were having breakfast on the floor of the flat and there was a baguette and there was butter and we looked at each other and without saying anything we knew what we wanted.”

At this point the audience chuckled, which is odd because even if you don’t know where this story is going, that’s a really weird thing to laugh at. “But I’d been in a way horrible to Maria because I didn’t tell her what was going on,” Bertolucci added, “because I wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress. And I think that she hated me and also Marlon because we didn’t tell her this detail of the butter used as a lubricant. And I still feel very guilty about that.”

The 2013 interview has been making the rounds this week, both trending on Twitter and being picked up by Variety, Elle and the Daily News.

Asked if he regretted shooting such a scene, Bertolucci answered, “No.”

“I feel guilty, but I don’t regret,” Bertolucci reiterated. “To make movies sometimes, to obtain something, I think that you have to be completely free. I didn’t want Maria to act her humiliation, her rage. I wanted Maria to feel, not to act, the rage and humiliation.”

“Then she hated me for all her life,” Bertolucci concluded.

In an interview with the Daily Mail back in 2007, Schneider herself admitted that she “felt humiliated.

“To be honest,” Schneider added, “I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci.” She also said that Brando made no effort to comfort her afterwards or even apologize. “Thankfully, there was just one take.”

Below is the scene in question. It contains graphic content and depictions of rape.


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