25 OF THE MOST FAMOUS MOVIE QUOTES - HOW MANY DO YOU KNOW?

25 OF THE MOST FAMOUS MOVIE QUOTES - HOW MANY DO YOU KNOW?

 


15 Celebrities Who Shacked Up With Their Director

15 Celebrities Who Shacked Up With Their Director

One thing that is never acknowledged is that the life of a Hollywood movie director is often a lonely life to live. Guys like Stanley Kubrick often lived recluse lifestyles away from the public. There is a reason for that. The biggest being that movie directors never have the time to live their own lives when they are too busy dealing with the gruelling nature of their career. A director’s job often forces them to deal with nonstop work on the set, editing the film after hours, tweaking the script when necessary, making sure everything on set goes 100 per cent according to plan, and so on. When all that’s done, they have to spend countless hours promoting the film, which includes interviews and red carpet events. Then when that’s done, they have to go through the whole process all over again with the next film.

Most directors don’t have time to swipe right on Tinder or navigate through potential bedroom patrons at a local bar. More often than not, directors pursue the stars who they happen to be working with as their potential suitors. Sometimes, it works out for them and other times, not so much. Here are a few instances where movie directors dated their stars.

15. Sam Mendes And Kate Winslet

In 2001, director Sam Mendes met Kate Winslet when he approached her about appearing in one of his plays. One thing led to another and a romance ensued. On a whim, the two married while on holiday in May 2003 and in December later that year, their first child was born. In 2009, he directed her to her Golden Globe winning performance  in Revolutionary Road. The film chronicles a marriage that falls apart. Ironically enough, it was during filming that Mendes’s marriage with Winslet did the same. Mendes hinted what went wrong in an interview with The Daily Telegraph when he said that while he doesn’t like to bring work home, Winslet wanted to constantly talk about work 24/7. They separated in 2010 and divorced in 2011.

14. Rupert Sanders And Kristen Stewart

Snow White and the Huntsman did a lot for Kristen Stewart’s career, namely exposing her affair with the director Rupert Sanders. The affair started in secrecy during production and when the two were caught on camera in public snuggled up with each other, the cat was out of the bag for the entire world to see, including Robert Pattinson and Sander’s wife Liberty Ross. Ross and Sanders’s officially divorced in 2014 while Pattinson and Stewart broke up as soon as the pictures were released to the public. This whole fiasco also seemed to immediately fizzle out any spark that was between Stewart and Sanders.

13. Steven Spielberg And Kate Capshaw

Fresh out of a separation from Amy Irving, Steven Spielberg started production for the 1984 film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Along the way, he got acquainted with the film’s female star, Kate Capshaw. The more time the two spent together on set, the easier it was for the two to naturally fall in love with each other. However, they put their relationship on pause when Spielberg got back together with Irving in 1985, although the two would finally divorce in 1989 in the third most expensive celebrity divorce ever. Shortly after, he and Capshaw’s romance picked up exactly where they left off and have been married since 1991. The two are still happily married with seven children.

12. Woody Allen And Mia Farrow

Woody Allen always had a knack for developing romances with his female co-stars. Just as he did with Diane Keaton and Louise Lasser, he hooked up with Mia Farrow, another regular muse for his films. They married in 1980 and their marriage lasted 12 years in between Farrow starring in 13 of Allen’s films. When they first got married, Farrow already had seven children from a previous marriage, one of which was an adopted Korean child named Soon-Yi Previn. In 1992, when Previn was 21, Farrow discovered that Allen had nude photographs of Previn and the two were sleeping together. Around the same time, it was alleged Allen had been assaulting her and Farrow’s 7-year old daughter Dylan. This all resulted in the two divorcing. Allen is now married to his adopted daughter, Previn.

11. Roger Vadim And Brigitte Bardot

Roger Vadim is notorious for directing steamy art films like Barbarella and And God Created Woman, the latter of which starred his wife Brigitte Bardot. The two met after Vadim found himself in a creative drought and needed inspiration. While skimming an issue of Elle magazine, he found a picture of 15-year old model Bardot. He pursued her in hopes of her becoming his muse and eventually his lover, despite the 10-year age gap and disapproval from her family. The two married in 1952 and she went on to star in several of his movies. By the time the two divorced in 1957, he became a critically-acclaimed director and she became a s*x symbol. They remained close friends until Vadim died in 2000.

10. Ben Stiller And Christine Taylor

In 1999, Ben Stiller directed a pilot episode for a sci-fi action show called Heat Vision and Jack, which would have starred Jack Black as Jack and Owen Wilson as Heat Vision, the talking motorcycle. While the pilot flopped and failed to get picked up by any network, one thing that came out of it is that it allowed Stiller to meet the show’s female star, Christine Taylor. Not only did the two continue to collaborate with each other for films like Dodgeball and Zoolander, the two got married in 2000 and have since had two kids together. However, the two separated in 2017.

9. Robert Rodriguez And Rose McGowan

In 2005 at the Cannes Film Festival, director Robert Rodriguez met Rose McGowan at an after party for Rodriguez’s recent smash hit film, Sin City. The two talked, hit it off nicely, and in passing, McGowan mentioned that she wished she could’ve been a part of the film. When he asked why she didn’t audition, she alleged that Harvey Weinstein blackballed her from all films he produced after Weinstein assaulted her. Rodriguez promised that she was not blacklisted from his own movies and told Weinstein to his face while McGowan was present that he was casting her in Planet Terror no matter what. This manifested into a romance between McGowan and Rodriguez, although they broke up years later.

8. Ingmar Bergman And Liv Ullmann

Ingmar Bergman is often hailed as one of the greatest movie directors of all time. A frequent collaborator of his was actress Liv Ullmann. At the time, she was 25 while he was 46. She starred in nine of his feature films and one television movie. Along the way, the two were so close, hey became a romantically involved. Ullman and Bergman dated for five years between 1965 and 1970. Their relationship spawned one child together, journalist Linn Ullmann. Their relationship wasn’t without its lows, as he was the angrily jealous type, as well as being emotionally/physically abusive. Despite this, when they broke up, they continued making movies together and remained friends.

7. Peter Bogdanovich And Cybill Shepherd

In 1971, The Last Picture Showturned out to be a breakout hit for every young up and comer involved, including youngsters like Jeff Bridges and Randy Quaid. This was especially a turning point for director Peter Bogdanovich and Cybill Shepherd, who fell in love on the set. Bogdanovich happened to find Shepherd modelling for the cover of Glamour and immediately contacted her to be the star of his new movie. She made her film debut for him and eventually, a romance ensued. The only problem was that they became an item while Bogdanovich was already married to Polly Platt, ending his marriage. After a few more collaborations with each other, he and Shepherd split in 1979.

6. Darren Aronofsky And Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence starred in Darren Aronofsky’s recent horror thriller, Mother!. They wrapped up filming in September 2016 and shortly afterward, a romance bloomed between the 27-year old actress and the 48-year old director after the pair realized how much they had in common with one another. The two kept their relationship a secret until they started promoting their movie together on the red carpet. However, it was in November 2017, just over a year after the two got together, that they called it quits. According to Lawrence, it was the negative reviews to Mother! that caused a rift in their relationship.

5. Sam Taylor Johnson And Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Aaron Taylor-Johnson first gained global acclaim after earning the title role in Kick-Ass, but his first breakout performance in the movie industry came when he snagged the starring role of John Lennon in the film Nowhere Boy. It was through filming this biopic that he got acquainted with the director of the project, Sam Taylor. Despite the huge age gap where Aaron was 18 and Sam was 42, the two fell in love and married in 2012. They are still together and raising four children, two of which are from Sam’s previous marriage.

4. Paul W.S. Anderson And Milla Jovovich

Paul W.S. Anderson has always been a staple of the Resident Evil film franchise. Not only has he written and produced every single film in the franchise, but he has also directed quite a few of them. He directed the very first Resident Evil movie. That is quite the benchmark in itself, but perhaps a more glorifying achievement than that is the fact that he met the star on the set of the film. That star, of course, being his future wife Milla Jovovich. The two have had somewhat of an on-again-off-again relationship ever since. He proposed in 2003, but they briefly broke up afterward. They quickly got back together, had two children, and have been married since 2009.

3. Tim Burton And Helena Bonham Carter

For the longest time, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter were everyone’s favorite pair of weirdos. The two met in 2001 while filming Planet of the Apes together and suddenly, it seemed like a match made in heaven. While the two never married in the 14 years that they were together, they did have two children and made five movies together. For unknown reasons, the two split up in 2014. However, the two remain good friends to this day and have regular outings together for the sake of their children. It appears that they have avoided the usual mess that occurs during breakups and are able to maintain a strong friendship.

2. Danny Boyle And Rosario Dawson

Danny Boyle is the Oscar -inning director of Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, and the upcoming FX mini-series Trust. In 2013, the director released a film called Trance about an art auctioneer (James McAvoy) who gets wrapped in line with a few criminals and must team up with a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to help him recover a lost painting. Despite the over-20-year age gap between the two, sparks started to fly between Danny Boyle and Rosario Dawson during production. Shortly after filming was over, the two became an item, although it did not last very long. The two broke up after dating for just under a year.

1. Paul Thomas Anderson And Maya Rudolph

Director Paul Thomas Anderson and comedian Maya Rudolph have been together ever since 2001 and managed to have four children together. While Rudolph has only appeared in one of his films before, Inherent Vice, she did provide some massive inspiration for his latest film, The Phantom Thread. In a recent film conference, Anderson recalled that he was sick in bed one day when suddenly his wife “looked at [him] with a love and affection that [he] hadn’t seen in a long time.” Almost instantaneously, the idea for The Phantom Thread sprang to him and he called Daniel Day-Lewis the next day to see if he’d want to star in it.

 


The Road Movie, A Wild Documentary Made From Compiled Russian Dashboard Camera Footage

 

The Road Movie by director Dmitrii Kalashnikov is a wild documentary that offers fascinating insight into Russian life through the dashboard camera footage of its many drivers. Kalashnikov created the film solely out of this dashcam footage, which reveals that a great deal of very weird things happen all the time and the surprising number of people who do inexplicable things when they don’t realize that they’re being filmed.

The epitome of a you-have- to-see- it-to- believe-it documentary, THE ROAD MOVIE captures a wide range of spectacles through the windshield—including a comet crashing down to Earth, an epic forest fire, and no shortage of angry motorists taking road rage to wholly new and unexpected levels—all accompanied by bemused commentary from unseen and often stoic drivers and passengers.

The film opens on Friday, January 19 in New York City and is available for pre-order as a digital download.

 


HBO Is Ruining Your Movies And You Might Not Have Even Noticed

HBO Is Ruining Your Movies And You Might Not Have Even Noticed

 HBO and other streaming services are cutting off parts of shots to change a film's aspect ratio.

 


25 Truly Great Movies With Absolutely Ingenious Plotlines

25 Truly Great Movies With Absolutely Ingenious Plotlines

 

Among the thousands of mediocre movies with predictable plots, there are true pearls of cinematic art that break the boundaries of tradition and stand out from the crowd.

Se7en

A pretty rough crime thriller about a psycho killer who punishes his victims for the deadly sins they commit. Before production, the studio bosses insisted on making slight changes to the conflict, namely re-writing the final scene. Nobody knows what would the movie have looked like if not for Brad Pitt, who refused to shoot in it if anyone tampered with the ending.

Fight Club

An office clerk suffering from insomnia and trying to do something with his unbearably boring life meets Tyler Durden, a charismatic soap trader living by a twisted philosophy. The final scenes of the movie are shocking, and the discoveries made by the characters will lead to unpredictable events.

Angel Heart

Harry Angel is a private investigator who receives an assignment from a mysterious aristocrat to locate a war veteran that failed to fulfill the terms of a certain agreement. After a promise of good payment, he agrees, but the case that looked easy at the first glance becomes ever more complicated and littered with corpses as Harry progresses to the ugly end.

Shutter Island

Two US Marshals go to an island in Massachusetts to investigate the disappearance of a patient from an asylum for criminally insane. During their investigation, the characters will have to face a web of lies, a natural disaster, and a riot of inmates. In addition to this, the ending scene will surely become a point of discussion between you and your friends.

The Mist

A horror drama by Frank Darabont, the famous creator of The Shawshank Redemption, is based on the book by Stephen King. It differs from the book in the final scene, which is one of the main plot twists. We won’t spoil the fun for you, but we want to say that King was content with such a turn of events — he even claimed that this was the original thought behind the misadventures of the book’s characters.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

One day, an enormous fleet of alien starships arrives in Earth’s orbit and announces to the whole human race that their planet is to be demolished to make way for a luxurious interstellar bypass. This is a movie that will make you both laugh and pause to think; there is a grain of truth in every joke.

The Departed

Two of the best police academy graduates find themselves in a tricky situation — one is a mole in the police ranks, and the other is an undercover cop. Both of them think that it is his duty to destroy the opponent, but their twisted realities gradually change them from inside.

The Sixth Sense

This picture is about the terrible fate of a 9-year-old boy. There is literally nothing a kid his age can do alone, but when a brilliant psychologist comes to his aid, not thinking of him as a weirdo or mental like others do, the boy’s life becomes somewhat easier. He confides in the doctor and trusts him even more than his own mother. The unexpected finale of the movie is not really what it’s about — the attention should be focused on the feelings of the characters and the twists and turns of events.

The Life of David Gale

A law-abiding intellectual college professor, who is an activist against capital punishment is, ironically, sentenced to death for the murder of his colleague. This is a clever drama that tells us that justice may make fatal errors, and some people will stop at nothing in their fight for an idea.

The Best Offer

Like many adventure thrillers, The Best Offer has quite a standard and straightforward structure, and the viewer is likely to understand the gist at once. But, unlike other movies of this genre, it has its own catch. The director artfully twists the plot and mesmerizes all who watch this picture.

Law Abiding Citizen

The District Attorney strikes a deal with criminal offenders and lets them out of the prison. The man whose wife and child died at the hands of those murderers then decides to do justice himself and thus has revenge on the DA. He is caught and sent to prison, but all of a sudden, he says something that doesn’t make any sense — he will be killing without leaving his cell until his conditions are met. This would have been a laughable statement, but soon the police understand that they should have known better.

The Prestige

The action takes place in the middle of the 19th century when mystery is all around, and the focus of everyone’s attention are magic tricks. Robert and Alfred are old-time friends and illusionists, but their career paths make them adversaries. They blow up each other’s performances, sniff out the trade secrets, and eventually become blood enemies. This movie is for all who love unexpectedness, non-triviality, and fresh, new views.

A Beautiful Mind

From worldwide recognition to the depth of sin — John Forbes Nash, Jr. had seen it all. As a math genius, he made enormous gains in the game theory that brought new revolutions and an international reputation. However, the arrogant womanizer mathematician gets a blow that will change his life forever.

The Others

The Others is one of the most breathtaking movies of its genre. There are few pictures like it — with no erotics, gore, or other action, it enchants the viewers with its magnificent plot. The climax leaves you at a loss for words. The setting and acting make you believe that you are not watching a movie, but living through the story along with the characters, trying to find out the truth.

The Usual Suspects

A company of bad guys assault a boat with another company of bad guys, and after the clash, there is only one survivor. He is the only clue for the investigator who wants desperately to find the mastermind behind the whole operation, a mysterious villain named Keyser Soze. This is a great opportunity to play detective for those who haven’t watched the movie yet.

Looper

A really puzzling action movie about the future, where some bandits have learned how to send unwanted individuals back in time. Like any picture based on time-travelling, this one has its own fragile logic, but don’t think about it too hard — just watch and have fun.

Memento

Leonard Shelby is luxuriously dressed and drives a brand new Jaguar, but he lives in shabby motels. His aim in life is to find his wife’s killer. However, he is hampered by anterograde amnesia, a rare condition that makes him forget everything that happened more than fifteen minutes ago while still remembering all that happened before the murder. Thus, his companions are a Polaroid camera and the tattoos that cover his body.

The Game

The dynamic and unexpected plotline in combination with the eccentric atmosphere make this movie a true masterpiece among thrillers. The climax is quite predictable, but it doesn’t spoil the fun whatsoever. Besides, the way the director leads the viewers to the grand finale is really all but conventional.

Lucky Number Slevin

Slevin is unfortunate: his house is foreclosed, and his girlfriend has left him for another man. Nick, Slevin’s friend, offers a place to live in his apartment while he’s away from New York. A crime lord called The Boss finds Slevin, mistaking him for Nick. The Boss bids him to avenge his son’s murder by killing the heir of The Rabbi, The Boss’s former partner.

Deja Vu

The title of this one says a lot about the contents of the picture itself. Both the director and the scriptwriter are in it to make time traveling as plausible as they can. All in all, what you see here is a really good action picture with the elements of a close-to-life sci-fi.

Vanilla Sky

Life is strange sometimes — you begin a very usual day, and end in a bag of ice enjoying the view of the vanilla skies over your head. Nobody could see it coming. It’s really true that everything could change in a flash.

Secret Window

“Johnny Depp“ and ”based on the novel by Stephen King" are the key words that will make you watch this movie and put off all of the work you might have for later.

The Skeleton Key

Imagine you have a key that opens any door — any at all. It seems like a blessing that would give you a lot of opportunities. But would you risk opening every door?

Inception

If you like light and easy movies, this one is definitely not for you. If you are a true movie connoisseur and would love to spend two and a half hours thinking really hard, and then at least half an hour more getting over it, then you should watch Inception.

Moon

Sam’s contract is nearing its end — he has spent three years on the moon, supervising the automated rare gas mining station. Three long years in the sole company of an artificial intelligence called GERTY are bound to change a person. Two weeks before his departure and returning home to Earth, Sam meets his shift relief.


15 Celebrities That Threw Tantrums On Set And Almost Got Fired

15 Celebrities That Threw Tantrums On Set And Almost Got Fired

Everyone loves watching videos of people freaking out in public. It’s just one of those things that’s amazing to witness as long as you’re not the one getting yelled at. While everyone has days where they’re feeling ‘off’ or are acting rude to strangers, celebrities need to avoid those days as much as possible. After all, they’re one public breakdown away from ruining their entire careers — just ask Mel Gibson. To be honest, it’s surprised that there aren’t more celebrity fits on the sets of movies.

Making a movie is hard work. The hours are long, the job is stressful, and you can find yourself stuck in remote areas of the world for months at a time. Things can get heated on set, but everyone tries their best to remain level headed. Often times, when there is a clash on set, it’s a sign that the movie is going to turn out horribly. After all, if the actors and directors don’t agree creatively, how does the audience know that the right choices are being made?

By reading through this list, you’ll see how even the most respected, down to Earth actors can lose it on set every now and then. That’s not to say they’re bad people, they just couldn’t control their emotions. Then again, some of these fits are absolutely ridiculous. When is it ever acceptable to tell your boss that you’re going to kill them with your bare hands?

15. Christian Bale — ‘Out Of Order Beyond Belief’

Christian Bale had, quite possibly, the biggest (and most public) breakdown while filming Terminator Salvation. It all happened when the director of photography, Shane Hurlbut, made the mistake of walking behind the camera while in Bale’s eye-line. Bale was distracted by Hurlbut’s movement and ended up fumbling over his lines during a take. Frustrated, Bale went on a rant screaming at crew members and saying that he would never work with Shane Hurlbut ever again.

Normally, these outbursts remain private but one of the crew members recorded Bale’s rant and leaked it to the media. Shortly after, Bale went on a Los Angeles radio station to apologize for his foul-mouthed tirade. Bale said, “I was out of order beyond belief. I make no excuses for it. There is nobody who has heard that tape who has been hit harder than me. The one thing that disturbs me so much is that I’ve heard a lot of people saying that I seem to think I’m better than anybody else. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I am a lucky man.” Bale also went on to say that just a few hours after his rant, him and Hurlbut had made amends.

14. David O. Russell — ‘Remember Your Lines For Once’

David O. Russell is a highly respected director in Hollywood like Joy, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and of course, Three KingsThree Kings is praised as one of the best war movies to come out of the 1990s. It was nominated for multiple Oscars and holds a 94 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, David O. Russell is notorious for getting into arguments with the actors in his movies.

For example, when filming Three Kings, David O. Russell got into an argument with some of the extras on set for continuously messing up takes. George Clooney, who was already frustrated by the entire production, yelled at the director and essentially said to aim his frustration at Clooney, instead. In his exact words, Clooney said “I told you, if you’re going to pick on somebody, pick on me.” David O. Russel responded by turning to Clooney and yelling “Why don’t you just remember your lines for once?” The two then grabbed each other and were tussling before crew members stepped in and pulled them apart.

13. Gene Hackman — ‘Pull Up Your Pants And Act Like A Man’

The Royal Tenenbaums was Wes Anderson’s big break into Hollywood. Though he had directed two movies before, The Royal Tenenbaums was the movie that really tested him as a director and as a person. He was given a star-studded cast that included Bill Murray, Ben Stiller, Danny Glover, and unfortunately, Gene Hackman, who had no interest in being involved in the production. He was begged by his agent to take the role, despite Hackman only receiving a fraction of his normal pay rate.

According to reports, Hackman was nearly impossible to work with and put Anderson through hell. He verbally abused the young director so much that other actors would step in to defend Anderson from the verbal onslaught that he was receiving. Hackman called Anderson every foul name in the book, and even said that Anderson needed to “pull up his pants and act like a man.” In later interviews, Anderson and Gwenyth Paltrow admitted that they were terrified of Hackman while on set.

12. Marilyn Monroe — ‘It Was Like Kissing…’

Since her death, Marilyn Monroe’s status has become larger than anyone could have ever imagined. But, let’s be honest, she’s not really deserving of her fame. Yes, she is an absolutely gorgeous actress who starred in so many major movies, but she was also someone who struggled to deal with their problems. And, if reports are to believe, she was also an absolute nightmare to work with on set.

After leaving the movie business for a few years, Marilyn Monroe decided to make her comeback with the movie Some Like It Hot. By this point in her career, Monroe was a household name and had grown tired of always playing a blonde bimbo on the big screen. But that’s who her character was in Some Like It Hot. She was so displeased with her role that she was frequently late, ruined scenes, and was a difficult person to be around. Her co-star, Tony Curtis said that when he kissed her it was like kissing Hitler. She was such a monster on the set that she wasn’t invited to the wrap party when production ended!

11. Nicolas Cage — Trashing His Trailers

Nicolas Cage has become somewhat of a meme these days, but he was once a respected actor. To some extent, he still is a respect actor — it’s just that people think he’s a really weird guy. However, if you had asked someone what they thought of him thirty years ago, they would probably tell you that he was an immensely talented man with a very short temper.

In his own words, Cage said that his anger as a young actor should have landed him in jail. In recent interviews, Cage revealed that he would destroy his trailers on set, insult anyone around him, and trash his hotel rooms. Cage felt that this was the best way for him to get into his characters, who were often villains in movies. In the years following his destructive tendencies, Cage said that he regretted his behavior on set and was lucky that he didn’t end up behind bars. He also said that Richard Gere was the one to convince him to change his behavior and to act more like a professional.

10. Chevy Chase — The Diva That Ruined Community

Any fan of the show Community will tell you that Chevy Chase single-handedly destroyed the show. While he’s a great comedic acting talent, Chase was nothing but a miserable succubus during production. To start, Chase would berate cast and crew members while on set and tell them that he hated the show and say things like how he thought it was the least funny show he’s ever seen. Furthermore, Chase had been arguing with the show runner, Dan Harmon, since production began.

Their feud peaked when Harmon leaked a very profane voicemail that Chevy left him. The voicemail brought to light what was really happening with Chevy Chase behind the scenes of Community. After the message was leaked, people began to look into Chase’s background and found that this wasn’t the first time his co-workers hated him. In fact, Chase was hated by just about everyone he worked with on Saturday Night Live and even fought with Bill Murray backstage during a taping.

9. Megan Fox — Complained About Having To Visit The Pyramids

To anyone who was a fan of the Transformers movies starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, the behind this behind the scenes drama shouldn’t come as a surprise. Back when Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was being filmed, there were many reports coming out saying that Megan Fox was being a nuisance on set. These claims were mostly unverified until Fox said that Michael Bay “was like Hitler” on set. That’s when some of the crew members that worked with her wrote a letter to the press, outlining what a nightmare Megan Fox was to work with.

According to the letter, Fox bailed on a dinner prepared by the Royal Prince of Jordan, but that’s not even the worst part. Production was halted in Egypt for a day due to unforeseen circumstances. Michael Bay thought it would be fun to take the cast and crew to see the Pyramids of Giza, and Megan Fox responded to the news by saying ““I can’t believe Michael is forcing us to go to the pyramids!”

Fox was replaced by another actress in the third Transformers movie, probably due to her behavior. When reflecting on that time in her life, Fox said that it was a definite low point. Her beef with Michael Bay is in the past, though, as she starred in his two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies.

8. Tom Hardy — Got Knocked Out By Shia LaBeouf

Tom Hardy is seen as a very talented actor whereas Shia LaBeouf is somewhat of a crazy diva as of lately. When the two were working on Lawless back in 2012, there were rumors that the actors had gotten into a fight. The movie studio tried to hush these rumors, but the director came out and said that the two did in fact get into a physical altercation. However, he added that the details of the altercation were exaggerated by the press. As the story goes, the two actors got into a fight and LaBeouf allegedly knocked out Tom Hardy. Even tough guy Tom Hardy said that LaBeouf knocked him out, though many people believe that he said it sarcastically to poke fun at the very idea that LaBeouf was capable of such a thing.

Though we all love Tom Hardy, he might actually be difficult to work with. According to reports, Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron couldn’t stand to be around each other while on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road. One of the cast members said that this wasn’t because they didn’t like each other, but it was because they were stuck in a desert together for six months.

7. Dustin Hoffman — Wouldn’t Stop Yelling At The Director

Recently, Dustin Hoffman has been at the center of some very serious assault allegations. While on a panel promoting his new movie, Hoffman was confronted by John Oliver, who was supposed to be moderating the Q&A. Oliver berated Hoffman about the accusations and while his intentions were good, Oliver ended up looking worse than the guy he was accusing of sexual assault. Then again, Hoffman has been accused multiple times through his career — but we’ll save that for another article!

Back in the 1980s, Hoffman starred in the critically acclaimed movie, Tootsie. Though Hoffman was praised for his performance on screen, he was also criticized for his behavior off screen. For example, Hoffman would regularly have shouting matches with the director Sydney Pollack over minor disagreements. Hoffman said that he doesn’t normally yell at people, but when he does it’s only because they yell at him.

6. Russell Crowe — ‘With My Bare Hands’

Gladiator was an instant classic. It won five Oscars and it was nominated for countless others. The movie stars Russell Crowe, who, as it turns out, was pretty miserable to work with. For example, Crowe refused to say his iconic line “And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next” because he thought it was a bad line. Eventually, he was persuaded to say it and after he did, he told the director “It was terrible, but I’m the greatest actor in the world and I can make even that sound good.” Yikes!

However, the worse thing that Russell Crowe did during Gladiator involves a phone call he made. At 3 a.m., Crowe called the movie’s producer, Branko Lustig, and said he was going to kill him with his bare hands. Crowe made the call after discovering that Lustig refused to pay some of the assistants on the movie what Crowe thought was a fair wage. Lustig was so shook up by the phone call that after Crowe hung up, he immediately tried to quit production!

5. Julia Roberts — “Tinkerhell”

Filming in front of a green screen can be an absolute nightmare for some actors. Ian McKellen, for example, started to cry while filming The Hobbit because he was so depressed that he was being forced to act in front of a green screen by himself. Julia Roberts experienced a similar feeling of loneliness when she was working on Steven Spielberg’s movie, Hook.

Apparently, a number of factors in Roberts’ life caused her to be somewhat of a nightmare on set. She had just gone through a rough breakup and was bummed out that she had to film the majority of her lines alone in front of a green screen. This lead her to act out off camera and she was just a miserable person to be around. Roberts, who played Tinkerbell, was often referred to as “Tinkerhell” by some of her co-workers. When asked if he would ever work with Roberts again, Spielberg confidently said no. Roberts, on the other hand, says that a lot of the rumors about her are not true. “Hand to God: not a thing I read about that was truthful and it really hurt my feelings. Because not only did it make me sound mean, but it was a situation where people who knew the truth talked about it in a way that wasn’t untruthful.”

4. Tom Cruise And Rob Lowe — ‘We Beat Each Other’

The Outsiders is the movie that launched the careers of Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe. Though they have vastly different careers now, they were once co-stars in a movie about troubled teenage boys from low-income families. The movie is a little corny by today’s standards, but it’s still worth watching for anyone who wants to see some of the biggest stars from the 1980s in one movie together.

There’s one particular scene in The Outsiders where Rob Lowe punches Tom Cruise. When filming, Lowe accidentally hit Cruise for real, and apparently Cruise retaliated with such force that the two immediately starting to fight each other. Rob Lowe recalled the event in an interview and said, “We all beat the living s***t out of one another. We really did. I got one clean shot on Tom, and Tom is such a competitive lunatic — which is what I love about him — but the next thing you know he’s ready to kill me.” The two were quickly pulled apart and production continued onward.

3. Bill Murray — Picked Arguments With Lucy Liu

Bill Murray is loved by everyone on the internet, and to be honest, I don’t really know why. As someone who isn’t a fan, the mythology of Murray is too ridiculous to be true. For example, people often cite a story where Murray went into a bar and just jumped behind the counter and started serving everyone tequila. That’s hilarious for everyone except the bar owner. And if you look at what Murray’s former co-stars are saying about him, it’s never good.

For example, when filming Charlie’s Angels, Murray had quite a massive feud with Lucy Liu. According to reports, the two would have non-stop arguments with each other. Here’s how Murray said one argument started, “We began rehearsing this scene, and I asked, ‘Lucy, how can you want to say these lines? These are so crazy.’ She got furious with me because she thought that it was a personal assault, but the reality is that she hated these lines as much as I did. But for twenty minutes there, we went to our separate corners and threw hand-grenades and sky rockets at each other.”

2. Bill O’Reilly — We’ll Do It Live

Bill O’Reilly is more than likely only going to be remembered because of his massive breakdown on television. Though he isn’t on the air anymore due to some allegations of sexual assault, his relentless rant will go down in history as the biggest news goof of all time. And if someone from from his show hadn’t leaked it, the Internet would have no idea it even happened.

While taping his show Inside Edition, O’Reilly became frustrated with the teleprompter. It was having some issue and it was making it difficult for him to do his job. He stopped reading it altogether and began yelling at someone off screen. As his frustration grows, O’Reilly screams “We’ll do it live! Do it live! I’ll write it and we’ll do it live!” The Internet isn’t a very forgiving place, and the very brief clip instantly became a meme around the world that is still used to this day. The only thing that would have made this clip better is if O’Reilly actually stumbled like this live on TV!

1. Bette Davis And Joan Crawford — Childish Feud On And Off Set

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford had a rivalry that can only be described as childish. Where the rivalry began is unknown, but it probably stems from the fact that the two stars were always competing against each other for movie roles. But, when both were cast as the stars of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane they took their rivalry to the next level.

To start, Joan Crawford was married to the CEO of Pepsi during production, so Bette Davis insisted on having a Coca Cola machine in her dressing room. Later, when Bette had to drag Joan across the floor as part of a scene, Joan filled her pockets with rocks to make it harder for Bette. When Bette was nominated for an Oscar and Joan wasn’t, Joan insisted on presenting the award for Best Director. Furthermore, she called up all of her actor friends to say that she could collect the award on their behalf should they choose to stay home. As it turns out, Bette didn’t win the Oscar that year, Anne Bancraft did, but she wasn’t at the ceremony so Joan went on stage to collect the award!


10 Great Mads Mikkelsen Movies To Watch After 'Rogue One' (If You Are A Fan Like We Are)

10 Great Mads Mikkelsen Movies To Watch After 'Rogue One' (If You Are A Fan Like We Are)

Mads Mikkelsen is one of the most versatile actors working today. This Danish gem is probably best-known in the States as the most sophisticated cannibal, Hannibal Lecter in NBC's #Hannibal. However before he was in the world of acting however, he was a gymnast and a dancer. Because of his talent, he quickly came to prominence in Denmark when he played the role of Tonny, a drug-dealer in the Danish trilogy Pusher.

While Mikkelsen is already known for starring in independent quality cinema, his widespread recognition didn't grow until he starred as the Bond villain Le Chiffre in 2006 film Casino Royale. This year, is a big year for the Danish actor. Just after the success of Marvel's #DoctorStrange where he played the sorcerer Kaecilius, we saw him again as the rebel Galen Erso in Disney's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Mikkelsen already has critical acclaim and widespread recognition both in the TV and movie world; the two blockbuster movies I mentioned might just kickstart a future of a larger fan-following and worldwide recognition. If these movies (and the Hannibal series) have made you a Mads Mikkelsen fan and you'd like to see more of his versatility as an actor, take a look below at 10 of his great films that you absolutely must watch after #RogueOne:

10. Pusher Trilogy (1996, 2004, 2005)

The Pusher trilogy explored the criminal world of Copenhagen. It's as dark and gritty as one would expect, and each of the sequels focuses on a different character from the original film. It also launched the careers of the director Nicolas Winding Refn and Mads Mikkelsen.

The first Pusher, is all about Frank (Kim Bodnia), a mid-level drug dealer who sells heroin with his sidekick Tonny (Mikkelsen). Frank owed money and dope from the Serbian druglord, Milo, but his deal went awry when police arrived. Tonny went to prison, and Frank is left with only a few days to pay his debt to Milo, otherwise he's dead.

Mads in Pusher II [Credit: Nordisk Film]

Pusher II on the other hand, focused on Tonny and his life after prison, following the events after the first film. After being set free, he attempts to reconcile with his estranged gangster father, pay his debts and try to be a good father himself. Though everything continued to be shitty for him, we assume that he turns his life around after he takes his baby with him, and leaves the city, never to look back.

Though the the third and final film, Pusher III doesn't really revolve around the story of Mads Mikkelsen's character, it tells the story of the ruthless man that caused their problems. Pusher III follows the aging Serbian drug lord, Milo. In the first and second films, we learn that Milo is a ruthless man, and in the third film we see that he'll do anything for his spoiled daughter. On top of that, we see Milo's side of the story. Now practically ancient, he struggles to stay on top of his game as the drug 'King of Copenhagen.'

9. Shake It All About (2001)

We're used to seeing Mads Mikkelsen play roles in action, period, and drama, but back in Denmark he also starred in rom-coms!

What happens if you're just so damn charming? For Jacob (Mikkelsen) it can stir up trouble. For years Jacob has been in a long term relationship with Jørgen (Troels Lyby) and one night, he proposes. However after Jacob mets Jørgen's sister-in-law and the two get a little too close, things get more complicated. At times during the film you'd love to slap Jacob, given how obvious it is that he's used to getting what he wants, but at the same time you can't help but sympathize with him because it really ain't easy to just make up your mind!

8. The Green Butchers (2003)

Mads Mikkelsen starred in a comedic feat yet again in The Green Butcher directed by Anders Thomas Jensen. At some point in our lives, we've probably heard chilling stories of cannibalism, such as someone opening butcher shop and selling all kinds of strange delicious meat. And while the story varies, The Green Butcher follows such a tale. Far from his more modern and sophisticated cannibal-of-all-trades in the Hannibal series, Mads Mikkelsen is comical here as the butcher, Svend.

Although the story is an acquired taste, the dialogue is witty, and sometimes you'll even forget that Svend and his partner Bjarne (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) even sell human meat under the name 'chicky-wickies.' If you're a Mads Mikkelsen fan and you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend that you do, there's just a certain charm to it that will keep you glued to your screen, whether you like Svend's chicky-wickies or not.

7. A Royal Affair (2012)

We all love stories of kings and queens who lived happily ever after, but history tell us otherwise. Kings and queens often ended up in tragedies, and A Royal Affair is such one of the story that tells its audience there's no such thing as "happily ever after," at least among the royals in the previous centuries.

A Royal Affair dramatically captures the historical political turbulence and the enlightenment during the 18th century. It may be categorized as historical fiction, but the characters are based on real life intermarriage between the mentally ill young king Christian VII of Denmark and Princess Caroline Matilda of Britain, and their relationships to a German doctor Johann Friedrich Struensee. The film shows the usual love triangle, except there's no embellishing here, it's all straight up history. Mikkelsen plays the role of Johann Friedrich Struensee, a German doctor who cured Christian VII with his many illnesses but unfortunately not his severe mental condition.

Mikkelsen with his stoic look, appropriately projected the elderly and intelligent Struensee. However, he could not resist the charm of the young queen, played by the beautiful Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, Testament of the Youth). As always, Mikkelsen shows the versatility of his eyes in all situation.

6. Prague (2006)

Prague, directed by Ole Madsen, stars Mads Mikkelsen as Christoffer and Stein Stengade as Maja, Christoffer’s adulterous wife. The pair are both in their 40s and both most likely suffering from mid-life crises. Although it was not nominated to any awards, Mads proves his versatility once again in this movie about love, lust, lies and deception.

Prague is not only focused on the deteriorating relationship between husband and wife, but also on the pain of discovering the reasons why Christoffer's father left his family when he was 12-years-old. Although his mother never spoke negatively about his father, Christoffer uncovers the truth after receiving a call from Prague, is is needed to identify a body suspected to be his father's.

Mikkelsen plays the character of Christoffer well. His seemingly unmoving and unpredictable ways portrays the character of a person who has known disappointment. His actions, the movements of his eyes and lips and his blank stares give the impression that he even questions himself.

The movie shows the beauty of the city of Prague and it's a fitting setting for the moods of the characters.

5. Men & Chicken (2015)

Men & Chicken is one extremely bizarre comedy, and it's hilarious to see Mad Mikkelsen in this crazy comedy even before finding out the what kind of genes run in his "family." Mikkelsen's character, Elias has multiple half-siblings, all with different mothers, but that isn’t the strangest part of all! Their children's father may be super smart, working on research for stem cell treatment, but the creation of hybrid animals and unethical experiments on women just to produce children seems like a plot straight out of a horror movie. While ultimately you might ask yourself "what the fuck was that?!" after seeing it, you're sure to enjoy the dark sense of humor that Men & Chicken brings in bucketloads.

4. Valhalla Rising (2009)

Pusher director Nicolas Winding Refn and Mads Mikkelsen teamed up again in 2009 for adventure film Valhalla Rising. Despite the reviews for this film being generally positive, it sadly failed to earn back its budget.

Valhalla Rising is divided into six parts, and starts at the beginning of time when there was man and nature. The film then follows as men bearing crosses drive the heathens the edge of the earth,and we're introduced to Mikkelsen's character, the Norse warrior known only as One-Eye. Despite having a damaged eye and being mute, One-Eye's mouth twitches and expressive remaining eye do all the talking needed.

One-Eye is able to have visions, and sees himself and a mystery boy he meets while being held captive joining the Crusaders to Jerusalem but landing in North America instead. Knowing that this would meanhe would be killed in an unknown land, he walks casually in the middle of the Indian warriors, drops his axe and knife and closes his eye. As the warriors kill him, his spirit leaves his body, walks towards the estuary and disappears. The Boy watches the vision as the warriors go back to the forest.

The movie is gory, with blood and violence from the beginning till the end, ultimately showing the violence of the religions and how it's used to subdue other people.

Despite Mikkelsen's strong appeal and character, Valhalla Rising is considered a flop, however it's undoubtedly one of his most unforgettable movies, ever.

3. Flame & Citron (2008)

Movies about people from history can be complicated with issues about the accuracy of the events and characters portrayed. However, despite issues with films 'based on a true story,' historical films often go on to become fan favorites.

While the historical accuracy of Flame & Citron, directed by Ole Christian Madsen, might be heavily debated, it was the most-watched film in Denmark in 2008. Flame & Citron focuses on the World War II Danish resistance group, Holger Danske, and its fighters Bent Faurschou-Hviid, known as Flammen (played by Thure Lindhardt) and Jørgen Haagen Schmith, known as Citron (played by Mads Mikkelsen). Set in a tumultuous time, the film has themes of love, betrayal and bravely broaches the moral dilemmas during wartime.

2. After The Wedding (2006)

Danish film After the Wedding was directed by Susan Bier, and in the movie, we see Mads Mikkelsen depart from his usual distant and calculating character we've come to see him portray many times. In the role of Jacob Petersen, Mikkelsen plays a jolly yet serious humanitarian worker, managing an orphanage in India which is verging on bankruptcy. Thankfully the problem seems close to being solved after a Danish corporation offers a substantial fundingm with the caveat that Jacob must receive it personally from the Copenhagen-based CEO, Jorgen Hannson. Despite Jacob’s obvious hate with the rich, he obliges thinking that it would help the children. While in Copenhagen, Jacob is invited to the wedding of Hannson's daughter and soon a much bigger secret unveils itself.

Mikkelsen obviously did some work on his physicality in order to realistically portray a humanitarian worker in India, and even seems more rugged and seemingly uncomfortable when wearing a coat and tie. Like most of his movies, Mikkelson relies on his telling expressions to tell his story as much as he does on the dialogue, creating a compelling character.

1. The Hunt (2012)

If you want to watch a film which will have you taking a serious look at society, then be sure to check out The Hunt. The film was directed by Thomas Vinterberg, and went on to win several awards, with Mikkelsen picking up the Best Actor award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of main character, Lucas.

Set in small Danish village around Christmas, Lucas is a well-liked kindergarten employee whose world comes crashing down after one of his students makes serious (but false) claims against him. Set in a small town, where everyone knows everyone, the film sees the softly-spoken and (formerly) respected Lucas ostracized, even after he's released without charge. Joblessness and at the point of losing his relationship with his teenage son, on Christmas Day, Lucas confronts the community, posing them questions of morality.

Eventually the young student, troubled by what is happening to the community, reveals the truth in her sleep, and her father realizes Lucas's innocence. Despite this it still takes months before things seemingly return to normal, though deep down Lucas and the town know nothing will ever be the same again.

Mads Mikkelsen gives each character he portrays a certain depth that leaves audiences enthralled by even the most vile of cinematic characters he portrays. While often see him in morally ambiguous or villainous roles, his oeuvre of work proves that he's also capable in comedy, romance, and drama, a truly brilliant actor of the modern era.


14 Questions 'Avengers: Infinity War' Needs To Answer (And Probably Will)

14 Questions 'Avengers: Infinity War' Needs To Answer (And Probably Will)

 

Spoiler Alert

First of all, I’d like to say this is all about the movies and the trailer of the upcoming movie Avengers: Infinity War, and not the comics.

Second of all, can we just thank God for Chris Evans? Okay? Cool…

Third of all, this is not a serious article. I did not do research about all of it but after re-watching almost all of the Marvel movies… I have so many questions.

1- Where the hell does Thanos come from? And why is he such a bitch?

Who hurt the “man” enough for him to want to destroy the whole world? Or is it only Earth? Or maybe he just wants to control everything… See what I’m talking about? I don’t get it. Oh, and (spoiler alert) is Nebula actually going to try to kill him? Because she said so in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol II and, to be honest, that would just be very helpful for our own little team, the Avengers.

2- Is Quicksilver really gone?

Alright, so this one is a bit far-fetched… but we all know the way he died was… well… it sucked. There were rumors about how he could not be dead, but I seriously doubt it. Although we would all like a big family reunion, it seemed we’d have to stick with Evan Peters' interpretation of Quicksilver for the X-men movies… Wait… It’s all connected now, isn’t it?

3- Scarlet Witch and Vision… is that a real thing? Oh and how does he become human by the way?

We all knew while watching Captain America: Civil War that there was a little something going on, which just seemed a bit strange at first but now, watching the trailer for the upcoming Avengers movie and seeing how Vision is, well, how do I put this? Not purple anymore? It certainly shows us a more human side of him and well, I’ll guess we have to wait and find out.

4- What is going on between Tony and Pepper?

I am really confused after seeing the ending of Spiderman: Homecoming where (spoiler alert) Tony has to ask Pepper to marry him in front of a press conference because our lovely Peter Parker refused to take his rightful place in the Avengers, but we know for a fact that their relationship was not going well after Tony’s saying in Captain America: Civil War. I need some explanations.

5- How the hell does Spidey always gets in trouble first, and alone?

I really hope I’m not the only one who’s really impressed by Peter Parker’s capacity of always jumping into trouble without thinking about the fact that he’s a 15-year-old boy. Once again, the trailer showed us a really, really, naive Parker who thinks he can beat Thanos, by himself, perhaps? We get it Peter, you’re the human form of a spider but… don’t you think you should wait for the grown-ups first? (I’m totally joking. Spiderman is one of my favorite characters. Don’t kill me please).

6- How will Thanos get the yellow stone from Vison’s head?

it will probably go a bit like this

Following question three of this brilliant article, we do see, in the trailer, Vision in a human form… and he still has the stone on his forehead? But we do see him again, still purple, getting pretty much tortured and he still has the stone? Do you get the confusion here? What happens? Does he keep it? Does Thanos get it from him? Or maybe the two of them don’t even meet? We don’t know and we can’t wait to know.

7- What is really going to happen if all the stones are reunited on the glove?

We get that the stones, each and every of them, are very powerful. They can easily destroy everything, so does that mean that if Thanos gets all of them, he will be unstoppable? Does it mean he’s going to have the chance to destroy the world and no one will be able to stop him?

Why do I ask questions I know the answers of?

8- Are the rumors about Captain America dying true?

Hear me out. Not so long ago, we were told Steve was going to die in the third Captain America movie, which is now obviously not true, but could this be it? Rogers has already done a lot and he is the kind of guy that will sacrifice everything to save the ones he loves and especially, the whole planet. So, will we see a courageous and brave Steve giving his life for humanity?

#IHopeNot #IWillCryLikeABaby

9- If so, will Bucky take his place?

This was another rumor that was going around a few years ago. Sebastian Stan, the actor who plays the role of Bucky Barnes AKA The Winter Soldier, said himself that he would enjoy that scenario, but does that mean it will happen? Does Barnes really have the courage to take his best friend’s place and role in the Avengers? Or even, can he? We all know that the character is somewhat unstable, so if Captain dies, will we see a new fresh and clean Bucky Barnes?

10- Am I the ONLY one who really wants to get some Banner/Romanov action? And how the hell does Bruce gets himself involved with Doctor Strange?

Once again, another ongoing romance that has been really lightly touched. We know that they both like each other and that Romanov is the only person that will ever calm the Hulk, but what is really going on between them? Let’s just hope we see a bit more in this future movie… but let’s not hope too much since the trailer shows us a really confused Doctor Strange finding another really confused Bruce Banner. How did that happen? Another alliance is forming and I’m here for it!

11- Loki + Tesseract?

Perhaps Loki is just horribly failing at being a good “god” again? We knew (spoiler alert) at the end of Thor: Ragnarok that he had taken the Tesseract, so what does he plan to do with it? Is he still on and about ruling the world? Who does he want to kill now? Hasn’t he killed pretty much everybody? Will he join us on the ride to getting rid of Thanos, or will he sit and watch, mischievous smile on his face?

12- Captain America’s New Feature, Rocking That Beard?

I have heard a ton of rumors about this one, but one really stuck to me: in every movie, when the good guy wants to rebel, he grows a beard. So, it’s not as much a theory as a fact. We all know that after Civil War, Steve has come a long way to fight for what he believes in and it just didn’t work out. Is that beard a symbol of rebellion or just a symbol of pure and simple change? Is Rogers getting even more badass or did he just forgot to pack a razor to Wakanda?

13- Someone explain to me what the creatures we see in the trailer are, please?

We all saw the trailer. If you didn’t, you shouldn’t have read through all those questions… Anyways, we see Captain America’s team fighting some kind of alien, which we have no idea where they come from yet… but somehow I imagined the movie being all about Thanos, so does he have little friends to come and help him? Or are those a whole new problem we will have to face?

Man, planet Earth is so not lucky.

14- Bucky Barnes? New Arm? Back From Being Frozen?

Last and not the least, our wonderful long-haired Russian weapon is back. So, if you haven’t seen Captain America: Civil War you wouldn’t know that Bucky has lost his metal arm in a fight with Iron Man and that he asked to be frozen at the end of the movie, in Wakanda, because he was afraid of what he would do. Now that you know… how did they help him? How did they clean his memory from the mind control that Hydra had executed on him? Is the fact that there is no more red star on his brand new arm means he’s finally free from his past? I guess we’ll see, won’t we?

Once again, these are all based on either the movies or the trailer for the upcoming movie Avengers: Infinity War, and please, I am in no way an expert in Marvel Comics, so don’t judge my lack of information!

 


15 Ways Your Childhood TV And Movie Heroes Actually Taught You Horrible Life Lessons

 

15 Ways Your Childhood TV And Movie Heroes Actually Taught You Horrible Life Lessons

Your parents might have been annoying as they constantly espoused their beliefs about the negative impact of movies and TV shows on children, but that doesn't mean they were wrong. Even Disney movies set bad examples - for example, Tangled is full of terrible lessons about how young girls should calculate their self-worth - but Disney is not the only source of negative ideals. There are a lot of horrible lessons from kids' movies and shows that were promoted and encouraged over the years.

On top of that, there are probably quite a few plain old bad habits picked up from TV shows you shouldn't have been watching as a kid. Sometimes, the lessons are so positively portrayed that you don't even notice how problematic they are for years afterward. Here are a number of movies and shows everyone was watching as kids that put certain characters on a heroic pedestal even if they had some seriously problematic traits. Vote up the worst lessons you learned from watching movies and television as a kid, then go unlearn those habits!

 


MOVIES QUIZ / 50 FLICKS TO CLICK (1971)

MOVIES QUIZ / 50 FLICKS TO CLICK (1971)

Can you pick the missing words from the titles of these movies from 1971?

 

 



5 Marvel Comics Events That Need To Make It To The Movies

5 Marvel Comics Events That Need To Make It To The Movies

And Here's How They Could Make It Happen in the Current MCU

So the Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps on rolling, churning out success after success. It seems they can do no wrong, but all these movies have been working to one ultimate goal, a mega crossover event to end all mega crossovers: Infinity War.

On 27 April 2018 (in the UK at least), we will see the culmination of a decade's worth of movies, as we see our favourite heroes take on one of the most notorious villains in comics history. Thanos has his hands on the Infinity Gauntlet and is slowly collecting the gems one by one, and when he acquires them all, he becomes the most powerful being in the universe.

So this begs the question, once this movie is done and dusted, where can the MCU go from here? Sure, they can hit the reset button, but they may simply be better served by maintaining the canon already established, and re-casting certain roles a-la James Bond. Sure, this won't be a popular move with some fans, but we need to face the facts. Our favourite actors aren't getting any younger, and Thor can't wield Mjolnir forever, so he needs to, shall we say, regenerate. So unless we want to face reset after reset of the MCU, we need to simply be willing and able to accept different actors playing our favourite superheroes. Keeping that in mind, I'm sure Marvel needs to consider what big story they could work toward next. What giant story arc could they build up to be finalised in a massive crossover movie? Well, here's my top 5 picks of stories I would like to see in the MCU, and how I think these could be accomplished.

'Secret Wars'

During our time with the cosmic aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have been introduced to both The Grandmaster and The Collector, two Elders of the Universe. Played by Benicio Del Toro and Jeff Goldblum respectively, these two characters have found themselves wronged by our heroes in various ways. The Collector has found himself doing dealings with the Asgardians and the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Asgardians gave him the Aether (the Reality Stone) to keep safely, and he ultimately found his vault destroyed by the unleashing of the Power Stone's energy after the Guardians of the Galaxy had brought it to him.

The Grandmaster has also had dealings with the Asgardians as he had attempted to imprison Thor and force him to fight in a tournament against his former work colleague, the Incredible Hulk. Thor led a rebellion against the Grandmaster in order to ensure his escape, managing to get himself, and a number of other gladiators safely off Sakaar and to freedom. So how could this play into the MCU's version of Secret Wars? Well, arguably, the true power of the two brothers hasn't been shown in its true glory yet, and I think this story truly could give us a real glimpse into their cosmic might.

While Grandmaster is arguably the only one to feel truly jilted by our heroes, Collector would still also have an axe to grind. In leaked images of Infinity War, it shows the Aether being stolen from the Collector's vault by Thanos' people, so it's natural to assume that the Collector will be desperate to regain possession of the Reality Stone stolen from him. At the end of Infinity War, it wouldn't be surprising if the Avengers, along with the Guardians of the Galaxy, agreed to hide the stones at various different locations across the universe, leading to a very pissed off Collector.

So how would the story play out?

You could start it with an end credits scene after the 2019 Avengers movie, which will no doubt work as a "Part 2" to Infinity War, even if it's no longer named "Part 2." You see the two brothers coming together, maybe sat around a table getting drunk and chatting, talking about how they have been humiliated by mere mortals. Then their mutual competitiveness gets the better of them, and they turn this humiliation into a game of sorts. Both agree to use these humans against one another, forming their own "teams" and forcing them to battle it out against one another to the death. That way, they get revenge against those who have ruined their fun, while at the same time making a game of it to see who is the better brother.

Rather than be a massive arc over a 10 year period, this could simply work toward the next Avengers movie. Because, let's face it, there definitely will be a new Avengers movie, because as long as these things make money, they will keep getting made. Over the space of 5 or 6 movies, the arc would be built up using simple post-credits or cameo scenes, showing the Collector and Grandmaster plotting their devious scheme, kidnapping heroes one by one and putting them in a form of stasis until the time is right. This builds anticipation to what we know will be a big headsmashing blockbuster of a movie, no massive armies, no CGI villains; we would just get to see our heroes butt heads like we always wanted them to in massive arena on another world: Battleworld.

How would it differ from the comics?

Anyone familiar with the Comic story arc will know that the original Secret Wars saw an entity called "The Beyonder," a God-like being, transport heroes and villains to a planet created by them called "Battleworld." The Beyonder is fascinated by the potential of superheroes which have developed on Earth and seeks to see them fight for little more than his own amusement.

Why should the movies steer clear of this?

Honestly, the idea of a truly God-like being in the current MCU might be a bit far out there even now that they have fully embraced the weird aspects of the universe. I think the idea of an unseen "Beyonder" forcing the heroes and villains to fight for reasons no greater than their own amusement on a world created by it for that sole purpose might be a tough movie to sell. At least using the Grandmaster and Collector as the force driving toward the Secret Wars, and maybe even staging such a movie on the already established, Sakaar would keep the movie necessarily grounded and fun without the universe having to get even more weird for the casual fans.

'World War Hulk'

If I ever end up in a conversation with someone about comic books and the question comes up about what my favourite comic story is, I'm always quick to answer: World War Hulk. The current MCU has seen two people play Bruce Banner/Hulk; the first time was Edward Norton, the second has seen Mark Ruffalo become the angry green giant. Re-casting an important role is therefore not unheard of, and it definitely gives us scope for the build up to this story being something quite intense to what would wind up being an extremely satisfying pay off.

Up to this point we haven't really seen Hulk truly unleashed to his full rage potential. We've seen him mad and take on Tony Stark's Hulkbuster, but we've never truly seen Hulk's rage maxed out to the point that terrifies anyone in the Marvel Universe. One of my favourite parts about this storyline is that when Hulk first returns from Planet Sakaar and announces his desire to get revenge against the heroes that wronged him, they are terrified. They realise how much they have fucked up, and how the truly angry Hulk could easily destroy them in a fight, so imagine this on screen.

Imagine our favourite heroes so utterly terrified of facing the Hulk's immense rage at its fullest potential that they do the one thing you really can't do when Hulk is this angry: try to reason with him.

How could the story play out?

Well, this is the tricky part. The events of the preceding story arc of Planet Hulk naturally lead into what would become World War Hulk. In Planet Hulk he finds a wife on Sakaar and she is pregnant, but the rage of Hulk is fuelled by her death due to the explosion of the ship that brought Hulk to Sakaar. He believes the explosion of the ship to have been an attempt to kill him by his former friends, and as such blames them for the death of his wife and unborn child. But, technically, we have already seen a version of Planet Hulk play out in Thor: Ragnarok, so how do you tell a similar story without re-treading the same ground? Well, sadly, this means we're going to have to sacrifice a well-loved hero already in the MCU; this means we're going to have to say bye bye to Black Widow.

The introduction of a romance between Black Widow and Bruce Banner happened in Avengers: Age of Ultron. She was used as the one who is able to calm the Hulk out of his rage, which eventually turned into truly romantic feelings between the pair as they were intending to run away together. Now imagine if, maybe at the end of the Infinity War saga, they make good on that initial promise and run away together. Natasha quits the role of Black Widow, and Banner just promises to take care of her until they're both old and grey, and promises to never be angry enough again that he will turn into the big guy.

This story would have to kind of be told in two parts. The first would have to be a reason for Hulk to be sent off-world again, and the second would have to be for Black Widow's tragic death. In a movie, Banner could be brainwashed, similar to the way Scarlet Witch set him off in Age of Ultron, sending Hulk on an insane rampage that not even Natasha can calm him down from. Let's say, for instance, someone gets hold of the Mind Stone and uses it to control Hulk, and the only means by which he can be stopped is if someone else assumes control of the stone. Hulk's rampage kills thousands, so once the stone is back in control of the 'good guys' they use it to calm him down and to render Banner unconscious. Banner is unkillable, so the only thing the heroes can think to do is pack him up in a rocket ship and blast him into space. This is similar to the way in which Planet Hulk starts, but we can take that beginning as a sort of post-credit scene and leave it at that.

The next movie can tell Natasha's story; maybe they can tell this in a Captain America movie where he persuades her to join his side once more, now that Banner is gone for good. She agrees and they go on a dangerous mission, against a villain known as Dr. Faustus, who comic fans may know as the villain who brainwashed Sharon Carter into killing Steve Rogers at the end of Civil War. So imagine Black Widow gets brainwashed into assassinating Steve Rogers, her attempt fails, but in the ensuing battle she is killed, albeit accidentally, by Rogers as he tries to bring her under control. This death takes place in a very public space and is witnessed by many people, even being caught on camera and, while everybody knows it to be an accident in self-defence, this would play a part in the Hulk rage to follow.

How would it differ from the comics?

Well, already, the comic set up for World War Hulk has been put aside simply because we've already kind of seen Planet Hulk, and to re-tell that story might annoy some fans. But to bring Hulk back to Earth would need an intervention by some cosmic characters, namely, the Guardians of the Galaxy. They will have met Banner in Infinity War, so let's say they happen upon his ship just drifting in space and decide to help him get back to Earth. This could be told in a Guardians movie as they draft Banner in to help them out against whatever cosmic villain they're fighting this time.

Hulk returns to Earth with no real vendetta against his former friends. He's confused and pissed off about being sent into space in the first place, and is looking for answers, but let's say that the return to Earth gives Banner more answers than he was hoping for. The post-credits scene to a Guardians movie featuring Hulk could play out with them arriving into Earth's orbit, they get some random newscast on screen which plays the video of the moment Captain America kills Black Widow. We see confusion, then a flash of green in his eyes before the screen goes black, maybe we then hear a roar of pure rage from Hulk while the black screen remains, giving us a hint of what's to come.

The World War Hulk story in the film itself, whether a standalone Hulk movie or as an Avengers team up with the World War Hulk subtitle, would play out similarly to the comic in that Hulk gives the world an ultimatum. Turn over the heroes that have wronged him, or Hulk will destroy the world. Banner won't exist at all in this movie; he would be Hulk for its entirety, knowing full well that Banner would never set such an ultimatum, but Hulk would destroy anything that pissed him off. This is Banner completely out of control, with Hulk driving this rage fuelled bus.

The heroes disagree about how to respond, some agree to surrender to Hulk, while others believe they should stand and fight him, not giving in to threats. The leader of those not giving in should be Stark, as he's very much the type of hero that wouldn't surrender readily, while Cap would do so for two reasons. First, he is the one at fault for Natasha's death; and second, he thinks innocents should be protected at all costs, even if it means self-sacrifice.

In the build up to this movie I would love to see them introduce Sentry. By and large one of my favourite Marvel superheroes and, sure, while he's no doubt a Superman rip-off, even to the point of having a giant fucking S on his chest, this guy was badass. Plus, his alter-ego of The Void makes for an interesting aspect of the character that could be fully unleashed in his battle with Hulk.

Speaking of Sentry...

'Dark Reign'

This could perhaps be one huge storyline that could culminate in a final good guys vs bad guys movie, but in a nutshell, the Dark Reign period of Marvel comics is a time where, essentially, the good guys are in charge. Following the "Secret Invasion" storyline, the Avengers are disbanded by the US government and a new Avengers team is formed by none other than Spider-Man's nemesis, Norman Osborne. Before this storyline could truly happen, the MCU would have to do a serious amount of work to lay the foundations, as it would essentially be forming a new Avengers team from MCU villains and, I think, they should aim to keep it as close to the source material as possible.

With Spidey already a part of the MCU, when we get his second movie, I suspect we will see Norman Osborne introduced, alongside a further development of Mac Gargan as a true Spidey villain. We would need the introduction of the Venom symbiote, the Gods of Olympus, the X-Men, and other characters central to the storyline that either don't yet exist at all in the MCU, or exist only in minor roles. It's with that then that it saddens me it'll probably not happen anytime soon.

How could the story pan out?

Well, we already have the Sokovia Accords in the MCU which means the Avengers can only really act when the US Government approves it. While this seems to have been totally thrown out the window in Avengers: Infinity War and beyond, this lays the groundwork for a more forceful approach from the US Gov to assume control of the Avengers brand. Following the events of a 2019 Avengers movie, the US Gov could approach one of the founding members of the group offering them a deal, that they will fund the work of the Avengers, but they must only act when the government sanctions it. Of course, they will refuse, leading to the Government to criminalise the current members and approach Norman Osborne to form a new group of heroes who will call themselves the Avengers. Stolen Stark Tech will grant Osborne the ability to transform into the Iron Patriot, and he will set about recruiting his own heroes Nick Fury style.

While these 'heroes' very much started out as bad guys, fundamentally they do take the place of the good guys, doing good deeds and taking action against criminals in a more aggressive and forceful way. So it wouldn't necessarily mean we would need to have movies focused on the good guys while just putting the bad guys on the sidelines. You could very much have, for example, an Iron Patriot movie with Norman Osborne as the central focus. While it was critically panned, a movie focused on a group of bad guys doing good was shown can work to some degree in Suicide Squad. How cool, for example, would it also be to see Ares kicking ass in an MCU Gods of Olympus movie, or even Daken taking the helm of Wolverine now that the X-Men Universe and the MCU can be joined together?

The final movie in this saga would, of course, be Seige, which would see Loki return in a role of evil and manipulation to get Norman Osborne and his band of evil Avengers to attack Asgard, which is located on Earth in the comics at the time. The events of this story also lead to the abolition of the Superhero Registration Act, but in the movies could lead to the abolition of the Sokovia Accords, allowing the Avengers to do as they wished yet again in the fight for justice. If the MCU execs were brave enough, they absolutely could show the badass moment that saw and out of control Sentry literally tear Ares, God of War, in half.

It's a savage moment, but a truly amazing one too, and while it's unlikely to ever make it into an MCU film, even if they do decide to make the Seige movie a reality, it's one of my favourite moments from comics, and one of the reasons I'm a big Sentry fan.

How would it differ from the comics?

As explained above, I think for this to work, there has to be a lot of ground laid to establish more consistent, and formidable villains in the MCU. One of the big problems for Marvel is that they have a villain a movie; there's no general carry over from one movie to the next. The only real villains we've seen more than once have been Loki and Thanos, with the latter being the big bad of the next two Avengers movies. The way the current MCU tells stories doesn't allow for a Dark Reign story to be told, which is unfortunate. Their willingness to kill off villain after villain makes it annoying that they move from one threat to another without seemingly any consideration for what future benefit a villain could have on a movie universe.

I truly believe for this to work on the screen, they need to aim to be as loyal to the source material as possible, but that's why I consider this as being the most unlikely to ever be adapted. But hey! I could be wrong.

'Secret Empire'

Now I know, I know. There was a big shit storm over this when the story first appeared with Captain America whispering "Hail Hydra" revealing that he was, all along, an agent of the evil, Nazi-like organisation of the MCU. But imagine, if you will, just for a brief moment, that at the end of the 2019 Avengers movie, just before Thanos is defeated, let's say just before he is killed, we see a sly grin creep across his face and a slight flicker of light come from the Reality Stone just before he dies. We don't know what that grin means, but we do know that Thanos thinks he has won, and that he has gotten the last laugh. We're all confused right, the credits start to roll and we're questioning that ending, but ultimately satisfied that the big bad is no more. Well, then imagine the first post-credit scene pops up. Captain America survived the potentially universe destroying war with Thanos, and he's in his civilian clothing, walks down an alley and meets a shadowy figure. He tells this figure the war with Thanos is won, and kneels before the figure who speaks in a familiar sounding voice, saying: "That was merely one battle in the greater war to come, Herr Rogers." We see Rogers nod, then stands, giving the salute before uttering "Hail Hydra."

AWWWWWW SHIT, MOTHERFUCKERS!!!! Did you hear that? Captain motherfucking America just said Hail Hydra, BUT WHO WAS HE SAYING IT TO?!?!?!?!

Well, anyone broadly familiar with the comics knows that Cap's history has been re-written, and he's been a sleeper agent of Hydra all along, determined to bring Hydra up as the supreme political power across the world.

How would the story play out?

After that initial post-credits reveal, we would begin to see Cap take more and more drastic action that seems to be completely contrary to what we would usually expect from him. Cap is, after all, the true arbiter of what's right and wrong, but if we start seeing, for example, him beating people to a bloody pulp when they're already down and out, this would surely raise alarm bells to those around him, right?

Ultimately, Hydra is already in control since they took over SHIELD, but what would really get Hydra the win is if they had Cap on side leading the charge. This could very much reflect the real-world political landscape, as some aspects of the comic storyline do too in drumming up feelings of xenophobia, racism, white supremacy, etc.

The build up to a culminating movie would gradually see more and more people recruited either to the Resistance side or the Hydra side of things and the end game being an all-out brawl to end all brawls. Now I know what you're thinking, this has already kinda been done in Captain America: Civil War, and you're right, it has, but where this would differ is in both the consequence and broader scope of the arc.

How would this differ from the comics?

The main difference would be in how Cap's history was rewritten in the first place. In the comics, his history is re-written by Kobik, a Cosmic Cube rendered sentient and able to simply re-write reality itself. Well, perhaps the finale of a "Secret Empire" movie story would reveal that Thanos' last act was to re-write Cap's history, making him the bad guy in all of this, and getting the last laugh. In order to correct history, it's required that the Reality Stone is found and history corrected.

This could also serve as a jumping off point for other branches of the MCU to be brought into question. If Thanos brought back Red Skull—oh yeah, the shadowy figure was Red Skull by the way—and re-wrote Captain America's entire history, what else did he manage to achieve that went unnoticed? This would raise a lot of questions and a lot more possibilities for the further manipulation of the MCU for the benefit of creating better and more unpredictable stories. One of the other unfortunate truths about the MCU is that it's become oh-so-predictable in its story structure.

'Secret Invasion'

 

Yet another 'Secret' storyline, but is one of Marvel's most popular. The "Secret Invasion" posits that some of our most beloved heroes have been kidnapped and body-swapped by the shapeshifting alien race known as the Skrulls.

Now Marvel did, up until recently, face a bit of an issue with using the Skrulls in their movies, and that is that the rights to the Skrulls are co-owned by Marvel and 20th Century Fox. Of course, since the acquisition of 20th Century by Marvel, this is no longer a problem, although there are currently plans in place to introduce the Skrulls in the forthcoming Captain Marvel movie; it is suggested that certain aspects of the Skrull race can't feature in the movies, although it's unclear precisely what that means. That being said, though, I doubt this will be a problem moving forward.

So what's the story all about? Well, it's simple: some heroes have been kidnapped, and in their place shapeshifting aliens preparing for a full-scale surprise invasion of planet Earth. Discovered only by chance by Tony Stark, the atmosphere in the comic storyline is one of distrust and paranoia. Relationships questioned and, ultimately, allegiances doubted as it becomes a case of questioning whether anything really is as it seems. This could in theory be tied in neatly with my idea for a Secret Wars movie as the Grandmaster and Collector would work with the Skrulls on the kidnapping of the heroes and replacing them so as not to cause a stir on Earth over so-called 'missing' heroes.

How could the story pan out?

Well, really, this could only be finalised in one big movie, and the only hints we could be given should maybe be in the odd post-credits scene here and there. Maybe a meeting between foes, the odd shot of a hero's eye as it flashes green, suggesting they may or may not be an alien, that kind of thing. While a "Secret Invasion" movie would be fun to see, I think this is possibly something that could only really carry over a couple of movies before needing to be tied up, so this is where I think you would need to couple it with another story to drag it out.

Uniting Grandmaster and Collector with the Skrulls would make sense from a storytelling perspective. The two brothers aren't the type to go out and kidnap heroes themselves, but they don't want to make their game overly public until they're in the position of power given that the Avengers have a lot of friends in the Galaxy, and that list of allies would undoubtedly expand after the events of Infinity War.

Performed in secret, this gathering of foes would make it believable and intriguing to see who was taken and who wasn't. Wondering how the invasion would pan out and, ultimately, how the Skrull invaders would be defeated with many of the heroes taken off the board. If the MCU introduces Mutants and Inhumans into their movie-verse, then this would make for a far more interesting dynamic as the viewer would know that there's more power out there than just the central heroes. In fact, the MCU could use this as an opportunity to introduce more low-level heroes to the big screen, thus expanding the roster further.

How would it differ from the comics?

Other than maybe not having the same roster of heroes and villains, this movie could also serve as a solid means to branch together the TV and movie-verse. We know they all exist in the same universe, so why not use such a large scale movie as this to bring them together, even if it's just a one-time thing?

Some characters would be left out and others introduced based on their current standing in the movies and TV shows, but it would be largely immaterial players. Given that one of the first characters to be discovered as having been swapped out for an alien was Elektra, this would be prime fodder for crossover fun, so should definitely be something to happen in the MCU at some point.

 


10 Real Life Things That Work WAY Different In Movies And TV

10 Real Life Things That Work WAY Different In Movies And TV

JOHN SANFORD'S CERTAIN PREY -- Pictured: Lola Glaudini as Carmel Loan (Photo by Ben Mark Holzberg/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

As the most media-saturated generation to ever live, it's kind of embarrassing to admit just how much of our understanding of the world around us is shaped by movies and TV. Even as you enter adulthood there's so many assumptions we take for granted just because they're ubiquitous cliches in almost every form of fiction. But over on the r/askreddit board the users were given a simple question that had surprisingly eye-opening answers...

 


12 Movies That Could Make 2018 The Best Year For Geek Movies Ever

12 Movies That Could Make 2018 The Best Year For Geek Movies Ever

1. - 3. A Bunch of Potentially Great Marvel Movies

Okay, I'm going to start this list by cheating A LOT: the Marvel Cinematic Universe is releasing THREE films in 2018, and all within the span of about 5 months - February will see the release of Black Panther, May will finally unleash Infinity War, and we'll get the new tradition of an Ant-Man film to follow-up a status quo-shaking Avengers film again with Ant-Man and The Wasp. What's truly great is that each film has so much potential to be incredible - and in their own unique way, no less!

We've already written up why Black Panther looks like it could be a genre-defining film for the MCU here, but a few points are worth reiterating: this is really the FIRST big MCU film to come from a bonafide great director, Ryan Coogler, who delivered one of the most shockingly great rebootquels of all-time with Creed. Most MCU directors are genuinely amazing, but are usually somewhat unknowns - the Russo Bros. had been directing sitcoms and lesser Owen Wilson comedies, James Gunn was known for low-budget schlock horror, etc. Coogler is known for making award-winning, critically-lauded films - and now he has the keys to one of the most important figures in Marvel, and has an insanely great cast backing him up.

Then comes Infinity War - I'm not sure if I really have to explain what makes Infinity War so exciting, especially since it now holds the record for the most viewed movie trailer in Youtube history. This is the culmination of 10 years of storytelling (and dozens of films) for the previously-unprecedented Marvel Cinematic Universe, and - from all accounts - it looks like it's gonna be dope as hell. From one of the biggest casts ever assembled for a film to the assured hands of The Russo Bros. (who managed the equally challenging tasks of The Winter Soldier and Civil War), there's not much reason to doubt the film will deliver the goods - the biggest question that remains is whether the movie ends with a snap of Thanos' fingers?


And the final big movie from Marvel this year is Ant-Man and the Wasp - the general reaction to the original Ant-Man was that it was a fun goof, especially coming immediately after the much heavier Age of Ultron. And the fun spirit of Ant-Man was something of a surprise, given it marked probably the first enormous behind-the-scenes challenge the MCU faced - the rocky departure of director/writer Edgar Wright a few weeks before production began, due to disagreements over the path of the script and the integration with the rest of the MCU. In a few weeks time, the script was hastily rewritten by star Paul Rudd and Adam McKay, and Bring It On director Peyton Reed was brought aboard to direct the film. Given those circumstances, everyone expected the film to be a mess - and while it wasn't anything revelatory, the final product was a pretty delightful bit of business, particularly thanks to scene-stealer Michael Peña:

What makes Ant-Man and The Wasp such an exciting idea is that with this film, the creative team won't have to deal with the same wild constraints that complicated things so horribly with the first one. They won't have to adapt someone else's screenplay in 6 weeks time - they can come up with their own plan, that fits their own vision, and execute it - that's exciting! Also exciting? This is the first Marvel film to have a female lead in the title - Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne finally gets to become The Wasp (who was one of the original Avengers, nbd) and join in the fray, instead of being stuck at the sidelines for some weird reason.

And - like the original Ant-Man - after Avengers: Infinity War, a fun goofy Ant-Man movie will be a nice palette cleanser (especially if we see the introduction of Antony Jr.).

4. Aquaman

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I know what you're thinking: "Why should I be excited for another DCEU film, especially given their unbelievably dismal track record?" And then you might also be thinking: "Also, why should I trust YOU of all people when it comes to thinking optimistically about the DCEU, especially given you were acting all hopeful and chipper about Justice League while all of your co-workers could see the trainwreck from a mile away?" And well...you bring up two very good points. I would say that I feel it's a little easier being optimistic towards properties I have a personal attachment to, and that there WERE reasons to suspect Justice League could be good (note: I did not enjoy Justice League after actually seeing it). But I've got some ACTUAL good reasons for being pumped for Aquaman - lemme tell ya:

  • Directed by James Wan. James Wan is a dude who can handle a big messy blockbuster. He directed Furious 7, which was beset by more issues than most people give it credit for with the death of co-star Paul Walker....and he still wound up delivering one of the best, most fun, and intensely emotional blockbusters of the last decade (if you're one of those types who STILL hasn't bought into the fact that Fast & Furious got amazing at Fast Five, I have nothing to say to you). He also took on The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, some of the best mainstream horror movies of the past few years. Basically, this guy is a solid director who can set the mood, get great performances, and handle messy behind-the-scenes chaos (in this case, dealing with Warner Bros. executives).
  • It has an actual template. People tend to lump all superhero movies together as a single genre of film - and, until recently, they weren't really wrong to: for most of the late 90s and 2000s, superhero movies were largely similar in structure and execution and even tone. But as of late, lots of superhero movies have proven that they could fit into more traditional film styles while retaining what makes superhero-ing so fun. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a political-thriller, Ant-Man was a goofy heist film, Wonder Woman and Thor were fish-out-of-water comedies, etc. And Aquaman is a swashbuckling romance - which Wan has compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark and Romancing the Stone, calling to mind films where a rough-around-the-edges hero (in this case, Arthur Curry - the whiskey-swiggin' Aquaman) gets roped into an adventure with someone who's less into him (in this case, Mera - soon-to-be Queen of Atlantis) and the two rub each other the wrong way, reluctantly help one another, and eventually fall in love. It's basically Han and Leia in Empire Strikes Back, except underwater.
  • Giant undersea battles where people are riding sharks. Wan's vision for the film includes enormous undersea battles that almost look like the kind of "things are happening in every possible direction" style of space battles in Star Wars, except instead of flying on ships, Atlanteans are riding sharks and whales into battle. And, honestly, I really, really want to see that and have it be badass.

5. The Incredibles 2

After 14 years of waiting, we're FINALLY getting a long-awaited sequel to Brad Bird's 2004 near-perfect superhero film, The Incredibles. Really, if nothing else, the movie shows 20th Century Fox how simple it is to make a great Fantastic Four movie (something they've screwed up THREE TIMES since). And while not a whole lot is really known about the sequel, there are a few sparse details: the plot will concern Mr. Incredible staying home and watching the kids while his wife Elastigirl is out patrolling the city and fighting crime, and one of the main villains will be The Underminer - aka the Mole Man knock-off from the stinger of the first film (a really nice surprise - it seemed like a jokey easter egg to finish the film and wink even harder at the FF inspiration. The fact they're actually following up on what seemed like an offhand gag shows Brad Bird probably didn't add in anything too lightly).

But also: it's Brad Bird doing an Incredibles sequel, does literally ANYTHING else matter?

6. Pacific Rim Uprising

 

Of all the Guillermo Del Toro movies of the past few years, Pacific Rim might have been the Guillermo Del Toro-iest: giant robots powered by friendship, bizarre and weird monster designs, Ron Perlman chewing scenery like there's no tomorrow, etc. What made Pacific Rim such a breath of fresh air in the world of blockbusters was that it had heart, sincerity, and GODDAMN GAINT ROBOTS USING BOATS AS WEAPONS AGAINST KAIJU. It was basically the kind of film every 12 year old dreams of making - except GDT actually did it.

Cut to a few years later, and now we have a sequel coming out - and there are some reasons to be skeptical. Guillermo Del Toro is no longer in the director's chair, we have a new main character, and the overall look of the universe has shifted to something a bit more colorful and weird. But you know what? That's okay. We have Stacker Pentecost's son leading the charge, anime references through the wazoo, and some implied twists on the ol' Robots vs. Monsters setup. But more importantly, we are looking towards a world where Guillermo Del Toro's vision of friendship-powered giant robots battling alien monsters is a big mainstream franchise - and that's a world 12 year old me AND current day me can be excited for.

7. Deadpool 2 (and The New Mutants)

One movie that is absolutely not going to be on this list is X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Yes, it comes out in 2018, and yes, it's adapting one of the seminal X-Men stories. But - after X-Men: Apocalypse - is anyone excited for more films set in the First Class-verse? Are you pumped to see Sophie Turner's flimsy accent tackle a story Fox already squandered once? Are you psyched to watch Jennifer Lawrence sleepwalk her way through another paycheck? Are you ecstatic to see what Fantastic Four writer/producer Simon Kinberg does in the director's chair?

I'm a little hard-pressed to say anything positive about that 'verse - but thankfully, Fox IS doing some exciting stuff with their X-Men properties (that aren't titled "X-Men", at least) - for this year sees the follow-up to 2016's breakout hit, Deadpool. A movie that repeatedly had its budget slashed, that no one in upper management believed in, that was only made after years and years of campaigning by its core creative team (and some fortuitous leaked footage) - and that wound up being one of the highest-grossing superhero films of all-time...despite (and thanks to) its R-rating. And now we get to see what they do with a higher budget, more scrutiny, and a few incredibly welcome additions (Josh Brolin's Cable and Zazie Beetz's Domino, amongst them). From the brief teaser shown before last year's Logan, they seem to have their sense of humor and wry sense of parody in-tact - now we just need to see precisely HOW MANY memes this movie can inspire.

Note: As a tack-on to this - The New Mutants! 20th Century Fox is doing something very exciting with its non-X-Men mutant properties, in allowing them to take whatever form best suits them. While Marvel dictates that pretty much every film be made for the same audience and continuity, 20th Century Fox is offering a slew of films and projects that can be for completely different demographics. The New Mutants is in the X-Men universe, sure, but it's a Young Adult Horror film - something FAR removed from what pretty much everyone else in the superhero game is trying. After Deadpool and Logan (and their unprecedented R-ratings), 20th Century Fox deserves some props for what they're attempting.

8. Mortal Engines

Lotta positives here:

  • The books are great, full of weird details and world-building and all sorts of sci-fi weirdness to enjoy
  • Produced and shepherded by Peter Jackson
  • The premise of a future where cities have become mobile to adapt to a post-apocalyptic wasteland is incredibly stupid AND incredibly cool

Here's the opening to the first book, in case you needed further convincing:

It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.

In happier times, London would never have bothered with such feeble prey. The great Traction City had once spent its days hunting far bigger towns than this, ranging north as far as the edges of the Ice Waste and south to the shores of the Mediterranean. But lately prey of any kind had started to grow scarce, and some of the larger cities had begun to look hungrily at London. For ten years now it had been hiding from them, skulking in a damp, mountainous, western district which the Guild of Historians said had once been the island of Britain. For ten years it had eaten nothing but tiny farming towns and static settlements in those wet hills. Now, at last, the Lord Mayor had decided that the time was right to take his city back over the land- bridge into the Great Hunting Ground.

It was barely halfway across when the look-outs on the high watch-towers spied the mining town, gnawing at the salt-flats twenty miles ahead. To the people of London it seemed like a sign from the gods, and even the Lord Mayor (who didn't believe in gods or signs) thought it was a good beginning to the journey east, and issued the order to give chase.

The mining town saw the danger and turned tail, but already the huge caterpillar tracks under London were starting to roll faster and faster. Soon the city was lumbering in hot pursuit, a moving mountain of metal which rose in seven tiers like the layers of a wedding cake, the lower levels wreathed in engine-smoke, the villas of the rich gleaming white on the higher decks, and above it all the cross on top of St Paul's Cathedral glinting gold, two thousand feet above the ruined earth.

 

9. Isle of Dogs

Another stop-motion film from Wes Anderson is generally enough to pique the interest of most people, but one centered on a sci-fi concept of a near-future Japan overrun with dogs that wind up sent to a quarantined island (and also the dogs can talk)? HELL YES. Especially when you consider the mind-boggling voice cast the film boasts:

 

10. Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Wreck-It Ralph did something that hasn't been achieved since Who Framed Roger Rabbit? - take an artform, and lovingly parody it and pay homage to it in an authentic, meaningful way. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? did it for cartoons, and Wreck-It Ralph did for videogames. It wasn't the first piece of entertainment to play with the iconography and tropes of gaming (Dorkly was, Dorkly was the first, don't let anyone tell you different), but it may have been the first to do it right (except Dorkly, of course). And it managed to do it while telling a clever and sweet story, and was amongst the first films to herald Disney Animation's resurgence (right around the same time Pixar started stumbling).

It would have been extraordinarily easy to make Wreck-It Ralph 2 just go a bit deeper into the world of gaming and dig into some of the tropes and genres left out of the first movie - but the filmmakers decided to get a bit more ambitious, and decided to tackle online gaming, the internet as a whole, and dig into some serious meta-commentary with Disney, including appearances by every major Disney princess, as well as characters from (Disney owned properties) Star Wars and Marvel.

The only real bummer is that the title they went with is genuinely terrible - especially when they could have called it Super Wreck-It Ralph instead.

 

11. Venom

https://twitter.com/Bosslogic/status/865956852256825344

Okay, I will be the first to admit the idea of a Venom movie that doesn't include (nor likely even mention the EXISTENCE OF) Spider-Man sounds like an unbelievably bad idea. The idea is so bad, in fact, that I previously predicted the entire idea of this movie was made up and fake and just a way for Sony Pictures to appear to be wringing some value from their ownership of the Spider-Man film rights in order to be acquired by another company for a higher price.

But what if this turns out great?

It's got Tom Hardy in the lead, which is good. It's got Michelle Williams as She-Venom, which is good (and completely insane). It's rumored that Riz Ahmed will be portraying Carnage, which could be cool? The film is rated R, which is a good sign as well. And, again, Spider-Man will not be mentioned in any of this. The movie is going to be INSANE. Almost none of this actually makes sense - until you see this, at least:

Yes, that's Tom Hardy (as Eddie Brock) awkwardly trying to hide the Venom symbiote in his car without anyone noticing, like this is an episode of Frasier from some dark, unknown universe. Are they going to awkwardly mash together slapstick comedy with unspeakable gore (if they're going the Carnage route) and produce what may be one of the weirdest comic book adaptations in a long time? VERY POSSIBLY.

12. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Speaking of the weird stuff Sony is doing with their Spider-Man rights - they're also launching an animated Spider-Man franchise centered on Miles Morales (and presumably including the death of Peter Parker) one year after relaunching the live action franchise with Spider-Man: Homecoming. For most nerds, the distinction is clear and obvious - but it's important to remember general audiences are much more easily confused, and probably will be a little weirded out by two different Spider-Men having ongoing film franchises simultaneously. In short, it could be a risky move...but it looks like an amazing one.

For one, it's written by the team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, two of the most spectacular individuals in Hollywood - who keep jumping on projects that seem (on paper) like terrible ideas, only to execute them beautifully and turn them into classics (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, 21 & 22 Jump Street, and The Lego Movie). That alone would be enough to have me sold on whatever this movie ultimately ends up being, but a few more things to keep in mind: we've only seen the Peter Parker iteration of Spider-Man on the big screen for 6 movies in a row, across 3 separate franchises. We saw Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland all do their takes on what is essentially the same character. And while I love Peter Parker with all of my heart, the world needs some Miles Morales right now.

Additionally, the animation looks gorgeous - almost like a Kubo-esque rendering of stop-motion mixed with CGI. And, based on the title, it seems to indicate we're going to see an adaptation of the comic event Spider-Verse, which saw versions of Spider-Man from across the multiverse join forces to battle evil. It's silly, but it's one of the better big Marvel events of the past few years (and even makes the awful "totem" spider mythology stuff bearable) and could be ridiculously fun to see on-screen, depending on licensing and rights (the comic event included Supaidaman, 60s Cartoon Spider-Man, Marvel vs. Capcom Spider-Man, and more).


10 Most Unfiltered Commentary Tracks

10 Most Unfiltered Commentary Tracks

 

 

The concept of the commentary track as a special feature for movies and television shows is on its way out. After all, physical media is giving way to streaming. Creators of content primarily meant for streaming haven’t bothered much with recording them since a brief experiment with it for the first season of Netflix’s House of Cards,[1] and in light of relatively recent revelations, it’s unlikely any content providers want to emulate that program.

This is a bit of a pity. Sure, many commentary tracks are unbearably dull, particularly those which are nothing but feature length self-congratulations. But something about being in that booth during the recording session can cause some entertainers, even celebrities, to completely drop their public relations persona and let their anger out in entertaining ways. Podcasts wish they could get such uninhibited sound bytes.

 

10 ‘The Principal And The Pauper’
Commentators: Ken Keeler, Matt Selman, Etc.

“The Principal and The Pauper,” from Season Nine of The Simpsons, was one of the most derided episodes from the golden era of the show. That’s especially true among people involved in making it, such as show creator Matt Groening and voice actor Harry Shearer.[2] The revelation that fan favorite character Principal Seymour Skinner was actually a completely different veteran pretending to be Seymour Skinner was both made irrelevant by the end of the episode and considered an arbitrary betrayal of what fans felt they knew about the show. All this criticism was front and center when it came time to make special features for the DVD.

The writers and producers directly responsible for the episode start off with a bit where they discuss whose idea it was to ruin the show. Then they yell at the hypothetical fans, “For God’s sake . . . let us try something different!”

Ken Keeler, who pitched the episode and wrote the first draft, then takes over much of the rest of the track. He blames much of the fact that it wasn’t clearer that the theme of the episode was about people who want everything to stay the same on changes from his original script. The subject of the conversation then wanders over to saying “isn’t it strange” about the fact that people care about TV shows and the characters in them. It’s the rare track where a lot of the running time is spent criticizing the listener.

Dead Right
Commentators: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

For the special edition of his 2007 hit Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright pulled out all the stops in terms of filling the DVDs with special features. He not only included a feature-length home movie that he made in 1996 while still going secondary school, but he recorded two commentary tracks.[3] For one, he forced the stars of Hot Fuzz to watch Wright’s home-made police procedural parody, even though neither of them had even met the director when he made it. Dead Right features all the lame jokes, bad pacing, dismal, washed out colors, and bad sound quality you’d expect from a comedic student film shot on video, so naturally Pegg and Frost have resentment to burn.

They start the track off calling the film a “piece of sh—” and riffing on the movie in a MST3K-style, but before long, they lose the will to do even that and start saying things like, “I want to kill myself.” Frost picks up a particularly edgy habit of commenting on the breasts of the various actresses who appear in the movie. The first time, Pegg points out to him that the actress in the video was 15, but Frost brushes it off by saying, “Yeah, but not now.” By the end, they begin breaking down into mocking laughter at the thought that anyone would ever enjoy watching it. It’s likely that no one else watched Dead Right until Edgar Wright forced Pegg and Frost to do so as his sadistic way of coping with being fired from directing Ant Man.

 

A Million Ways To Die In The West
Commentators: Seth McFarlane, Charlize Theron, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild

Warning: NSFW

Of all the movies featured here, this one by far took the worst beating from film critics, and only one other might have been more attacked by audiences. Many of the criticisms of this 2014 film centered around what was felt to be an indulgent performance and story by auteur Seth McFarlane.[4]

Consequently, much of the commentary track is devoted to salving McFarlane’s bruised ego. He attacks critics for saying that he’s a frat boy comedian, finding the whole idea of such a thing ridiculous since, supposedly, frat boys don’t go for a neurotic field like comedy. The commentators also accuse critics of writing their reviews in advance.

What seems to push the whole conversation over the top is when McFarlane tells his associates about one bad review for Ted, which said he “mercifully” kept himself out of the movie. Charlize Theron then tells those hypothetical critics who might be listening, “I just want to tell you f—ers, you can suck my c—.” So far, there’s no evidence that she’s gone that far in any talk show interviews.

Patton
Commentator: Francis Ford Coppola

Even before he became immortalized for directing 1972’s The Godfather, which is still widely believed to be the best movie ever made, Francis Ford Coppola was a wunderkind. His screenplay for the World War II epic Patton won him an Academy Award that blew away the tarnish of such bombs as Finian’s Rainbow,[5] so it would seem only natural to have his perspective for the film’s 40th anniversary release. The problem was that the producers had him alone for three hours, and he wasn’t involved in the production of the film itself, which is where the most interesting stories related to making a movie usually occur.

As a result, Coppola uses up all his interesting anecdotes about the history and storytelling choices that went into the screenplay before the movie is one quarter over and then has to struggle to think of things to say, grumbling about how talking about a movie that he only wrote the screenplay for is “like doing commentary on the Parade of Roses the day after it happened.” He becomes digressive enough that he begins making observations like how the Russians must have hidden all their beautiful women behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. However true that might have been, it’s probably not what all the World War II buffs and film students who would listen to this track were looking for.

6Dazed And Confused
Commentator: Richard Linklater

This 1993 film that vividly recreated a day in the life of some teenagers in Austin, Texas, during the US bicentennial introduced audiences to many of the biggest upcoming stars of the coming era, including Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey, and Ben Affleck. It was also the first studio film for the future director of School of Rock, the Before trilogy, and Boyhood, Richard Linklater. He’d just released one of the pioneer films of the 1990s indie film movement, Slacker, which famously inspired Kevin Smith’s Clerks.[6] Anyone who has seen those movies or heard him in an interview knows that Linklater either is or likes to present himself as a relatively laid-back film director. That’s not the case here at all.

To hear Linklater describe it on this 2006 Criterion Collection release, the studio was not shy about reminding him that he was a neophyte. For example, he claims his request to include a helicopter shot in the end of the film was treated with condescension so cruel that they practically laughed at him. Initial test audiences weren’t much kinder, supposedly responding to being asked what they thought of the ending with, “What ending?” This claim is corroborated by Ben Affleck in the special features, who says he was almost recruited for a test screening audience for his own movie by someone who dismissed the film as being about “teenagers having sex in cars.”

But the scene that most gets under Linklater’s usually pretty thick skin is a shot which features an extra in the background playing foosball and recklessly spinning the paddles. Linklater asserts that because 1976 was a time when foosball players treated it as practically a sport, that extra was a “dipsh—.” Perhaps that’s not an unusual feeling for directors to have about particularly overzealous extras, but it’s not often recorded.

 

Gone Girl
Commentator: David Fincher

In 2015, it became a minor revelation online just how candid the notoriously meticulous director David Fincher often is on commentary tracks and in interviews, resulting in screencaps with subtitles from his commentary tracks going viral on Tumblr. Yet even by his standards, Fincher’s gloves were off for the 2014 thriller Gone Girl, in between the fascinating insights into his creative process, of course.

Even before the movie starts, Fincher gets a shot in by saying that during editing, they learned that Regency Pictures needs to “get a new logo.” Early on, he describes how his crew spent weeks scouting the shooting location for the movie and settled on Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He happened to tell Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn about this, and she told him that it had been the place that had inspired the story, which left Fincher with a feeling he describes as, “You don’t have to keep it a f—ing secret!” He also finds time to speculate based on how well Ben Affleck could improvise a fake phone call during a scene that he would be very good at covering his affairs. This comment was recorded before it became public that Affleck was doing just that.[7]

But most memorable are Fincher’s thoughts on a scene where Neil Patrick Harris’s character parks his car. Fincher addresses the claims that he is notorious for doing a staggering number of takes for his scenes. He says that a particular shot of the car stopping right in the middle of the frame took him only two takes and concludes “so go f— yourselves.” Surely, this will be an inspirational quoteused in film schools for generations to come.

Bowling For Columbine
Commentators: Various Interns And Production Assistants

When it came time to create special features for this controversial, Academy Award–winning 2002 gun control documentary, Michael Moore must have felt it was a perfectly populist idea to forgo recording a commentary track himself in favor of letting some of the minor crew members do so. After all, these are the people who you never hear on commentary tracks. The problem was that his selection of people happened to be such an obnoxious bunch that if it came to light that the track was secretly recorded by the National Rifle Association to alienate Moore’s fans, it would not be a surprise.

Among the many low points is when they insult a police officer who Michael Moore is trying to interview for turning his head away from the polemicist because “he didn’t understand.” In one scene, Moore asks a spokesperson for Lockheed-Martin whether there’s a connection between the mass shooting at Columbine High School and the fact the that there was a local factory producing missiles. When spokesperson Evan McCollum says he doesn’t see a connection between those two elements, one of the commenters concludes the only reason he wouldn’t is that he’s “brainwashed,” and another puts on a mocking dumb voice to say “because I get paid not to think!” (It was probably actually because the factory was manufacturing rockets to launch television satellites.[8]) About all there is to learn from the commentary is that one of them found a particular statistic in “a book of facts” that she keeps telling everyone is coming. How it ever saw a commercial release is hard to imagine

3‘The Last Episode’
Commentators: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson

Warning: NSFW

In 2000, Kevin Smith was at the height of his professional clout with his highly successfully “Askewniverse” collection of connected comedies that were very edgy for their time. When ABC adapted his breakout hit Clerks into an animated series, that clout turned out to mean very little in the world of network television at the time. Only six episodes were produced, and of that modest run, only two were aired.[9] You might think problems with the network contributed to the angry tone of this track from a filmmaker who usually records casual, pleasant commentaries. However, it turns out that almost all the real animosity he expresses seems to be directed at one person who had nothing to do with that.

A few minutes into the episode, Smith begins describing how one of the network lawyers sat in on the table read for the final episode (a pastiche of the classic 1953 Merrie Melodies cartoon Duck Amuck). Then, in the elevator, while members of the production were present, he very sarcastically said, “Oh, I get it. Jay and Silent are drawing the cartoon. Ha ha ha.”

Apparently, this drove Smith berserk because his insults toward that person range from saying, “I hate that f—ing jerk” to “animal child rapist.” Smith says he wishes he could name the person but never does. When the other commenters try to change the subject, Smith won’t let it go and says, “Let’s go back to that thin-mustached lawyer.” He then recounts when he met that person again at a bar in New York City just before the show premiered and how he wished he’d had the nerve to chew the guy out. Apparently, it’s much easier to become one of Kevin Smith’s bitterest enemies than anyone would have expected.

The Limey
Commentators: Steven Soderbergh, Lem Dobbs

Photo credit: Artisan Entertainment

Steven Soderbergh won over audiences time and again with such hits as Ocean’s ElevenErin BrockovichTraffic, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape.[10] He also won over critics with movies like Logan Lucky and Contagion. Screenwriter Lem Dobbs has such beloved credits as Dark City and his rewrite of Romancing the Stone. When they got together for The Limey, a modest gangster movie from 1999, Dobbs really held nothing back about how he felt the film had been treated, even by the director sitting in the room with him.

From right around the beginning, Dobbs decries a bad review from “that motherf—er from Variety ” that said the screenplay was thin as Soderbergh’s fault. At another point, he decries all of screenwriting as a “hopeless profession” because changes are made to screenplays. When Dobbs complains about a particular scene having been cut, Soderbergh says, “I’ll send it to you.” In his exasperation, Soderbergh also decries Dobbs’s whole profession when he says that of course the writer’s guild goes on strike when “it’s full of people like Lem.” It has to be almost the furthest thing from mutually congratulatory that a commentary track has ever been.

Pan’s Labyrinth
Commentator: Guillermo Del Toro

Warning: NSFW

This 2006 Mexican-Spanish film didn’t just win three Academy Awards along with shelves of international prizes.[11] It was a monster international hit around the world, most impressively in the United States, despite being a Spanish-language film. That doesn’t mean that writer and director Guillermo del Toro doesn’t have some grievances he wants to air for all the home video customers of the world to hear.

While his most in-depth complaints are related to the fact that the Spanish film industry is even worse than the American film industry and general public at typecasting actors, it’s working with animals that draws his ire. Specifically, it was all the scenes where he worked with horses. He has some harsh words for cows, too (he calls them “perverted animals”), but it’s horses that he dubs “nasty motherf—ers.” As he tells the audience, if he ever makes a Western, they should know “that poor fat b—ard suffered.”


MIKE TYSON FIGHTS JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME, AND THE MOUNTAIN FIGHTS AS WELL IN THE NEW ‘KICKBOXER RETALIATION’ MOVIE!

MIKE TYSON FIGHTS JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME, AND THE MOUNTAIN FIGHTS AS WELL IN THE NEW ‘KICKBOXER RETALIATION’ MOVIE!

The movie boasts of a star studded cast including Jean-Claude Van Damme, ageing boxer Mike Tyson and former soccer player Ronaldinho and Thor aka ‘The Mountain’. The movie is a sequel to the 2016 movie ‘Kickboxer: Vengeance’, which was a sequel to the 1989 film ‘Kickboxer’.

 


MOVIES QUIZ / 3 MOVIES, 1 MISSING WORD

 

MOVIES QUIZ / 3 MOVIES, 1 MISSING WORD

Can you pick the word that is missing from all three movie titles?

 


Shirtless Kylo Ren Is A Meme Called 'Ben Swolo' and Here Are 28 Of The Best Pics

Shirtless Kylo Ren Is A Meme Called 'Ben Swolo' and Here Are 28 Of The Best Pics

 

 

Kylo Ren went shirtless in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and people LOST IT. The slightly distorted image of Adam Driver topless was eventually named Ben SWOLO and became a meme, because WOW do people ever love them some Star Wars memes! Hey, better this than Luke drinking that milk, which will haunt me for the rest of my days.

 

https://twitter.com/IDoNotTouchKids/status/948442652361441286

 

https://twitter.com/jedimemes/status/946485951836061696

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc58x2eHRI1/

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BdRb0MPhMlW/

 

https://twitter.com/jgrebes/status/943157965623824385

 

https://twitter.com/Zeurel/status/942996615626760193

 

https://twitter.com/ChrisScarlette/status/947494160814178305

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BdWcr_vHtVF/

 


27 TIP JARS THAT WILL MAKE YOU GIVE ALL YOUR MONEY

27 TIP JARS THAT WILL MAKE YOU GIVE ALL YOUR MONEY

 

 

 


10 Movies Based On Common Misconceptions

10 Movies Based On Common Misconceptions

 

Movies are often entertaining, but they’re not always accurate. Understandably, many filmmakers are more interested in creating dramatic, stirring films than they are in providing accurate information. After all, they’re entertainers, not educators.

Sometimes, the plot of a movie or a film’s dramatic appeal depends on a misconception. For example, a woman who normally uses only 10 percent of her mental capacity may suddenly use all her brainpower. As an instant genius able to perform marvelous feats, she is a much more intriguing character than one who lives an ordinary life.

Whether accidentally or intentionally included, misconceptions appear in a variety of films.

Featured image credit: mashable.com

 

10 Lucy

The French science fiction film Lucy (2014) revolves around the idea that people use only 10 percent of their brains’ capacity. Lucy, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, is a young American woman living in Taipei, Taiwan, when gangsters kidnap her and force her to serve as their drug mule. When she accidentally consumes part of the illegal substance she’s smuggling, she becomes an instant genius with amazing abilities she’s never had before.

The premise that Lucy could develop superpowers simply by employing the 90 percent of her brain that would normally go unused is based on the persistent misconception that a tenth of our potential brain power is all we typically put to use. On the National Public Radio program All Things Considered, hosted by Eric Westervelt, neuroscientist David Eagleman discussed the misconception with Morgan Freeman, who played Professor Samuel Norman in the movie.

According to Eagleman, the notion that we use only a tenth of our brains is a fallacy. In fact, we use 100 percent of our brains all the time. Ariana Anderson, a researcher with the University of California at Los Angeles, said on the show that anyone who actually used only 10 percent of his brain “would probably be declared brain-dead.”

Eagleman suspects that the myth persists because people want to believe they can greatly improve. Although it’s a misconception, the belief that 90 percent of our brainpower remains untapped is “the neural equivalent to Peter Parker becoming Spider-Man,” he said.[1]

21 Jump Street

In 21 Jump Street (2012), Officers Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) arrest a suspect, but the police department is forced to release him because Jenko and Schmidt failed to read the suspect his Mirandarights. When Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) asks them what these rights are, neither officer is able to recite them correctly.

Jenko and Schmidt obviously need training, but so does their supervisor. The suspect arrested by the officers shouldn’t have been released from custody. The law does not require arresting officers to read suspects their Miranda rights at the time of arrest. Arrestees must be notified of their Miranda rights only if two conditions are met: arrest and interrogation.[2]

 

Double Jeopardy

In Double Jeopardy (1999), Libby Parsons (Ashley Judd) has been framed for killing her husband (who’s very much alive). She receives this legal advice from a fellow inmate: Since Libby has already been convicted of murdering her husband, she can now kill him with impunity. The Constitution’s protection against double jeopardy, which prohibits a person from being tried twice for the same crime, prevents her from being held accountable for the act.

Although Libby believes this misconception, she shouldn’t have. First, her fellow inmate doesn’t have a license to practice law. Second, the jailhouse lawyer doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead explains the nuances of the law as it applies to Libby’s situation: “The prosecutor stated a specific time and place for the crime. If she had actually killed her husband later in the movie, it would’ve been in a different city and time, making it a different crime. Therefore, double jeopardy would not apply, and she would be accused of murder.”[3]

Rather than kill her husband, Whitehead says that Libby should give the authorities proof that her husband lives. The court would then throw out her conviction and charge her errant husband.

Flatliners

In Flatliners (1990), a group of medical students decide to “flatline” themselves to investigate what happens after death. According to the movie, someone who’s flatlined can be defibrillated.

To understand why this is a misconception, it helps to know that an asystole is the absence of ventricular contractions for a length of time surpassing that for which life can be sustained. In such a case, the electrocardiogram will show a flat line.

As science journalist Karl S. Kruszelnicki explains, the use of paddles and jumper cables won’t work unless electrical activity is already occurring within the heart. By definition, “asystole” indicates that such activity has ceased. Shocking the heart won’t work.[4]

Jaws

Photo credit: boston.com

Peter Benchley, who wrote the 1974 novel Jaws that inspired Steven Spielberg’s 1975 movie of the same title, regrets having written the best seller. At the time, he believed that man-eating rogue sharks existed, but he has since learned that they don’t.

Worse yet, his depiction of such a predator in his novel has “provided cover for people who simply wanted to go out and kill sharks under the guise of somehow making people safer,” said Simon Thorrold, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.[5]

The idea of man-eating rogue sharks isn’t the only misconception on which the novel and its film adaptation are based. The book and the movie characterize great white sharks as territorial. In reality, they are not. As OCEARCH founder Chris Fischer points out, sharks don’t hunt humans and they’re constantly moving from one place to another.

 

Jurassic Park

Author Michael Crichton outlined his 1990 novel like this: “Jurassic Park is based on the premise of scientists successfully extracting dinosaur DNA from the thorax of preserved prehistoric mosquitoes, cloning it, and recreating and breeding a variety of dinosaurs to roam a for-profit theme park.”

Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film adaptation of Crichton’s novel is based on the same premise. Unfortunately, it’s unscientific, although the misconception is one that many continue to believe.[6]

A team of scientists at the University of Manchester studied insects preserved in copal, a resin from tropical trees that has not become fossilized amber yet. Although the copal samples were 60 to 10,600 years old, they contained no ancient DNA. As a result, it would be impossible to clone dinosaurs in the manner in which they were supposedly recreated in the movie.

Simply Irresistible

In the romantic comedy Simply Irresistible (1999), Nolan Traynor (Larry Gilliard Jr.) tells Amanda Shelton (Sarah Michelle Gellar) that men think about sex 238 times a day. He adds that they adjust their belts each time they do.

Later, she notices that Tom Bartlett (Sean Patrick Flanery) doesn’t wear a belt and asks him about Nolan’s claim. After considering how many hours a day he’s awake, Tom estimates that he thinks about sex once every four minutes on average, which matches Nolan’s statement.

Similar claims have been advanced by others with different time intervals between sexual thoughts. To determine whether such claims are true, Terri Fisher and her team of researchers used “experience sampling,” a technique in which subjects record their thoughts at random moments throughout the day.

She issued clickers to 238 college students, whom she divided into three groups. One group would click whenever they thought of sex, the second group whenever they thought of food, and the third group whenever they thought of sleep. On average, the men thought of sex 19 times a day and the women, 10 times a day.

It’s possible that the students were influenced by their instructions to click when they thought of sex, food, or sleep and so thought about these topics more often than they would have otherwise.

Wilhelm Hoffman and his colleagues employed a different approach. Using participants’ smartphones, the students were notified seven times a day at random to record the topic of their current thoughts. On average, participants thought about sex once a day.

Although the results of Hoffman’s study may also have been skewed by giving instructions to the participants, both his and Fisher’s studies suggest that Nolan’s claim is false.[7]

Swiss Miss

The comedy Swiss Miss (1938) stars Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as mousetrap salesmen who travel to Switzerland to sell their wares because they believe that the country known for Swiss cheese must also have more mice. The movie includes a scene in which Laurel cons a Saint Bernard out of the keg of brandy carried on the dog’s collar.

Prior to Swiss Miss, cartoons and humorous illustrations depicted Saint Bernards as coming to the rescue of stranded alpine hikers or mountain climbers. The kegs of brandy carried by the dogs kept the victims warm while help was on the way.

However, the idea that alcohol can keep a body warm is a misconception. Although drinking alcohol may initially help you to feel warmer, it actually reduces your core body temperature. So if you drink alcohol while stranded in the snow, you could suffer from deadly hypothermia.[8]

The Viking

Photo credit: vikingsofbjornstad.com

For decades, movies featuring Vikings have shown Norse warriors wearing horned helmets. The Viking (1928) is only one such movie based on the mistaken idea.

The misconception probably began in the 1800s when illustrations of fierce Scandinavian warriors showed them wearing helmets adorned with horns. The Viking costumes designed for Richard Wagner’s opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen included horned helmets, which may have led to the stereotype.

In reality, no evidence supports the idea that Viking helmets were equipped with horns. In illustrations from the Vikings’ time, they are shown with bare heads or wearing simple iron or leather helmets. So far, one complete Viking helmet has been found in Norway in 1943. Made of iron, it had a rounded cap with a guard for the eyes and nose. There were no horns.[9]

The Tingler

The misconception that fingernails continue to grow after death appears to have been popularized by The Tingler (1959) in which Vincent Price plays pathologist Dr. Warren Chapin. He explains that “a great many things continue to live in the human body” after death. For example, fingernails still grow.

Chapin couldn’t have been much of a pathologist if he believed what he said. Medical science teaches us that fingernail growth depends on glucose producing new cells. Since dead people don’t consume glucose—or anything else—there’s no supply of the sugar.

The misconception that fingernails continue to grow after a person dies probably stems from the fact that dehydration causes the skin around the nails to retract, which makes the nails look longer.[10]

 


15 TV Sweethearts Who Are Jerks IRL

15 TV Sweethearts Who Are Jerks IRL

Whether it be television stars of today, or of days gone by, all of tend to get attached to certain celebrities. We see them every week in our homes and we start to think of them as friends of sorts, as people that we would really enjoy meeting if we had the opportunity to. They get into our hearts and we start thinking of them as people that we truly care about, and that care about us, after all, they just seem like such nice people, like total sweethearts even.

The thing is though, some of these people aren’t quite as nice as they appear. In fact, in real life, a lot of these people are total jerks. It doesn’t make anyone happy to have to deal with this fact, but hey, the truth hurts. This is hard to face, none of us want to think our favorite stars are mean, but a lot of them are.

What follows is a list of television celebrities that act like complete jerks IRL. Some of them probably got spoiled by their success as big TV stars, while others were probably jerks all along. No matter how you slice it, the stars on this list are not nice, despite how they portray themselves on TV.

15. Malcolm Jamal-Warner

Malcolm Jamal-Warner is best known for playing the role of Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show. And when I say he is best known, I mean he has pretty much never done anything else of note in his career. Despite seeming sweet on television, apparently, he is a total jerk. This restaurant employee was not impressed by Jamal-Warner. “He made it seem like speaking to a waitress was just beneath him. He expressed distaste for the menu, the food, the atmosphere, basically everything. He complained that people were ogling him even though I never saw anyone look his way. He also did not tip. He tipped none of the times he came into our restaurant and he treated all of us poorly.” You’re a jerk Malcolm.

14. Ariana Grande

While Ariana Grande is well known as a singer, she started out on TV when she appeared on Nickelodeon’s Victorious as well as Sam &Cat. While she may appear nice on television, the fact is that she is a total jerk. There have been entire articles about what a total diva she is. In fact, her Sam & Cat co-star Jeannette McCurdy once wrote,”Where did I go? As far away from you as I can get. You won’t be hearing from me anymore because sweetheart, being a friend to you was doing so much more for you than it was doing for me. You sucked the life right out of me, and I want my life back.”

13. Christina Aguilera

Pretty much everyone knows that Christina Aguilera can be a total jerk, but some people still think she is a sweetheart. She is well known for her work on television, whether it be for the Mickey Mouse Club or Star Search when she was young, to shows like The Voice. All sorts of people from Eminem to Valerie Bertinelli have come out and said they simply can’t stand her. Every once in a great while, one might get a bad reputation that isn’t deserved, but when you think about it, pretty much everyone thinks that Christina is a total jerk. Let’s face it, where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, and even though Christina might act nice on television, it seems IRL, she is a total jerk.

12. Ashton Kutcher

A lot of people seem to think that Ashton Kutcher is a total sweetheart, and I get that, at least a little bit. He is one of the biggest television stars around, having starred in That 70s Show, Punked, and Two and a Half Men. But the thing is, in reality, he is kind of a jerk. There are stories out there of him throwing his weight around and acting like a jerk when he is around people that don’t treat him like he is a huge star. He is that kind of guy that a lot of us know in real life, the type that seems nice, but when you get to know them a little better, they show their true colors and act like they are better than anyone else. Yeah Ashton, we get it, you are handsome, but you’re still a jerk.

11. Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria has never had the best reputation, there have always been stories out there about how she is a bit of a jerk. If you just saw her on The Young and the Restless or Desperate Housewives, then you might be under the impression that she is quite the sweetheart, but nothing could be further from the truth. There have been numerous reports both from people she was working with and people in her life, that Eva has a bit of a mean side to her. One person that she worked with on a film actually had a sandwich thrown at her by Eva. I have to say, when you start throwing your lunch at people on set, then you might have a bit of a problem.

10. Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel is a jerk in real life? Oh come on, how could she possibly not be a sweetheart? It just isn’t possible. She seemed nice on 7th Heaven, that’s for sure. But the thing is, sometimes, it isn’t possible to tell what someone is really like when they are on television. It turns out, she was mean way back in middle school, as one former classmate says, “she was constantly made fun of by Jessica Biel and her middle-school posse. She was totally stuck up and full of herself since before she became famous, probably more so afterward.” Really Jessica? So you act super nice in front of the cameras and then make fun of people in private? So not cool!

9. Tania Raymonde

Tania Raymonde has been on a whole bunch of television shows, including That’s So Raven, Malcolm in the Middle, and Lost, and in all of them she appears to be someone nice, or at least someone who isn’t actively mean. But not so fast, apparently she is pretty full of herself. One person that met her at a party said that Tania threw all sorts of shade at her just because she didn’t know who Tania was and had never seen Lost.  Seriously Tania? Just because you were on a couple of shows as a kid and were on a hit television show doesn’t mean that everyone in the world is going to know you and love you. Just another example of someone who seems nice on TV but is a jerk IRL.

8. Tim Allen

Tim Allen is well known for playing a nice guy on television. Both in Home Improvement and Last Man Standing, he is thought of as a nice guy, even though he spent little time in prison back in the day for possession. But is he really a nice guy or is that just all an act? Well, it seems like he is a total jerk. There are stories  out there that say he is awful to people waiting on him and tips really badly. One time, he was so mean to a waitress, he made her cry. So next time you watch Tim Allen on TV and think about what a nice guy he seems to be, just remember that you are talking about a guy that went to prison and is totally mean to waitresses.

7. Vanessa Hudgens

Oh look, Vanessa Hudgens, talk about a total sweetheart! While she has had a long career already, it all started when she was in Disney’s High School Musical series where she seemed about as sweet as she could possibly be. But is she in real life? While living as a celebrity is hard, there still have been some reports  that she can be rude to fans when they approach her and sometimes even laughs at them. Again, it is understandable that you might not want to be approached all the time by people out in public, and it must be hard to be sweet all of the time, but still, you have to hold it together. It can’t be that hard to be somewhat pleasant to people.

6. William Shatner

William Shatner is one of the biggest TV stars of all time. He is most famous for being the star of Star Trek but he’s been on television a lotHe is kind of a hard guy to figure out — sometimes he seems totally cool and other times, he seems like a complete idiot. So what is the truth?  Well, there are a lot of stories out there about Shatner being a total jerk and rude to people, and they appear to be true. It’s hard to tell whether or not he is actually a real jerk or totally insane, but I guess all that matters in the end is what he actually acts like. It’s too bad, though. Star Trek fans deserve better than this guy to look up to.

5. Emeril Lagasse

No one used to know who Emeril Lagasse was until his cooking show Emeril Live came out, and then everyone seemed to know who he was, even to the point of yelling his catchphrase “Bam!” over and over again. But, is he actually a sweetheart, or is he a total jerk? Well, I have to say there are a lot of people out there that say that he’s a bully, rude, and pushes people around. I get that part of his vibe is to play this guy who is funny and does and says things in a kind of loud way, but there is still no excuse to be a total jerk to people. Whatever is cooking with Emeril, it doesn’t smell all that great. Did you see what I did there?

4. Bill Nye

Bill Nye has been getting by as “The Science Guy” on television for years. He has become a huge star over the years and is thought of as an expert on science, even though he isn’t actually a scientist. Although he appears to be a really nice guy on TV, if you’ve seen him on news shows talking about things like climate change, you know he has a bit of a prickly side. It turns out he is kind of a jerk, as one person said, “I told him he was my hero and that I’d love his autograph and he just yelled ‘How many times do I have to remind people no autographs?’ He then started going off on how he asked for a certain brand of water 5 minutes ago and that they brought him the wrong one.” Bill Nye is no sweetheart.

3. David Hasselhoff

Everyone in the world knows who David Hasselhoff is — he is one of the most famous television stars in history. First, he was famous for Knight Rider and then became really famous for Baywatch. Now, it seems like he’s a pretty nice guy, but as we know, his image took a bit of a hit from that video that his daughter took when he was shirtless, completely drunk and eating a cheeseburger. That seems to be a bit of a common theme. While it isn’t thought that he is a total jerk, there have been a fair amount of stories out there about him acting a bit of a fool when he’s in public, and a lot of them have included booze. Hoff, lay off the sauce!

2. Hulk Hogan

While people might not necessarily think that Hulk Hogan is a sweetheart, there is no doubt that he gives off a certain teddy-bear vibe, both as a wrestler and on Hogan Knows Best.  There have also been plenty of times that he acts like a jerk, so which is it? Is Hogan a sweetheart or is he mean? There are stories told by people that have seen him in public that he is generally rude and acts like a jerk all the time. I guess it isn’t that surprising, as his whole scene is to kind of act like a blustery tough guy. But come on Hulk, show some class to your fans.

1. David Schwimmer

 

Is there anyone that seems sweeter on TV than David Schwimmer? How could Ross from Friends possibly be mean? It just doesn’t seem possible. But there are stories that suggest David is really rude to fans who ask him for autographs. Although it must be irritating to get asked for autographs when you are just trying to chill out, but still, if you are a famous TV star, especially one that is thought of as a sweetheart, you might want to step up your game a little bit. It isn’t that hard to be nice unless you’re a jerk.

 

 


14 Insane Behind-The-Scenes Reasons Star Wars Almost Never Got Made

14 Insane Behind-The-Scenes Reasons Star Wars Almost Never Got Made

Star Wars: Episode IV was a nightmare behind the scenes. In the years since the movie's massive success, there have been plenty of Star Wars production stories that show just what kind of miracle George Lucas, his crew, and the film's actors pulled off to bring audiences the movie of the century in 1977.

If you're curious about why Star Wars almost never happened, look no further than the Empire of Dreams making-of documentary, which details Lucas's quest to make the Original Trilogy. The early days, from writing the first film to actually shooting it, were especially rough, both on the cast and the crew. Even Lucas became ill while filming A New Hope.

The film went over budget, suffered several delays, was a bore in its first cut, and missed its original release date. Somehow, we still have the immense pleasure of enjoying this film today. Discover all of the insane reasons why Star Wars almost never happened, and be even more thankful it did.


MOVIES QUIZ / CRITERIA BEST PICTURE

 

MOVIES QUIZ / CRITERIA BEST PICTURE

 Can you pick the Best Picture winners which meet the given criteria?



10 Creepy Things In The Backgrounds of Movies You've Never Noticed

10 Creepy Things In The Backgrounds of Movies You've Never Noticed

A well-crafted and visionary film is essentially a living entity with infinitely varying facets. For every single shot in a horror movie, there's a wealth of peripheral images to analyze - bizarre background action or creepy movie Easter eggs that are just waiting to be discovered.

Not all of the above-mentioned symbols are designed to be enigmatic, however. Some ostensibly "hidden" messages in movies are hiding there in plain sight. The legendary David Lynch, for example, is well known for making brilliant art in every shot but as evinced by many bizarre behind-the-scenes Hollywood stories even Disney has been known to dabble in bawdy subliminal imagery.

Read on for a wholly unexpected list of creepy things in the background of movies.


10 Movies That Test Screenings Changed

10 Movies That Test Screenings Changed

During the shooting of a movie or after filming is completed, almost all directors show the result to at least one test screening audience. Although most filmmakers don’t enjoy the experience of hearing their creations critiqued by viewers, movies often do benefit from the process. Audiences are perceptive, and they know what they like. For producers and investors, who lay out millions of dollars to finance full-length feature films, giving audiences what they want is critical, so it’s likely that test screening results will be weighed carefully. As a result, changes to movies are often made.

More rarely, the results of test screenings affirm the quality and entertainment value of a movie. Test screenings also give those who aren’t part of show business a glimpse into the concerns and intentions of the people who work in this profession. No matter the viewers’ findings, test screening audiences’ responses almost always have a direct effect on the movie’s final cut and the version of the film that appears on theater screens.

10 Sunset Boulevard

Early films consisted of several reels. Each held approximately 300 meters (1,000 ft) of 35-millimeter film and ran about 12 minutes. Toward the end of a reel, a small, black oval would briefly appear in the top-right of the screen to signal the projectionist it was almost time to switch to the second projector, upon which the next reel of film was mounted, ready to be shown.

Sunset Boulevard ‘s (1950) director, Billy Wilder, decided to cut the first reel from the movie after showing it during a test screening. Although we may never know what the test screening audiences objected to or what sequence of images was left on the cutting room floor, we can be certain the footage didn’t pass muster with the viewers who did see it.[1]

It seems Wilder’s decision was a wise one. Sunset Boulevard, an American noir film, is generally regarded as one of Hollywood’s best movies, particularly for Gloria Swanson’s depiction of a movie star past her prime.

Licence To Kill

Licence Revoked, the original title of the James Bond film that would become Licence to Kill (1989), starring Timothy Dalton in the title role, didn’t sit well with its American test screening audiences. License Revoked, they said, was too reminiscent of a visit to the Division of Motor Vehicles.[2]

Apparently, viewers also preferred the British spelling, “Licence,” to the American variant, “License,” because the former, not the latter, made the movie’s final cut. Bond is, after all, a British secret agent.

 

Little Shop Of Horrors

Director Frank Oz’s original ending for Little Shop of Horrors (1986) wasn’t exactly what test screening viewers had in mind. Oz’s version was too dark for their tastes: The musical horror comedy’s botanical monster, Audrey II, devours nerdy lovebirds Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis) and Audrey (Ellen Greene) before going on a rampage.

Despite some impressive and humorous special effects, which include the monstrous plants swallowing a train and cackling atop the Statue of Liberty, the sequence of Audrey II’s attack on New York City was so long that it was described as “tedious,” but test screening audiences didn’t complain about its seemingly endless repetitions of collapsing buildings and terrified people fleeing for their lives. They criticized the fates of Seymour and Audrey. They wanted a happy ending for the geeky couple.

Oz gave the audiences what they wanted, substituting an ending in which Seymour and Audrey defeat Audrey II and move happily to the suburbs.[3]

The Mighty Quinn

Test screening audiences don’t always concern themselves with only a movie’s plot, actors’ performances, special effects, and the picture’s theme. Their own feelings and prejudices sometimes determine the direction a movie will take or how a scene will play out in the film’s final cut. Such was the case with The Mighty Quinn (1989), in which Denzel Washington plays police chief Xavier Quinn, opposite Mimi Rogers’s Hadley Elgin.

In the film, Quinn and Elgin exchange a kiss, but the kiss never made it to the big screen. It was cut, Washington said, because it didn’t go over well with test screening audiences. “Black women hated the scene. White men hated the scene.”[4]

Jaws

The results of test screenings sometimes improve a movie, as Steven Spielbergand his crew discovered when they showed an early cut of Jaws (1975) to a Midwestern audience. Viewers in Dallas, Texas, were so shocked by the “pop-up scare” that occurs when the great white shark breaches the surface of the water as police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) chums off the bow of the boat that their “vocal reactions” drowned out his ironic comment to shark-hunter Quint (Robert Shaw), “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

After reviewing their taping of the moment, the filmmakers extended the sequence, adding another 10.6 meters (35 ft) of film to give the audience enough time to recover to enjoy the “much-needed moment of comic relief” provided by Brody’s line.[5]

 

Clear And Present Danger

In the scene in Clear and Present Danger (1994) in which drug cartel leader Ernesto Escobedo’s henchman Felix Cortez is killed, test screening audiences applauded, or tried to do so. The brevity of the scene prevented them. According to producer Mace Neufeld, the scene was over before they could clap. As a result of the test screening, footage was added.

In other cases, to produce the movie on time, as Paramount Pictures demanded, director Philip Noyce cut footage, only to lengthen the entire film to 142 minutes after the studio encouraged him to extend its running time. The reason for Paramount’s turnaround seems to have been viewings by additional test screening audiences. The cuts “didn’t seem to make it better, just shorter.” Ironically, the cuts also made the film seem longer to audiences, Noyce said, “than when it was long.”[6]

The Bourne Supremacy

Occasionally, test screenings don’t suggest new edits of film footage as much as they confirm a director’s decisions. Director Paul Greengrass met with Matt Damon, star of The Bourne Supremacy (2004), and conceived what he thought would be a better ending.

After Greengrass pitched his idea to the movie’s producers, they “reluctantly agreed” to allow him to proceed as planned, despite the additional $200,000 cost and the need to postpone Damon’s work on Ocean’s Twelve. Once the new ending was complete, the movie was shown to test screening audiences. It scored ten points higher with Greengrass’s new ending in place.[7]

Troy

Troy (2004) was a lavish production, epic in scope and starring Brad Pitt as Achilles. The film company took over part of Malta to shoot the film at a cost of $175 million. With magnificent costumes and sets and a spectacular cast, including Peter O’Toole and Orlando Bloom, the movie would attempt to recreate Greek warriors’ attack on Troy during the Trojan War. Despite high production values, the motion picture did not fare well before test screening audiences, who objected to movie’s music. It was “too brassy and too bold,” viewers said, and not cutting-edge enough for modern audiences’ tastes.

The studio’s first response was to freak out. Composer Gabriel Yared was fired, and his musical score was removed from the film. James Horner, who replaced Yared, said his predecessor’s music was indescribably “atrocious.” Horner compared Yared’s score to music such as might have been recorded for “a 1950s Hercules movie,” so “corny . . . it was unbelievable.”

Horner also blamed director Wolfgang Petersen. “Gabriel dutifully did whatever was asked of him by Wolfgang, and Wolfgang’s musical tendencies are to overscore everything, like a Wagner opera. He’s not into subtlety,” Horner said. As a result of the original score, audiences laughed during scenes that were meant to be serious.

Music critics, kinder to Yared than Horner had been, praised and admonished both composers for different reasons. One reviewer even blamed the test screening audiences, suggesting they didn’t “appreciate [Yared’s] unusually large presentation of orchestral power.”[8]

American Gangster

The American gangster in Ridley Scott’s eponymous 2007 film is a fictional version of Frank Lucas, the African American drug lord who operated out of his Harlem, New York, territory. He smuggled loads of high-grade heroin into Harlem inside the coffins of dead Vietnam veterans. Denzel Washington plays Lucas. Russell Crowe plays Lucas’s nemesis, Detective Richie Roberts.

Scott ducked into the first test screening of the movie. As soon as the first viewer moved, the director planned to sneak out, but at the end of the showing, Scott was still in his seat. Not a single viewer had left. Their reactions showed Scott he had a winner on his hands. “No one moved,” he recalled, “so neither did I. That was what was most rewarding; knowing that you’ve fully engaged people with the truth.”[9]

Clerks II

Kevin Smith, who wrote and directed the comedy Clerks II (2006), wasn’t looking forward to the only test screening of his film that the producers had required. To be selected, potential test screening viewers had to have seen three of the films on a “Qualifying Films” list. The problem was that none of the movies in which Smith had previously been involved were listed. The available viewers also didn’t necessarily fit the profiles of people who’d be likely to enjoy Smith’s brand of humor.

Even though the results of the test screening wouldn’t be used, in this instance, to edit the film—its purpose was to determine how to market the movie—Smith felt nervous. “Of all the aspects of filmmaking that go into the gestalt of cinematic storytelling, [screen testing] is definitely the least appetizing,” he said. “I don’t know any filmmaker who enjoys it.”

He was pleasantly surprised by the Midwest audience’s response. Viewers applauded frequently during the showing of the movie, and 84 percent of them rated the movie as either “excellent” or “very good.” The test screening the producers had required “was definitely worth all the worry leading up to it,” Smith said.[10]

 


The Top 20 Greatest Movies Of The Nineties

 

The Top 20 Greatest Movies Of The Nineties

Ah, the 1990s – the decade that brought you indie-cinema breakouts and bullet-time blockbusters, fight clubs and foul-mouthed clerks, charismatic cannibal serial killers and "Choose Life!" sloganeering, Rushmore Academy overachievers and Royales with Cheese. Looking back on the movies that made the Nineties such a surprisingly fertile period for filmmakers and film lovers, you can see how so much of the foundation for the past few decades was laid so early on, from the rise of documentaries as a mainstream phenomenon to the meta touches that would turn so many mix-and-match movies into wax museums with pulses. Sundance was to independent auteurs as Seattle was to grunge rockers. We would hang with slackers and Scottish junkies, smooth-talking criminals and abiding dudes. We would get cyberpunk as fuck. We would know kung fu – whoa!

So we've assembled a crack team of film fanatics, culture vultures, pop-culture pundits and various critics to weigh in on the 20 greatest movies of the Nineties. Crank up your dial-up connection, crack open a Zima and let the arguments begin.

 

20. 'Dead Man' (1995)

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Filthy, nasty, funny, ponderous and peyote high, Jim Jarmusch's anti-Western is the coolest black-and-white slow-burn in all the land. Johnny Depp, back when the man could do no wrong, plays William Blake, a timid accountant whose journey west quickly spirals into violence and vengeful justice. His companion is an unlikely Native American sidekick named Nobody (Gary Farmer); the whole thing may or may not take place in the afterlife. From Neil Young's staggeringly great, broke-down Morricone-esque score to Iggy Pop as a campfire drag mother, Jarmusch's deconstructed oater is like a 19th-century nightmare filtered forward into a country that's no less dumb, guilty or lost. EH

19. 'Fight Club' (1999)

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David Fincher's brutally violent, visually stunning adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel is so perfectly pitched that flippant young punks can see it as call for antisocial mayhem and older establishment types could read it as a repudiation of Nineties nihilism. Give credit to stars Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, two leads who embody the yin and yang of macho self-destruction – especially when a certain killer twist kicks things into a different gear. Though it keenly described the rootlessness of middle-class Gen-Xers, its insights into a specific end-of-the-century alienation still apply: to the anti-materialistic progressives and the alt-right; to #NotAllMen activists and GamerGaters; and to any recklessly angry type who find a community that allows them to indulge their worst impulses. NM

18. 'Paris Is Burning' (1990)

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Before Madonna appropriated ball culture in "Vogue," first-time director Jennie Livingston trained her camera on the Harlem-based scene, where "houses" hosted wildly inventive drag battles and functioned as surrogate families for gay men and trans women of color. Performers speak eloquently on how racism, homophobia and poverty have deferred their lifelong dreams of fame and fortune; one starry-eyed young dancer is murdered. Detractors have accused Livingston of exploiting her subjects, but the film remains a crucial snapshot of a community whose influence might otherwise have been erased by a mainstream culture that plundered it for ideas. JB

17. 'Toy Story' (1995)

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Nothing looked like Pixar's tale of action figures and the kid who loves them when the company's inaugural offering hit screens – fast-forward one decade-and-beyond later, and nearly everything looks like it. As the first full-length computer-animated movie, it was destined to be a historic achievement, but what John Lasseter's instant classic proved, beyond the obvious marvels of technique, was that CGI could have all the whimsy, warmth and depth of hand-drawn animation in the right hands. The digital sandbox may be cutting-edge, but Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang's spirit of friendship and adventure feels as old as childhood. ST

16. 'Reservoir Dogs' (1992)

Quentin Tarantino's debut feature set the table for everything that followed: the skewed-chronology storytelling, which turns it into heist movie without a heist; the pop culture references, like the opening disquisition on the true meaning of Madonna's "Like a Virgin"; and the eclectic soundtrack, which will forever associate Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle With You" with the gruesome spectacle of a cop getting his ear sliced off. But Reservoir Dogs would end up being even bigger than than its creator – it's the opening salvo to an indie revolution. After an era dominated by Merchant/Ivory productions, a wave of bloody genre films suddenly turned the arthouse into the grindhouse. Things would never be the same. ST

15. 'The Matrix' (1999)

The major sci-fi film of 1999 was supposed to be The Phantom Menace– and then a true mind-bender emerged, setting the agenda for the next century's blockbusters. The Matrix is a dazzling combination of radical political messaging, kick-ass action sequences and a brilliant premise: Anonymous hacker Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) learns that he's living in an elaborate simulation orchestrated by robots that have enslaved humanity; naturally, only he can stop it. Filmmakers Lilly and Lana Wachowski brought the world bullet-time visual effects and wire-fu fight scenes, grafting a postmodern hipness onto a classic hero's journey. But just as meaningfully, they tapped into the culture's pre-millennium tension, envisioning a frightening near future in which humanity would be ruled by the very technology it had created. TGr

14. 'Boogie Nights' (1997)

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Imagine Robert Altman's Nashville raunchily transplanted to the San Fernando Valley – with a couple of bloody, Tarantino-esque shoot-outs thrown in for kicks. And boom, you have Paul Thomas Anderson's sprawling tale of the late Seventies/early Eighties porn business, an epic group-character study that totally nails the effervescent sleaziness of the last days before AIDS without ever settling for easy disco-ball nostalgia. Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy and Heather "Rollergirl" Graham are all unforgettable as members of director Burt Reynolds' dysfunctional porn family, while Mark Wahlberg's breakout turn as priapic prodigal son Dirk Diggler put his Marky Mark days behind him forever. It's the announcement of a bold new filmmaking talent, a beautiful look back and a hint of things to come. DE

13. 'Fargo' (1996)

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Joel and Ethan Coen's darkly comic snowbound noir stars William H. Macy as Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard, a Midwestern every-schmo who hires a couple of small-time criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in the hopes of pocketing the ransom money once her wealthy father pays up. Like almost everything this would-be criminal mastermind touches, though, the plan goes wildly off the rails. People end up dead, things fall apart and pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand in a iconic, Oscar-winning performance) is determined to doggedly trace the blood trail back to its hapless source. It's a startlingly original procedural, one that deftly pairs sweet-natured satire – those accents! – with shocking violence – that woodchipper! – and slowly, ever-so-politely emerges as one of the standout gems of the Coens’ considerable career. GM

12. 'Beau Travail' (1999)

Behold, the Foreign-Legion reimagining of Billy Budd you never knew you needed. French director Claire Denis takes Herman Melville's final novel of military life and mancrushes, drops it into modern-day West Africa and turns the story of a handsome rookie recruit (Grégoire Colin) and an envious sergeant (Denis Levant) into an impressionistic dismantling of first-world masculinity. Cinematographer Agnes Godard films scenes of blinding daytime marches and late-night club revelries with a palpable sense of heat; using everything from opera arias to Neil Young's "Safeway Cart," Denis transforms the troops' maneuvers into musical numbers. Coming at the end of the decade, this landmark movie felt like a breath of fresh, and equally humid-as-hell air blowing into an often stale late-Nineties' Euro-arthouse scene. And just when you think things can't get anymore dynamic, Corona's "Rhythm of the Night" comes on, Levant hits the dance floor and you fall into a state of delirium. DF

11. 'Groundhog Day' (1993)

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Caddyshack meets A Christmas Carol in Harold Ramis's warm-hearted, wisdom-filled comedy, as Bill Murray's self-important TV weatherman gets his karmic comeuppance by reliving the same small-town Pennsylvania day over and over until he gets it right. The movie star is at his wise-guy best here, playing a blithely sarcastic sexist who initially views his metaphysical predicament as a license to indulge in bad behavior consequence-free. Then he bottoms out and eventually realizes that he's better off becoming a standup guy. Nineties rom-com queen Andie MacDowell is the woman who wins his heart. (Bonus rewatch surprise: a young Michael Shannon in his feature film debut as one half of a newly married couple very excited about Wrestlemania tickets.) Repeat viewings are essential. GM

10. 'The Piano' (1993)

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Merchant-Ivory monopolized prestige period films until Jane Campion's strange, unruly, expressionistic fable shattered everything. Holly Hunter stars as Ada, a mute 19th century mail-order bride sent with her precocious young daughter (Anna Paquin) from Scotland to New Zealand to be with a fussy husband (Sam Neill). Her piano is her only voice, refused until a rough neighbor (Harvey Keitel) trades land for the instrument. The brute agrees to return it to Ada for lessons that belie his burgeoning love – and, eventually, hers. The startlingly original gothic romance beguiled the Cannes Film Festival, making Campion the first woman ever to win the Palme d'Or. Oscar noticed, too: Hunter and Paquin nabbed acting awards, while Campion won Best Screenplay. SG

9. 'Chungking Express' (1994)

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You only need to watch Wong Kar-wai's ode to all the lonely people once to permanently alter your consciousness – after that, you'll never be able to hear "California Dreamin'" without imagining Faye Wong dancing to it. The Sixties rock song is only one of many all-over-the-map influences the Hong Kong-based director imports into the fluorescent-lit film’s twinned tales of the lovelorn and the lost. Characters sewn together from spare bits of Old Hollywood and French New Wave archetypes sip Mexican Sol Cerveza and frequent a takeout joint where gyro meat spins on vertical rotisseries. The heroes of this chaste romance are two cops struggling to move on after breakups; one becomes infatuated with an outlaw in a blonde bombshell wig, while his doppelganger is covertly courted by a gamine who sneaks into his apartment to clean. More distinctive than even the lovers' charming quirks is Wong and cinematographer Christopher Doyle's smudgy, impressionistic visual style, which immerses the viewer in a celluloid dreamscape that only adds to its swooning potency. JB

8. 'Malcolm X' (1992)

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Spike Lee had hoped that his biopic about the slain Civil Rights leader would have the epic sweep of classic movies like Lawrence of Arabiaand Gandhi. In fact, the director achieved something even greater: A historical drama, a compelling character study and a political essay all at once. As we watch Malcolm (played by Denzel Washington in one of the finest performances anyone anywhere has ever given) go from happy-go-lucky party-boy to smalltime hoodlum, convict to rabble-rouser, political leader to family man and beyond, we see how the cumulative impact of the lives he's lived come to transform his thinking. This is not a historical portrait captured in amber; it's a living, breathing movie that is as much about the here and now as it is about the mercurial era of its subject or the moment the movie was released into theaters. BE

7. 'Slacker' (1991)

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The London Calling of Nineties cinema arrived at the exact pivot between one decade (and one America) and the next. Richard Linklater's career-long obsession with time – what it does to us and what we make of it – starts right here. Dispensing with plot, recurring characters and fixed locations, this free-form excavation of Lone Star eccentricity wanders around Austin, Texas, trailing the talky troubadours of a generation defeated by Reagan and prepped for Clinton-era cynicism. It’s a chronicle of its moment, encapsulating the bar-stool conspiracies and nihilistic philosophies of a very specific post-post-hippy college town, while also absolutely nailing an evergreen sense of uneasy freedom, U.SA.-style. All this and Madonna's pap smear results, ready for sale. EH

6. 'Close-Up' (1990)

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Awakening Western eyes to a global strain of sympathy that knew no borders, Iran's Abbas Kiarostami was the art-house "discovery" of the 1990s: a tenderhearted humanist who gave lie to the reductive politics of the day. Kicking off the decade he would come to dominate, Kiarostami released this radically original docu-fiction hybrid, flecked with sneaky humor and a deeper anxiety about borrowed notions of identity. On its surface, the film is the story of a con artist: Hossain Sabzian loves movies and wants to be famous. Somehow, he doesn't have a problem lying to a stranger that he is well-known Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. One thing leads to another, and our bogus hero is invading a family's home under false pretenses, all while digging himself deeper into a colossal pit. Close-Up extends the ruse into a feature-length cringe – until it drops its gloriously compassionate endgame, a meta-touch that helped push the medium into uncharted territory. JR

5. 'Pulp Fiction' (1994)

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Take two chatty hitmen. Add in a coke-snorting femme fatale, her mobster husband, a boxer on the run, some basement dwelling hillbillies and a low-rent Bonnie and Clyde robbing a diner. Drench the whole thing in the comprehensive pop cultural obsessions of its creator, and voila – you have the Royale With Cheese of 1990s independent cinema. No other film of the decade had the instant adrenaline-shot-to-the-heart impact of Quentin Tarantino's love letter to the films that formed his cinemania - it doesn't feel like a defining movie of the decade so much as the Nineties itself, achingly hip and deliriously footnoted and endlessly quotable. Posters hung on dorm walls; parodies sprouted up overnight; even the soundtrack, filled with extremely well-curated surf rock and vintage smooth R&B, was inescapable. Building on the rat-a-tat dialogue and funny-to-violent whiplash of his debut Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino's sophomore movie is where his signature style really comes into its own – few other filmmakers can claim to have their surname turned into a adjective after just two features. We're still feeling the aftershocks of this seventh-art earthquake decades later. BT

4. 'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991)

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The infamous mask, those giant moths, the grotesque handiwork of not one but two chillingly nicknamed homicidal maniacs, "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti" – it's been decades since Jonathan Demme's serial-killer thriller swept the Oscars and scared the beejesus out of audiences, and none of its indelible images or best lines have faded from our collective memory. The late, great director and screenwriter Ted Tally immediately makes you complicit in this Faustian bargain between Jodie Foster's promising FBI cadet Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins' savage bon vivant Hannibal Lecter – every conversation with Hannibal Lecter turns into a strange, singular flirtation. (Which doesn't mean the creators ignore the era's casual chauvinism; check out the way Demme frames the library assistants staring Starling down.) Everything plays out like a perverse Pygmalion: She deciphers his enigmatic clues while he isolates the trauma that makes her tick and schools her in the proper etiquette of the psychopath. Clarice is warned not to let Hannibal into her head, but she does – and now we'll never get him out of ours. PR

3. 'Safe' (1995)

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It starts with a truck farting out fumes, or maybe it's that "totally toxic" new couch: For some reason, San Fernando Valley housewife Carol White (Julianne Moore, brilliantly brittle) is sick. The spooky genius of Todd Haynes' near-abstract masterpiece is that it never pins down an answer (Fruit diet? A chemical-heavy perm?), putting us on exploratory paths that few movies dare. Set in a soulless, deodorized 1987 but very much of its right-here-right-now moment, Safe plays like an indictment of suburban America: "Where am I?" Carol asks, on the verge of mental collapse. Hyperventilating at a friend's baby shower, she could be reacting to expectations she can't meet. Unspoken by name is the AIDS virus, for which the film is often read as a metaphor. But this indie-cum-disease-of-the-week thriller extends far beyond even that diagnosis, into the kind of existential ennui that would make Michelangelo Antonioni beam. Provocatively, Haynes gives his timid character the impulse to make a change – but at what cost to her freedom? It's a movie that will frighten you of just about everything. JR

2. 'Hoop Dreams' (1994)

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The movie that smuggled long-form observational documentary into multiplexes, gave birth to a generation of filmmakers and made mass audiences reckon with the challenges of being young, poor and black in America – the one that Roger Ebert called "the great American documentary." Shot over six years and presented over three breathless hours, this Oscar-nominated epic from filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx and Peter Gilbert follows teenagers William Gates and Arthur Agee, wildly talented basketball players from Chicago's south side, as the young men go from playground to gymnasium, from courtside dramas to myriad struggles at home. Even a quarter of a century later, with its protagonists having drifted into middle age,Hoop Dreams still plays like a buzzer beater. And that's because it tells a story still largely unheard in popular art, one that comes alive through a gathering of complex, intimate details, and takes the time to trace the twists and turns, thrills and indignities that only real life can offer. It's a full-on, time-tested American masterpiece. EH

1. 'Goodfellas' (1990)

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"As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster." Martin Scorsese's woozy, dizzy adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi's slice-of-Mafia-life book Wiseguy is many things: a social anthropology study, an epic look at the American Dream, a coked-up nightmare, a nostalgic look back at an age when made men were made men, a head-spinning display of virtuosic filmmaking, the blueprint for the modern organized-crime saga and a peerless look at a world where you might be slapped on the back or shot in the face. "Mob guys love it, because it's the real thing," Pileggi told GQ. "They say, 'It's like a home movie.'" And as you watch Ray Liotta's Henry Hill go from up-and-coming crook to cosa nostra bigwig to Witness-Protection-Plan "average nobody," you realize you're getting a funhouse-mirror reflection of an old-fashioned U.S. of A. bootstrap success story, complete with bespoke Italian suits, bulging cashrolls and Bolivian-marching-powder meltdowns.

Every performance, from the holy trinity of Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci ("Funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you?") to the round-the-way guys in the background, feels pitch-perfect. Its movie-mad references run the gamut from The Godfather to The Great Train Robbery; its soundtrack incorporates everything from Bobby Darin to Donovan, the Stones to Sid Vicious. (After that murder montage, filmmakers are essentially forbidden from using Layla's coda to score a scene ever again.) Its influence is incalcuable – you don't get a million moving-camera showstoppers without that Copacabana tour, and you definitely don't get the Tarantino, et al., mix of black humor and horrifying violence without Goodfellas' getting that combination down to a science first. And though Scorsese had made great movies before and would make great ones after this, this Mob-flick hit feels like a summation of his culturally specific, universally thrilling cinema about men on the edge. There are movies that may be more emblematic of the Nineties, but this was the one that set the pace for the entire decade – a high mark that left most other contenders to the throne looking like schnooks. DF


16 Made Up Movie Premises That Actually Happened In Real Life

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The best movies are usually too good to be true. But what happens when the fictional stories in our favorite films really start to happen? Can we chalk up movie premises that really happened to life imitating art, or is there something more intangible happening in the universe that caused these real life stories to resemble popular films? Is it possible that the people on this list who basically lived out a blockbuster film are just experiencing one of life’s many coincidences, or are we living in some Truman Showhologram where a director choreographs our every move? That’s probably not happening, but these tales of movie plots that really happened are going to freak you out anyway.

It’s not out of the realm of possibility that most blockbuster films could actually happen. As you’ll see from this list of real life movies, everything from a sweet romantic comedy to a karate chopping superhero flick is possible if you apply yourself. Although to be fair, most of the folks on this list didn’t realize they were living out a movie until it was too late. Unfortunately, some people died, and almost no one leaves this list of movies that happened in real life unscathed.


10 Awesome Movies Coming Out In 2018 You Might Get Super Excited About

10 Awesome Movies Coming Out In 2018 You Might Get Super Excited About

 

Despite being a pretty sh*tty year for the world at large (thanks to hurricanes, fires, global warming, terrorist attacks, etc.), 2017 was at least a pretty good year for movies. We had Guardians of the Galaxy 2Thor: RagnorakLogan, and Get Out, to name a few of our favorites from the year. While 2018 may unfortunately prove to be just as bad, if not worse, than 2017 generally was, at least we've got some more pretty kick-ass looking movies to look forward to! Check out some of our top picks below...

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Why we're excited for it: We honestly have no idea what to expect from this Star Wars spin-off, especially since it changed directors after it was almost finished shooting, had to do a bunch of re-shoots with new director Ron Howard, and we still have yet to see a trailer, despite the fact that the movie is coming out in 5 months. All the mystery is actually building up our anticipation, plus we just really f*cking love the character that is Han Solo, and the person/actor/rapper that is Donald Glover.

 

Avengers: Infinity War

Why we're excited for it: I mean, this one basically goes without saying, but the Marvel Universe can just take our movie, no matter what Avengers movie or spin-off they put out. And they know it.

 

Deadpool 2

Why we're excited for it: Deadpool was such a pleasant, hilarious surprise, and while sequels are usually something we always go into with more than a hint of skepticism, the meta style, fun supporting characters, and perfectly dry delivery of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool make us feel like this sequel will be at LEAST as good as the first (as long as they don't try to double down too hard on what made the first Deadpool so good in the first place).

 

Black Panther

Why we're excited for it: We might be more excited for Black Panther than any other superhero movie coming in 2018, because the comics are some of the best, and frankly it's just refreshing to see a superhero movie that isn't a reboot of a reboot of a reboot these days. (Plus that trailer looks slick as hell).

 

Ready Player One

Why we're excited for it: Based on one of THE greatest books of all time, and riddled with nostalgic 80s pop culture and gaming references, Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One might be our MOST anticipated movie of 2018. (Seriously, read the book).

 

The Incredibles 2

Why we're excited for it: Those of us who have a soft spot for Pixar and the original Incredibles movie have been waiting for this sequel for literally over a decade, but all that time will certainly not mean we'll have lessoned our love for these characters, as we learned after watching Toy Story 3 and losing our sh*t.

 

The New Mutants

Why we're excited for it: This looks less like X-Men: A New Generation and more like X-Men: A Horror Story and we are HERE FOR IT.

 

Mortal Engines

Why we're excited for it: Yes, this looks like Mad Max: Teenage, Roving City Edition, but rather than complain we should remember that Mad Max was awesome and entertaining, therefore this movie has a lot of potential to be awesome and entertaining.

 

Ocean's 8

Why we're excited for it: If this movie wasn't doing what Ghostbusters did, and was actually a stand-alone movie not affiliated with an already nearly flawless franchise (don't @ me), this movie would look good. So we're gonna see it. Especially since America's sweetheart Sandra Bullock where the hell have you been?!

 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Why we're excited for it: Guys, it's Jurassic Park. Even if the first reboot was nothing compared to the original ones, we're going to see this. The trailer looks pretty good, doesn't give the ENTIRE MOVIE AWAY (for once!), and it's dinosaurs. We'll all always be 12 year olds at heart, which is why Jurassic Park movies will always be must-see.


13 Movie Subplots That Are WAY More Interesting Than The Actual Movie

13 Movie Subplots That Are WAY More Interesting Than The Actual Movie

A movie's main plot is what drives the story and keeps audiences engaged. However, the best movie subplots are frequently the parts of many films that keep audiences talking, as opposed to the main story arc. Subplots provide depth to a primary plot, and sometimes, even steal the show.

Sure, sometimes a subplot with a bunch of holes can distract from the primary purpose of a film. But the best writers and movie-makers know that dynamic characters can have their own stories, which drive the plot into more exciting directions. Unexplained moments in a movie could leave an audience unsatisfied, but when a film creator knows how to weave a subplot into a film's first story effectively, it creates a more human and engaging movie, whether it's animated or "real life."

Frequently, a subplot could be the aspect of a film that keeps a fan engaged. While the original story usually has the elements of a traditional plot, a great subplot inspires cult followings and analysis years after the release of a successful film.

 


20 Historical Facts That Movies Got Totally Wrong

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History class is tough - there are lots of dates and names to remember. But when you're making historical movies, you'd think Hollywood would do some fact checking. Not all films, even if they are historical films about real historical figures and actual historical events, actually honor that history. On this list, films from all decades are revealed as having botched the reality of supposed non-fiction and reminded audiences that it was just a Hollywood flick. From Foxcatcher to Hotel Rwanda, and even 1915's The Birth of a Nation, many films feature blatant errors and historical inaccuracies that will annoy more than just the average history buff.

While George Clooney spiced up the third act of Good Night, and Good Luck, its timeline and the implications of that timeline are way off base. And this list covers more than just the Hollywood endings. The opening scene of American Sniper, for instance, feeds into the claims of Clint Eastwood "pro-military propaganda" by making an Iraqi woman look evil by giving her son an anti-tank grenade, which never, ever happened.

So what historical facts has Hollywood gotten completely wrong? Read on to find out and be sure to upvote the most egregious history mistakes in these Hollywood movies.


6 Of The Worst Promotional Puns For Movies

6 Of The Worst Promotional Puns For Movies

What’s worse than a bad movie? The outrageously bad promotional campaigns movie execs think will trick us into watching their film. Not all movies on this list are bad, per se. But their taglines definitely are.

 

1. "We’re Back, Pitches" - Pitch Perfect 2

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Oh Bellas, was this really necessary? While the tagline was very painful, it was also quite perfect... pitch perfect.

 

2. "Beaches ain’t ready for this" - Baywatch

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’Memba when these billboards were plastered all over town like five months before the movie actually came out? So cringey seeing those when I was out with my girls bae... watching.

 

3. "Rest in beast" - Werewolf

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Described as "Inept, highly flawed and unintentionally hilarious" by Maynard’s Horror Movie Diary, this movie might have the worst tagline ever with "Rest in beast". Also, were you a-were that "wolf" is singular and "wolves" is plural?

 

4. "Two Agents. One City. No Merci." - From Paris with Love

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Featuring a bald and bearded John Travolta, this action flick gave the world one horrendous tagline. I don’t even want to do my own bad pun. Let’s just state it again: "Two agents. One city. No Merci."

 

5. "The wait is ogre" - Shrek the Third

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The Shrek franchise is a repeat offender. Let’s take a walk down mammary lane. Did I do that right?

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6. "Ooze gonna save us?" - Monsters vs. Aliens

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Do kids actually like this? Is that why so many animated features have puns in their slogans? Children of the world, speak up!

 

6. "Kiss your ice goodbye" - Ice Age

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FASCINATING FACTS: 24 AROUSING FACTS ABOUT 'EYES WIDE SHUT'

FASCINATING FACTS: 24 AROUSING FACTS ABOUT 'EYES WIDE SHUT'

 


11 Interesting Movie Details You Might Have Missed The First Time

11 Interesting Movie Details You Might Have Missed The First Time

How many of these did you already know? DON'T LIE TO US.

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3. Back to the Future

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4. Star Trek

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5. V for Vendetta

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6. Pulp Fiction

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7. Team America: World Police

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8. Hot Fuzz

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9. Iron Man

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10. Zootopia

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11. The Matrix

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The Best Comic Book Movies Of 2017, Ranked

The Best Comic Book Movies Of 2017, Ranked

Comic books have been gold mines for movie screens for just under 80 years. No phase the genre has gone through since has been as impactful as the one started by Blade, X-Men, and Spider-Man in the early 2000s. Thanks to that and the runway success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the constant reshuffling of the DC Extended Universe, every comic book is up for grabs onscreen, no matter how obscure.

2017 saw the genre's grip on the box office grow even tighter, even as the market was more saturated than ever. Box office monsters and disappointments, critical darlings and punching bags alike vied for our attention this year, and these are the 10 best that I saw in theaters.

Dishonorable Mention: Inhumans IMAX

10. Justice League

We waited for this to be good. We waited for the Dc Extended Universe to turn itself around following the success of Wonder Woman and finally affirm its existence. Saying that Justice League wasn't the landing many were hoping for is an understatement. The plot was convoluted, the special effects weren't pretty, and even the best cast members (Ezra Miller's Flash, Ryan Fisher's Cyborg, and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, in case you were curious) can't overcome the force of the two movies at battle in here.

Also, guys...come on.

9. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

The interplanetary journey of Valerian could only ever be brought to the screen by a director as ambitious as Luc Besson. The French graphic novel series following the adventures of time-travellers Valerian (Dane Dehaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) is an overwhelming visual delight of colors and alien designs and has one of the most hopeful and beautiful openings I've seen in years.

But the visuals and turns by Rutger Hauer and Rihanna can't save Dehaan looking miscast and an incoherent story. I'd equate this to something like The Life of Pi or Besson's own The Fifth Element, probably at its best when you zone out and take in the eye candy.

8. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Classy British spies getting in gory dust ups is a great idea on paper that more or less translated well to the Kingsman: The Secret Service back in 2014. This year's sequel The Golden Circle is more of the same, with the titular spies teaming up with their American counterparts The Statesman to take down a drug kingpin obsessed with 50s decor. The action is stylish and fast-paced and the cast (including Colin Firth, whose new situation really should've been kept a secret) is game, but it doesn't really move the needle for the franchise.

It's more of the same, which is great if you're a Kingsman fan, but a little troubling for a property that still feels very similar to Men In Black. The film has fun lampooning the Trump administration but the flagrant sexism involved in a scene where Eggsy (Taron Edgerton) seduces a woman at a music festival also left a bad taste in my mouth.

7. Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron doesn't get the credit she deserves as one of our best actresses currently working. Atomic Blonde is more proof that she can kick as while she does it, too. Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent on the hunt for double agents during the tail end of the Cold War.

I wanted to put this higher on my list because the action is grisly and top-notch and Theron and Sofia Boutella make a great on-screen pair, but the film's advertising threw me off. I was sold something similar to director David Leitch's fast-paced masterpiece John Wick but got what amounted to Tinker Tailor Soldider Spy with more action scenes. It has more to do with false advertising than it does with the overall quality of the movie, but it was enough to keep Atomic Blonde near the bottom. Maybe I need to watch this again.

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Yes, this is the best Spider-Man movie since Sam Rami's trilogy. Yes, Tom Holland is a scary good Peter Parker, even though they cribbed most of his story from Miles Morales. Yes, Michael Keaton's Vulture is one of the better villains in the MCU. No, this wasn't the best comic book movie of the year.

Tha action is thrilling and it's lighthearted and fun even by MCU standards, but it feels less weighty because of it. Your mileage may vary depending on how much you like high school coming-of-age stories, but Holland, Jacob Batalon's Ned, and Zendaya's MJ (wink wink) are compelling and jokes about how impractical Spider-Man's powers are outside of a big city are hilarious.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy 2

The Guardians of the Galaxy are broken. The team is just fine, but each member is developmentally arrested in one way or another. Guardians 2 explores their hangups in the guise of a trip through the galaxy spurred by Star-Lord's (Chris Pratt) search for his father Ego (Kurt Russel).

Guardians 1 is my favorite MCU movie, but I was afraid that it would be lightning in a bottle. There's a lack of freshness since the last one, but writer-director James Gunn has a knack for balancing action and comedy with a deeper and more affecting story that has me anxious to see what happens when they meet Thor in Infinity War.

4. Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: The Dark World is the closest the MCU has come to producing a real clunker. Imagine how surprised I was when the color palette, action, and humor of Thor: Ragnarok graced that first trailer with Black Sabbath wailing in the background. Thor spends the movie trying to prevent Ragnarok from ravaging Asgard while trapped on the battle world of Sakaar with Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). And it's easily the best Thor movie of the three.

It's not just the teriffic action, memorble supporting characters, or just how much humor this franchise has been holding back. It's not even because of Cate Blanchett's scene gnashing performance as Hela being fantastic, in spite of itself. It's that Taika Waititi managed to pull all of this together and make a compelling action movie that moves forward with a nostalgic glint in its eye for what made the Thor books great in the first place.

3. The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Movie's leaning into the meta narrative of the toys and their impact on people's lives - children in particular - was inspired. Choosing Will Arnet's note-perfect exaggerration of Batman as the first character to ge their own spinoff proved to be yet another good choice. The Lego Batman Movie sees the Caped Crusader, Robin, and Barbara Gordon doing battle with The Joker and a handful of other villains fresh from Lego's version of The Negative Zone. You'll know why if you've seen it.

Revisiting the world of master builders is truly a joy. Arnett and the movie's willingness to lampoon and strip away the grim and gritty Batman aesthetic to explore what's inside and the value of teamwork is even nicer. Callbacks to classic Batman villains and a time when things weren't so grim might be the best part of all.

2. Wonder Woman

Diana of Themyscira is carrying many torches in 2017. She's singlehandedly leading the DC Extended Universe through the darkness, she's spearheading an era of lucrative top billing for women in superhero films, and she's made one of the year's most enjoyable watches. This was the highly anticipated origin movie for Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), who first reveals herself to the world during World War I when the God of War Ares decides to use humanity's destructive nature against it.

At its best, Wonder Woman is a pure crowd-pleasing thrill ride. Gadot makes a great impression as the first big screen Wonder Woman and will hopefully be around to keep the torch lit for years to come. It'd be a shame if the Dc Extended Universe's identity crisis led to the fall of the first great Wonder Woman.

1. Logan

There's been talk this year of Logan transcending the very idea of comic book movies. That it reaches new emotional depths no one thought possible from a superhero by apeing the aesthetic of a Western. That Hugh Jackman gave his best performance in what's proven to be both his breakout and most famous role for 15 years. That a cursing dementia-ridden Charles Xavier is both sad and endearingly hilarious. That Dafne Keen's fierce and fearless role as Laura/X-23 will be the series' next breakout. That this very well might be the best X-Men movie ever made.

If you lose all that pretentious bullshit about superhero movies being devoid of meaning, then that perfectly describes Logan. If this truly is Hugh Jackman's sendoff from the series, this is a hell of a note to end on.


Star Wars Christmas Light Show

Star Wars Christmas Light Show

Matt Johnson’s latest Christmas light show continues the tradition and unique style of fast-paced, high-energy, Dubstep and EDM remixed synchronized light displays that have become Matt’s signature style. Starting with our appearance on ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight and our subsequent viral video the “2015 Johnson Family Light Show”, our shows have continued in complexity and popularity world-wide culminating in the creation of Living Light Shows in 2016 offering our products and services to the greater commercial and entertainment market. We have musically synchronized holiday light show displays from Southern California to Orlando, Florida and many places in between. We have also fabricated, consulted, and programmed RGB light systems and elements for other shows across the world from Australia to Abu Dhabi.

 

 

 


Ranking the Marvel Movies' Post-Credits Scene

Ranking the Marvel Movies' Post-Credits Scene

Disney bought Fox, which means we are in for one monopolistic entertainment making Hell. Let's not even deal with Marvel's TV output and just take a look at all of their famous ~POST CREDIT SEQUENCES~ because that’s the kind of thing we do around here.

 

DEAD LAST: Thor Ragnorok’s sequences

They lose by default for not being available on YouTube yet.

 

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange sucks.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy

Howard the Duck is a funny cameo, but not a lot else here to offer.

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Okay, here's a brief appearance by Thanos where he’s being vague about his plans. You need to moderately deep knowledge of '90s Marvel to get what the hell is going on here in any way.

 

Captain America: Civil War

Maybe I’m stupid, but I still don’t get the significance of the Spider-watch thing. Did he ever use it again? BUT the shot of Wakanda is cool, and we probably need to know where Bucky ends up, so this isn’t a total loss.

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Great to see The Vulture, one of Marvel’s only good villains (his character motivations make sense!) still alive and clearly still important to future installments. (I hope he becomes a quasi-Norman Osborne.) Also, we get a fun tag to the great Captain America-does-instructional-school-videos bit.

 

Ant-Man

Maybe I’m a nerd, but I’m hyped as hell for Ant-Man & The Wasp. The other scene is just a mini trailer, and those are boring.

 

Iron Man 2

Sure, the peek at Thor’s hammer was cool, but also we already knew he’d be around, so it was also kind of "who cares".

 

Thor: The Dark World

The collector stuff is important. The Jane and Thor stuff is not.

 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I genuinely didn’t know who the "twins" were supposed to be the first time I saw this, but I’m always on board for sad Bucky.

 

Thor

This is weirdly important info to just have after the credits. They’re really confident we’ll hang around at this point.

 

Captain America: The First Avenger

The mirror of Iron Man’s first proposal for joining the Avengers is a nice callback, then we got a callback for a movie we were all very hyped on. Excellent hype building use of post-credits scenes.

 

Iron Man 3

Funny stuff!

 

The Avengers

The Schawarma scene is obviously a nice joke, but the confirmation of the MAD TITAN as an upcoming villain was very exciting for… a lot of people.

 

Iron Man

Oh hell yes, confirm that Avengers movie for me Daddy.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Wow, unlike the underwhelming post-credits sequence from the first movie, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 offers up no less than five different short scenes, each with new characters, important plot details, and, well, mostly jokes. Which is great. Really good work with this one.


9 Ridiculous Examples of Movie Logic That Made Us Facepalm

9 Ridiculous Examples of Movie Logic That Made Us Facepalm

 

It’s hard to imagine a Hollywood blockbuster without cool special effects. Amazing visual effects make our favorite movies even more spectacular and interesting to watch. But some action scenes really seem to defy the laws of physics for the sake of art.

 

9. Vehicles can fly.

It seems like moviemakers love making cars and buses fly around like there’s no gravity in this world. Buses are jumping over incomplete bridges, and cars are flying after they crash. We’re sure you’ve seen these scenes in your favorite blockbusters. However, the laws of physics can’t be ignored that easily.

In real life: An object like a car or a bus would neither jump over a gap nor fly after a crash. The explanation lies in projectile motion kinematics, which says no matter how fast an object is traveling, if it is launched horizontally it will always fall down.

8. Sound and light travel at the same speed.

Every time we see lightning in a movie, we hear the sound of a lightning bolt. They occur simultaneously. However, every schoolkid knows that light is faster. Just more proof that we shouldn’t learn physics from Hollywood movies.

In real life: First, you see the bolt, and then you hear the soundThe speed of lightis 299,792,458 meters per second; the speed of sound is only about 300 meters per second depending on temperature, the density of air, and many other factors.

7. Visible lasers are everywhere.

They often use laser weapons during space battles, don’t they? However, the appearance of a laser beam as a streak of light, especially in space, is just another myth from the silver screen.

In real life: Lasers would have no chance to glow. When a laser beam becomes visible, it is scattering off minute particles dispersed along its path. The visibility and color of laser beams only depend on the medium through which they’re traveling, which contains dust particles and air molecules. And we know that there are no air particles in space.

6. The explosions of vehicles are imminent.

It seems like even the slightest damage to a vehicle in a movie results in a large explosion, no matter if the car just fell off a cliff or if 2 cars crashed into each other. Shooting a gas tank left a tiny dent, and bang! A terrific explosion turns the car into a burst of flames. Don’t take this one for granted either!

In real life: Normally, vehicles rarely catch on fire when they crash. Gasoline is a liquid, and gas burns as a vapor. So the liquid gas in a gas tank would have to convert to vapor, mix with the air in the proper proportions, and be ignited in order for the car to blow up.

5. Bullets fly at the same speed in water.

Those scenes where people dive into a body of water, like a pool, canal, or even an ocean, to avoid being hit by a stray bullet are countless. Still, there’s a good deal of mystery about whether being underwater can save one from bullets.

In real life: Bullets usually do not go further than a few feet into the water.An opposing force, or the resistance that a fluid offers against the movement of an object moving through (which is called drag), opposes the forward motion of a bullet. A bullet sails easily enough through the air, but as soon as it reaches the surface of the water, things change.

4. Cool guys don’t look at explosions.

Epic explosions that shatter buildings and cars are a very popular special effect in movies. And most of the time, if there’s an explosion, there’s also a tough guy who never looks at the explosion but walks away resolutely instead. Well, that’s not how it works in real life.

In real life: The shock wave would kill the hero. The energy released from an explosion creates a supersonic blast wave strong enough to knock down a huge building and, yes, a human being too.

3. Sounds can be heard in outer space.

Moviemakers often “add” sounds to their space scenes. If you try to recall a scene where a spacecraft chases a villain in a far away galaxy, you’ll hear the sounds of their weapons shooting, missiles launching, and engines roaring. Well, again, this is just to give us an additional dose of emotions and a spectacular action scene on the screen.

In real life: No one can hear sounds in outer space. What we call “sound” is actually vibrations in the air. And, since there is no air in space, there’s no sound for those who are out there. As Alien’s tagline correctly read: “In space no one can hear you scream.”

2. Radioactivity makes one glow.

Science fiction and movies made audiences believe that radioactivity is contagious. A hero who was exposed to radioactivity comes back glowing in the dark, and everyone else avoids touching that guy. But that’s not exactly how it works.

In real life: The majority of radioactive elements are not contagious. Radioactivity is the explosion of the nucleus, which damages DNA. Other atoms don’t turn into radioactive ones.

1. Jumping through a shattered window is no big deal.

Who doesn’t love those dramatic moments in Hollywood movies when people routinely smash through plate glass windows and hardly escape with their lives? And without a scratch! But it’s just another stunt you should never try at home.

In real life: A shattered window contains thousands of incredibly sharp edges and dagger-like points. It takes almost no force for these points or edges to cut through cloth and skin, assuming that the shards of glass created by its breaking will resist being moved further and that the resistance force is enough to allow them to deal deadly wounds to anyone who moves through the glass.

When watching a movie, we’ve all yelled at the screen, “Come on! How on Earth is that possible?” So, if you did, share with us your favorite special effects scene that seems to be laughing in the face of physics.

 

 


The 10 Worst Movies Of 2017

The 10 Worst Movies Of 2017

 

In 2017, lousy movies popped up all over the place. No week went by without a movie or three to leave us wondering when, exactly, Hollywood lost the ability to distinguish good from godawful. Mining old TV shows for gold doesn't seem like such a hot idea when the result is Baywatch or CHiPs or My Little Pony: The Movie. What genius thought we had it in us to endure a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean epic? Who told Vin Diesel we wanted to see xXx: The Return of Xander Cage?

There was more – believe me, there was muchmore. Director Guy Ritchie proved the Knights of Round Table were played out in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword; anyone who willing paid to see Geostorm, Rough Night, The Snowman, The Circle or Tulip Fever is his or her own worst enemy. Audiences were given a pathetic prequel inKong: Skull Island: a flat remake of Flatliners: a silly sequel made of Legos (Ninjago); a jumbled Justice League that did no one justice; and a far-from great The Great Wall, a $150 million U.S.-Chinese coproduction starring Matt Damon that made it look like both countries had forgotten everything they once knew about how to make an epic monster mash.

Amazingly, these turkeys didn’t even make the cut for our list of the Worst Movies of 2017. Here are the 10 films that reside at the very bottom of the barrel. Watch 'em and weep.

10. 'The Emoji Movie'

Audiences and critics joined together to hate on this animated farce about a Meh emoji (voiced by T.J. Miller), who thinks he can't survive being just one thing. It's OK for Poop (Patrick Stewart), Smiler (Maya Rudolph) and Hi-5 (James Corden), but Meh needs colors, layers, variety. So does this movie, which doesn't get them. We need an emoji for movie hell. Any suggestions?

9. 'Suburbicon'

Director George Clooney, working from a script originated by the Coen brothers, turns out the year's most gutting disappointment. With this kind of talent involved – plus an A-list cast headed by Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac – audiences had a right to expect more than a well-intentioned lampoon of whites-only 1950's suburbia. The frustration intensifies when Clooney tacks on a deadly earnest subplot about an African-American family that intrudes on the Caucasian American Dream. Though the incident is loosely based on the race riots sparked when a black family moved into the all-white suburb of Levittown, Pa, in 1957, the tonal shift is jarring. Is replacing satire with sermonizing ever a good idea? Here, it's a bona fide death knell.

8. 'Daddy's Home 2'

The booby prize for the most mirthless of holiday comedies goes to this undeserved hit that poses as family fun while disseminating jokes about gun violence, homophobia and sexual harassment. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell hit career nadirs in the roles of a dad and a stepdad, respectively. (God help the children.) Their characters are joined by their own fathers, played by a leering, mean-spirited Mel Gibson and a sugary sweet John Lithgow. The sight of a great cast hard-selling a grating script is the equivalent of getting a kick in the teeth for Christmas. The Grinch couldn't have planned a more depressing buzz kill.

7. 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'

From The Professional to The Fifth Element, filmmaker Luc Besson has shown the style and ambition to overcome his tin ear for dialogue and create his own kind of visual nirvana. Not this time. Not by a longshot. Starring a miscast Dane DeHaan as Major Valerian, a special-ops agent assigned to maintain order in the universe, and a smirking Cara Delevingne as his way ballsier partner Sergeant Laureline, this sci-fi fantasy – based on a series of French graphic novels by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières – drags on for an interminable 137 minutes. Even zowie production design, better-than usual 3-D and a feisty cameo from Rihanna can't get you through the fog of this bore.

6. 'The Mountain Between Us'

The year's dullest, dimmest, zero-chemistry romance ironically stars two of the most charismatic actors in the business – Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. She’s a photojournalist and he's a neurosurgeon. They're strangers who fall in love when their private plane goes down in a blizzard. So naturally, there's no choice but to have sex by a roaring fire in a convenient cabin that happens to materialize just when the audience gets tired of watching the stars death-march through the blinding snow or duck random cougar attacks. How the skilled Dutch-Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now, Omar) found himself at the helm of a tearjerker as noxious as Charles Martin's bestseller is another example of what happens when talent gets distracted – not by art, but by a mirage they see in the form of a large paycheck. Audiences stayed away in droves.

5. 'The Mummy'

What is Tom Cruise doing to destroy his career? Making craptacular flops like this. Once intended by Universal studios to launch a series of Dark Universe films (including revamps of characters like Jekyll & Hyde, the Invisible Man and the Bride of Frankenstein), The Mummy stalled that idea at the starting gate. Cruise doesn't even play the title role; that chore goes to Algerian actress Sofia Boutella, cast as an evil Egyptian princess who's back from dead after 3,000 years. She needs Cruise's character, an antiquities dealer, to house her buddy Set, the god of the dead. The movie, however, is D.O.A. Every digital trick in the book – and director Alex Kurtzman desperately pulls out all the stops – can't bring this cinematic corpse to life.

4. 'Song to Song'

Though it kills me to admit it, art films can be just as awful as formulaic Hollywood swill. Such is the case with this exercise in self-parody from master filmmaker Terrence Malick. Set against the Austin, Texas music scene, the film focuses on two couples: Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara play struggling songwriters. And Michael Fassbender is the predatory music mogul who ensares them both, plus a naïve waitress (Natalie Portman), in his web. The zombified actors mope around whispering their banal thoughts in voiceover until you want to scream, "Make it stop!" And this from the once untouchable film titan who gave us Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line and The Tree of Lifebefore his visual grandeur turned to grandiosity. Sad. Sad. Sad.

3. 'Fifty Shades Darker'

Gorgeous naked bodies writhing in ecstasy and getting off with the best sex toys money can buy. How do you make that dull? Step right up for the sequel to 2015's Fifty Shades of Greywhich somehow succeeds in being even more sanitized and sadistically dull. Jamie Dornan once again stars as billionaire Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson is back as Anastasia Steele, a digital magazine up-and-comer with a limited vocabulary and a willingness to let Christian spank her. If you thought these two actors looked embarrassed the first time they put on nipple clamps, you ain't seen nothing yet. (The talented Johnson deserves way better.) The bestselling E.L. James novels that both films are based on actually suggested there might be something to learn from what connects a dominant and a submissive. You won't find that in this film, which always finds it better not to think.

2. 'The Dark Tower'

The writing of Stephen King can morph into fierce, frightening, deeply felt cinema. Take, for example: Carrie, The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, Misery and It, just to name a few. The Dark Tower, based on the author's series of eight mythical, metaphorical novels, had enormous possibilities. But the film version, starring Idris Elba as the Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis, the Man in Black, blows them all. If you want to know how to do everything wrong in book-to-screen adaptation, this model of incompetence makes for a perfect Exhibit A.

1. 'Transformers: The Last Knight'

The Michael Bay Award for the Worst Movie of 2017 (TM) goes to – wait for it – Michael Bay, courtesy of this fifth toys-to-men epic. (If you're looking for a franchise that remains unbeatable for creative ineptitude, dramatic incoherence, brain-numbing noise pollution and cynical exploitation, this series is a hall-of-famer champ.). The bottom of the toxic Transformers barrel, The Last Knightfeels untouched by human hands, a directorial hallmark. The plot suggests that the giant 'bots began back in the Dark Ages and somehow did valiant transforming things throughout history, like help fight the Nazis. But now, the heroic Optimus Prime has gone rogue and the evil Megatron (Frank Welker) wants to destroy Earth. Too bad there's no one around to save audiences from Bay’s junkyard of clichés. The good news is that Knight is the lowest grossing chapter in the series. Did the public get woke? Wahlberg says he won't return for any sequels. We should all follow suit.

 

 


Star Wars Inspired Bionic Hand Allows Amputee To Control Prosthetic Fingers And Play The Piano

Star Wars Inspired Bionic Hand Allows Amputee To Control Prosthetic Fingers And Play The Piano

 

Georgia Tech College of Design professor and founding director of the Center for Music Technology, Gil Weinberg, worked with fellow researchers to create a incredible bionic hand that was heavily inspired by Luke Skywalker‘s mechanical hand from Star Wars. The bio hand allows amputees to move individual fingers with the use of ultrasound signals. Musician Jason Barnes, who stepped up to test it out, demonstrated how it worked by successfully playing the piano. Weinberg and his team helped Barnes out a couple of years back when they developed a prosthetic that allowed Jason to drum at incredible speeds.

 

 


Iconic DC and Marvel Heroes: The Movies VS The Comics

Iconic DC and Marvel Heroes: The Movies VS The Comics

 

With the current worldwide craze for comic characters, movie studios didn’t wait long to cash in on it by making new superhero movies every year. Marvel and DC went as far as launching several TV shows to keep the motor running while audiences wait for the next big comic-based movie.

Starlord

Starlord, a.k.a. Peter Quill, is really different in the movies from his original looks and story. A square-jawed cop, blond and skinnier than Chris Pratt, Peter was the first “guardian” before the team was assembled.

Aquaman

Short blond hair, orange scales all over his torso, and green...spandex? This is how we came to see Aquaman in comics. And although no one would be opposed to seeing Jason Momoa half naked and tattooed, those are certainly not fish scales!

Tulip

The main female character from Preacher is supposed to be a small, toned, fierce little blonde. However, casting went to Ruth Negga, quite the opposite appearance-wise, and she is also dressed in a less sexy way. But we must admit that she gave a new depth to the role.

Rogue

In the comics, Rogue is more of a middle-aged woman with a white fringe and a brave attitude toward life. Sporting the iconic yellow-green uniform, she is one of the core characters in X-Men. In the movies, however, not only has her appearance changed but also her powers and overall mindset.

Beast

Way more clothed in movies than in comic books, Beast had changes made to his height, appearance, and powers, topping it all off with alterations to the original story.

Jessica Jones

When Jessica Jones first got to test out her powers, Jewel appeared. Pink haired, light, and bubbly, she aspired to save the world from harm and was captured by Killgrave. Vaguely mentioned in the TV show, Jewel had several minutes of screen time. Even though there was an homage to her costume, Jessica Jones on TV is a dark character, usually dressed in plain black tees and jeans.

Superman

Yes, it took several generations of movies about Superman to put that red underwear under the suit. DC also changed the whole color scheme of the suit and made it more scale-like and leathery.

Arrow

The original character’s look was an homage to Robin Hood with its bright green color and hood. In the TV show, however, the creators went as far as putting armor onto the costume, making it a dull green color. They also added shoulder pads and almost lost the mask in favor of plain dark...eye shadow?

Daredevil

The bright red leather costume is a staple of Daredevil’s character. However, the creators of the TV show decided to put the vigilante in plain black cloth with a plain mask to show how the character had grown into the superhero we know and love.

Killgrave

The purple-skinned, white-haired villain Killgrave was changed to blend in with the crowd of the Jessica Jones series. However, the creators decided to put him in a purple suit to highlight his comic heritage.

Kingpin

Not only a huge bald guy, Kingpin was always very “fashion forward” with his flashy white suit and colorful neck scarf. Sadly, this image was shattered with a very tame version of the villain portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio. At least his personality was still big.

The Owl

The most dramatic changes in appearance were made for the character of The Owl: in the comics, he is very Wolverine-like, sporting the same hairdo in bright orange and a long green coat. In the TV show, however, The Owl is more of a businessman than a comic book villain.

Scarlet Witch

In the books, Scarlet Witch is older, more mature, and usually appears in an extremely revealing suit, cloak, and headpiece that helps her control her powers. In the movies, the female mutant is more covered, generally dressed in more everyday clothes.

Quicksilver

A green or blue suit with a silver flash on the chest is the usual uniform for Quicksilver in the comic books. But it was swapped for a bluish-gray shirt with more texture and less spandex. In appearance, Quicksilver in the movies is also bigger and younger.

Vision

This red-skinned alien is known in the realms of comics to have a green bodysuit and yellow cloak. However, the movie creators made him more of a tech-supporting creature, with a more armored look and beige cloak. They also added a metallic ornament that was not in the books.


The 10 Best Movies Of 2017

The 10 Best Movies Of 2017

In 2017, Hollywood used the past to take on our scary present and uncertain future. Whether a film came from a veteran (Steven Spielberg) or a newbie (Jordan Peele), you felt the energy of an artist spoiling to be heard. The themes were many and varied: the simmering heat of racial politics (Get Out, Detroit); a U.S. President’s unconstitutional war against a free press (The Post), the rage that comes when you feel helpless to fight the power (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri); and the essential question of how to live in a world heading for global disaster (Dunkirk, Darkest Hour). The year's best movies sent a message that a lot of us are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Is anyone listening? #OscarsNoTrump

10. 'Phantom Thread'

The last great film of 2017 comes from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, a talent whose roaring power and cinematic reach are apparently limitless. Set in the posh world of 1950's London fashion, the film stars a beyond-brilliant Daniel Day Lewis as a top designer whose world is rocked by a revolution in style. Equally seismic to his creative process and personal life: a young muse (Vicky Krieps) who refuses to join a long line of women who jump at his command. Sexual politics, then and now, echo through the film. Will there be blood? Not in the way you might imagine. But love, as Anderson sees it, is a magnificent obsession that can nurture or destroy. You won't be able to get the film's twisted secrets out of your head. You won't want to.

9. 'A Ghost Story'

David Lowery's supernatural tale of timeless devotion involves a woman (Rooney Mara) haunted by her dead lover (Casey Affleck). Here's an ardent, ambitious, challenging experiment that restores our faith in film as an art form.

8. 'Detroit'

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal take an incendiary look at the 1967 Detroit race riots still alive and toxic in the police brutality and systemic racism of today. Audiences stayed away. Big mistake. Detroit is hard to take. It's also impossible to forget.

7. 'The Shape of Water'

Visual master Guillermo del Toro goes back to the Cold War to probe the secret passion of a mute girl (Sally Hawkins) and a creature from the government-black-ops lagoon (Doug Jones). The result speaks volumes about what we choose to label "alien."

6. 'Lady Bird'

There's nothing new about coming-of-age comedies, but Lady Bird gets the genre thrillingly right, thanks to screenwriter Greta Gerwig in a solo directing debut that mines her own formative years in Sacramento circa 2002. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf excel as a daughter and mother whose cage match of brawling affection hits home no matter what age you are.

5. 'The Post'

In Steven Spielberg's propulsive political thriller, it's not hard to find the link between right now and the threats that Nixon's White House launched at Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks).The year is 1971; the question is whether or not to not publish the Pentagon Papers and expose a massive government cover-up. Any relationship to Trump's war against a free press is purely intentional. Streep could be headed for Oscar No. 4 as a woman spoiling to be heard over an army of patronizing men. And Spielberg's speed-is-of-the-essence direction speaks with relevant power to the past, present and a chilling future.

4. 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh finds his cinematic sweet spot in writing and directing this sorrowful and savagely funny look at a small-town dynamo (Frances McDormand) who rents billboards to rage at the police for not solving the rape and murder of her teen daughter. McDormand and McDonagh, a match forged in fire, catch the helplessness and fury we're all feeling right now.

3. 'Call Me By Your Name'

Homophobia has no place in Luca Guadagnino's erotic romance, set in Italy in 1983, when a musical prodigy (Timothée Chalamet) and his father's handsome assistant (Armie Hammer) experience the thrill of first love and the gutting pain of its loss. An artistic triumph that insists empathy is the best antidote to intolerance.

2. 'Get Out'

Can a horror film get in the Oscar race for Best Picture? You bet your ass. Daniel Kaluuya doesn't know what he's in for when his girlfriend (Allison Williams) takes him home to white suburbia, but black culture isn't the only thing being co-opted. In the year's most exciting directing debut, Jordan Peele juggles scares and laughs to skewer racial hypocrisy in an America that refuses to get woke.

1. 'Dunkirk'

In the year's best film, Christopher Nolan shows us the meaning of pure cinema, depicting the 1940 evacuation of British soldiers from the French beaches of Dunkirk as Hitler's forces attempt to crush them by land, sea and air. Instead of telling us what to think, Nolan offers full immersion in the life-or-death experience of being there, prey to the whims of a dictator and still fired up with the will to resist. (And as the perfect companion piece to Nolan's epic, Joe Wright's Darkest Hour – featuring Gary Oldman as British PM Winston Churchill – takes us inside the corridors of power where the political repercussions of the slaughter on Dunkirk's beaches bristles with topical implications about a world on the brink of catastrophe. Sound familiar?)


FASCINATING FACTS: 25 FACTS ABOUT MOVIE THEATERS

FASCINATING FACTS: 25 FACTS ABOUT MOVIE THEATERS

 

 

 

 


15 Times Celebs Were Fired On Set

15 Times Celebs Were Fired On Set

Hollywood is a very unpredictable place, with scandals happening daily, breaking celebrity news, and other drama, celebrities love to keep us on our toes. Luckily for us non-famous people, we tend to eat all of the drama and news up. When we think about celebrities, we tend to put them on a bit of a pedestal, thinking that they have no imperfections, and that they can do nothing wrong in our eyes. What we don’t realize is that at the end of the day, these roles they have in movies and on TV shows are just jobs to them. Celebrities aren’t immune to doing wrong while working, and as a result they can be fired, just like us… even if it doesn’t really happen as often.

Usually, when a celebrity is fired from a project, it’s within good reason, and there’s always some drama surrounding it. However, there are times where that’s not the case, and production decides what looks right and what doesn’t, ultimately making the decision to can a celebrity from a project. When it first happens, it’s usually all everyone can talk about, since it’s such big news. A celebrity isn’t immune from something that we have to go through in our own normal lives. Luckily for them, there’s always new drama, something new to talk about, and things are often forgotten and swept under the rug. These are the 15 times celebrities were fired on set that everyone forgot about.

15. Ryan Gosling – The Lovely Bones

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When we think of Ryan Gosling, we tend to think of how perfect he is — with his good looks and amazing acting ability, it’s hard to imagine him being fired from something. If anything, we see him as a popular actor, with producers fighting over him to be in their movies. Gosling was set to star in The Lovely Bones as Jack Salmon, father of Susie Salmon, in which the book and movie center around her murder. There was a miscommunication between Gosling and producers, as Gosling believed that Jack should’ve been a little heavy-set. He went on to gain an immense amount of weight, eating junk food and drinking melted ice cream to put on the weight. When production began and producers saw his weight gain, they were angry with Gosling. As a result, they felt he no longer fit the role and fired him. He was then replaced with Mark Wahlberg.

14. Megan Fox – Transformers

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Megan Fox is not only known for her insane good looks and amazing body, but for her role in the Transformers franchise. She starred in the first two installments as Mikaela Barnes, and was set to be in the third movie, Dark of the Moon. However, Fox made some comments about director Michael Bay, saying he was a nightmare to work with and that he was like Hitler, and very controlling, wanting things done his way and his way only. Well, those comments cost Fox the role, as she was fired not long after making them. She was then replaced with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and the rest was history. Bay claimed it was more than just her comments, and that she just wasn’t interested on set, making her hard to work with. Regardless of whether or not what Megan said was true or not, Transformers was not the same without her.

13. Isaiah Washington – Grey’s Anatomy

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Best known for his role as Preston Burke on the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Isaiah Washington made some remarks that got him into a lot of trouble, and as a result, fired. When he was on the show, Washington made some comments toward his co-star T.R. Knight. During an argument, Washington called Knight a homophobic slur, and as if he didn’t learn his lesson the first time, he used the term again at the Golden Globes. As a result, he was booted from the show in 2007. His career took a huge hit and spiraled downward, all because of his derogatory comments. However, Washington did come back to the show, only it was seven years after he was fired. That should teach him to watch what he says!

12. Lisa Bonet – The Cosby Show

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Lisa Bonet is most known for playing Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show. She was one of the most popular characters on the show. As a result, she left The Cosby Show in 1987 to star in a spin-off that focused on Denise’s life while away at college, called A Different World. She also landed a role in the movie Angel Heart where she shared a rated R scene with Mickey Rourke. She also took part in a topless photoshoot for Interview magazine. To top it all off, she announced that she was pregnant, too. She eventually left her spin-off to return to The Cosby Show where she was fired for what had gone on during her absence, citing “creative differences.”

11. Erinn Hayes – Kevin Can Wait

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Erinn Hayes starred alongside Kevin James as his wife Donna, in the hilarious TV show, Kevin Can Wait. Things went south for Hayes when James’ former TV wife, Leah Remini, on The King of Queens, made a guest appearance on the season finale of the first season. Fans loved her so much that producers decided to do something about it. When the second season started up again, Hayes was fired and her character was killed off to make room for Remini’s new permanent role on the show. Fans were upset to see Hayes go, as she had a huge role. Not only was she married to James, but a mother of three. In this case, it just goes to show that no matter what, people will always go back to what they know, and that’s James and Remini together on the small screen.

10. Gary Dourdan – CSI

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Known for playing the ever so handsome and dreamy Warrick Brown on one of our favorite crime shows, CSI, Gary Dourdansoon found himself without a job. Knowing how popular he was, Dourdan got a bit cocky when it came to negotiating his contract. Apparently he was asking for way too much, and producers wouldn’t bend to his wishes. As a result, they decided to fire him from the show. At the end of season eight, Dourdan’s character was shot and left for dead, ultimately killing him off of the show completely. After being let go from the show, Dourdan struggled financially, and actually had to file for bankruptcy. There’s a lesson to be learned here, and it’s as simple as this: don’t be greedy.

9. Robert Downey Jr. – Ally McBeal

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Robert Downey Jr. wasn’t always the Iron Man that we’ve come to know and love today. For a period of time he was on Ally McBeal, playing her love interest. Downey was struggling immensely with drugs and alcohol. In 2001 he was fired from the show just hours after being arrested for being under the influence of drugs while in public. Apparently this had been the last straw for producers, as he had also been arrested a few months prior on drug charges. Downey was a great addition to the show — winning awards and bringing up views. Naturally, it was sad to see him leave under such poor circumstances.

8. Paula Deen – Paula’s Home Cooking

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Food Network star Paula Deen was one of America’s favorites with her authentic southern cooking and her family oriented show. Deen was one of Food Network’s finest, her show being viewed by millions. However, that all came to a screeching halt when it was discovered that she had used many racial slurs in the past. The information had come to light when she had admitted in a deposition to using the slurs. The Food Network acted quickly, announcing that when Deen’s contract ended at the end of that month, they would not be renewing it. As a result, the ever so popular Paula’s Home Cooking came to an end. She issued many public apologies, but her show was never brought back.

7. Eric Stoltz – Back To The Future

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Marty McFly wasn’t always played by Michael J. Fox. In fact, the character from Back To The Future was originally played by Eric Stoltz. When they first began filming the iconic movie, the producers originally wanted Fox for the role, however due to other obligations, he wasn’t able to take on the role, hence Stoltz taking the part on. They filmed for a few weeks with Stoltz, but they weren’t happy with the product. Producers talked it over and decided that they were going to let Stoltz go, regardless of the fact that the had filmed a number of scenes over a few weeks. They were willing to throw it all away for Fox, and they did just that. They eventually let Stoltz go and brought on Fox, and the movie was re-filmed with Fox as the Marty McFly we know and love today.

 

6. Taylor Momsen – Gossip Girl

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Taylor Momsen is known for playing the role of little Jenny Humphrey on the hit TV show, based on the book series, Gossip Girl. We watched Momsen grow up on the show, and go through her awkward stages and turn into her own person. That person, however, was much different than the innocent teenager we were first introduced to. Momsen started a band, The Pretty Reckless, and got heavily involved in music, smoking, and the world of rock ‘n’ roll. According to producers and others on set, she developed an attitude problem, and diva behavior. She wasn’t interested in learning her lines, and was always on her phone. She had become really hard to work with. As a result, producers decided that she needed to go, and fired her as a main cast member, only needing her when absolutely necessary. We guess she really isn’t like her innocent character after all.

5. Shannen Doherty – 90210/Charmed

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Shannen Doherty starred in some of our favorite 90s shows. Known for her role as Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210, she apparently had many issues behind the scenes on the set. Many people claimed that she was an absolute nightmare to work with, and had a constant attitude. As a result, she was fired during the fourth season of the show due to her bad behavior behind the scenes. Following her departure from Beverly Hills, 90210, she joined the cast of another popular show, Charmed. Her bad attitude and nightmare behavior didn’t disappear after her firing the first time. It actually carried over, and as a result she bumped heads with her co-star Alyssa Milano. She was also fired from Charmed, and her character was killed off during season three.

4. Lindsay Lohan – The Other Side

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Lindsay Lohan has been through a lot; struggling with her arrests and DUIs and her many other problems, she had many ups and downs in her career. Naturally, when she was cast to be in the film, The Other Side in 2010, she had to be excited to book her first gig for the first time in a few years. Unfortunately for her, that didn’t last very long, and she was eventually fired from the movie. Unlike our other stars fired from the set, Lohan didn’t have some temper tantrum, or diva attitude. Instead, she was fired because producers didn’t think that she was very “bankable.” Lohan was dropped from the movie, and replaced, only to continue to struggle to revive her career yet again.

3. Conan O’Brien – The Tonight Show

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Conan O’Brien found himself in a lot of drama in 2010, when there was a disagreement as to who would host The Tonight Show. Jay Leno had been the host since 1992, and NBC promised O’Brien, the host of Late Night since 1993, that he would take over as host of The Tonight Show in 2009, if he renewed his contract that was coming to an end. Once 2009 rolled around, Leno left as host of The Tonight Show and O’Brien took over. NBC didn’t want to lose Leno, and gave him another show that would air before The Tonight Show during prime time. Ratings weren’t great for both shows, and NBC proposed to move Leno back up to The Tonight Show’s original time slot of 11:35 pm, and move O’Brien back a half hour. O’Brien wasn’t happy about the change, and refused to move time slots. As a result, NBC decided to let O’Brien go with a $45 million settlement, and made Leno the host of The Tonight Show yet again. O’Brien then moved to TBS to host Conan. Talk about drama!

2. Leah Remini – The Talk

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Leah Remini has a huge personality, so it was only natural that she would be perfect as a talk show host. Apparently the producers of the hit afternoon talk show, The Talk thought so too. Remini was one of the first original co-hosts during the first season of the show. Unfortunately, things didn’t last very long for her, and producers fired her from the show after the first season. After leaving the show, Remini’s former co-host, Sharon Osbourne shared her opinion on the departure, telling The Howard Stern Show “Some people don’t really know who they are, and you have to know who you are when you’re in something like this. You can’t pretend to be something you’re not. You have to know your brand. You can’t be all things to everyone.” A feud broke out between the two, with Remini claiming that Osbourne had a hand in her firing.

1. Charlie Sheen – Two and a Half Men

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We all know of Charlie Sheen’s infamous meltdowns, with him going on about “tiger blood” and “winning.” Apparently his behavior and excessive drug use was the last straw for the producers of the hit show, Two and a Half Men. Because of his drug use, amongst other things, Sheen was uncooperative on set, and unable to do his job. Not to mention, he had made a number of nasty comments toward the show’s producer, Chuck Lorre. At first, they were willing to work with Sheen, suspending production so he could get some help and attend rehab. They were frustrated with his behavior, and as a result fired him from the show. It was shocking to fans that the star of the show was fired, but it was to be expected. Ashton Kutcher went on to replace Sheen, changing the dynamic of the show completely. We guess he wasn’t “winning” after all.

 


24 Amazon Movie Reviews That Hit The Nail On The Head

24 Amazon Movie Reviews That Hit The Nail On The Head

Step aside Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon is our new go to place for movie reviews

 

 

 


12 Insanely Clever Movie Details That Definitely Slipped Past You

 

12 Insanely Clever Movie Details That Definitely Slipped Past You

 

1.  When Jasmine is confronted by the apple vendor for stealing in Aladdin, kids at the time probably didn't notice all the notches in the wood that tells a grim story about all the previous thieves who were caught shoplifting...


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2. The famous statue of Mercury atop Grand Central station is destroyed in The Avengers, but by Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's been replaced by a sculpture honoring first responders


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3. In Tim Burton's Beetlejuice,  Jeffrey Jones' goofy sweater becomes a pretty badass pair of impromptu pants for Catherine O'Hara one scene later...


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4. You can tell when The Coen Bros' Fargo has only a half-hour left in its runtime when Steve Buscemi delivers this warning to William H Macy over the phone...


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5. The T-800 flips his bandolier behind his back before walking towards the SWAT team, in subtle attempt to make sure the LIVE GRENADE ROUNDS he was holding don't get shot and explode in Terminator 2: Judgement Day


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6. In Jurassic Park, it's very VERY likely that Dennis Nedry's outfits were chosen in reference to producer Kathleen Kennedy's previous film The Goonies


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7. In the live-action Beauty and the Beast Sir Ian McKellan's moustache is uneven like the minute and hour hands of a clock, a funny reference to the years Cogsworth spent under the enchantment.

 

8. This probably slipped past you in the low-rez VHS era, but you can see how the news readers in Batman (1989) stop using makeup after the Joker sabotages the beauty products in Gotham City


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9. In Spider-Man: Homecoming Bruce Banner's face is alongside the other "famous scientists" on the wall of Peter Parker's physics class.


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10. Seems like there's a new detail from Fight Club every single time we share these, and wouldn't you know it...


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11. Squint carefully in Captain America: Civil War and you can see where Steve ripped off the little "A" patch that denoted his team allegiance...

 

12. In 2017's It, among the photos that Ben is searching through at the library, you can see a heavily-obscured Pennywise lurking in the background.

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ENTERTAINMENT QUIZ / 3 THINGS: '80S EDITION

ENTERTAINMENT QUIZ / 3 THINGS: '80S EDITION

Can you pick the 3 things for each category?



This Photographer Uses Action Figures To Show The Hilarious Secret Life Of Superheroes

This Photographer Uses Action Figures To Show The Hilarious Secret Life Of Superheroes

Photographer Edy Hardjo has come up with a super cool way of creating superhero images. He takes figures and creates realistic-looking scenes with them, oftentimes in humorous scenarios. If you've ever wondered what superheroes do during their off hours, this is the photo collection for you! There are a ton of more amazing pics on his Facebook or Instagram, including some amazing behind-the-scenes looks at how he sets up the photos, but for now, check out some of our faves!

 


15 Young Celebs Who Shacked Up With Oldies

15 Young Celebs Who Shacked Up With Oldies

 

Is age just a number? For these celebrities, they are certainly making a good argument for it. There are huge debates about whether or not your soul mate could be someone that’s significantly younger than you are. Many people believe that it’s never okay to date someone with a big age gap, but there are also others that believe that age is just a number and that you should follow your feelings as long as beyond the age of consent of course. It used to be that it was more common for young women to date older men, but that’s not the case anymore. It’s just as likely for a woman these days to date a young man, too.

Hollywood is certainly the place where you will find huge age gaps between couples. It’s been a growing trend for years. Women who date younger men are seen unfairly as cougars while men who date younger girls are considered to be “cool.”

We have found a list of celebrities who don’t mind dating older people. There are some differences; some are dating because of love while others are obviously there for the financial gain. Let’s be real here; we highly doubt there is ever a real case for saying a 22-year-old model falls in love with a 70-year-old man. We’re not here to judge. Check out these young celebrities who like to date oldies.

15. Aaron And Sam Taylor-Johnson

This isn’t a couple that is dating. They are married and many people have asked what a handsome young guy sees in a woman who is older and plain looking. Sam Taylor Wood directed the movie Nowhere Boy, a movie that Aaron Johnson starred in. That was how they met, and what was most shocking was that Aaron was only 18 at the time while Sam Taylor was 42. Many would say that this is an impossible relationship, but the couple claim to be very much in love. Aaron has said that Sam saved him from a life as a self-destructive teenager and turned him into a good man. They were married and they both legally changed their names to Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sam Taylor-Johnson. The two have two daughters together. Maybe true love has no number.

14. Kourtney Kardashian And Younes Bendjima

There is a 14-year age gap between Kourtney Kardashian and her new hot model boyfriend, Younes Bendjima. They don’t seem to be complaining about it, though. There is no doubt about it; he is tall, dark, and handsome. Bendjima has been working in the modelling industry for huge labels such as Burberry, Hermes, and Ralph Lauren. Some may say that the couple is together because he wanted some exposure in his career. Who’s to say, but they certainly look happy together. The couple met in 2016 during Paris Fashion Week. Many weren’t sure if they were actually a couple, but recently there has been plenty of public displays of affection. They were also seen at the Cannes Film Festival where they were very affectionate with each other. Only time will tell if these two will make it despite the large age gap between them.

13. Anna Nicole Smith And J. Howard Marshall

This love story was one for the books. We don’t doubt that the girl cared for the old man because she was that type of person, but there is a strong argument that she was getting some serious perks and liked living a lavish lifestyle by being with J. Howard Marshall. Young pretty blondes don’t typically shack up with men his age unless they are getting something out of it. Unfortunately for Smith, she didn’t get what she was promised in the end. Marshall promised Smith that she would get half of his billions if she married him, which she did, but he never put it in his will, so she didn’t get it after he died. They were only married for 13 months at the time of his death, so it certainly wasn’t a lot of time that she put in, but she went to court to fight for the billions. She probably should have made sure she was in his will before she married him.

12. Matt Bomer And Simon Halls

There is a 14-year age difference between Matt Bomer and Simon Halls, but they haven’t let that stop them from getting married. They tied the knot in 2011, but they kept it private because at the time, Bomer wasn’t open about being gay. He publicly came out in 2012 and that was when they announced that they were also married. Bomer has always been a hottie in Hollywood and his husband is easy on the eyes as well. Simon Halls is a publicist in Hollywood when the two met and fell in love. This couple is definitely not the type to air their dirty laundry in public; their relationship is very private. The couple has three sons together and they seem very much in love. It seems like age really is just a number.

11. Blake Lively And Ryan Reynolds

These two lovebirds are so adventurous and fun-loving that it’s hard to believe that there is an 11-year difference between them. But we do see Ryan Reynolds becoming a silver fox. These two have been showing us #relationshipgoals for a while now, so we don’t think age really matters to them. They got married in 2012, which did come as a surprise to everyone, but they have certainly done everything in their power since then to prove that they are the perfect couple. Considering they have been married for almost six years and are still happy and pulling pranks on each other. They are both gorgeous people who have the same sense of humor and are both killing it in Hollywood these days.

10. Mary-Kate Olsen And Olivier Sarkozy

This is one couple that has us shaking our heads. Many people feel that the Olsen twins have regularly been dating father figures. We would say that she might be looking for security, but she’s got a fortune all on her own. He’s a banker and she doesn’t care about their age one bit despite the 17-year difference. “I think we’re lucky. [Working hard] comes quite naturally for us. We don’t need so much time to sit and think and ponder,” Mary-Kate told The Edit. “But then I have a husband, two stepkids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner. I ride horses on the weekends. You find the thing that helps you relax, and if you don’t have it, you have to look for it. Or you get burned out, and then you’re not productive.”

9. Bradley Cooper And Suki Waterhouse

There was a 17-year age difference between these two before they broke up. They spent two years together, though, so it wasn’t just some casual fling. He’s gorgeous, famous, and rich, so we know why she was with him. But she sure looked very young; we’re not sure why he was with her. Soon after their breakup, he settled down with Irina Shayk, so maybe he realized he should be starting a family instead of fooling around with 21-year-old girls. Allegedly, he broke up with her because she never supported his career or visited him while he was on set. Well, she’s just a kid, she probably didn’t want to hang out on a set all day long. At the end of the day, it appeared as if the two were in very different places and let’s be honest, what would the two of them have to talk about? They lived in totally different worlds.

8. Amber Heard And Johnny Depp

This one we had a hard time understanding because it just didn’t seem to fit from the beginning. The two met on set and they seemed to hit it off right away. Amber Heard is young and truly breathtaking to look at. Although Johnny Depp is certainly good looking with a mysterious flair to him, he hasn’t aged as well as say George Clooney has. Depp isn’t the only older man she has dated; she was also linked to Elon Musk at one point. So, she clearly likes older men. Though Depp was more than twenty years older than her, they seemed to get along. That is until the alleged physical abuse and the divorce. It was an odd pairing to begin with, and it had a terrible ending, so this is a relationship that proved that age is a big deal.

7. Hugh Jackman And Deborra-Lee Furness

These two have been in love for 21 years, so they don’t care about the thirteen-year age difference between them. Deborra-Lee Furness is an Australian actor who was lucky enough to marry one of the sexiest men alive. Hugh Jackman has no problem gushing about how much he loves his wife, telling the world that she is “the greatest woman alive.” Furness, however, isn’t a fan when people say that she’s lucky to be with Jackman. She states that her husband wasn’t a prize that she won in the lottery and it’s demeaning that people think that luck had anything to do with it. Furness believes they are together not only because they love each other, but because they work hard at their relationship too. “If you want something, you put it out there with good intention and you release it.”

6. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley And Jason Statham

Don’t these two just look adorable together? Most of their pictures together are adorable; they seem to have a lot of fun together. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham have a 20-year age difference between them. She’s a stunning model and he’s a famous movie star, and a handsome one at that. It’s not really surprising that these two hooked up. They are considered to be one of the hottest British couples. They’re now married and share a child together. It doesn’t look like these two are breaking up anytime soon. Age doesn’t seem to matter to them one bit. Do what makes you happy, we say.

5. Sarah Paulson And Holland Taylor

At what point would you say a couple has too much of an age gap. Can a 20-year-old date an 80-year-old and call it love? It’s hard to believe that there are people falling in love that have huge gaps between them. That’s certainly the case for Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor who have 32 years between them. We would imagine they wouldn’t even be in the same stage in their lives or wouldn’t have much to talk about. Paulson announced in 2015 that she was dating someone and that their relationship was the “most wonderful and extraordinary thing.” She was talking about the iconic actress Holland Taylor. The two had met ten years earlier, but Paulson was in a relationship at that point. So, why would Paulson want to date someone old enough to be her mother? She stated in an interview with The New York Times, “What I can say absolutely is that I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor.”

4. Lisa Bonet And Jason Momoa

One thing is for sure, Lisa Bonet is one hell of a lucky girl because Jason Momoa is seriously the most gorgeous man on the planet. Not that she’s not good looking, she has an exotic and ageless beauty that is striking as well. Bonet is 11 years older than Momoa and he actually had a crush on her when she was on The Cosby Show. He was crushing hard on her for many years before they even met. When he did finally meet her, he acted like a totally obsessed fangirl, but she must have seen something in him that she liked. They married in 2007 and had two children together. He is also the stepfather to her daughter Zoe Isabelle Kravitz, who is also the daughter of Lenny Kravitz. The two have an amazing love story and they seem to have a strong and loving bond.

3. Ryan Gosling And Sandra Bullock

This was another surprising couple, though Ryan Gosling has always been a lady’s man. At the time, Bullock was sixteen years older than the hottie. Although they were cute together, it always seemed like an odd pairing. They met on the set of Murder by Numbers and apparently fell in love, though no one got the match. Many people didn’t see it working, but they were together for a while. This, of course, was before Gosling had the fame that he does now. In 2011, he considered Bullock to be one of the best girlfriends he’s ever had, so we wonder why it didn’t work out. “I had two of the greatest girlfriends of all time. I haven’t met anybody who could top them.” We’re sure that he feels differently now that he is married to Eva Mendes.

2. Beyoncé Knowles And Jay Z

Another celebrity union where there is a huge age gap and we just don’t understand the relationship. We get it, Jay-Z is a super famous guy who has a ton of money, but aside from that, we could never understand this match. He’s not anywhere near Beyoncé in the looks category and he’s 12 years older than her. She seems way out of his league. When you throw in the fact that he cheated on her, you really have to question the union between the two. Why would you cheat on such a gorgeous and talented woman just to be with another girl who is probably only after your money anyway? It just makes no sense. The two were married in 2008 and have been working hard at keeping their marriage together ever since. They have a daughter together and recently added twins to the mix.

1. Michael Douglas And Catherine Zeta-Jones

This was yet another relationship that surprised everyone. These two have 25 years between them and at first, many people doubted their union, but they are still together after all these years. The two have been married now for a whopping 17 years, so something must be working well between them. They have been honest about the fact that they have had some trouble over the years and the couple even took a break back in 2013. But they seem to be determined to make their love survive. No relationship is perfect and it takes a lot of work to keep a strong foundation together. There has to be a reason that the two have been together so long and that’s probably because they genuinely love one another. Zeta-Jones has said, “It’s a long road and I think people today are so quick to throw in the towel on marriage. You have to give it your best shot and not give up when the first problem arises because that won’t be the last problem.”

 


11 Movie Trailers That Spoiled The Whole Thing

11 Movie Trailers That Spoiled The Whole Thing

Movie trailers can often be a load of fun; selling you on a new flick in three minutes or less with as much action and intrigue packed in as possible. But in that quest to continue putting butts in seats, editors can sometimes go a little crazy with the footage they include in the trailers. How much of a movie should audiences really be seeing before the movie comes out? That depends on the movie, but sometimes the line between trailer and 3-minute supercut is crossed and there's just no going back.

Sometimes twists that should stay secret are included. Sometimes the entire structure of a film's story is teased. Sometimes cameos appear early. These eleven movies felt the need to broadcast whatever twist or surprise they had coming in trailers that dropped months in advance. Their quality varies, but that doesn't mean they're above telling on themselves.

**MINOR SPOILER WARNING. CONTINUE READING AT YOUR OWN RISK**

1. Star Trek Into Darkness (Khan)

You can blame J.J. Abrams' success at reviving Star Trek for the big screen for the flubbing of one of the series' most iconic characters. Abrams' patented Mystery Box promotion tried to play fast and loose with Star Trek Into Darkness' plot, but it was painfully obvious that Benedict Cumberbatch's "John Harrison" was a smoke screen hiding the fact that he was really Khan Noodien Singh. The team insisted it was anything but that, but there Khan was; whitewashed and unhidden.

2. Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice (Zod/Doomsday)

Of all the things that contributed to the dumpster fire that was Dawn of Justice, spoilers are a small but integral part. A late trailer not only lays out the plot structure of the entire movie, but reveals Doomsday as the main villain that Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman face off against after fighting each other. Using a trailer to sell the entirety of a movie coming from a nearly universally despised project isn't the best marketing strategy. Just about the only thing the BVS trailers didn't spoil was Lex's jar of piss.

3. Temrinator 2 (T-800 is a good guy)

The hook of the first Terminator movie was the fact that the T-800 was an unstoppable killing machine. Flipping the script by making the T-800 the good guy fighting an even more challenging bad guy is a great idea, but maybe not the best thing to give away in the trailers. Surprise might've made this very good moment an even better one.

4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Gwen dies)

This one is technically more of a foreshadowing than an outright spoiler, but every Spider-Man fan who knew what to look for went out and spoiled Gwen's death in Amazing Spider-Man 2 all the same. Gwen's death was heavily foreshadowed in multiple trailers before the film came out, and what could've been a surprising Act III gut punch winds up landing with a thud (no pun intended).

5. Oblivion (Jack is a clone)

 

There are few recent sci-fi movies as confusing as the post-apocalyptic Oblivion, but at least the trailers tried to make it easy for you. The movie follows Jack (Tom Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), two humans working with a robot space station to try and save what's left of planet Earth...until it's revealed that the station actually destroyed the planet and created clones of Jack and Victoria based on the first humans it came in contact with. The trailer even lets go that there's other human survivors who are trying to fight the machines off. Unless you're really into flying circle robot action scenes, there's not much left to see once the trailer's done.

6. Goldeneye (Sean Bean's death)

Sean Bean dying in a movie? Not a surprise. Sean Bean's character dying in the James Bond flick Goldeneye? Would've been a slightly bigger deal had we not already seen him die in the trailer.

7. Cabin In the Woods (BTS tinkering)

Cabin In The Woods is an excellent example of modern horror deconstruction at its finest: sharp observations on horror tropes that actually remembers to bring along some scares with the satire. If we didn't go in expecting the behind the scenes tinkering hinted at in the trailers, it might've been an even more effective reveal. Then again, the movie would've looked like any other horror movie otherwise, so you hopefully see the bind I'm in.

8. How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Hiccup's mother is alive)

Hiccup from How To Train Your Dragon taught his viking lord father how to tame dragons in the first movie, so naturally Hiccup had to learn that understanding doesn't always win the day in the sequel. However, the emotional core of How To Train Your Dragon 2 comes from Hiccup learning that the mother he thought was dead is not only still alive, but a dragon trainer just like him; a fact that the trailers spoiled like it was a fart joke. Luckily the rest of the movie was engaging enough that this wasn't a huge problem, especially considering that this isn't even the only twist on offer.

9. Shutter Island (Leo is crazy)

Coming to grips with your sanity while trying to solve a case at a mental hospital might make for hair-rasing thrills, but spelling out too much of Teddy Daniels aka Andrew Laeddis' (Leonardo DiCaprio) psychosis gives the movie away. Laeddis is actually a patient at the Ashecliffe Hospital for the ciminally insane and the doctors are letting him act out the role of detective in an effort to cure him. Once again, good twist that's telegraphed way too far in advance if you put pieces of the trailer together.

10. Spider-Man 3 (Sandman killed Uncle Ben)

Spider-Man 3 isn't great. It's also pretty good, considering the Amazing company it keeps. Outside of the character overload and bloated story, the film's trailers also reveal that Peter Parker's Uncle Ben was actually killed by new villain Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) instead of the mugger from the first movie. They tried to pull at heartstrings and failed, but it might've fared better had it actually been a surprise instead of a marketing gimmick. e

11. Terminator: Salvation (Sam Worthington is a cyborg)

Skynet has tried to eliminate Jon Connor many times, but in Terminator: Salvation, they decided to go a different route: send a cyborg to infiltrate war-time Connor's ranks and take him out in the present...future...wherever. What should've been a moment of emotional heft is instead left for you to pour over while you're finishing the first quarter of your bag of popcorn.


MOVIES QUIZ / 1970S MOVIE DEFINITIONS

MOVIES QUIZ / 1970S MOVIE DEFINITIONS

Can you pick the one word movies from the 1970s by the definitions of their titles?

 


15 Perfect Internet Reactions To Disney Buying Fox

15 Perfect Internet Reactions To Disney Buying Fox -

 

You might have heard by now that Disney is finalizing its purchase of 21st Century Fox -- specifically its entertainment rights to franchises like X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Alien, Predator and The Simpsons. On a base level it is chilling to see Disney consume yet another mega-property as we inevitably hurtle towards a dystopian future with one mega-corporation controlling a bland monoculture of every property known to man. But also the Avengers get to fight the X-Men now, so the internet has some memes.

1. Many have made the observation that Disney buying up all these entertainment properties is a lot like Thanos collecting Infinity Stones

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2. Fans have already started mocking up posters mixing up the Avengers and X-Men universes

via Kevin_from_work

3. As usual, The Simpsons did this first

https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/941280830655225856

 

4. Fox stars like Ryan Reynolds are having some fun with the news

https://twitter.com/VancityReynolds/status/938473088387354624

 

5. It's really odd to think about a family-friendly company like Disney owning R-rated franchises like Alien

 

https://twitter.com/redsteeze/status/941319215339929600

 

6. I don't think I can argue with this logic

via katnotcat

7. This is a joke, but now part of me would be disappointed if The Simpsons WEREN'T in Kingdom Hearts

 

https://twitter.com/britishgaming/status/941322247431774208

 

8. Something about Disney sucking up every corporation lends itself really well to supervillain memes

https://twitter.com/Bosslogic/status/941295787144749057

9. Here's hoping Disney starts up an R-rated Marvel line (Marvel MAX?) for stuff like Deadpool

https://twitter.com/VancityReynolds/status/941323404417802241

10. Disney doesn't quite have the rights to EVERY Marvel character -- there are still a few exceptions

https://twitter.com/mauricem1972/status/941306431118200832

11. Simpsons jokes about Disney look a little bit different these days

https://twitter.com/hEnereyG/status/941354094844788736

12. It's easy to forget just how much Disney bought -- for instance, now they own the rights to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

13. I think we should probably start looking at old Simpsons episodes a little more closely

https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/941283282821500928

14. The unstoppable mega-corporation reality seems a little more realistic now than when Disney bought Marvel all those years ago

https://twitter.com/bombsfall/status/941351766326685696

15. As unsettling as this impending entertainment monopoly might be, it's tough to suppress the excitement for movie possibilities

 

https://twitter.com/patrickklepek/status/941325353666129920

 


FASCINATING FACTS: 18 'DIE HARD' FACTS

FASCINATING FACTS: 18 'DIE HARD' FACTS

 


Here Are the Best Movies From Every Year Since 2000, According To Critics

Here Are the Best Movies From Every Year Since 2000, According To Critics

2000: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"

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Critic score: 93/100

User score: 8.1/10

Summary: "In 19th century China, a magical sword given by a warrior to his lover is stolen and the quest to find it ensues. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story travels in a different direction with the introduction of a mysterious assassin and another love story."

What critics said: "Ang Lee, a world-class director working at the top of his elegant form, has done something thrilling." — Rolling Stone

 

2001: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

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Critic score: 92/100

User score: 9.1/10

Summary: "An epic adventure of good against evil, a story of the power of friendship and individual courage, and the heroic quest to pave the way for the emergence of mankind, J.R.R. Tolkien's master work brought to cinematic life."

What critics said: "So consistently involving because the excellent cast delivers their lines with the kind of utter conviction not seen in this kind of movie since the first 'Star Wars.'" — New York Post

 

2002: "Spirited Away"

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Critic score: 96/100

User score: 9/10

Summary: "A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world."

What critics said: "The most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages." — New York magazine

 

2003: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

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Critic score: 94/100

User score: 9.1/10

Summary: "Sauron's forces have laid siege to Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor, in their efforts to eliminate the race of men. The once-great kingdom, watched over by a fading steward, has never been in more desperate need of its king."

What critics said: "Like all great fantasies and epics, this one leaves you with the sense that its wonders are real, its dreams are palpable." — Chicago Tribune

 

2004: "Sideways"

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Critic score: 94/100

User score: 7/10

Summary: "Two old friends set off on a wine-tasting road trip ... only to veer dizzily sideways into a wry, comedic exploration of the crazy vicissitudes of love and friendship, the damnable persistence of loneliness and dreams and the enduring war between Pinot and Cabernet."

What critics said: "Hysterically funny yet melancholy comedy." — The Hollywood Reporter

 

2005: "The Best of Youth"

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Critic score: 89/100

User score: 8.8/10

Summary: "Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, this passionate epic follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history."

What critics said: "Full of nuance and complexity, but it is also as accessible and engrossing as a grand 19th-century novel." — The New York Times

 

2006: "Pan's Labyrinth"

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Critic score: 98/100

User score: 8.7/10

Summary: "Young Ofelia enters a world of unimaginable cruelty when she moves in with her new stepfather, a tyrannical military officer. Armed with only her imagination, Ofelia discovers a mysterious labyrinth and meets a faun who sets her on a path to saving herself and her ailing mother."

What critics said: "Literally and figuratively marvelous, a rich, daring mix of fantasy and politics." — Village Voice

 

2007: "Ratatouille"

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Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8.6/10

Summary: "Despite his sensational sniffer and sophisticated palate, Remy's dreams of becoming a chef seem hopeless due to one small detail — he's a rat!"

What critics said: "The master chefs at Pixar have blended all the right ingredients — abundant verbal and visual wit, genius slapstick timing, a soupcon of Gallic sophistication — to produce a warm and irresistible concoction that's sure to appeal to everyone's inner Julia Child." — Variety

 

2008: "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days"

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Critic score: 97/100

User score: 8/10

Summary: "During the final days of communism in Romania, two college roommates Otilia and Gabita are busy preparing for a night away. But rather than planning for a holiday, they are making arrangements for Gabita's illegal abortion and unwittingly, both find themselves burrowing deep down a rabbit hole of unexpected revelations."

What critics said: "Riveting, horrifying chronicle of an illegal abortion performed in 1987 when Ceausescu's dictatorial hand still gripped Romania's throat ... No lover of greatness in filmmaking will want to look away." — Entertainment Weekly

 

2009: "The Hurt Locker"

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Critic score: 94/100

User score: 7.3/10

Summary: "When a new sergeant, James (Jeremy Renner), takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Eldridge (Brian Geraghty), by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat."

What critics said: "A near-perfect movie about men in war, men at work. Through sturdy imagery and violent action, it says that even Hell needs heroes." — Time

 

2010: "The Social Network"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 8.3/10

Summary: "On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea."

What critics said: "'The Social Network' has understandably been compared to 'Citizen Kane' in its depiction of a man who changes society through bending an emergent technology to his will." — The Washington Post

 

2011: "A Separation"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 8.9/10

Summary: "Set in contemporary Iran, 'A Separation' is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father."

What critics said: "Beyond the impeccable performances and direction, it's foremost an exceptional piece of screenwriting, so finely wrought that the drama seems guided by an invisible hand." — The AV Club

 

2012: "Zero Dark Thirty"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 6.8/10

Summary: "For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden."

What critics said: "Telling a nearly three-hour story with an ending everyone knows, Bigelow and Boal have managed to craft one of the most intense and intellectually challenging films of the year." — The Guardian

 

2013: "12 Years a Slave"

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Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8/10

Summary: "In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery."

What critics said: "The genius of '12 Years a Slave' is its insistence on banal evil, and on terror, that seeped into souls, bound bodies and reaped an enduring, terrible price." — The New York Times

 

2014: "Boyhood"

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Critic score: 100/100

User score: 7.7/10

Summary: "Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes."

What critics said: "It's an astonishing achievement. Linklater and his cast, who helped refine the director's script, perfectly execute how long it takes us to become the lead characters in our own lives, and how fumblingly the role is first assumed." — The Telegraph

 

2015: "Carol"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 8/10

Summary: "Set in 1950s New York, two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in the throes of love."

What critics said: "Haynes' commitment to outcasts, then and now, makes Carol a romantic spellbinder that cuts deep. It's one of the year's very best films." — Rolling Stone

 

2016: "Moonlight"

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Critic score: 99/100

User score: 7.2/10

Summary: "The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality."

What critics said: "Jenkins burrows deep into his characters' pain-seared memories, creating ferociously restrained performances and confrontational yet tender images that seem wrenched from his very core." — The New Yorker

 

2017: "Call Me by Your Name"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 9.1/10

Summary: "In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape."

What critics said: "Chalamet gives the performance of the year. By any name, this is a masterpiece." — New York Magazine

 


Top 10 Horrible Facts About Iconic Holiday Movies

 

Top 10 Horrible Facts About Iconic Holiday Movies

Holiday movies often serve as an emotional reminder of our past. Settling down with the familiarity of a favorite film can be as comforting and warming as a Christmas Turkey, or a glass of eggnog; indeed some holidays may even feel incomplete without them.

The following ten iconic films are nostalgic for millions of people around the world. But despite their cheerful and festively warm storylines, what occurred behind the scenes of these particular films is not only surprising but at times, quite dark.

 

10.On-Set Tensions

The highest grossing Christmas film of all time, Home Alone, could have turned out drastically different had it not been for the bitter and repulsive attitude of Chevy Chase. Chase, who was signed on for John Hughes’s Christmas Vacation, met with then-director, Chris Columbus. Not only did their meeting go awry, but Columbus quit as director of Christmas Vacationdespite desperately needing the work. “There’s no way I can do this movie,” Columbus told Hughes, “I can’t do it with this guy.” Two weeks after resigning, Hughes sent Columbus the script for Home Alone. Columbus’s artistic direction not only altered the most infamous booby trap scenes but made the semi-dark script more festively warm and endearing for audiences across the world.[1]

Therefore, in a way we have Chevy Chase to thank for the brilliant outcome of Columbus’s final cut. This is perhaps the first time any gratitude has been given to a man who has made enemies across the board. He is notoriously known for having an inflated ego and a penchant for “pissing people off.” In addition, he is a master at insults which nearly caused a physical altercation with Bill Murray when he told the comedian that his face “looked like something Neil Armstrong landed on.” Thankfully, his narcissism and arrogance led to his departure from his last high-profile gig, Community, in 2012.

9.Catholic Legion of Decency

For more than four decades, the American film industry was highly influenced by the Catholic Legion of Decency, particularly in the 1930s and ‘40s. This meant that a substantial degree of Hollywood entertainment was being dictated by Catholic ideology. Thus, anything the church deemed offensive—including premarital sex, abortion, divorce, and homosexuality—was officially “Condemned” and given a “C” rating. Such labels clearly had negative effects on films that dared to test the Legions leniency.[2]

One surprising movie, in particular, is 1947s A Miracle On 34th Street; a film that was ahead of its time by challenging the notion of what a woman’s role is and should be in America. The movie’s storyline surrounding a divorced, working mother, whose cynical and cold worldviews are being taught to her daughter, outraged the Catholic Legion of Decency. Despite the film’s values being questioned, the Legion gave the film a “B” rating for being “morally objectionable.”

 

8.Naughty Santa

Tim Allen’s The Santa Clause caused quite the stir when parents across America began receiving enormous charges on their telephone bills. In the film, Allen’s character jokes about calling the number 1-800-SPANKME. To Disney’s dismay, hundreds of curious kids took to the phones not knowing their call to Santa was being directed to a 900 line.

One outraged father received a bill for more than $500 while another furious Dad in Long Island demanded that the movie be recalled. In his case, he stated that his daughter showed “signs of being disturbed and upset” causing them to have to pay for counseling. The comfort of his financial security only worsened upon receiving bills totaling in the hundreds of dollars; “Disney (which owns ABC) will pay $1.25 million to Allen per Home Improvement episode, but it won’t spend a dime to recall a film with a `porno’ number.” The Santa Clause went on to gross $145 million dollars with Disney firmly casting blame on the parents for the charges their children had racked up.[3]

7.The Grinch

The thriving career of acclaimed cinematographer Don Peterman came to an end in 1997 while on the set of Mighty Joe Young. A crane holding a platform 18 feet off the ground snapped with Peterman standing directly below it. Despite being nearly crushed by the platform, Peterman was dragged away with only a broken leg and minor head injuries. For two years Peterman convalesced prior to returning to work on Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Nonetheless, the wounds that he sustained debilitated him for the rest of his days. Every day on set was a struggle both physically and emotionally. In spite of that, he was able to complete the shoot, one that would be his last. Peterman died a few years later.[4]

Another tragic figure of the Christmas film was Joshua Ryan Evans who stole the show by playing the young Grinch. Due to a rare growth disorder, Evans stood at 3-foot-2. He passed away at 20, merely two years after his success with the film.

6.John Candy the Vampire

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is arguably one of John Hughes’s most endeared films of his career. Interestingly enough, the 1987 classic road trip movie starring Steve Martin and John Candy was Hughes’s first adult-centered film after a string of teenage blockbusters.

The on-screen chemistry between Martin and Candy caught the attention of Hughes causing him to drastically alter the script. In fact, the entire plot was removed and replaced with a more wholesome Thanksgiving theme. The original draft was quite dark with Candy’s character being a bloodsucking vampire hell-bent on being invited into Martin’s family home. This premise plays on the folklore that vampires cannot enter a house without an invitation. One cannot help but think how sinister Hughes’s original script was or how convincing the jovial John Candy would have been. Nonetheless, Plans, Trains and Automobiles went on to become one of the most quietly celebrated holiday films to date.[5]

 

5.The King Lives

Since Elvis Presley’s untimely death in 1977 at age 42, countless conspiracy theorists have claimed that the rock legend still walks among us. Such a farcical theory even made its way into John Hughes’s 1990 film, Home Alone. For years, Elvis skeptics around the world have been perpetuating the false narrative that The King is seen standing behind actress Catherine O’Hara at the airport as she pleads to board a plane.[6]

Due to the endless speculation, director Chris Columbus had to officially confirm that the extra was not Elvis, adding; “They are convinced, these people, that this is Elvis Presley,” he said. “That he’s faked his death, and because he still loves show business, he’s an extra in Home Alone.”

Sadly, what these sightseeing skeptics do not understand is the profound and unnecessary pain such theories bring to the Presley family. Since his death, the notion of a cover-up has opened up old wounds for those who were closest to the musician. In retrospect, it causes an immense disservice to the memory of Elvis by those who claim to be his biggest fans.

4.A Risqué Christmas Story

Bob Clark’s modestly budgeted comedy A Christmas Story was released a week before Thanksgiving in 1983 to limited and select theatres. With strong word-of-mouth and a continuous growth of followers, the film crept into the hearts of the public, eventually becoming a cult classic.

Surprisingly, the inspiration for the nostalgic family Christmas tale was based on a collection of short stories that first appeared in Playboy. With that said, it is quite possible that Clark may truly be the only man to have purchased the risqué magazine solely for the articles.

Determined to make a movie, Clark tried for years to find a studio to finance a semi-autobiographical holiday film based on stories from a nude magazine. A Christmas Story went on to become the inspiration for the television show The Wonder Years, as well as being considered “one of the most popular holiday movies of all time.” These days, more than 40 million people tune in every year on Christmas Eve to catch the annual marathon on TBS.[7]

3.Drunken Method Actor

Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life hit the silver screen in 1946 becoming one of the most renowned and cherished holiday films of all time. The director’s masterpiece tells about a desperate man—George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart)—who is on the brink of suicide. Capra’s intense style of directing along with dedicated method actors, however, proved harmful to child actor Bob Anderson who played the young George Bailey. In one scene in particular, Capra allowed method actor H.B. Warner to get into character by drinking a bottle of alcohol before filming. By the time the cameras rolled, Warner had become loud and demanding causing an already disturbing scene, in which his character smacks young George in the face, to become too realistic. “He actually bloodied my ear,” recalled Anderson. As Jimmy Stewart fearfully looked on in the distance, the smacks continued; “My ear was beat up and my face was red and I was in tears. I was gonna get knocked on my butt.”[8]

Excessive physicality reached its pinnacle on yet another holiday film, Scrooged (1988) starring Bill Murray. Carol Kane, who played the manic and abusive Ghost of Christmas Present, became so immersed in her role that she actually tore Murray’s lip open causing production to halt for several days.

2.The Racist Inn

Irving Berlin’s 1942 film, Holiday Inn, was destined to be a box office hit given the large audiences Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire attracted. However, the series of musical episodes in the film, such as “Easter Parade” and “White Christmas,” alters the mood from nostalgic to festive to downright unconscionable in today’s society.[9]

In one scene, Crosby and Astaire perform a musical number for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in which they appear in blackface. In fact, the entire band and waiters/waitresses also sport the highly offensive facial paint, in front of an entirely white audience. Ironically enough, the song details the emancipation of black American slaves. If this was not distasteful enough, the films true black actors are excluded from the performance only to be shown singing along to themselves in a distant room. Oh, the unity of the holidays.

1.Punk Rock Resentment

The 1970s American band New York Dolls saw its share of turmoil just as quickly as they emerged on the punk rock scene. With the death of their original drummer followed by the demise of his replacement and the founding guitarist, the Dolls disbanded by 1977. Lead singer David Johansen found fame on the silver screen, leaving guitarist and bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane with profound resentment.

Kane’s jealousy and anger spiraled out of control one evening when his former bandmate unexpectedly appeared in the movie that he was watching. Unbeknownst to Kane, Johansen starred opposite Bill Murray in the 1988 Christmas film Scrooged as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Johansen’s success of having a prospering career sent a self-defeated and depressed Kane skydiving out his third-story window. Fortunately, Kane landed on an awning below saving his life. While hospitalized, the “Killer” found God causing him to leave behind his life of drugs and alcohol. He remained sober until his death in 2004 when he went to the emergency room believing he had the flu. Sadly, Kane was diagnosed with leukemia and died just two hours later at the age of 55.[10]


FASCINATING FACTS: 20 Facts About “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

FASCINATING FACTS: 20 Facts About “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Christmas is a time for slipping into festive gear, singing holiday songs, adorning your home with decorations, and distributing gifts to your loved ones. But imagine if all of these tasks were to be part of Halloween! How twisted would that be? That is exactly what is portrayed in the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. The movie beautifully mixes jolly and grisly with great success. Even if this holiday movie is part of your Christmas tradition, we bet you are still unaware of some fascinating facts about The Nightmare Before Christmas. Thanks to IMDB, we bring you 20 such facts that will help you know a little bit more about this amazing Christmas treasure.

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas is based on a poem Tim Burton wrote in 1982 while working at Disney, who had purchased the film rights but felt it was too weird. Years later (after being fired from Disney), Tim realized they still owed the rights and convinced Disney to greenlight the movie.

Image Source: Flickr

Even though the film’s title is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, he did not actually direct the movie. He was busy with Batman Returns at the time. So, he handed over the hefty responsibility of directing this famous, stop-motion movie to his old Disney Animation colleague Henry Selick. Selick made his feature, directorial debut here.

Burton’s name goes above the title for serving as producer, creating the story, and coming up with the look and the characters for The Nightmare Before Christmas.(source)

2. Disney found the movie “too scary” for kids to be released under the Disney Animated Features banner.

Image Source: Touchstone Pictures1 and Skellington Productions via Giphy

Because of the dark and deeply weird nature of the movie, Walt Disney Studios decided it was too off-brand to be released under the Disney Animated Features banner. The movie is filled with creatures that Disney deemed too scary for kids – characters that take off their own heads and limbs. There are also skeletons, nasty toys, and a creepy villain named Oogie Boogie. So, the film was made through their sub-division Touchstone Pictures.(source)

3. It took one week for the producers to shoot one minute of the movie. Overall, the movie, which is of 70 minutes, took three whole years to be produced.

Image Source:  TV is OK Productions and Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE)

The movie is based on a concept known as “claymation.” It utilizes stop-motion animation. This means that rather than filming moving objects, the crew first move the figures and sets little by little taking still photographs. They then finally play them back in rapid succession to simulate movement.

Even though claymation is recorded at 12 frames per second and shown at 24 frames per second, for The Nightmare Before Christmas, the scenes were filmed at 24 frames per second. This means that they had to change the pose of the character 24 times for each second of the actual, completed film. They worked with storyboards where they first laid out the entire scene and made refinements before the time-consuming process of animation was started.

One minute of the movie took about a week to shoot, and The Nightmare Before Christmas took three years to complete.(1,2)

4. Originally, the voice for Santa Clause was to be played by Vincent Price. But before he could record his lines, his wife passed away. The director felt that Price’s sadness could be heard in his voice and felt him unfit to portray the joyous Santa.

Image Source: Touchstone Pictures1 and Skellington Productions,  Wikipedia

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Henry Selick, the director, said the following about Vincent Price, “We recorded him, and he would’ve done the introduction to the film, since it’s supposed to be Santa Claus’s voice at the beginning/end, but [Price] had just lost his wife, and he was despondent, and it just didn’t work. He was the first choice, that didn’t work out, and we met with Don Ameche, who was insanely grouchy. I couldn’t believe how grouchy he was. Then we met with James Earl Jones, and Danny had a weird moment where he went up to him and said he’d written the part especially for James Earl Jones, and James Earl Jones got very angry and yelled, ‘You don’t know me!’ It was a very tough voice to cast, and we just went with a local actor from San Francisco [Ed Ivory].” (source)

5. Danny Elfman is actually the singing voice for Jack Skellington. He is responsible for the Simpsons theme, the scores for Pee-Wee’s Big AdventureBatman (1989), and Justice League. 

Image Source: Photo by Mel Melcon – LA Times

In 1985, Elfman was approached by Tim Burton and Paul Reubens to write the score for their first feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Elfman went on to score all but three of Burton’s major studio releases: Ed WoodSweeney Todd, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

His other remarkable works include the Simpsons theme, the opening theme for the Sam Raimi Spider-Man series, the composition of the film score for Oz the Great and Powerful, and additional music for Avengers: Age of Ultron, score for Fifty Shades Darker, and the recently released Justice League(source)

6. The most difficult shot in the entire movie was when Jack Skellington is reaching for the doorknob to Christmas Land. It required a perfect reflection of the forest behind Jack for the shot to work.

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The filmmakers were very dedicated and wanted the scenes to be as alive as if shooting a live-action movie. This led to one shot proving to be especially challenging. When Jack discovers the part of the forest with pathways to other holiday worlds, he looks longingly at the Christmas tree door. A close-up of its shiny golden knob reflects this mournful skeleton as well as the trees behind him as he advances to open it. Getting the reflection just right took a great deal of time, care, and attention.(source)

7. Two different people voiced the character Jack Skellington, the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town.

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Chris Sarandon was the speaking voice, whereas Danny Elfman was the singing voice of Jack Skellington, a skeleton known as the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town. He owns a ghost dog named Zero who has a small, glowing, jack-o’-lantern nose. Danny Elfman also voices Barrel, one of the trick-or-treaters working for Oogie Boogie.

Elfman was initially cast as Jack’s singing voice and, after the songs were recorded, Sarandon was cast to match Elfman’s vocal style. The director felt that Sarandon’s speaking voice complimented Elfman’s singing voice.(source)

8. The top stop-motion animators in the world worked simultaneously on 20 miniature sets, managing to complete about 70 seconds of the film per week.

There were around 120 people working at the same time for the production of this movie. It included animators, puppet and prop-makers, set builders, art directors, camera operators, lighting designers, and editors.

There were 20 stages going at once and as many as 15 animators working simultaneously. When one animator was working with Jack climbing a tower, another was working with Jack walking through the forest, and another was working with Jack singing through the streets.(source)

9. Each puppet had an armature inside it enabling flexible movement.

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The sculpture department sculpted the characters from the drawings that they got from the art department. They sculpted them in oil-based clay. Oil-based clay is very versatile and can be smoothed out with alcohol.

Moreover, each puppet had an armature inside it which is basically a ball and socket. This enabled the animators to move the puppets into specific postures during the shoot. All the intricate parts of the armatures were hand-machined to fit perfectly for each puppet. This ensured that each tiny movement looked smooth and fluid when posed 24 different times for each second of film.

The movie had more than 60 individual characters, and three or four duplicates were made for each of them. So, the total number of puppets was closer to 200.(source)

10. Jack Skellington had 400 different heads that are replaced each time he changes expression,  and Sally had a mask for every expression change.

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Jack was designed as a long-limbed, spider-like man. To animate his various facial expressions and mouth movements, the animators used 400 hand-sculpted replacement hands. So, every time Jack had a different mouth expression, a whole different sculpture of the head was used. To make him blink, they used replacement eyelids and put them inside Jack’s hollow sockets. For each blink, the animators had to shoot 3-4 frames.

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Sally, on the other hand, had a different mask for every expression change. Since she had long hair, it was difficult to change her whole head like Jack. So, the animators resorted to masks instead. (source)

11. Jack Skellington, the lead character/puppet in 1992’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, actually made cameos in earlier Tim Burton films: his 1982 short film Vincent and Beetlejuice (1988).

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During the opening scene of Sleepy Hollow, a scarecrow bearing a strong resemblance to the Pumpkin King scarecrow at the beginning of “This is Halloween” can be seen.

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In the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland, Jack’s face can be found on the Mad Hatter’s bow tie. In James and the Giant Peach, Jack makes a cameo as Captain Jack. Upon discovering him, Centipede says “Uh, Skellington?” A silhouette of Jack is shown in The Princess and the Frog as one of the shadows Dr. Facilier summons. Other cameos can be seen in The CriticLenore,  Robot ChickenMADTiny Toon AdventuresPanty andStocking, etc.(source)

12. Despite Tim Burton’s huge involvement with the creation, he was only present about 8 to 10 days of its production during its two-year production cycle.

Image source: Tim Burton at set – The Red List

On the direction of the film, Selick reflected, “It’s as though he [Burton] laid the egg, and I sat on it and hatched it. He wasn’t involved in a hands-on way, but his hand is in it. It was my job to make it look like ‘a Tim Burton film’, which is not so different from my own films.”

On Burton’s involvement, Selick claimed, “I don’t want to take away from Tim, but he was not in San Francisco when we made it. He came up five times over two years, and spent no more than eight or ten days in total.”(source)

13. Patrick Stewart was the original narrator of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Patrick Stewart was brought onto the movie early on in its development when Burton’s original poem was supposed to play a bigger part in the narrative. But Tim Burton eventually cut Patrick Stewart’s narration. His voice can be found on the film’s official soundtrack. Here’s an opening monologue in his voice:

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14. Disney fought to have Jack Skellington’s empty sockets filled with a pair of friendly eyes.

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A common guideline in animation and puppet-creation is that eyes are crucial to having an audience connect with a character. Animators and puppet-makers always live by this rule. Hence, Disney fought for Jack to have his empty sockets filled with eyes. But Tim and Henry did not accept this as this would never capture the king of the Halloween town’s essence. They ultimately proved that their anti-hero didn’t need oculars to connect.(source)

15. There are hidden Mickey and Donald Duck references in particular scenes of the movie.

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Mickey appears as a menacing toy, a flying stuffed animal with a sharp-toothed grin. Also, the girl that Mickey attacks as a menacing toy is wearing a Mickey print nightgown, while her brother’s pajamas are covered in Donald Duck faces.(source)

16. In the extended ending to the film, many years later, Santa Claus returns to Halloween Town to visit Jack, and finds that he has about four or five skeleton children.

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The ending monologue in Patrick Stewart’s voice goes something like this:

17. The “Kidnap The Sandy Claws” music is heard in The Haunted Mansion Holiday ride at Disneyland California and Disneyland Tokyo as an instrumental version.

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The Haunted Mansion Holiday is a guest favorite each year. Jack Skellington and co. take over the Haunted Mansion. More than 400 flickering candles and 100 jack-o’-lanterns create a ghostly glow on the façade of the Haunted Mansion. (1,2)

18. All the sets were built in miniature form, but they were lit as if they were full-size movie sets. Some sets required as many as 20-30 lights.

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Even though the sets were miniature versions of actual sets, they were lit up like full-size movie sets by using smaller lighting equipment. Many of the scenes required as many as 20 to 30 different lights to create the dramatic effects. “What we’re trying to avoid is that looking like we are doing tricks. Coupled with that, trying to keep some style to it. The biggest challenge on the show I would say it’s keeping it consistent,” said Peter Kozachik, director of photography.

Eight camera crews worked on the filming. They pushed the barrier with a lot of motion-controlled cameras.(source)

19. Set designer Gregg Olsson built a quarter-scale mock-up of Halloween Town as a model for the real set. The set also had trap doors so animators could pop up and do the animation from beneath.

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Gregg Olsson made a quarter-scale, mock-up model of the set from the drawings made by Tim Burton. He also worked on the camera angles to decide how much set is needed for each of the scenes.

He says, “Once the conceptual art is done, we need to somehow realize it in three dimension height, width, and depth.” The actual set was four times larger than the mock-up set, about 24 feet in length. Moreover, they had to break apart the set into pieces because, all together, it wouldn’t fit into their stages. “So we built into it some specific breaks so that a piece like this could come out,” says Olsson.

Also, animators had requested Olsson that they would prefer not to reach more than two to two and a half feet to reach the puppets. So, Olsson made the pieces of the set under two feet. For the parts that were more than two feet, Olsson provided trap doors so that animators could open up a set of stage, come up, do the animation, and then close the trapdoor.(source)

20. Two items were invented to facilitate the filming of the movie. One was a “light alarm” to warn animators if any of the stage lights failed, and the other was a system that enabled a puppeteer to seamlessly switch to a replacement puppet if one broke.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas made several advances in claymation technology. The movie helped to streamline the process of producing claymation movies. The first major invention was a “light alarm” which warned the animators if one of the lights on the set went out.  Before this, if the animators did not see that the light was out, they would have to start the shot over.

The second invention was a system for replacing puppets seamlessly into the shot if one broke. This also saved a lot of time during shooting.

The final advancement was the use of computer-controlled cameras. Before this movie, claymation was limited to a static camera. The use of computer-controlled cameras allowed the animators to create the smooth, sweeping and turning shots that one normally sees in traditional film.(source)