In our reporting of movie news, we hear about the budgets of movies all the time. Usually it’s only when a great movie cost surprisingly little to make or when a bad movie bombs at the box office cost hundreds of millions of dollars. But do you really understand how the money on a blockbuster film is spent?
A new video imagines a hypothetical $200 million blockbuster movie from the Hollywood system and breaks down just where all that money goes. Whether it’s the multi-million dollar paycheck that one of the lead actors gets or the person responsible for coordinating all the product placement, this video lays out roughly how much every crew member on a major studio blockbuster would make.
Get a rundown of blockbuster movie budget spending after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
Finding Dory brings back some key members of the Finding Nemo voice cast, including Albert Brooks as Marlin and of course Ellen DeGeneres as Dory. But one who couldn’t reprise his role was Alexander Gould, who voiced Nemo in the original film. The reason is obvious: Gould was a small child when he recorded the original Nemo, but nowadays he’s a grownup with a grownup’s voice, whereas Nemo has only aged a few months since the last time we saw him.
Fortunately, Finding Nemo and Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton found another way to work Gould into the film. After the jump, learn where you can find the Finding Nemo actor in Finding Dory. Read More »
Comic book fans can undoubtedly have endless debates about which superhero is the best, often times resorting to determining which superhero would win in a fight against another. Well, some researchers at the University of Leicester decided to really dig into that argument with a seven-year study to determine who is the “best-equipped” superhero of all time.
It will likely come as no surprise that Superman came out on top, mostly due to the strength of his high-density muscle tissue on Earth as well as his super flare attack, which releases energy through every cell in his body with an output of 7.07×105 Joules per second. Hit the jump to find out more about how this conclusive superhero study was done. Read More »
Writers take inspiration from everything around them. Whether it’s characters, conversations, stories or anything that you find in a screenplay, there’s a good chance those elements are shaped and informed by something that happened in any given screenwriter’s life. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that some of the bad guys we’ve seen in movies were inspired by real life jerks. But a new video rounds up some specific examples of characters that you may not have known were written as insults, whether it’s to people, or an entire corporation.
Watch the video running six characters written as insults after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Steve Rogers may be a proud son of Brooklyn, but even he can’t afford a place in his beloved hometown anymore, as he admits in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Or so he assumes. It turns out the since Captain America was never officially relieved of duty after he went under the ice in 1945, he’d be entitled to several decades’ worth of back pay from the U.S. Army — as confirmed by an actual U.S. Army spokesman. Find out how much our government would (theoretically) owe this (fictional) all-American hero below. Read More »
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the most popular movies of all time, and we’ve posted about all the hidden Easter eggs, seen many video essays about the plot comparisons to A New Hope (which even Abrams has admitted was by design) and seen a bevy of posts and videos pointing out the film’s flaws. But one error I haven’t seen mentioned many places in the mainstream press is the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening crawl features a different font from the previous six live-action films. And there’s almost nothing nerdier than typography and font geekery, but if this kind of thing interests you, hit the jump and find out how it’s wrong.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
The season 2 finale of Better Call Saul brought all sorts of dramatic developments and gut-wrenching twists, but it turns out the show almost had one more surprise for us. Seres creator Vince Gilligan (who also directed the episode) revealed that he originally planned for a certain Breaking Bad character to make a cameo, only for his team to talk him out of it. Find out who it was, and why the appearance was scrapped, after the jump. Obviously, Better Call Saul season 2 spoilers follow. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
By now you’re probably well aware that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was even more star-studded than it appeared at first glance. That was Simon Pegg lurking inside that Unkar Plutt costume, and Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz helping to voice BB-8, and Daniel Craig and Nigel Godrich and Michael Giacchino as some of those stormtroopers, and so on and so forth. That’s just the kind of property Star Wars is: one so beloved, even big stars are willing to work as faceless extras in it.
But even the power of the Force has its limits. And it reportedly met its match in one A-list comedian who was offered the chance to appear in a cameo role — and turned it down. Find out who and why after the jump. Read More »
Ben Affleck proved to be an excellent Bruce Wayne. Even some of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s harshest critics admitted the actor was suited for the role. We got an angrier, more vulnerable and more damaged Bruce Wayne. As depicted in the film, this version of Bruce Wayne has plenty to be angry about. In a new interview, Snyder discusses one particularly painful moment in Batman’s backstory.
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