John Carpenter‘s remake of The Thing is one of the best sci-fi horror films ever made. It has a simple story, an isolated setting, incredible, grotesque practical effects and endless suspense. It’s been watched and rewatched countless times since it hit theaters in 1982, however, there may be one secret of the film that you’ve never noticed before, and it involves the shape-shifting identity of the mysterious monster at the center of the story.
The suspense and tension in The Thing comes from the fact that the titular monster can imitate anyone it comes into contact with almost flawlessly, allowing it to lure in more victims. But if you look into the eyes of any of the characters, you can determine whether or not they are truly human. Find out this interesting tidbit about The Thing monster after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
Since starring in the Star Wars prequels, Natalie Portman has given birth to a son who’s now really into Star Wars. You might think that’d make her kid the one Star Wars fan who really digs the prequels — at least he’s pre-disposed to like one of the main characters, which is more than a lot of fans can say — but according to Portman that’s not the case. In fact, she said, she hasn’t allowed her son to even watch them. Find out why below. Read More »
Even though he wasn’t born until four years after the series ended its original run in 1969, director Justin Lin grew up watching episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. Reruns would come on at 11pm on Channel 13 in Los Angeles, and from 10 years old until he was 18 years old, he and his family would watch Star Trek after they closed their fish and chips shop and had dinner. So it should come as no surprise that Justin Lin attributes his connection to Star Trek to the connection his family had with the show.
More specifically, the filmmaker believes his father lived vicariously through Star Trek because of the sacrifices he made for that family. Lin explained that his father was a pilot back in Taiwan among plenty other things, but when he decided to give his family a shot at a better life in the United States, he didn’t get a chance to do some of the things he wanted to do back home. As Lin tells Deadline, “He latched on to Trek because of the sense of exploration and discovery, and hope.” Therefore, there was only one way that Justin Lin felt he could honor his father in Star Trek Beyond, and while it’s an obvious tribute, you probably didn’t even notice.
Find out about the Star Trek Beyond tribute to Justin Lin’s father after the jump, but beware of some spoilers. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
Everyone knows A-list movie stars can make a ton of money. But who makes the most money? According to a new report, Dwayne Johnson was the highest-paid actor of the past year, raking in an impressive $64.5 million to beat out the likes of Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Jr., and Jennifer Lawrence. Read More »
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It’s hard for anyone except the producers and accountants of a blockbuster movie to know what the million-dollar budgets are spent on. Recently we learned roughly how much the crew of a hypothetical $200 million movie makes, but there are plenty more costs than the salaries of those working on the movie. In fact, the James Bond flick Skyfall is rumored to have had a surprising cost in post-production thanks to some leather gloves purchased by Daniel Craig.
Find out about the rumored problem created by some leather gloves in Skyfall after the jump. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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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 »