Toy Story

Everyone knows Toy Story has a very recognizable cast under all that colorful CG — Tom Hanks and Tim Allen voice the leads, and Don Rickles and Wallace Shawn help fill out the supporting cast. But one of the very first actors cast for the groundbreaking project was actually Penn Jillette, of the magician duo Penn & Teller.

Jillette has a cameo as the announcer in the Buzz Lightyear toy commercial that finally convinces Buzz he’s actually a toy.  In the most recent episode of his podcast, Jillette revealed exactly how the role came to be, what the experience was like, and what the one wish was that John Lasseter wouldn’t grant him. Hit the jump to get all the details on the Penn Jillette Toy Story appearance.  Read More »

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You probably know Michael Bay for his work behind the camera as a blockbuster action director of films such as the Transformers and Bad Boys movies, The Rock, and Armageddon. Did you know that he’s actually appeared on screen more than a handful of times?

Notably, Michael Bay appears on screen in a brief speaking role in Kinka Usher‘s 1999 superhero comedy film Mystery Men, which starred Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria and William H. Macy. This obviously isn’t new, but its one of those things that has recently bubbled up on the social sharing websites. I thought it might be interesting to show you Michael Bay’s acting history. See Michael Bay acting in five different movies and two TV shows, including one episode of Miami Vice, after the jump.

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Mad Men final season

During the final stretch of Breaking Bad, AMC announced plans to stay in Albuquerque with Better Call Saul. And though The Walking Dead is still going strong, AMC is expanding that world with a companion show. So as the end of Mad Men looms, might AMC consider keeping the party going with another new series?

As it turns out, they already have. The network reportedly looked at several possible ideas for a Mad Men spinoff, including one set in the modern day. Find out what other concepts they considered — and why none of them came to fruition — after the jump.  Read More »

jude law Superman Logo

If all goes to plan, Henry Cavill will be Superman for a long time. Before he accepted the role, however, many actors almost played the character. Nicolas Cage is a famous one. Josh Hartnett is another and Jude Law is a third. Law recently told the story of how he was considering playing the role in a version of the film that was going to be directed by Brett Ratner, but ultimately passed. Listen to the Jude Law Superman story below. Read More »

13 Films Never Nominated for Best Picture

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The Oscars inevitably bring a lot of grumbling about which films the Academy has overlooked. But if one of your favorites is among them, perhaps you can at least take heart in the fact that it’s in great company. The Oscars have a very long history of backing the wrong horse. Some of what we now view as unimpeachable classics weren’t even seen as Best Picture nomination-worthy at the time.

Hit the jump for a list of films never nominated for Best Picture.

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Bill Hader SNL Audition

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably heard about the special Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special that aired this past Sunday night. It was a three and a half hour trip down memory lane, featuring a true dream-team of comedy’s elite.

Among the many highlights came early in the show when a 5-minute video montage was shown of cast members’ first auditions. Not fake auditions, like we’ve seen in the past. The actual, real auditions for stars like Will Ferrell, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon as well as classic cast members like Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner and John Belushi. Here, you can see them in the auditions that would change their lives forever. It’s pretty special.

As a bonus though, there are also auditions from people who didn’t make the cut. They’re people you’ve definitely heard of who auditioned, but didn’t make the show.

Below, check out the Saturday Night Live auditions video as well a few of the other highlights from the special including Celebrity Jeopardy, Wayne’s World and more. Read More »

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jony ive star wars

Few objects in recent history have been more visually impactful than Apple’s iPhone. One of the men primarily responsible for that look, and the look of numerous other iconic Apple products, is Jony Ive. Ive is the senior vice president of design at Apple and “one of the two most powerful people in the world’s most valuable company,” according to The New Yorker.

The New Yorker is also where Ive revealed that he and good friend J.J. Abrams have had private discussions about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only that, Abrams took one of Ive’s suggestions about the design of the film and you’ve already seen it. Read more about the Jony Ive Star Wars connection below. Read More »

Obadiah Stane : Iron Monger in Iron Man

Iron Man‘s Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger was the first supervillain of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and then the first supervillain to die within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But according to Jeff Bridges, it wasn’t supposed to be that way.

The actor says the original plan was for Obadiah Stane to survive the first Iron Man, setting him up to return in future installments. As of now, Bridges is still waiting for his call to return. More on the Jeff Bridges Obadiah Stane comments after the jump.  Read More »

Routh Cavill Superman flyby auditions

Superman‘s on-screen history is fascinating. There was the early TV show, the Christopher Reeve films, the rumored curse around the role, several failed reboots, including one that made it to the big screen, and now a successful reboot that’s playing into a bigger DC universe.

Adding even more myth to the role, the last two cinematic iterations of the character, Brandon Routh in Superman Returns and Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, each almost put on the “S” several years before. Both actors auditioned for one of the failed reboots, Superman Flyby, which was to be directed by McG from a script by J.J. Abrams. It’s a pretty fascinating coincidence and you can link to photos of their Superman Flyby auditions, including a very different Superman costume, below.

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