The Collector's Museum

Stan Lee has inspired the lives of so many collectors, it would have made sense for The Collector himself to have Stan Lee. That was the original plan in Guardians of the Galaxy. Over the weekend, writer/director James Gunn revealed his first idea for Lee’s cameo was to be a piece The Collector’s Museum. He would’ve joined the Chituari soldier, Dark Elf, Adam Warlock’s cocoon, Cosmo and Howard the Duck. Groot would have discovered the Marvel legend and Lee would’ve flipped him off.

Initial reports were that Disney rejected this but Gunn has now come out and said that’s not the case. In fact, he actually shot the scene and just didn’t think it worked that well in the film. Below, you can see an image from the deleted Stan Lee Guardians of the Galaxy cameo scene and read Gunn’s story. Read More »

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Avengers Hawkeye

Blame Jeremy Renner for the fact Hawkeye wasn’t in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. From the earliest days of development, the character was supposed to be in the sequel but the actor’s busy schedule didn’t allow him to be part of the film. So the screenwriters and directors worked around it and turned in a fantastic movie even without the Avengers’ best archer.

Still, there were plans of him being in the movie and now Anthony and Joe Russo have revealed not only how Hawkeye fit into the larger narrative, but also details of a specific action scene they had worked out. Read about the Hawkeye Captain America Winter Soldier deleted scene below. Read More »

Super Mario Bros Movie

The 1993 Super Mario Bros movie is infamous for many reasons. Mostly, we know it because the film is based on a hugely popular video game property, and the resulting movie is so, so bad. It’s also significant because the film was such a miserable experience for everyone involved — most of all the people at Nintendo — that we’ve since been denied films based on some of Nintendo’s other fantastic properties.

So, what exactly went wrong? I found out recently by reading the book Console Wars by Blake J. Harris. The book, which tells the story of the war between Sega and Nintendo in the 1990s, has a chapter dedicated to the film and it’s absolutely fascinating. Names like Dustin Hoffman and Tom Hanks are mentioned. Dozens of screenwriters are discussed. Terrible on-set feuds led to abysmal behavior. It’s all there.

After reading the chapter I thought you, the /Film reader, would find it just as fascinating as I did. So I contacted the publisher HarperCollins and got permission to reprint the chapter on the Super Mario Bros movie just for you. Read it below.

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George RR Martin Chewbacca

Is it possible Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin helped to unknowingly create Star Wars‘ Chewbacca? Hit the jump and we’ll take a journey through the creation of the famous Wookiee from a galaxy far, far away. We’ll discover the George RR Martin Chewbacca connection and examine what it might mean.

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Tyler Perry Gone Girl

We were rather surprised to learn that Tyler Perry would be starring in a David Fincher movie, and as it turns out Tyler Perry was too. The multi-hyphenate confessed he didn’t know who Fincher was when he signed on for the Gillian Flynn adaptation Gone Girl. If he had, he probably wouldn’t have joined at all. Hit the jump to find out why.

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Above you can see two pieces of concept art for Yoda, designed during the development of Empire Strikes Back. Its almost impossible to imagine Yoda as a blue gnome creature with pointy toes, but that was George Lucas’ initial conception of the wise old master Jedi. I’m always fascinated by these kind of “what ifs.”

What might have been if one little decision was different than what we have come to know and expect. Its hard not to imagine Yoda as a fragile little green creature with pointy ears, just as much as its hard to imagine Yoda with a different voice than the one puppeteer Frank Oz provided for the character — but even that was not the original plan.

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Jaws-header

In today’s Hollywood, the movie poster is an afterthought. Dozens of marketing and advertising executives justify their jobs by demanding everyone’s input be represented and, as a result, anything interesting or provocative is lost. We all remember this, right? And this?

The homogenous nature of modern movie posters is, of course, a generalization. There are some movie posters with artistic merit but the percentage has dropped significantly over the decades. What is definitely true, though, is the iconic posters of the past have all but gone away and, in one case, that’s quite literal.

According to Roger Kastel, the artist who made the unforgettable poster to Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws, his original 20 x 30 inch painting went missing around the time of the film’s release. Read more about the Jaws poster art below.

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Gremlins ride

In the early 1990s, Warner Bros actually built a Gremlins theme park ride called Gremlins Invasion. The attraction was built in two Warner Bros. Movie World theme parks, one in Bottrop-Kirchhellen Germany and the other in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. While the dark ride was open for almost ten years, I had not heard of its existence until this year. Last week I wrote about a Ghostbusters theme park ride that was being developed for Six Flags that was never built, so I thought now was a good of a time as any to explore the lost Gremlins ride.

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