Science of Arrival

The ending of Arrival is of a piece with the rest of the movie: a meticulously thought-out, beautifully understated gut-puncher that brings the entire story full circle. But as revealed by its Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer, it almost had a very different finale. It turns out that in a way, we’ve got Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar to thank for the finale we got. Click through to find out how Interstellar changed the Arrival ending. Obviously, spoilers are aheadRead More »

groundhog day

Some readers might have been reminded that today is Groundhog Day because their morning news had a live broadcast from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. That’s where the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. For me, I was reminded because my Twitter feed has been nothing but a live blog of quotes from the classic Harold Ramis film.

Either way, today is Groundhog Day and in the 1993 film of the same name, Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over again, improving himself a little bit each and every time until he finally gets it right.

In the movie, which many people will be re-visting tonight, there’s no real explanation given for why Connors gets stuck in time. However, someone with knowledge of an early version of the script has revealed exactly why it happened. Read the quote after the jump. Read More »

James Cameron Defends Titanic Ending

If there’s one detail in Titanic that has been scrutinized over and over again, it’s the ending that sees Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) freezing to death in the water while Rose (Kate Winslet) sits safely on top of a door floating in the ocean. Physicists have attempted to determine whether or not the door was bouyant enough to support both Jack and Rose while others have tried to determine if Jack and Rose could both even fit on the door. Mythbusters even had an entire segment dedicated to the issue. Now director James Cameron defends Titanic‘s ending, giving what should be the final word on the matter, specifically calling out the science show for their conclusion. Read More »

Rogue One Wedge Antilles

Darth Vader might be the most prominent returning character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but there were a handful of more obscure ones as well, including Red Leader and Gold Leader. One who didn’t make it into the movie, though, was Wedge Antilles, despite the fact that A New Hope establishes him as being part of Red Squadron. So where was he during the Battle of Scarif?

Recently, the Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo explained why Wedge was left out of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, while Rogue One supervising sound editor Matthew Wood revealed exactly what Wedge was doing instead.  Read More »

la la land

La La Land has somehow ended on top of the heap for the annual award season. The film has earned a historic 14 Oscar nominations, tying it with previous 14-time nominated films All About Eve and Titanic. And the gossip papers are now reporting that some actors are angry that they didn’t take part in Damien Chazelle‘s now-hit musical. Which actors turned down roles in La La Land? Find out after the jump.
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Zack Snyder Had a Cameo in ‘Batman v Superman’

Batman v Superman Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck

You can feel Zack Snyder‘s fingerprints all over Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — for better or for worse, it really feels like a Zack Snyder film, right down to the fact that most of the characters seem to share Snyder’s taste for vests. But you probably didn’t know that Snyder is actually, physically in the movie. His cameo is so small that it’s basically impossible to pick him out, but cinematographer Larry Fong has revealed where exactly you can find him. Read More »

carrie fisher script doctor

This week we’ve all been thinking about Carrie Fisher, who died earlier this week at the age of 60. While most people know her for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a lot of people don’t realize that her written career spans farther than the bestselling books and novels that she penned over the years.

Entertainment Weekly once described Carrie Fisher as “one of the most sought after [script] doctors in town.” She worked without credit on films ranging from Hook to Last Action Hero to the Star Wars prequels and much more. Learn about her unknown legacy of uncredited work on big Hollywood screenplays in our Carrie Fisher Script Doctor primer.

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Which Actor Dies the Most On Screen - Sean Bean

Dying on screen can be an honor for an actor or actress. Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean has even become known for the frequency with which he has died on film throughout his career. However, one does not simply assume that he is the actor who has died the most in film and television. In fact, there are a few actors who came out above him when one dedicated cinephile decided to find out which actor has died the most on screen.

Find out which actor dies the most on screen after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One connected to Star Wars Rebels

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is filled with easter eggs and references to previous pieces of the Star Wars saga. What follows is a complete Rogue One easter eggs compilation I have seen on the internet. It includes cameos, references, characters, locations, tributes to other films and previous Star Wars history and much much more. In all, there are over 40 Rogue One easter eggs.

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c2-b5

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was supposed to introduce a new Imperial droid named C2-B5. Disney made a big announcement about the character being in the film just a few months ago, and have since featured the droid in a bunch of toys and collectibles. But in the final film, C2-B5 is almost nowhere to be found. A casualty of reshoots, is C2-B5 the Constable Zuvio of Rogue One? What was his original role in the movie?

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