If you’re a Quentin Tarantino fan, then you know that there are tiny connections that link all of his movies together so that they all exist in the same universe. Tarantino actually clarified how these connections work earlier this year after The Hateful Eight was in wide release:
“There are actually two separate universes. There’s the realer than real universe, and all the characters inhabit that one. Then there’s this “movie” universe, so From Dusk Till Dawn and Kill Bill take place in this special movie universe. Basically, when the characters from Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction go to the movies, Kill Bill and From Dusk Till Dawn is what they go see.”
Now a stylish new video illustrates perfectly and entertainingly how all these movies are connected by jumping back and forth between them. There are even some of the more subtle references that you may have never picked up on, including some stuff from one of Tarantino’s “lost” movies.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s no secret Alan Tudyk has a role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As we’ve discussed extensively, he plays mo-cap character K-2SO, an Imperial droid reprogrammed by Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) to work for the Rebel Alliance. But it turns out he almost had a second, live-action role in the movie as well. Unfortunately, the cameo was cut from the movie at the last minute. Find out about the Rogue One Alan Tudyk live-action cameo below. Read More »
It’s no secret that superstar Tom Cruise usually ends up running at some point in nearly every single movie he’s made. He’s quite the spry action star at age 54, and he’s showing no sign of slowing down soon. With Jack Reacher: Never Go Back coming to theaters this coming weekend, we’re bound to see him sprinting again, but until then, how about we find out just how long Tom Cruise has been running on the big screen.
There have been montages of Tom Cruise running put together before, but this new one appears to be the most comprehensive because it rounds up all the little clips of the actor running. The video starts all the way back in Cruise’s younger days on movies like T.A.P.S. and The Outsiders up through last year’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Find out how long we’ve watched Tom Cruise running on the big screen below. Read More »
With television being in a new golden age, the stars of some of the biggest TV shows are getting paid quite a bit of money per episode. You might remember that it was a huge deal when the entire primary cast of Friends signed a deal for $1 million per episode in 2002. That’s far from the norm even in today’s new peak time for television, there are a few cast members from one of today’s hit TV shows making that much money per episode, making them the highest paid actors in TV.
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Since violence is so prevalent in today’s movies, you might be surprised to learn that at one time, violence wasn’t so rampant. There was even a time when a movie like the original Scarface from 1932, directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hughes, was almost withheld from release because of the presence of violence. By today’s standards, the movie is remarkably tame, but at the time, it was almost offensive.
If you need anymore evidence of the rise of casual violence in movies, look no further than a recently complied list of movies with the most on-screen deaths. You might be surprised to learn that Guardians of the Galaxy has the record for most on-screen deaths, and it’s actually way ahead of the closest competition. Check out the data on the most deaths in movies after the jump.
Here’s the list of the top 10 movies with the most on-screen deaths from Go Compare:
The high kill count for Guardians of the Galaxy comes mostly from the 80,000 Nova Corp pilots who are killed when all of their ships are destroyed by Ronan The Accuser’s ship the Dark Aster. They form a makeshift shield to stop the ship from colliding with Xandar, but it ends up breaking and all the ships are destroyed.
As you can see, the second most on-screen deaths come from Dracula Untold at 5,687, which is 78,184 deaths away from Guardians of the Galaxy. You can see how all the other movies compare beyond the top 10 with a roster of 653 movies tabulated for this data collection. To make it slightly easier, they only included movies with a kill count higher than 50.
My question is how they determined what constitutes an on-screen death, because surely there had to be more than 182 people killed in Star Wars: A New Hope. Wouldn’t everyone killed in the Death Star and Alderaan explosions be considered an on-screen death? Sure, it’s hard to determine just how many people were in those places at the time, but then again, how do they know the number of Nova Corp pilots killed? I’m not sure this adds up, but it’s some interesting data to see nonetheless.
The creation of the entirely computer generated superhero suit for Green Lantern in the 2011 film was so bad that star Ryan Reynolds mocked it when he played Deadpool earlier this year. However, it turns out that it’s possible to have an entire superhero suit created with visual effects, and you probably didn’t even know that it happened this past summer.
In Captain America: Civil War, we met T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), a prince of Wakanda tragically turned king of the nation when an explosion kills his father. But in addition to being the new leader of his people, T’Challa is also the warrior known as Black Panther. And it turns out that the suit he wears just couldn’t be perfected practically, so they opted to have it created entirely with visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic. Find out more about the Black Panther suit created by visual effects after the jump. Read More »
In 1976, Alan Dean Foster was contracted to ghostwrite a novelization for Star Wars, as well as a second novel which would have been used as a basis for a low-budget sequel to A New Hope in case the film was not successful. Of course, Geroge Lucas’ film opened to great acclaim and massive box office so that Star Wars sequel was never produced.
The novel was instead released in 1978 under the title Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, taking place between A New Hope and its sequel The Empire Strikes Back, making it one of the first pieces of what would become the Star Wars expanded universe. That universe is no longer canonized, but a new video essay takes us back in time for a look at the lot Star Wars sequel. Hit the jump to find out the story behind Splinter of the Mind’s Eye and discover what could have been.
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Just a few days ago we passed the 15th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks that hit the United States on September 11th, 2001. It’s a day that many won’t soon forget. However, what’s strange is that this year brings high schools the first group of freshman who weren’t even alive when the events of that day transpired, leaving them to learn about how that day changed our country forever from contemporary history.
Undoubtedly the lives lost and the aftermath of the attacks was what dominated news headlines and kept cable news busy for months. But the entertainment world also felt the impact of these attacks as the had to figure out how to approach the action sequences of particular movies without sparking trauma among audiences still recovering from the events of that day. We know that movies like Spider-Man and Men in Black II changed key scenes and plot elements after 9/11, and it turns out Lilo & Stitch had to do the same thing.
See how 9/11 changed Lilo and Stitch after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Tim Burton’s Batman shook the pop culture landscape in some pretty profound ways when it first arrived back in 1989. Burton transformed into a go-to blockbuster guy. Michael Keaton proved himself to be more than just a comedian. Jack Nicholson became absurdly wealthy. And perhaps most importantly, millions of people around the world willingly paid hard-earned cash money to see a superhero movie, which wasn’t exactly a healthy genre at the time.
But that version of the film only came about after nearly a decade of development, with many different directors, writers, and actors brushing against the project. One of those directors was Joe Dante, and he wanted to cast John Lithgow as the Joker.
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Let’s get dangerous. That’s the tagline uttered by the caped crusader known as Darkwing Duck. The crimefighting mallard hit the airwaves in the early 90s, shortly after Disney’s other duck-centric animated series DuckTales went off the air and headed into theaters with its own movie, DuckTales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp. Since both the shows hailed from Disney, had anthropomorphic ducks, and shared two characters, many assumed that Darkwing Duck was a spin-off of DuckTales. However, the creator of Darkwing Duck has just confirmed that’s not the case.
So why isn’t Darkwing Duck connected to DuckTales? Find out after the jump. Read More »