Recycled Movie Sets

While many film productions opt to shoot on a sound stage with a set specifically built for the movie in question, sometimes it’s just cheaper and easier to create a movie set at a location that already exists. It could be a diner, hotel, mansion, police station or anything. And sometimes, a certain location is just so good that it gets reused for a completely different movie, but you may not even recognize it.

Below you can check out a video that runs through 10 recycled movie sets that you might have seen in multiple movies. For example, did you know the interior of the iconic Ghostbusters firehouse can be seen as an auto shop in The Mask? Read More »


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Saturday Night Live The Force Awakens auditions

We’ll have a full review of the latest episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Matthew McConaughey up later today, but in the meantime, we couldn’t help but share this pre-recorded sketch from last night. A whole slew of guest stars popped on SNL for this sketch that features J.J. Abrams (who actually appears in the beginning) showing off some of the screen tests of other actors who tried to land a part in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Sofia Vergara, Javier Bardem, Shaquille O’Neal, John Mayer, Danny DeVito, Chris Tucker and Michael Buble for some reason, all audition for the movie, with a little help from the real Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. Watch it below! Read More »

Sylvester Stallone Interview

Next week brings Sylvester Stallone back yet again as famed boxer Rocky Balboa. But this time he’s a mere supporting player, as the son of Apollo Creed takes the spotlight in a new era for the boxing franchise. Creed sees Michael B. Jordan take the title role of a young up and coming boxer struggling to live up to the legacy of his late father. And he has quite the supporter in his corner with Rocky as his trainer, even if it looks like he might be on his way out.

Now you can spend some time with Stallone as he sits down for a 50-minute discussion with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez for an episode of The Director’s Chair on The El Rey Network. It’s a fascinating career-spanning chat that dives into Stallone’s life as an actor and a filmmaker. Read More »

The Force Awakens Trailer Sweded

Last night we were caught off guard by the unveiling of a new TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This time the focus was on Finn, likely as a way of keeping fans guessing as to whether it will be John Boyega’s Finn or Daisy Ridley’s Rey who becomes the new new hope of the Star Wars saga. You can check it out right here.

But if you’re done watching any new footage after the final trailer for the movie, then you can kill some time by checking out the final The Force Awakens trailer sweded, with some of the worst Stormtrooper helmets you’ve ever seen. But there is some real fire used at one point that’s pretty cool. Read More »

new hope ending

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially one month away (technically under a month since the movie starts playing December 17th), there’s no better time for an Honest Trailer to start taking shots at the original trilogy, beginning with the sci-fi adventure that started it all.

The Star Wars Honest Trailer will tickle the fancy of saga fans if only because it refuses to call the movie by its later added subtitle of A New Hope. And really, there’s not a lot to skewer besides the legacy of Star Wars that has wrought a huge fanbase that puts together Wikipedia pages for nearly every facet of the Star Wars universe, so that’s what they do. Read More »

Evolution of Gotham City

If you want to start a lively debate with your friends, try to come up with a definitive answer as what major U.S. city is represented by Bruce Wayne’s hometown of Gotham City.

After all, if Metropolis is supposed to be New York City, then surely Gotham City can’t be the same thing. Batman artist Neal Adams took inspiration from the 1940s mobster history of Chicago as the basis for Gotham, while Frank Miller sees Metropolis and Gotham City as two different sides of New York City in the daytime and night respectively.

No matter which city you see as the inspiration for Gotham, the evolution of the fictional city is an interesting one as it has changed and grown with the evolution of the Dark Knight himself, and a new video essay explores the relationship between the two. Read More »

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Fencing Lightsaber Duel

Pretty much closest you can get to feeling like you’re a true master of wielding a lightsaber is become an expert at fencing. The sport is the only way we can test our abilities as sword fighters, and since a lightsaber is just a laser sword, it should come as no surprise to hear that the Senior World Championships of fencing hosted an epic lightsaber duel for the crowd’s entertainment.

It’s Jedi versus Sith, but this time it’s the good guy with a double bladed lightsaber, one green and one blue, fighting a single blad red lightsaber. But a good lightsaber battle is only as good as the choreography, and this one is extremely impressive. Watch! Read More »

Spectre Easter Eggs

Last weekend, Spectre took the top spot at the box office despite the film being considerably less acclaimed than its predecessor Skyfall. There are a myriad of complaints ranging from the length of the film to the unevenness of the story, but one of the more divisive elements is the use of some of the more old-school James Bond tropes. Whether it’s Monica Bellucci as a grieving widow suddenly turned on by 007, the cheeky one-liners, or the contrived climax, there’s plenty about Spectre that feels like it’s straight out of the 1960s and 1970s.

But beyond the old-school style of the film, there are also plenty of simple Spectre Easter eggs that merely reference earlier James Bond films without getting in your face about it. See if you caught all the Easter eggs after the jump, but beware of spoilers. Read More »

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Reunion

It’s not exactly a milestone celebration, but this year marks 44 years since the release of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the classic musical adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. To celebrate the occasion, the five golden ticket winners (Peter Ostrum, Paris Themmen, Julie Dawn Cole, Michael Bolner and Denise Nickerson) from the movie appeared on The Today Show to reminisce about the making of the movie, and chief Oompa Loompa Rusty Goffe accompanied them.

It’s a pretty fun little interview, with part of the conversation turning to the disgusting chocolate river. As if you couldn’t tell in the movie, it wasn’t actually made of chocolate. Read More »