Black Panther box office domination

Even six months after the release of Black Panther, fans are still uncovering all kinds of Easter eggs and hidden messages. The latest discovery hidden in this Marvel Studios movie will say nothing of the Marvel universe at large, but it is insanely cute.

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Toy Story Land Easter Eggs

Summer is almost over and for Disney fans, it’s been an eventful theme park season. While California has been caught up in the pageantry of Pixar Pier’s opening at Disneyland Resort, Florida has been having an “Incredible Summer” at Walt Disney World. The bigger ongoing gala at Disney World, however, has been the opening summer of Toy Story Land, a brand new area of the park at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Themed to Pixar’s beloved animated films, Toy Story Land is merely the first stage of revitalization for Hollywood Studios, which will also serve as the East Coast outpost for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new land set to open next year on both sides of the U.S. There’s even a seamlessly connected Star Wars hotel on the way.

As the poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “The unexamined theme park is not worth visiting.” That may or may not be an extreme bit of paraphrasing, but Toy Story Land is chock-full of Easter eggs; it even adds a few new wrinkles to movie continuity by fleshing out character origins and adding new in-universe elements to the mythos. If you haven’t made it down to Florida yet but you want to plan a trip or just take a vicarious visit to Toy Story Land, then get ready to shrink down to the size of the Green Army Men, because we’re about to enter Andy’s backyard from the Toy Story movies. Here’s your end-of-summer photo tour of Disney World’s Toy Story Land.

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stan lee cameo

Stan Lee‘s cameo power is so strong that he’s started to move across the aisle to DC movies. The Marvel Comics legend has become an ubiquitous presence in Marvel movies, appearing in both Marvel Studios and X-Men movies for the past few decades. But Lee does not belong to one cinematic universe, as shown by his most recent cameo in his first DC Comics movie.

Spoilers follow.

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Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom E.T. Easter Eggs

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is still dominating the box office charts, pulling in $60 million last weekend, bringing the global total to over $934 million. That means plenty of dinosaur fans are turning out in droves for the sequel, which features plenty of callbacks to the other movies in the Jurassic Park franchise. But there are a few other references to one of Steven Spielberg‘s other films you might not have noticed.

Director J.A. Bayona has still been making the press rounds for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and in a recent interview he revealed there are a few Easter eggs referencing E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, though a couple of them may not be so quickly recognized or noticed. Find out what the Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom E.T. Easter eggs are below, but beware of spoilers for the end of the movie. Read More »

trevor noah black panther

It’s unexpected cameo season! Even better than Christmas is the time of year when all the news stories come out about how Daniel Craig played a Stormtrooper, or how Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi cameo was a Beastie Boys reference. Oh, and then there was Matt Damon in Thor: Ragnarok, and that one special cameo in Deadpool 2 that has everyone talking. But there was one blockbuster cameo that you may have missed when this movie first hit theaters: Trevor Noah. A Trevor Noah Black Panther cameo, to be exact.

The Daily Show host apparently played a part in Black Panther, Marvel’s latest outing to hit Blu-ray and digital release. Find out more about this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo below.

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Westworld theory

“Are you watching closely?”

That line from The Prestige could just as easily apply to HBO’s Westworld, since both are written by Jonathan Nolan, a writer who loves seeding surprises and twists into his work. Two episodes into Westworld season 2, the story seems more straightforward than in the enigmatic first season, but there are still plenty of unanswered questions on the table. Now a new Westworld theory indicates that a repeating symbol seen in the show may be a key to one of season 2’s biggest mysteries.
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Avengers Infinity War Easter Eggs - Thanos

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see if you caught some of the Easter eggs and comic book references scattered throughout Avengers: Infinity War. Plus, a Collateral video essay explores how the screenplay expertly executes a character who is in conflict with himself, and check out a trailer for the Rick and Morty virtual reality experience available on PlayStation. Read More »

Infinity War cameo

Before they became known as the directors of some of the biggest blockbusters in history, Anthony and Joe Russo were two of the creative forces behind Arrested Development, one of the funniest and most layered comedies in television history. The filmmaker hermanos snuck a reference to the show in Captain America: Civil War by dropping the famous stair car into that movie’s airport fight scene, so it’s no surprise that they included another shout-out to the series in Avengers: Infinity War. Did you catch the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference in the latest Marvel movie?

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Ready Player One Easter Eggs

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see if you caught the dozens of Easter eggs people have spotted in Ready Player One so far. Plus, check out a video essay comparing the dreamlike romances of Call My By Your Name and Before Sunrise, and find out how you can make your own Ringwraith Gauntlets from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Read More »

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Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Egg

Back in September of 2015, director James Gunn said that the original Guardians of the Galaxy had an Easter egg somewhere in the movie that had yet to be discovered. Over a year later, fans hadn’t been able to find it, and they were skeptical as to whether it even existed. But Gunn told one fan online if the Easter egg didn’t exist that he would give them $100,000. So we’re taking his word for it.

However, today an elusive Easter egg that had not yet been found in Guardians of the Galaxy was discovered. But did James Gunn confirm whether or not this was the big Easter egg that fans have been looking for years now? Read More »