• Through in-jokes, cameos, and simply borrowing footage, some movies have formed  unexpected weird connections with other totally unrelated movies. For example...

    “Django Unchained” is a prequel to "Shaft"

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    Quentin Tarantino secretly fashioned “Django Unchained” as a prequel to a ‘70s classic. Attentive viewers may remember that Django’s wife Broomhilda bears the surname “von Shaft”-- well, according to Tarantino, his intention was to infer that John Shaft from “Shaft” is a descendent of Django and Broomhilda. Of course, the reference is subtle, so no intellectual property lawyers told Tarantino to shut his mouth for just talkin’ ‘bout Shaft.

    “Casper” implies a depressing fate for the Ghostbusters


    The 1995 children’s fantasy/vaguely necrophiliac love story, “Casper,” features a cameo from Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz of the Ghostbusters. Depressingly, Ray seems to bust ghosts solo now, appearing in a professional capacity completely alone. So where are the other Ghostbusters? Are they dead?

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  • Like so many aluminum cans or plastic bottles, Hollywood will often recycle story ideas. It  turns out that a lot of the movies we all thought to be standalone originals actually began as sequels to totally different movies. Movies such as...

    "Minority Report" began as "Total Recall 2"

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    Before Steven Spielberg got his mitts on it, Philip K. Dick’s short story “The Minority Report” was being developed as a sequel for Paul Verhoeven’s “Total Recall,” which itself was based on one of Dick’s stories.

    While the two stories were unrelated, the plot of “Total Recall” flowed somewhat nicely into the plot of “Minority Report,” with the psychic martian mutants (three-breasted or otherwise) becoming the Pre-Cogs that can predict future crimes.

    Unfortunately, the studio went bankrupt, and the rights to “The Minority Report” reverted to Fox, who were forced to jettison the sequel angle in their adaptation, which became the famous Tom Cruise version we all know.

    "E.T." began as "Close Encounters 2"

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    Want to keep your Periscope account? Don’t stream “Game of Thrones.”

    During the “GoT” premiere on Sunday night, reports flooded in of Periscope users sending out live personal broadcasts of the season 5 premiere by turning their phones towards the TV and hitting record. This prompted Periscope to threaten to close dozens of accounts.

    “Game of Thrones” has been the most-pirated TV show for the past three years -- according to TorrentFreak, it was downloaded 8.1 million times on BitTorrent in 2014.

    What else tops the list? Check out the five most pirated TV shows and movies:

    TV shows (2014 numbers via TorrentFreak)

    5. Gotham: 3.2 million downloads

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    4. How I Met Your Mother: 3.2 million downloads
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    3. The Big Bang Theory: 3.9 million downloads
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    2. The Walking Dead: 4.8 million downloads
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    1. Game of Thrones: 8.1 million downloads
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    5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 27.627 million downloads
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    4. Gravity: 29.357 million downloads 
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    3. RoboCop (both 1987 and 2014

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    James Bond movies aren’t known for their realism. For instance, a volcano would make a terrible hideout, diamonds aren’t really forever, and beautiful young women would never find a seventy-something Roger Moore irresistibly sexy.

    The new Daniel Craig era of Bond, however, is being held to a higher standard. But the more gritty, realistic iteration of Bond is apparently no less ludicrous than the one who saves the world from cartoonish villains and lives in world in which all women have filthy double entendres for names.

    A team of medical professionals recently told Total Film magazine that James Bond would have died seven minutes into “Skyfall.” Seriously, seven minutes! That means by all scientific logic, James Bond didn’t even make it long enough to hear that awesome Adele song.

    According to these experts, when Bond was taken down by ammunition that is “normally used to destroy tanks,” it would have turned his lungs “inside out” and then killed him. And the rest of the movie would

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  • "Back to the Future II” made a lot of crazy predictions about 2015; from hoverboards, to self-drying jackets, to ‘80s nostalgia cafés-- which, come to think of it, could still become a thing.

    Perhaps the boldest prediction about 2015, however, comes not from the movie itself but from a 1989 cross-promotional Pizza Hut commercial. In the TV spot, two teenagers, who presumably beat up Doc Brown and stole his car, pilot the DeLorean into the future (i.e. 2015).

      

    Because these kids are apparently too dumb to conceive of a plan in which they buy a sports almanac and use 25 of statistics to make millions of dollars, they just decide to get some pizza.

    Disturbingly though, the pair can’t find pizza anywhere. It’s like if the Ninja Turtles entered “The Twilight Zone.” First they go to Domino’s, that “place that delivers” as they call it. Well guess what-- in 2015, Domino’s is now a hardware store! WORST.

      

    It appears as though pizza might not exist at all in this hellish future. Before they

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    Continuing the trend of mining their back catalogue of animated features for brand new live action movies, Disney announced that they’re prepping a live-action remake of “Mulan.”

    Disney’s 1998 animated adaptation of the ancient Chinese legend isn’t as universally beloved as some of their other films already slated for the remake treatment (like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Dumbo”), but the story of a young girl disguising herself as a man to battle the Huns seems perfect for an appropriately epic cinematic treatment. And most importantly, Tim Burton probably won’t have anything to do with it.

    While the idea of a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster centered on a badass female Chinese action hero would usually be cause for celebration, a lot of people seem worried. Fans of the original, and fans of diversity and equity in general, are justifiably concerned that the new film won’t actually cast an Asian actress in the lead.

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    Fans have good reason to be nervous. The issue of whitewashing is

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  • Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall in 'The Breakfast Club'Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall in 'The Breakfast Club'
    The ensemble cast of “The Breakfast Club” will always hold a special place in the detention of our hearts. Starting this weekend, moviegoers can prove that they haven’t forgotten about those lovable ‘80s misfits by checking out the 30th anniversary theatrical re-release, which both celebrates the legacy of the classic film and also cements the fact that we’re all getting old.

    While "TBC"’s cast of fresh young faces seemingly appeared out of nowhere back in the ‘80s, some of them had already made some early, somewhat embarrassing, appearances you might not remember.

    Molly Ringwald in “Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone”

      

    Before she was the wealthy, spoiled Claire, Molly Ringwald played the exact opposite character: a filthy scavenger living in a barren futuristic wasteland -- this was even before “Sixteen Candles” in which she merely traversed the metaphorical wasteland of puberty.

    In 1983, Ringwald starred as Niki, sidekick to Wolff (he was so tough he spelled “wolf” with two

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    The recent announcement that the long-gestating "Ghostbusters"reboot would be split into separate all-male and all-female movies, has basically turned the beloved franchise into the movie equivalent of a Grade 7 dance.

    And while we were all debating the gender politics of who should be allowed to fire unlicensed nuclear accelerators at phantasms, a possible new heir to the "
    Ghostbusters"throne has been quietly brewing: " B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations."

    Lest we tempt the litigious wrath of Mr. Dan Aykroyd, I want to make this clear: "B.O.O.,"a Dreamworks animated featuret, is in no official way connected to the "Ghostbusters" series. That being said-- come on, this is totally the next "Ghostbusters" movie.

    According to IMDb, "B.O.O." is about a classified agency dedicated to “protecting humans from evil hauntings,” and they even sport a familiar ghost-centric logo.

    The voice cast includes Seth Rogen (who was at one point rumored to star in a"Ghostbusters"reboot), Melissa

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  • Disney’s new live-action version of “Cinderella,” made by famed director/occasional Hogwarts teacher Kenneth Branagh, is doing very well at the box office these days, pulling in large sums of money that probably won’t turn into old fruits and vegetables at midnight.

    For those of you who haven’t gotten your full “Cinderella” fix, or are just too busy to trek out to your local multiplex, there’s another live-action version of the classic story that  you can watch right now.

      

    This version comes from a 1985 episode of “Faerie Tale Theatre,” a children’s TV show produced and hosted by Shelley Duvall, a.k.a. Wendy from “The Shining.” Because who better to host a children’s show than a woman famous for bringing a small boy to an isolated hotel with an axe-wielding psycho?!

    Starring in the title role as Cinderella is “Flashdance”’s Jennifer Beals! Sadly, we’re denied a scene where Cinderella frantically dances to “Maniac” in an empty warehouse. Sigh.

      

    “Cinderella” tells the familiar tale

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  • There's brilliance in everyone -- if only they're given the chance to shine.

    Starring Dustin Hoffman and directed by François Girard, director of Academy Award-winning "The Red Violin," "Boychoir" tells the story of a recently orphaned boy (Garrett Wareing) who is sent to a boarding school where he struggles to join a group of world-class singers. No one expects this rebellious kid to excel, especially the school's relentless conductor (Dustin Hoffman). Think "Whiplash" -- but with a choir.

    In this exclusive clip, 12-year-old Stet (Waring) is given the basic run-down of music via his classmates and teacher -- and it's clear that singing isn't as easy as it might appear.

    "Boychoir" opens in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver on March 27 and hits theatres nationwide on April 3.

    Watch the video below to see Dustin Hoffman talk about "Boychoir" at TIFF 2014.

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