If you went into the 2011 Ryan Gosling film expecting a pedal-to-the-metal action flick, you were probably disappointed, even if the resulting drama was still one of the best movies that year. Investment banker Andrew Greene sued the Scorsese movie for using his likeness in a character called Nicky Koskoff, played by actor P.J. O’Byrne, who’s one of Jordan Belfort’s (Leonardo Di Caprio) greedy, amoral trader posse.
Lovable Goonies giant Sloth is about as iconic a movie character as it’s possible to be, but the man behind the make-up lived a tragic life worthy of its own Hollywood story.
The five biggest hits of 2001 included the first Harry Potter, ‘Shrek’ and ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ and ‘Rush Hour 2’ – with nary an A-lister between them (audiences didn’t go to see ‘Shrek’ because of the names in the voice cast and while Jackie Chan is a huge star in Asia he remained a comparatively niche name to Western viewers). Tom Cruise’s ‘Vanilla Sky’ barely scraped to $100m and new (cheaper) stars were beginning to emerge and stake their claim like Matt Damon, George Clooney, Vin Diesel and Reese Witherspoon.
They’re family favourites which have satisfied generations of kids and fuelled some awesome drunk karaoke. But which Disney animated movie song is the most popular?We used Spotify to see which Mouse House film tunes had been streamed the most. Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below. N.B. Stream numbers correct at time of writing.- The three things banned from Disney movies- 10 classic kids movies in-jokesImage credits: OutNow, Getty, Rex_Shutterstock
Renée Zellweger will return as the titular heroine in ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’, but the Texan was a controversial choice when she got the role in 2000. In fact, there were several famous women courted to play Helen Fielding’s hilarious singleton before Zellweger came along, but who were they? The Australian actress was hot off ‘The Sixth Sense’ and was offered the role of Bridget, but it wasn’t meant to be.
When ‘Crocodile Dundee’ became a sleeper phenomenon in 1986, earning the equivalent of £292million at the worldwide box office, Paul Hogan briefly became one of the biggest stars in the world. Aged 46, he then gathered his telly collaborators together to write and produce ‘Crocodile Dundee’. Shot on a budget of £7.5m, it was the second-highest-grossing movie of 1986 – Hogan won a Golden Globe for Best Actor and was nominated for the Best Screenplay Oscar.
One of the most successful franchises of all time is also one of the most discussed with hundreds of debates (still) endlessly raging online.
As part of our series on mind-blowing movie fan theories, we’re changing the way you watch some of Hollywood’s most famous films. - 5 Reasons Why Robin Williams Was A Genius - Amazing Picture Of A Young Benedict Cumberbatch Today – a double! 1971’s ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ and the Johnny Depp remake ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’ from 2005. The theory Published in 1964, Roald Dahl’s masterpiece about a reclusive confectionary inventor who hides five Golden Tickets in bars of chocolate around the world so a group of kids can win a visit to his factory has thrilled readers for generations. It’s been adapted for the screen twice – originally starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka and again with Johnny Depp.
“Oh captain, my captain”, “Carpe diem” – these were phrases from 1989’s ‘Dead Poets Society’ that made a host of wannabe educationalists think they could change the world. ‘Dead Poets’ has its flaws (though Williams was rightly nominated for the Best Actor Oscar) but watching the actor as Mr Keating jumping on desks, doing classes outside and inspiring his pupils to defy authority (a bit) was stirring to many. “’Dead Poets Society’ made me want to be a teacher,” wrote @TheLakePoets.
Want to do a cool shot of a camera following Bourne as he jumps from a roof through a window the floor below? Don’t bother with special effects, just put a guy on a harness, give him a camera and then make him jump right after the stuntman. Director James Cameron tested the boundaries of puppetry for this sequel, by putting two puppeteers inside the 14-foot puppet’s midsection to work the four arms and then hanging it from a crane.
Perfecting an accent is hard, but once you’ve made the choice, you need to stick with it however bad it is (see Don Cheadle in the ‘Oceans Eleven’ series). - What Happened To Kevin Costner’s Career? The legend goes that he originally intended to portray Robin with an English accent but it was nixed when director Kevin Reynolds heard the results.
Between 1987 and 1992, Kevin Costner had a quite staggering run. From the brilliant Al Capone movie ‘The Untouchables’ and vastly underrated thriller ‘No Way Out’, he starred in one quality hit after another, including ‘Field of Dreams’, ‘Bull Durham’, ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ and ‘JFK’. In 1992, he appeared opposite Whitney Houston in ‘The Bodyguard’, the soundtrack to which remains the best-selling of all time, having shifted more than 47 million copies.
The star turned down ‘Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull’ due to the smallness of the role, explaining to Digital Spy, “They wanted me to do a bit of green-screen - walk in, sit down and clap - and they were going to cut that into the wedding scene at the end. - Is Most Of Indiana Jones 4 A Radiation-Induced Hallucination? - Indiana Jones 5: What Do You Think?
“Although the annual probability of a human being killed from an extra-terrestrial impactor is estimated to be about one in a million, if a very large one were to collide with Earth then this is probably the most-likely candidate for a global-changing event,” says Dr. Faure Walker, from the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London.
As Michael J. Fox’s ‘Teen Wolf’ celebrates its 30th anniversary, we expose cinema’s most heinous efforts to plunder quick money by adding to a franchise (hint: it includes 1987’s rubbish ‘Teen Wolf Too’). Yes it was made by the Cartoon Network, but Josh Flitter’s effort as Ace’s son demonstrates just how startling Jim Carrey’s performance is. Jamie Kennedy plays a man who finds the original mask and conceives a baby while still wearing it (ewwww), thus bestowing the powers of Norse god Loki on his son.
Animal lovers will be pleased to know that the filmmakers took great care not to cause injury to any of the fire-breathers who starred in the fourth ‘Harry Potter’. - Sabrina The Teenage Witch: Where Are They Now?
The 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic novel is not just a joyous family film with a stunning lead performance from Gene Wilder, but also one of the creepiest and strangest children’s movies EVER MADE. Frankly, there’s no explanation for this utterly bizarre and startlingly scary sequence, in which the remaining visitors board a paddle boat and go through a tunnel at dizzying speed while Wonka intones a portentous poem and mad images flash up on the walls behind them. - Is Willy Wonka Really A Child Murderer?
Because he looks like us, people sometimes forget that Superman is an alien from another planet. In other words, him arriving on Earth is no different to a Martian or the Predator or Howard the Duck. - How Much Of The Indiana Jones Films Are Based On Fact?
Whether it’s because of studio interference, a crazy director, racial sensitivity or international money – sometimes a movie isn’t finished even after it reaches cinemas.
Sometimes a movie comes out before people are ready for it – whether it’s because of the themes involved, what you see on-screen, or the style of filmmaking. Back when it was released in 1989, audiences were taken aback by Timothy Dalton’s brutal second Bond film. Fast forward to 2006 however and Daniel Craig’s version of Bond returned to Dalton’s gritty ways, though ‘Casino Royale’ was a huge critical and commercial hit.
Because Hollywood’s finest have gathered together with US Secretary Of State John Kerry to discuss different ways to counter the narratives that the Islamic state are releasing. Earlier this week, John Kerry met Hollywood big-wigs at Universal Studios to discuss assisting the regions threatened or afflicted by ISIS.
Grýla is a giantess whose favourite meal is child stew and every Christmas she comes to town looking for a slap-up feed. Translated as Black Peter, Piet is a favourite of the Netherlands, where he has come in for a bit of a bashing recently due to him being represented by people in blackface.
He was a billionaire entrepreneurial genius who created Apple and helped turn it into one of the biggest brands in the world. You might well be reading this story on a device he helped design. But as two new films aim to show – the biopic ‘Steve Jobs’ starring Michael Fassbender and Alex Gibney’s documentary ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine’ – Steve Jobs, who died in 2011, wasn’t quite the benevolent humanitarian he was sometimes perceived to be. He didn’t mind screwing over his friends One of the best stories that Gibney talks about in his film is from when Jobs was just a lowly, but ambitious employee at Atari in the mid-1970s. Luckily, he was friends with Steve Wozniak, a brilliant computer engineer who used to go over to Jobs’ house after a day shift at Hewlett Packard. The exec replied that he had given Jobs a $5000 bonus.