• 10 crazy reasons films got sued
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    10 crazy reasons films got sued

    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.

  • The tragic real life of Sloth from The Goonies
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    The tragic real life of Sloth from The Goonies

    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.

  • Why 2002 was possibly the WORST ever year for movies
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    Why 2002 was possibly the WORST ever year for movies

    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.

  • What’s the most popular Disney song?
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    What’s the most popular Disney song?

    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

  • 9 Actresses Who Were Considered To Play Bridget Jones
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    9 Actresses Who Were Considered To Play Bridget Jones

    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.

  • What Happened To The Career Of Crocodile Dundee Star Paul Hogan?
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    What Happened To The Career Of Crocodile Dundee Star Paul Hogan?

    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.

  • 10 Crazy Lord Of The Rings Facts You Might Not Know
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    10 Crazy Lord Of The Rings Facts You Might Not Know

    One of the most successful franchises of all time is also one of the most discussed with hundreds of debates (still) endlessly raging online. 

  • Is Willy Wonka Really A Child Murderer?
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    Is Willy Wonka Really A Child Murderer?

    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.

  • 5 Reasons Why Robin Williams Was A Genius
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    5 Reasons Why Robin Williams Was A Genius

    “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.

  • The weird, disturbing life of Ghostbusters II actor Wilhelm Von Homburg
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    The weird, disturbing life of Ghostbusters II actor Wilhelm Von Homburg

    He was terrifying in the ghostly sequel, but the real life of actor Wilhelm Von Homburg was truly incredible.

  • The Amazingly Lo-Fi Truth Behind Cinema’s Greatest Special Effects
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    The Amazingly Lo-Fi Truth Behind Cinema’s Greatest Special Effects

    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.

  • 7 Actors Who Gave Up On Accents Halfway Through A Movie
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    7 Actors Who Gave Up On Accents Halfway Through A Movie

    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.

  • What Happened To Kevin Costner’s Career?
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    What Happened To Kevin Costner’s Career?

    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.

  • Indiana Jones Star: The Public Would Think My Character Is A Terrorist Today
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    Indiana Jones Star: The Public Would Think My Character Is A Terrorist Today

    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?

  • Could Movie Apocalypses Happen In Real Life?
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    Could Movie Apocalypses Happen In Real Life?

    “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.

  • The 10 Worst Cash-In Sequels
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    The 10 Worst Cash-In Sequels

    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.

  • 11 Amazing Things Hidden In Film End Credits
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    11 Amazing Things Hidden In Film End Credits

    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?

  • 8 Reasons Why Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Is The Creepiest And Weirdest Kids Film Ever Made
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    8 Reasons Why Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Is The Creepiest And Weirdest Kids Film Ever Made

    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?

  • What Would Happen If Superman Really Arrived On Earth?
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    What Would Happen If Superman Really Arrived On Earth?

    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?

  • 10 Films That Were Secretly Re-Edited After Release
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    10 Films That Were Secretly Re-Edited After Release

    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.

  • 9 Misunderstood Films That Were Ahead Of Their Time
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    9 Misunderstood Films That Were Ahead Of Their Time

    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.

  • Hollywood Studios Meet With John Kerry To Discuss Countering ISIS
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    Hollywood Studios Meet With John Kerry To Discuss Countering ISIS

    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.

  • The most terrifying Christmas monsters from around the world
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    The most terrifying Christmas monsters from around the world

    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.

  • The Sound of Music kids: Then and now
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    The Sound of Music kids: Then and now

    What happened to the Von Trapp kids?

  • New Films Reveal The Dark Side Of Steve Jobs
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    New Films Reveal The Dark Side Of Steve Jobs

    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.