Food is a staple of life, and therefore, it's a staple of film. While some people aren't that good at making food look that appetizing on camera (we're looking at you, Martha Stewart), many excel at making the food look so delectable in films that you want to throw the bowl of popcorn in your lap away in frustration. Popcorn is tasty, but not as tasty as whatever Ron Weasley is eating.
Here our 10 movie scenes that make us wish that we could jump through the screen and eat anything and everything:
(Warning: The below content will make you hungry.)
1. Any Great Hall feast scene in Harry Potter: Unlimited delicious food is one thing, but the fact that it magically appears and replenishes itself makes it possibly the best thing ever. If I'm ever as happy and content as Ron is while he chows down on chicken legs, then I will have lived a good life.
2. When Harold and Kumar finally get to eat at White Castle in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle: I think it's someone's dream out there to be surrounded by burgers and fries. (If it's not, it totally should be.) Yeah, you might feel like s**t afterwards, but it's totally (maybe) worth it.
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3. The food critic eating the ratatouille in Ratatouille: The warm colors! The sauce! The presentation! Remy the rat more than mastered the French dish, so much so that Anton Ego's tastebuds drifted him back to a time in his childhood of pure joy. Any food that floods you with memories of happiness is a dish that needs to be tasted by all.
4. The "Pure Imagination" scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: Food is one thing, but candy is whole other ball game. We're talking gigantic gummy bears in trees, a chocolate waterfall, arm-length candy canes, jawbreakers the size of pumpkins, and edible teacup flowers. I don't care if I drop down a chicken chute -- I want to eat everything.
5. Almost every scene in Marie Antoinette: The film may lack plot and progression, but it sure knows how to make stuff look good. From shoes to dresses to hair to food, Sofia Coppola knew what kind of look she was going for. Now someone please pass me anything that has strawberries and whipped cream on it.
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6. The surprise breakfast scene in A Little Princess: Waking up to breakfast in your bedroom is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning, but this scene managed to take it a step further by decorating the whole room with sunset orange curtains, sunflowers, and, most importantly, a table filled with breakfast foods. And the meal is even more special because it's basically the first time Sara is treated kindly since she was banished to a life of servitude at a boarding school after her father went missing and was presumed dead. Is anyone else tearing up?
7. When Steve Martin and Meryl Streep make croissants in It's Complicated: Not only does Streep's character have the most country-chic kitchen ever, but she knows how to make a chocolate croissant while flirting. Now that's a skill. The croissants are a perfect golden brown, there's a light crunch to them, and they're so delicious that they cause Martin's character to say, "Oh, baby." (Plus, cooking/baking in a kitchen after hours is something I've always wanted to do... I'd also take being stuck in a grocery store over night.)
8. Basically any scene in Julie & Julia: Because this movie aims to make us pass out from hunger the whole way through, every scene in this movie makes the list. Except for the raw chicken scene... I don't want that.
9. When the Grinch cuts the "roast beast" in the How the Grinch Stole Christmas 1966 TV special: Combine Christmas dinner with a heartwarming ending to a story and you've got yourself the ultimate holiday meal. Or maybe I just want the cartoon food so badly because I know I'll never be able to have it...
10. When Timon and Pumbaa eat bugs in the Lion King: So I guess I like animated food scenes -- so what? Yeah, I've been told that I'm weird for thinking that the bugs look absolutely delicious, but I firmly stand by my belief that they would taste amazing. Slimy yet satisfying!
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As the winds of award show nominations pick up, you won't be surprised to find 12 Years a Slave at the top of every list. But the Academy, the Golden Globes, and the various other captains of the circuit are inclined to overlook some of our smaller, more personal favorites in lieu of the big, grand, and wholly unavoidable awardable pictures like Steven McQueen's American slavery epic. That is not to rob 12 Years of Slave of its due credit — the film absolutely deserves as much awards attention as it is getting. It's simply the sort of movie that you know will get awards attention right out of the gate... whereas pictures just as pristine such as Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's Frances Ha, likely won't be the center of attention come Oscar night. But that's what the Independent Spirit Awards are for: to recognize the movies that we cherish with intimacy rather than with grandeur. Among them are Frances Ha, new release Nebraska, Robert Redford's nearly wordless All Is Lost (also a viable candidate for the Academy, due to its own dezzling veneer), the Coen Bros' upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis, and, yes, of course, 12 Years a Slave.
Check out the full list of nods below.
BEST FEATURE 12 Years A Slave All Is Lost Frances Ha Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska
BEST LEAD FEMALE Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Julie Delpy, Before Midnight Gaby Hoffman, Crystal Fairy Brie Larson, Short Term 12 Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now
BEST LEAD MALE Bruce Dern, Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Robert Redford, All Is Lost
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale StationSally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years A Slave Yolanda Ross, Go For Sisters June Squibb, Nebraska
BEST SUPPORTING MALE Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave Will Forte, Nebraska James Gandolfini, Enough Said Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12
BEST DIRECTOR Shane Carruth, Upstream Color J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave Jeff Nichols, Mud Alexander Payne, Nebraska
BEST FIRST FEATUREBlue Caprice Concussion Fruitvale Station Una Noche Wadjda
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD Computer Chess Crystal Fairy Museum Hours Pit Stop This Is Martin Bonner
BEST SCREENPLAY Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, Before Midnight Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY Lake Bell, In A World Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon Bob Nelson, Nebraska Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight Michael Starburry, The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYSean Bobbitt, 12 Years A Slave Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis Frank G. Demarco, All Is Lost Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess
BEST EDITING Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours Jennifer Lame, Frances Ha Cindy Lee, Una Noche Nat Sanders, Short Term 12
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM A Touch Of Sin Blue Is The Warmest ColorGloriaThe Great Beauty The Hunt
BEST DOCUMENTARYThe Act Of Killing After Tiller Gideon's ArmyThe Square Twenty Feet From Stardom
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARDToby Halbrooks & James M. JohnsonJacob JaffkeAndrea RoaFerderick Thornton
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARDS Kalyanee Mam, A River Changes Course Jason Osder, Let The Fire Burn Stephanie Spray & Pancho Valez, Manakamana
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARDS Aaron Douglas Johnston, My Sisters' Quinceanera Shaka King, Newlyweeds Madeleine Olnek, The Foxy Merkins
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARDMud
Monty Python's sell-out reunion shows were borne out of anger and financial difficulties following a legal defeat over spin-off stage production Spamalot. Film producer Mark Forstater was awarded an increased portion of the profits from Spamalot in July (13) after he successfully argued that his involvement in the movie on which the musical was based, 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail, entitled him to a larger share of the proceeds.
The ruling came as a disappointment to the comedy troupe, but Eric Idle insists the legal defeat was the catalyst for the group coming together again and reconsidering the reunion project which John Cleese had previously described as "absolutely impossible".
Idle tells Britain's The Sun, "We were all shocked, angered and stunned at the result of the lawsuit that cost us millions of f**king dollars. It was jaw dropping... I think that comedians are motivated by anger. John (Cleese) wrote some of the funniest emails I've ever read over that period - it was killingly funny."
However, the British comedy legend admits they were also motivated by a need to recoup the money lost in the court case, adding, "We thought, 'Where are we going to get the money to pay these b**gers off?' We made a break from our management and tried someone new. We needed help as we were in a mess. Our new legal adviser told us we were f**ked."
The group began to entertain the idea of a live reunion once they started discussing comedy instead of money, and Idle insists the group could have been greedier about the project if they wanted a bigger pay out.
He adds, "If we were greedy b**tards we'd have a big company such as AEG in there and we'd be doing a world tour. But we're not greedy b**tards, we're actually quite nice people who have lives."
Monty Python will perform five live shows at London's O2 Arena between 1 July and 5 July (14).
Sir Elton John triumphed on the tennis court in an annual charity game on Sunday (17Nov13) and helped raise more than $700,000 (£466,000) for charity. The Rocket Man co-hosted the 21st annual Mylan World TeamTennis Smash Hits match with legendary player Billie Jean King, who he went on to beat on the court at the event in Orlando, Florida.
His team, comprising of Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Robert Kendrick and Vicky Duval, smashed King's 24-18.
The $700,000 raised by the event will be split between the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, which also offers treatment and education to people suffering from the disease.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson had no clue his new character in the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen King's Cell is gay. The Pulp Fiction icon will reteam with his 1408 co-star John Cusack to bring the apocalyptic thriller, about a virus spread via a cell phone pulse, to the big screen, but Jackson was caught off-guard when questioned about playing fictional homosexual engineer and former soldier Tom McCourt.
Speaking to New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, he says, "I have no idea. I haven't read the book. Is that character gay in the book?"
It is not yet known if director Tod Williams will keep the character true to the novel, but if he does, it will be Jackson's first time portraying a gay man.
The film is due to begin production in January (14).
Veteran movie star Bruce Dern is convinced shooting John Wayne in the back in The Cowboys wrecked his film career because he became known as the man who killed The Duke. The 77 year old was on course to join pals like Jack Nicholson and Robert Redford on Hollywood's A-list but struggled to find work after his character, Long Hair, shot Wayne's Wil Anderson in the 1972 western.
He recalls, "It was 8.30 in the morning when we did the scene, Wayne was incredibly s**tfaced (drunk) on Wild Turkey, a bottle and a half. I could smell it on him, and he leans into me and says, 'Oh, how they're gonna hate you for this'."
Dern, who is the father of actress Laura Dern, reveals Wayne was right and for years strangers would approach him in the street and say, "You killed my buddy!"
Movie fans are starting to come up to him in the street again, but this time they are full of compliments for his latest role in acclaimed new Alexander Payne movie Nebraska, in which he plays a deluded old man who believes he's won $1 million and must travel from his home in Montana to Nebraska to collect the money.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "You walk down the street and people come up and shake your hand. I never had this happen except for when I killed John Wayne and they they just go... 'You f**king b**tard!'"
Dern picked up the Best Actor award at France's Cannes Film Festival for his role in Nebraska and now he is a frontrunner for a top Oscar prize next year (14).
Filmmaker Peter Jackson and his special effects team are to be honoured with the 2014 Vanguard Award at the Producers Guild Awards. Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and their team at Weta Digital will receive the accolade in Beverly Hills in January (14).
The team's film credits include hits as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar and King Kong.
Previous recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas and John Lasseter.
In a joint statement, Jackson says, "Visual effects are a great tool to inspire the audience’s imagination and encourage them to take that extra step into the story."
Samuel L. Jackson is teaming up with John Cusack again to bring another Stephen King tale to the big screen. The actors will co-star in apocalyptic thriller The Cell about a virus spread via a cell phone pulse.
Jackson will play a former soldier in the film, which has been adapted by King from his own book.
The Pulp Fiction star and Cusack last teamed up onscreen in another King story, 1408.
The Cell is set to begin shooting in January (14).
Actor Chris Noth wasn't the only star forced to slim down for his role on Sex And The City - his onscreen love rival John Corbett was also asked to lose weight for the hit TV series. The Law & Order star recently revealed that he had been asked by show creator Michael Patrick King to shed a few extra pounds before reprising his character Mr. Big in the film adaptations of the programme, and now producer Amy B. Harris confesses Noth wasn't alone.
But it wasn't his leading lady Sarah Jessica Parker who was asked to watch her weight - it was her other love interest Aiden, played by Corbett.
Harris admits TV executives wanted Corbett's character to make a return to the TV version after his initial split from Parker's Carrie Bradshaw looking sexier than ever, so he had to embark on a strict diet plan.
She tells Eonline.com, "We told Corbett to lose weight between seasons three and four. When we talked about whether or not we wanted to see John come back, we basically said we want him to come back so hot that she cannot believe it. Like, he looks so much better after she left him. And we made him lose weight. And then we made Chris lose weight for the movie."
And Harris still finds it funny how the male stars were the only ones placed under pressure to watch their figures: "It's hilarious. The women were, like, perfection, and no one ever mentioned anything about their weight ever. It was just the two guys! I think the women were just predisposed to be lucky and didn't have to worry."
John Belushi is headed for the big screen once again, only this time he'll be portrayed by a different famous face. Joaquin Phoenix and Emile Hirsch are in talks to play Belushi in an upcoming biopic about the famed comedian, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Under Warner Bros' wing, the indie will be written by Steve Conrad (The Weather Man, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and produced and directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover). Apparently, Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Adam Devine (Workaholics) have already met with Conrad, while Phoenix's name has been heard around the rumor mill. As for the role of Dan Aykroyd, Nelson Franklin (Veep, New Girl) is in talks to play Belushi's friend and Saturday Night Live co-star.
While DeVine hits the marks for both appearance and humor, Hirsch and Phoenix seem to be a little strange for the part. Hirsch is a bit too scrawny and timid to play burly Belushi, and Phoenix might simply be too old for the part. That said, Phoenix is a great character actor and delves deep into his roles, so he might be better at capturing Belushi's vivaciousness than we're able to picture at the moment.
However, if the requirement for getting the role is just being a husky male with brown hair (which it seems like it is at this point), then here are a few more people who might be up to the task of taking on the king of comedy, courtesy of Internet rumblings:
- Zach Galifianakis- Jonah Hill- Bobby Moynihan- Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl)- Tyler Labine (who played Belushi in the 2005 TV movie Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy) - Artie Lange (but we know at 46-years-old, he's not going to make the cut)- An Unknown (maybe the best move would to pick someone who isn't a big-name star so the portroyal of Belushi won't be judged so harshly)
Conrad and his team are looking to start production in spring 2014.