We've already discussed Easter Eggs in movies and the many ways filmmakers create in-jokes and references for savvy viewers and those in the know, but today we're taking a look at filmmakers referencing other filmmakers (or their stars...or themselves). We bet you'll never watch these movies the same way again.
Honoring Directors They Admire:
1. Star Wars in Star Trek
It's no surprise that Super 8 director J. J. Abrams is a Star Wars fan, but we bet you never caught R2-D2's appearance in both Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness. It looks like Star Wars: The Force Awakens won't be Abrams' first time with the Star Wars world.
Giving a Nod To Its Stars' Careers
2. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion's wink at Quentin Tarantino
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The comedy has a few subtle references to Quentin Tarantino's film universe. At the time, Mira Sorvino (Romy) was dating Tarantino. Thus, the keen eye can discern a Big Kahuna Burger take-out bag behind Michele's head in the scene where they pig out and decide to emulate top female executives. In one of the next scenes, an ad for Red Apple Cigarettes can be seen behind their car. Both of these brands were made up by Tarantino for his films. Red Apple cigarettes can be seen in films like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Four Rooms, and From Dusk Til Dawn.
3. Bruce Willis' Favorite Song
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Die Hard With A Vengeance has a Pulp Fiction reference in it! Who knew? Bruce Willis' Pulp Fiction character, Butch, is driving around while "Flowers on the Wall" by the Statley Brothers plays on his radio and he sings along before running into Marsellus Wallace. Die Hard's John McClane exits a cab in the 1995 film with Samuel L. Jackson and references his time suspended by reciting the same lyrics from Pulp Fiction: "I was working on a nice fat suspension. Smokin cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo." Willis starred in Pulp Fiction with Jackson between Die Hard 2 and Die Hard With A Vengeance.
4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with Rango
The beginning of Rango features the Johnny Depp-voiced reptile landing on the windshield of a convertible driven by none other than Duke and Gonzo from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Johnny Depp paying tribute to Johnny Depp.
5. Adam Brody in Mr. & Mrs. Smith
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Okay, maybe everyone just really loves Fight Club and Brad Pitt, right? In the 2005 rom-com action movie, Seth Cohen plays the man they're both assigned to kill, which is how they realize they're both spies. The whole time, Brody is wearing a Fight Club t-shirt. It's pretty obvious whose side he's on.
6. Fight Club Starring Brad Pitt
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Fight Club has a bunch of hidden gems in it, including advertisements for its main stars. Theater marquees within the movie advertise films starring Brad Pitt (Seven Years In Tibet), Edward Norton (The People Vs. Larry Flynt), and even Helena Bonham Carter (The Wings of the Dove, although it's obscured by a bus in the scene, so this is questionable).
Paying Homage To Themselves:
7. The Social Network's Tyler Durden
Fight Club's director David Fincher has also been known to reference his own movies. In The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg's Zuckerberg uses Facebook for help on an Art History assignment. The profile he's viewing? Tyler Durden's.
8. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
In the Tim Burton adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic, Charlie's father works for Smilex toothpaste factory; this is a reference to the poison Joker unleashed on Gotham in the Burton-directed Batman by hiding it in their toothpaste. During a tour of the factory, Wonka walks by a room of pink sheep as he says, "I'd rather not talk about this one." While this may just seem like a way to accentuate his eccentricity, Burton's actually referencing his Ed Wood biopic, also starring Johnny Depp; director Ed Wood was a notorious cross-dresser with an affinity for pink wool. In other scenes throughout the movie, children in the Halloween flashback wear masks of Lock, Shock, and Barrel from The Nightmare Before Christmas and a door in the factory is marked "BeetleJuicing."
9. Before Sunrise/Waking Life/Dazed and Confused
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Oscar-nominated writer-director Richard Linklater's film worlds seem to intersect at times. Like when Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprise their characters Jesse and Celine from Before Sunrise in the rotoscope dream movie Waking Life, which they then reference in Before Sunset. But there are subtler ways in which the films inhabit the same world: pinball. The same pinball machine can be found in at least three of Linklater's films: Waking Life, Before Sunrise, and Dazed and Confused.
10. Friends With Benefits picks up Easy A
Director Will Gluck references his 2010 hit comedy Easy A in the totally-okay-but-not-as-successful 2011 film Friends With Benefits. The sign at the airport for an "O. Penderghast" alludes to Emma Stone's character in Easy A. Stone appears in both films and is flawless in both.
Paying Tribute To Other Directors:
11. Indiana Jones/Star Wars/E.T.
R2-D2 makes another appearance - this time in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Spielberg paid tribute to Indiana Jones writer George Lucas by including hieroglyphics of the Star Wars droid in the 1981 film. Three years later, Spielberg did it again by naming a club in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom after Obi-Wan Kenobi.
12. E.T. in Star Wars
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And then George Lucas thanks Steven Spielberg by featuring E.T. the Extra Terrestrial in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
13. Evil Dead 2/Nightmare on Elm Street
Director Sam Raimi pays homage to Wes Craven in Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn by sneaking iconic slasher Freddy Krueger's glove in the background of a few scenes.
Paying Tribute To The Genre:
Scream is more jam-packed with references than most other movies. It's basically a two-hour homage to the horror genre entirely. The character Billy Loomis borrows his last name from Psycho's Sam Loomis before quoting Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. The janitor outside Principal Himbry's office (played by director Wes Craven himself) is named Fred and wears Freddy Krueger's iconic striped shirt. The film is so saturated with in-jokes and references that it's pretty easy for even the most savvy viewers to miss Scream Queen Linda Blair's brief cameo. Take comfort in understanding the constant name-checking of other horror flicks.
Inxs star Tim Farriss has undergone emergency surgery after losing a finger in a horrific boating accident. The guitarist's left hand was mangled and his fourth finger was severed by an electric anchor winch while he was working on a boat in Sydney, Australia last month (Jan15).
After the accident on 24 January (15), Farriss was taken to a local hospital and underwent two operations in a bid to reattach his finger. The surgery was a success, but the musician faces months of physiotherapy amid fears he may never play the guitar again.
INXS manager Chris Murphy tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "Tim is now home from the hospital with his family and undergoing physiotherapy as part of the recovery process. He is getting the best possible care and we hope with time he will regain movement in his finger. This was a terrible accident, we are all here to support him."
Country music stars Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley are to headline the first ever Shaky Boots Festival in Georgia. The singers are among the big names heading to the event, which marks the first major-level, multiple-day country music festival to be held in the state.
On 16 and 17 May (15), Shelton and Paisley will hit the stage at the KSU Sports and Entertainment Park in Kennesaw, just north of Atlanta.
The weekend will also include performances from Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry and Dwight Yoakam, among others.
Festival co-founder Tim Sweetwood tells the Atlanta Journal Constitution, "I've always been surprised that there isn't a large country festival in Georgia, so I'm excited to deliver what I think will be a great country festival for years to come."
The Shaky Boots Festival is the sister event to Atlanta's Shakey Knees Rock Festival, which takes a week before the country music weekend.
"'2014' ... What an amazing year. While I said I DO, the following months brought along a HELLO to a new little life! ... Unfortunately, a GOODBYE as well, but HELLO again to a Guardian angel." New mother Kelly Rowland bids farewell to a year of ups and downs. The former Destiny's Child star wed manager Tim Weatherspoon in May (14) and gave birth to their first child, son Titan, in November (14), but suffered the loss of her mother, Doris, in early December (14).
New Year's Eve always proves to be the most stressful night of the entire year. Between deciding who to spend this monstrously important evening with, formulating a plan for an actual activity, and, someone help us, what to wear, the night ends up being destroyed by stress before it even begins. In our experience, the pain of preparation outweighs the fun we have, so this year, we're decidedly ringing in 2015 with a bottle of wine and movies about people having a worse time than we are.
Everyone on board the Poseidon (The Poseidon Adventure & Poseidon)
No matter what your NYE plans are, they will not end as disastrously as these people's. They board a luxury ocean liner heading across the Atlantic Ocean that encounters a rogue wave, capsizing the ship. Water floods through the windows, and most of the ship's passengers die in the fabulous ballroom where they were partying just moments ago. We bet that $500 open bar is looking pretty good right about now.
Michelle Tanner (Full House)
Queen of Speaking Truths, Michelle Tanner is understandably frustrated as she tries to grasp the appeal of this blasted holiday. Stay up way past your bedtime just to feel alone and make out with your dog? Whhhhyyyy?????
Bridget Jones (Bridget Jones's Diary)
Bridget may not be having a worse holiday than you are, but she's at least having one that's just as bad. Her booze-soaked Celine-Dion-singing evening is exactly how we envision our New Year's Eve going down (don't judge!), and for that, we love her. Plus, when your resolution involves losing 20 pounds (obviously), properly discarding last night's panties, and avoiding romantic attachments to alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, peeping toms, megalomaniacs, emotional fuckwits, or perverts...you're an ideal NYE BFF.
This sledge hammer (Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest)
Though not technically a person, we still would not trade places with this construction tool under any circumstances imaginable. Only Jenny McCarthy could make us envy the unfortunate sledge hammer Miley licked.
"Little" Bill Thompson (Boogie Nights)
William H. Macy's character in Paul Thomas Anderson's Golden Age of Porn drama is often embarrassed by his porn star wife engaging in public sexual acts with other men, usually asking him to just let her do her thing. At a NYE party marking the year 1980, Bill walks in on his wife and her lover, calmly procures a gun, and then shoots both of them before turning the gun on himself. While we may have wanted to "shoot ourselves" from the stress of the night, we think he's having a much worse night than most of us.
Chandler Bing (Friends)
Your favorite sarcastic Friend, Chandler, is openly desperate where most of us just silently suffer. As midnight rolls around, he so pines for affection and validation that he jumps up and down demanding some action. NYE lesson to be learned: be careful what you wish for.
Ted (Four Rooms)
Tim Roth plays a hotel bellhop on his first night of work as he navigates through four different stories, directed by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino. He deals with witches who need his semen (Anders' segment), reluctantly becomes a part of a married couple's hostage fantasy (Rockwell's), is stabbed with a syringe by children he's forced to babysit who set the room on fire before discovering a dead prostitute in the bed (Rodriguez's), and is finally paid to chop off a man's finger (Tarantino's). Needless to say, your night is looking a bit better.
Miranda Hobbes and Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City: The Movie)
These usually fabulous ladies had a bummer of a New Year's Eve. After learning that Steve cheated on Miranda and a disaster of a wedding attempt by Carrie and Big, the ladies opted for a depressing night in, each alone (though Miranda was with one of our best friends, Chinese food, while Carrie as with our other bestie, bed). Their nights may start out depressing, but they helped us realize that you're never alone as long as you have a best friend and a fiiiieeerce pajama/mink outfit combo.
Monica (200 Cigarettes)
Monica is determined to throw an amazing party, but when nobody shows up at first, she becomes upset and a bit desperate. She does the only logical thing a person can do in that scenario: she gets so drunk that she passes out. Everyone ends up coming to her party, including Elvis Costello. She wakes up with a bunch of strangers on her floor and is thrilled, but her night positively sucked, if we do say so ourselves.
The entire cast of New Year's Eve
No matter what happens on New Year's, at least you didn't star in this awful movie. Just be thankful for that.
Tracks by Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Coldplay and John Legend are among the releases which have made the 79-strong shortlist for Oscars contention as Best Original Song.
Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beat' from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 makes the cut alongside Del Rey's 'Big Eyes' from the Tim Burton film of the same name, John Legend and Common's 'Glory' from Selma, Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye's 'Mercy Is' from Noah and Sia's 'Opportunity' from Annie.
Others vying for an Academy Award nod include 'Miracles' by Coldplay (Unbroken), Bon Iver's 'Heavenly Father' (Wish I Was Here), and Tegan & Sara's 'Everything Is Awesome' (The Lego Movie).
Animated movie Rio 2 leads the way with four songs on the shortlist, which will be cut down to the final few picks when the Academy Awards nominations are announced on 15 January (15).
The Oscars will take place on 22 February (15).
This year's (14) Best Original Song Oscar was awarded to Frozen's 'Let It Go'.
New mother Kelly Rowland has been plunged into mourning following the death of her mum. Doris Rowland Garrison passed away in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday (02Dec14), four days before her 67th birthday.
Reports suggest she had been suffering from an undisclosed illness for some time.
The former Destiny's Child star has paid tribute to Doris in a statement, which reads: "It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Doris Rowland Garrison. She was an incredible soul who made countless sacrifices so that I could become the woman - and now mother - I am today.
"We humbly appreciate all the love and support and only ask for privacy during this difficult time."
The sad news emerges as the singer and her new husband Tim Weatherspoon prepare to mark their baby son Titan's one-month birthday on Thursday (04Dec14).
The couple wed in May (14).
Singer Kelly Rowland is a new mom.
The former Destiny's Child star, 33, gave birth to her first child, son Titan Jewell Witherspoon, on Tuesday (04Nov14).
The star confirmed the news in a statement late on Tuesday night. It read: "We are thrilled to announce that today we are the proud parents of our first son. We are blessed to report everyone is healthy and happy."
The baby's father is Rowland's husband, music manager Tim Witherspoon.
The couple wed in May (14) and Rowland let it slip she was expecting a baby boy in an interview in July (14).
He’s one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but Christian Bale has always been somewhat of a mystery. Hell, we didn’t even realize he had a British accent until a few years ago! He commits so fully to his characters that we felt it was only right to commit to digging up facts on this transformative actor. Some you may know already, others might come as a surprise.
1. He was born in Wales, but he’s technically English.
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But to make things even more confusing, he'll sometimes do interviews in an American accent if he's playing an American character.
2. He was the first non-American to portray Batman.
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3. He met his wife, Sibi Blazic, through his Little Women co-star Winona Ryder.
Blazic was Ryder’s personal assistant.
4. He's an expert at losing and gaining weight.
Bale transforms for his roles. He infamously lost 63 pounds (yikes) for his role in The Machinist , and gained 43 pounds for his role in American Hustle.
5. He worked with David O. Russell and Amy Adams twice – in both The Fighter and American Hustle.
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6. He was in Newsies.
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He sang! He danced! He was an adorable teenager!
7. He was originally cast to play George W. Bush in the movie W., but dropped out and was replaced by Josh Brolin.
8. He has a kind heart.
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Following a 2012 shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises, Bale visited survivors in the hospital.
9. He also has a bit of a temper.
A recording of his tirade on the set of Terminator: Salvation was released – and remixed – in 2009. He apologized for it, though.
10. He was almost replaced by Leonardo DiCaprio in American Psycho.
Leo dropped out to star in The Beach. We'd say things worked out in favor of Bale.
11. He partially shaved his head to get an authentic-looking combover in American Hustle.
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Now that's dedication!
12. His dad, David Bale, was married to feminist Gloria Steinem from 2000 until his death in 2003.
13. At age 12, Bale beat out more than 4,000 child actors for the starring role in Empire of the Sun.
His performance won him the first ever "Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor" award from the National Board of Review.
14. He was just cast to play Steve Jobs.
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He's set to star in the Danny Boyle-directed film Jobs (not to be confused with the Ashton Kutcher flick of the same name). Seth Rogen just signed on to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
15. He bears a striking resemblence to Kermit the Frog.
We blame the Internet for this one.
Hopefully we made this private actor just a little more knowable.
Know any other Christian Bale facts? Tweet us and tell all of them!
Lady Gaga has joined the celebrities taking the Ice Bucket Challenge for Lou Gehrig's Disease research in typical dramatic fashion. The bikini-clad pop star has uploaded a video of herself pouring a silver serving dish full of ice-cold water over her head while seated in a chair online. She says nothing in the footage, but posted the message: "#IceBucketChallenge #ALS #SharePainShowCompassion I nominate Adele, Michael Rapino, Vincent Herbert, and Arthur Fogel #RichPeople."
Stars like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Jon Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder and Gwen Stefani also joined the challenge over the weekend (16-17Aug14), posting videos online of their chilly water moments.
Vedder took the task on after Pearl Jam bandmate Mike McCready called on him and the rest of the group to join him in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Alive singer nominated pal Bruce Springsteen, One Direction star Niall Horan and actor Tim Robbins to follow his example.
The celebrities are being nominated by famous friends to take on the icy bucket blast or donate to charity. Most stars are doing both.
The campaign has been a big boost to charities connected to Lou Gehrig's Disease, aka ALS - more than $13 million (GBP7.6 million) has been raised since the end of May (14) and there have been over 1.2 million bucket challenge videos posted on Facebook.com.