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.
Pop star Michael Clifford has filed a petition at the Australian embassy in the U.S. in a bid to gain emergency travel documents to join his 5 Seconds Of Summer band on tour after losing his passport over the weekend (06-07Dec14). The guitarist misplaced his official documents moments before boarding a plane from New York to London, where the Sydney natives were scheduled to perform at Sunday's (07Dec14) Jingle Bell Ball.
He was unable to locate his papers, prompting him to miss the flight, leaving bandmates Ashton Irwin, Luke Hemmings and Calum Hood no choice but to press ahead with the gig without him.
Taking to Twitter.com, Clifford apologised to fans and wrote, "Really, really sorry for anyone who I've let down for not being able to come. You get a free pass to call me stupid."
He has since turned to Australian embassy officials for help so he can catch up with the group. In the meantime, 5 Seconds of Summer are expected to play another show in Liverpool, England on Wednesday (10Dec14) as a three-piece.
Hemmings has since revealed Clifford managed to lose his passport within minutes of it being handed to him by the group's manager - and he can't believe how scatterbrained his pal is.
Speaking to Britain's BBC Radio 1, he explains, "Our tour manager holds our passports and will give it to us before the flight. Then we'll have it for maybe an hour and then he'll take it back off us. In that time, he's lost it."
He adds, "I've seen Michael lose a ticket before he gets on the plane, I mean he's given it in the line and he's lost it."
Clifford will be able to rejoin his bandmates this Friday (12Dec14), when they are scheduled to return to the U.S. to perform at a Jingle Ball show in New York. They will then head to Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. for similar concerts.
Taylor Swift's waxwork figure has been unveiled at Madame Tussaud's Los Angeles to mark the release of the singer's new album 1989.
Museum general manager Colin Thomas reveals artists were forced to duplicate a model of Swift that currently exists in Washington, D.C. and Sydney, Australia to appease fans.
He says, "She's one of our most requested figures. We've been inundated by Swifties (fans) who want to see Taylor in L.A."
The new waxwork double, which came together after a three-hour sitting with the Love Story hitmaker, features an actual $3,000 (£1,875) guitar Swift played on her recent Red tour. The unveiling of the new waxwork comes just days after Swift shut down Hollywood Boulevard for a free gig on Thursday night (23Oct14).
New York's Electric Zoo festival has been cut short due to storms. Music fans were evacuated from the the Randall's Island event on Sunday (31Aug14) as extreme weather conditions threatened to cause havoc at the site.
Organisers have apologised to festival-goers, stating, "Ultimately our main concern is for the safety and security of all attendees, artists and staff."
Kaskade and Skrillex were all scheduled to headline the three-day event's final night when it was cancelled.
The second day of Jay Z's Made in America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was also affected by severe weather conditions.
Fans were asked to leave the site and find cover in "protected areas" late on Sunday afternoon, and after about an hour, gates were re-opened around 7.30pm local time.
As a result of the storm delay, the acts scheduled to perform the rest of the night were pushed back an hour, with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Tiesto, and Kings of Leon set to close out the two-day festival.
Kings of Leon star Nathan Followill, who is making his stage comeback after a tour bus accident derailed the band's North American tour, took to Twitter.com to pray for better weather, writing, "Dear thunderstorm, please go away so I can play some rock and or roll. So much for it always being sunny in Philadelphia."
Reclusive singer Kate Bush credits her son Bertie with inspiring her to return to performing live. The Wuthering Heights hitmaker made her stage comeback at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday night (26Aug14), 35 years after her last tour.
Her 16-year-old son Bertie features in the three-hour production and Bush thanks him in the concert's programme for being the driving force behind her return.
She writes, "Without my son Bertie, this would never have happened. Without his encouragement and enthusiasm, particularly in the early stages when I was very frightened to commit to pushing the 'go' button, I'm sure I would have backed out.
"Throughout he has been my chief consultant, my editor, my confidant. In order for him to be part of this, which has always part of the deal, he has had to work really hard in order to keep his school commitments as well as his commitments to the show.
"He is a very talented actor and beautiful singer, as you will witness and he brings something special to the show through his presence. Thank you Bertie. Thank you so much."
Bush also made a dedication to her son during her performance on Tuesday. Her sold-out 22-date run at the venue concludes in October (14).
Last night, One Direction's front man, Harry Styles, got engaged! Well, sort of.
The band performed the first of two shows at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on their Where We Are tour. Towards the end of their concert, Styles paused between songs to ask the crowd if there was really a girl there in a wedding dress.
To rewind a little bit, yesterday Priya went to a One Direction concert. In a wedding dress.
THIS CHICK LEGIT SHOWED UP TO THE CONCERT IN A WEDDING DRESS pic.twitter.com/1l0H423rZV
— (Mad)ison| yesterday (@frickfrakhoran) August 13, 2014
Other 1D fans were posting pictures of her all over Twitter and Instagram.
went to a 1D concert, got a pic with a girl in a wedding dress pic.twitter.com/hiZzLwp5kc
— bridget (@bridgetelison) August 13, 2014
Even her own brother hopped on board the selfie train.
Yo I gotta pic with psycho wedding dress girl at the 1D concert. Do we look alike lol? #WWAPhilly #weddingdress pic.twitter.com/0zYt9JRTeq
— shriji thakker (@shrobro) August 13, 2014
So of course, this news managed to reach Harry Styles. Being the sweetie that his is, Harry made all of Priya’s dreams come true:
Make sure your sound is on for this Vine. WARNING: There are some serious screaming fans.
Now every fan will be attending One Direction concerts looking like this:
"HARRY PROPOSED TO A FAN THAT WAS WEARING A WEDDING DRESS" @Harry_Styles next concert... #MTVHottest One Direction pic.twitter.com/95seVbCsDO
— ☯ℓєηα✖ (@JngerLena) August 14, 2014
Congrats Priya and Harry! We're dying of jealousy, but can we get a wedding invite?!
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Upon hearing of Robin Williams' death, I witnessed many a friend attempt to choose his or her favorite of the actors' many terrific films... most of these attempts dissolved into chaotic indecision. So let's make it easier — while Williams' dramatic genius is well documented in pictures like Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society, his penchant for the dark and twisted well chronicled in Insomnia and One Hour Photo, we'll always have a very special place in our hearts for his comedy. As such, we limit our expedition to this realm: which is Robin Williams' funniest role?
There are a few candidates that leap out as frontrunners — Mrs. Doubtfire, for one. It's hard to top a film in which a grown man, disguised as a husky Scottish nanny, tosses a piece of fruit at Pierce Brosnan. But we'd be remiss to discount some of Williams' other laugh riots: He's delightful in the courageous and sharp Good Morning, Vietnam. He's outrageously kooky in the oddball dark comedy The Fisher King. And without even showing his face, he's a tour de force in Disney's Aladdin. Peruse the complete list of Williams laughers below, and then chime in with your feelings.
MRS. DOUBTFIREWilliams plays a newly separated father of three who dresses up like a kindly housekeeper in order to spend time with his estranged kids.Funniest moment: An unexpected run-in with the legal representative charged with determining his aptitude as a parent (and human being) forces Williams to dash from room to room, donning and shedding his Mrs. Doubtfire disguise, juggling accents and sticking his face in pies.
GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM Williams plays a 'Nam-based disc jockey keeps his Army base lively with his irreverent radio show.Funniest moment: Any one of Williams' rapid fire on-air bits (much to the chagrin of the stuffed shirts in charge).
THE FISHER KINGWilliams plays a delusional derelict who entertains Medieval fantasies years after the death of his wife.Funniest moment: Williams' forceful escort of new friend Jack (Jeff Bridges) across the street, completely unfazed by oncoming traffic.
POPEYEWilliams plays a live action version of the animated sailor on a perplexing and listless quest through the neighborhood of Sweethaven.Funniest moment: Williams' genius is in his sardonic murmurs; after every ridiculous affirmation by one of the lively Sweethaven residents, Williams will mutter something nearly unintelligible and certainly hilarious under his breath.
THE BIRDCAGE Williams plays a gay nightclub owner who is married to his star performer (Nathan Lane) and father to a notably ungrateful young buck (Dan Futterman) who brings his girlfriend and her conservative parents over for dinner... prompting Lane to dress up as a woman. We're noticing a trend.Funniest moment: In truth, Williams is the straight man in this picture, letting Lane take most of the broad, wild comedy. But he does have plenty of good deadpan one-liners to enjoy.
PATCH ADAMSWilliams plays a doctor who holds dear to the maxim that laugher is the best medicine when he makes it his mission to lift the spirits of his ailing patients.Funniset moment: That old lady squeezing noodles can't be beat.
ALADDINWilliams plays an all powerful Genie, tasked with the wishes (and friendship) of dopey street rat Aladdin when the latter discovers his magical lamp.Funniest moments: It's gotta be his entrance. Williams puts on a veritable stand-up routine when he meets "Al" for the first time in the dank caves below the desert.
Which is your favorite? Cast your vote!
When drag queens, rock and roll legends, murderous social climbers and tap dancing gangsters come together, it can only mean one thing: the Tony Awards. The biggest night on Broadway made its way to Radio City Music Hall Sunday night to celebrate the best and most unforgettable performances of the season, and while the show had its fair share of historical moments, show-stopping numbers and mind-blowing spectacle, the 2014 Tonys stood out for another reason – they were just plain weird.
From the moment that host Hugh Jackman hopped his way across the screen as part of the opening number it was clear that this year’s awards were going to be a memorable event, and between the impromptu rap numbers, the countless teleprompter issues and Neil Patrick Harris giving everyone a lap dance, the night only got stranger and stranger. It might be hard to believe that there's anything stranger than the idea of Barney Stinson in heels and a miniskirt or Rocky becoming a hit musical, but this year's Tonys managed to make both of those things seem downright normal with all of the confusing moments and odd numbers they unveiled, starting with that opening bit...
Hugh Jackman Bounces Back to Broadway After handing over hosting duties to Harris for the last several years, everyone was expecting Jackman to go big for his return to the Tonys stage. Instead, he went old-school, and spent four minutes hopping around Radio City Music Hall, meeting with all of the actors and checking out all of the shows, in an homage to Bobby Van’s “Take Me to Broadway.” It was a nice tribute to his love of the theater, but for an award show that prides itself on big production numbers and a host who loves a great song-and-dance moment, it was a slightly confusing, slightly underwhelming choice.
Clint Eastwood Loses the Teleprompter We’re not sure if the teleprompters weren’t working or if the champagne was just flowing a little too freely backstage, but almost every presenter struggled to get their words out (or, in Fran Drescher’s case, to read the names in the right order). However, no mispronunciations or flubbed cues held a candle to the rambling, confusing speech that Eastwood gave before giving out the directing awards. We think it had something to do with directing, the theater and the importance of remembering your glasses before you head out onstage, but we’d be lying if we said we could follow any of the nonsense he mumbled.
Neil Patrick Harris Licks Samuel L. Jackson’s Glasses Well, technically Hedwig did. During his raucous performance with the rest of the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Harris took to the audience to make Orlando Bloom take part in a “car wash,” give Sting a lap dance, and make out with his husband David Burtka. Somewhere in there, he decided to steal the glasses of the most intimidating man in the audience, thoroughly clean them with his tongue and the place them delicately back on his face. See that mix of bewilderment, fear, and excitement on Jackson’s face? That’s the only appropriate reaction to have in a situation like that.
Jackman, T.I. and LL Cool J Rap The Music Man If you’ve ever listened to a recording of The Music Man and thought that what Harold Hill really needed were some sick beats, we have some good news for you. Over a beat from Questlove, Jackman, T.I. and LL Cool J (because the Tonys air on CBS) freestyled about the hardships of making a living by selling trombones, while the older members of the audience stood there uncomfortably, looking confused and terrified.
Rocky: The Musical Is All Scrap, No Song Look, when your whole show builds to an elaborate, full-contact boxing match complete with an announcer, jumbotron and full-scale ring, you want to show off all of the hard work and preparation that went into putting that number together. Still, would it have killed the Rocky producers to have their leading man Andy Karl sing a few bars? This is the Tony Awards, after all; if we wanted to watch people fight without bursting into song, we’d switch over to Game of Thrones.
Jennifer Hudson Gets an 11 O’Clock Number (Literally) We’re all for producers using the Tonys to preview some of the shows headed to the Great White Way in the upcoming season, but that doesn’t explain why the number promoting Finding Neverland – a show that won’t open for another year, featuring a performer who isn’t even part of the cast – interrupted the biggest awards of the night and forced the producers of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder to rush through their Best Musical acceptance speech. Maybe if someone had kept Eastwood on script, Hudson’s diva moment could have come at a more appropriate point in the show. Like as a replacement for whatever dreary song Sting broke out.
Sting is Writing a Musical This one’s self-explanatory.
Who Wrote Jackman’s Bits? If nothing else, this year’s Tony Awards were an experiment to see whether a three-hour show could be carried on nothing but Hugh Jackman’s charisma. Most of his bits were a little odd, relying on his good looks and smooth voice to carry him through to the next introduction, as if the whole show were thrown together during his downtime on the X-Men press tour. The fact that everything still worked is a testament to the sheer force of Jackman’s charm, and our willingness to forgive a great deal for a well-executed soft shoe.
"I wore really disgusting pyjamas. Me and (my) make-up artist snuggled up together. I slept for four hours. It was great." Actress Emily Blunt on the final flight from Paris to New York City during her whirlwind 24-hour, three city press tour for her upcoming film Edge of Tomorrow on Wednesday (28May14), which began with a screening in her native London.
Bruce Springsteen thrilled fans at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday (03May14) when he chugged back a beer offered to him by a devotee as he made his way through the crowd during the show.
The Boss and his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inducted backing group the E Street Band stormed through a three-hour set as part of their headlining slot at the event in Louisiana - but it was one magic non-musical moment that will live on for many devotees there to see the marathon gig. Springsteen accepted a beer from one fan and knocked back the drink to rousing applause. He made it a special night for another fan when he kept true to tradition and invited her to dance with him onstage during a rendition of Dancing in the Dark.
As well as the hits and rarities, the rocker also brought guests onstage - former Rage Against the Machine star Tom Morello, who stepped in to replace Springsteen's guitarist sideman Steven Van Zandt on tour last year (13), performed a duet of The Ghost of Tom Joad, and John Fogerty, who joined the headliner for a rousing rendition of his Creedence Clearwater Revival hit Proud Mary.