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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Spritz on some perfume and get to work, because the wait for Britney Spears' new album is over! Sure, it isn't technically released until next week, but the pop superstar announced via her Instagram account that her eighth studio album, Britney Jean, will be available to stream for free on iTunes all week... just in time for your long, holiday car ride. But, in order to appreciate the new album, and the Spears of today, we must first pay homage to the superstar of yesteryear, by celebrating the streaming of Britney Jean with a Week of Britney.
We've come up with a week's worth of Spears-themed activities that celebrate all of the great eras of her career, all week long, so that you're prepared for the album's release on December 3.
Day One: ...Baby One More TimeIn order to best capture the spirit of Spears' debut album, you'll need to ensure that your wardrobe consists primarily of crop tops and baggy cargo pants, perfect for dancing on boardwalks or basketball courts. If you're a truly dedicated fan, go all out with a replica of the schoolgirl outfit work by Spears in the "Baby One More Time" video, although clunky, square heeled shoes and pink hair pom poms are required for accuracy. Spend your morning on the beach, staring emotionally out towards the ocean, and dancing underneath the boardwalk, before treating your friends to milkshakes that you deliver on roller blades. Make sure to chew plenty of bubble gum during the day, so that people understand that you're trying to physically embody the idea of bubble gum pop. End your day with a double billing of Drive Me Crazy and Spears' episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Day Two: Oops! I Did It AgainThe wardrobe for day two is a bit more complicated, as there is really only one outfit that sums up Spear's second album: the red leather catsuit from her "Oops! I Did It Again" music video. If you've got some spare time on your hands, give sewing your own custom catsuit a try. But if you need to buy one, ensure that it includes both a mock turtleneck and another pair of awkward, clunky shoes. After you've finished rescuing the Hope Diamond from the depths of the ocean, spend your afternoon learning the chair choreography from the "Stronger" video. If your family has arrived early for Thanksgiving, perform it for them wearing a nude-colored, sequined two-piece outfit like the one Spears wore for her 2011 VMAs performance. Finally, wind down by perching atop the highest balcony in your home, wearing your favorite pink ballgown over some jeans (to give it a casual twist), and sprinkle glitter down onto the people below.
Day Three: BritneyYou've grown up some now, so it's time to showcase your new-found adulthood with plenty of ripped jeans, strategically unbuttoned white shirts, and smoky eye makeup that you forgot to take off three days ago. Most of your day will be spent dancing in dingy warehouses or opulent penthouses, although you will finally be able to wear more stylish shoes. To ensure that your performances are as accurate as possible, borrow a yellow boa constrictor to wear around your neck. Around sunset, find a nice, quiet spot in the desert to contemplate the fact that although you're no longer a girl, you're not yet a woman. Make sure that your jeans are as torn up about the situation as you are. Finally, finish off the evening with a re-watch of the cinematic masterpiece that is Crossroads, and re-enact the pivotal karaoke scene with your friends. If you've spent the last few days dating the most famous member of a boy band, now if the time to break things off and explore your independence.
Day Four: In The ZoneToday will involve several costume changes, in order to properly reflect the growth and change that Spears underwent during this time in her life. If you are flying somewhere for the holidays, choose the most attractive person on your flight, and using your dance moves, seduce them into revealing themselves as some sort of spy. If you're travelling on land, why not rent a motorcycle? Use the weird scarves tied to your arm to lure a handsome stranger into riding with you through the city at night. Once you've arrived at your destination, change into an oversized white button-down and a baseball cap, and make your way through the throngs of paparazzi into your bathroom to take a long, relaxing bath and reflect on the end of your relationship with that boybander. When you're done, change into some denim shorts and Ugg boots, and then unwind with several bags of Cheetos and a few episodes of Britney and Kevin: Chaotic. If you can, try and find a backup dancer of your own to marry.
Day Five: Blackout After you start of the day with a weird, mumbling, awkward rendition of "Gimme More," divorce the backup dancer you married yesterday and accessorize all of your outfits with a bobbed, hot pink wig. Although you'll continue to give the people around you music to dance to, spend the day relaxing and recovering from the stresses of following in Spears' footsteps. Finally, when you're ready, end the night by collecting an armful of VMA moon men and begin launching your first of several comebacks.
Day Six: Circus Most of your day will consist of performing, so if you could find a way to build your own personal three-ring circus to use as a stage, that would be ideal. If not, why not try causing chaos in your office by singing to one of your co-workers about him being a "womanizer"? Or, instead, get into the Thanksgiving spirit by donning your best '50s housewife ensemble and baking a pie, before reverting back to your flamboyant stage outfits? When all of your work is done, enjoy spending plenty of quality time with your family before capping off the evening with Spears' Glee tribute episodes. Feel free to take inspiration from the characters and recreate as many iconic Spears moments as you can, preferably in that miniature circus you built earlier.
Day Seven: Femme FataleSince the week is winding down, it's time to have a dance party with Spears' album Femme Fatale. For your wardrobe, stick with with black and white, and make liberal use of accessories like elbow length-gloves and a giant, feathery vest. Make sure to decorate your room with all of the gold and platinum records you've sold in order to provide the ideal backdrop for dancing until the world (or just the night) ends. After you're done dancing, find yourself a comfortable seat, and have your friends and family sing for you, while you judge them on whether or no they've got the X Factor. Recruit your annoyingly self-absorbed cousin to sit next to you and talk in a British accent. Cap off your evening by watching The Smurfs 2 with some of the younger members of your family, and relax before it's time to get back to work, b**ch.
Once you've completed your Week of Britney, you're all ready to buy Britney Jean when it's released on December 3.
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In between selling out world tours, writing multi-platinum albums, baking with celebrity friends and receiving a record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from the Nashville Songwriters Association International, Taylor Swift somehow found the time to take on another major project. The pop/country superstar opened the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum this weekend. The center is designed to provide young people in the Nashville area with access to music education, and includes classrooms, instrument rooms, and educational opportunities.
Swift also revealed that she was looking for ways to become more personally involved with the programs at the education center, which got us wondering: what kind of classes would Swift teach? Sure, she could host a songwriting seminar or teach guitar lessons, but we'd rather see her teach students to channel the essence of Taylor Swift. With that in mind, we've come up with five possible classes for Swift to offer at her new education center.
Advanced Stage Twirling Swift may not be a particularly gifted dancer, but when it comes to twirling around in pretty dresses on an arena stage, there's nobody better. In this class, students will not only learn proper twirling technique — you don't want to make yourself dizzy in the middle of your concert, after all — but how to incorporate instruments, such as the guitar, into their routines. This class will also cover the ideal dress fabric and styles to ensure maximum spinning impact. For the final, students will choreograph their own twirling routine, set to the Swift song of their choice.
Writing Songs to Generate Tabloid InterestIt's not important whether or not Swift is actually dating that actor/musician/heir to the Kennedy fortune. What's important is that people will spend their time dissecting her songs, looking for clues as to their inspiration. In this class, students will learn how to craft lyrics that are simultaneously deeply personal and extremely vague in order to whip tabloids and gossip sites into the greatest frenzy. If time permits, there will also be a lesson on using the album's liner notes to hide clues and create an interactive experience for fans and reporters alike.
An Intensive Study of the Color RedSwift loves the color red — she's always in red dresses, lives in red lipstick, and even named her fourth album after the color. Therefore, it's only right that students at the education center learn to appreciate red, in every shade from crimson to scarlet. The class will cover selecting the best shade of red for your skin tone, a history of the color and its significance throughout time, and, of course, a lyrical analysis of the album Red. Students will have to take both a midterm and a final: for the midterm, they will be expected to paint about an important moment or person in their lives using only shades of red, while the final will require them to write a song inspired by the color.
Cultivating Your Award Show FaceSwift has won an incredible amount of awards, and every time she wins, a great deal of comments and jokes are made about her "surprised" face. In this class, students will learn to cultivate and perfect their own award-winning expression. Topics will include understanding the cultural significance of the award, learning your angles, and appreciating the endless parodies that will inevitably result. Students will also spend time with local comedians, in order to create a signature face that is not only memorable, but easy to impersonate as well.
Arts and CraftsEven multi-platinum pop stars need hobbies, and in this course, Swift will teach aspiring musicians fun, creative ways to spend their downtime. Students can take lessons in painting, baking, jam making, and antiquing, amongst other topics. For those more fashion-oriented, a course in bedazzling is offered, as well as smaller sessions on the appreciation of a sequined dress. Beginner students can learn the proper technique for decorating their arms in song lyrics before a show, while more advanced students can take classes in encouraging kittens to be photogenic. The center's arts and crafts program also boasts a great deal of extra-curricular activities such as knitting circles, guitar decorating, and the Association for the Appreciation of Nautical Stripes.
Director James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster Titanic, which grossed a record-breaking $1.8 billion worldwide, now has the distinction of having the cheesiest line in movie history, according to about 2,000 U.K. moviegoers.
In celebration of the launch of their new cheese-flavored crumpets, the British baking company Warburtons surveyed their customers, asking them to name their top three cheesiest moments in film. The Associated Press reports a whopping 33 percent of the overall vote agreed the Titanic declaration "I'm the king of the world!" from star Leonardo DiCaprio was the cheesiest moment.
Of the people Warburtons surveyed, the women opted for romantic comedy moments from films such as Notting Hill and Jerry Maguire, while men preferred silly scenes from action flicks like Top Gun and Braveheart.
Here's the list of big cheese moments:
10. From The Postman: A blind woman says to Kevin Costner: "You're a godsend, a savior." He replies: "No, I'm a postman."
9. From Jerry Maguire: Renee Zellweger to Tom Cruise: "You had me at hello."
8. From Braveheart: Mel Gibson's "They may take our lives, but they will not take our freedom!"
7. From Independence Day: Bill Pullman's "Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"
6. From Notting Hill: Julia Roberts' "I'm just a girl ... standing in front of a boy ... asking him to love her."
5. From Top Gun: Val Kilmer to Tom Cruise: "You can be my wingman anytime."
4. From Ghost: Demi Moore's "Ditto," to Patrick Swayze's "I love you."
3. From Four Weddings And A Funeral: Andie McDowell's "Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed."
2. From Dirty Dancing: Patrick Swayze's "Nobody puts Baby in the corner."
1. From Titanic: Leonardo DiCaprio's "I'm the king of the world!"
Julia Child on Sunday became the first U.S. chef to receive the French government's highest honor, the Legion of Honor.
"I am very, very proud," the 88-year-old Child said.
The honor was bestowed upon Child by restaurateur Roger Fessaguet, a knight in the Legion, during a black-tie ceremony in Boston, according to The Associated Press.
"Before Julia Child, America was still a meat and potatoes country," Fessaguet said. "She helped to make cooking the culture it is today."
Child, who was born in Pasadena, Calif., moved to Paris with her husband after the second world war and received her culinary training at the Cordon Bleu.
She published her first book, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," in 1961 and most recently hosted a 39-part series called "Baking at Julia's."
Julia Child presents America's most renowned pastry chefs, bakers, teachers and cookbook authors. Each expert visits Julia in her kitchen to demonstrate how to make his or her signature creation, providing techniques, tips and recipes for breads and desserts.