Australian actress Margot Robbie moved to London with four friends just three days after falling in love with the city following The Wolf of Wall Street premiere in 2013. The blonde beauty took her pals for support when she launched the Leonardo DiCaprio film in the British capital, and they all decided to relocate on a whim, quickly found a house and signed off on a lease within three days.
Robbie says, "I really like living with other people, it turns out. It's just more fun; I like a loud house.
"I was actually in London for The Wolf of Wall Street premiere last year, and my friends were out and they were like, 'This is so fun!'. And I was like, 'I know, (but) I gotta get on a plane... I wish I didn't have to (leave). Wouldn't it be great if we could all just live in a big house like one big happy family?' And everyone was like, 'Yeah, I'll do it...' Three days later, over (video calling app) Skype, we signed a lease and boom, here we are."
However, Robbie admits living with so many housemates isn't always harmonious - especially when her male friends use up all the toilet paper.
She explains, "I live with three boys and I can't tell you how hard it is to get your hands on toilet paper; they steal it! We've got a girls' bathroom and a boys' bathroom, fortunately, but they sneak on up and steal our toilet paper."
Robbie is no stranger to stealing the bathroom essentials herself, adding, "I was living in New York and I was busy. I was working on Wolf, and I didn't have time (to shop), and every time I just got home I was like, 'Damn it, I forgot to buy toilet paper again!'
"I was saying goodbye to a friend, who was staying at a hotel, and she was like, 'I'm getting on a plane to Australia so take whatever we got left over'. So I was like, 'Oh great' and I packed up a bag and I was like, 'Toilet paper, great!'"
She continues, "I got papped (snapped by paparazzi) outside the hotel and my mum called me and she was like, 'Ooh, what did you buy from Ralph Lauren?' And I was like, 'What...? I never bought anything from Ralph Lauren.' The bag my friend had given me to put all my stolen goods in was a Ralph Lauren bag...!
"Can you imagine if the bag broke and the toilet paper went everywhere? I was living the high life... I got home and I was like, 'Winning!'"
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.
Actor Chris Hemsworth is still recovering from a pre-Christmas encounter with a huge spider. The Thor star, who was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive last year (14), was cleaning out his garage in Australia when he was bitten by the creepy beast.
He explains, "We have eight of the most deadly spiders in the world. The bigger they are, it tends to be less venomous and it was, like, the size of my palm and its legs kind of spread out from there.
"I was cleaning up in the garage and I felt it first and I picked up a bag and I felt this big furry thing and felt the bite. It bled (a lot), like it took a chunk out of my finger. It was a monster of a thing. Then I screamed a bit and a (said) few words we can't say on TV."
The spider bite proved not to be venomous, but left shaken Hemsworth bleeding for hours.
Actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting underwent sinus surgery as a result of her addiction to nose spray. The Big Bang Theory star had the operation late last month (Dec14), and after posting photos on Instagram.com of herself in a hospital bed with a tube through her nose, she was forced to shut down rumours she had a nose job.
On Monday (12Jan15), she told comedienne Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that not only did she have sinus surgery, it was caused by her odd penchant for nasal congestion spray.
Cuoco-Sweeting confessed, "I was addicted to (nose spray) Afrin. Like at awards shows, I would have to pick out the right clutch (bag) to be able to fit my Afrin in it. I'd be under the table, like, snorting it. I'm surprised there were no photos of me snorting.
"I couldn't get enough and it was such a problem. It ruined my sinus and I actually made it worse. The doctor said I had to stop."
After having the surgery, Cuoco-Sweeting complained that she hadn't been able to sleep, but her tennis pro husband Ryan Sweeting insisted that was not the case as she had been keeping him up with her heavy snoring.
To prove it, he recorded her dozing four nights in a row, and she was "truly shocked" by the snoring footage, which was played for the audience.
She added, "He was like, 'This has been my life this week.' I've been the worst wife."
"People (were) saying, 'She's s**t, she can't act, she can't do it. What's the point? She's pouty, she's thin.' Being a teenager, you do read it all... (and) you go, 'Oh, my God, I'm that awful.' I remember going to Hollywood... I had only packed a small bag because I was convinced they were going to fire me." Former teen star Keira Knightley believed her bad press and felt sure she'd never make it in Hollywood when she landed her first big role in 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Kid Rock thrilled a fan with Down syndrome by surprising him at his 30th birthday party. The All Summer Long hitmaker turned up announced at a special dinner thrown by Dan McGurk in Clarkston, Michigan on Monday (27Oct14).
McGurk invited his hero to attend the restaurant bash in a film posted on YouTube.com, and Kid Rock saw the footage and decided to turn up.
In a video of the party, McGurk is seen blowing out candles on his cake and wishing that the star was there to help him celebrate, before Kid Rock walks in singing Happy Birthday.
The singer then hands McGurk a big bag of gifts and promises him concert tickets.
The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes bravely offered up himself as a punching bag when mixed martial arts pin-up Ronda Rousey confessed to struggling with nerves as she prepared for a pivotal fight scene in the film. Hughes asked Rousey how she fought nerves before a big fight and she told him she threw a few punches in her dressing room, he reluctantly offered himself as a target.
He explains, "Ronda's first scene ever was with Sly (Sylvester Stallone) at a bar and she was really super nervous. I said, 'What do you do before a big fight?' And she said, 'I like to spar in a room and get that nervous energy out'.
"So I said, 'You need to hit something? Let's find something to hit!' She said, 'But I wanna hit you. Put your arms up'.
"I'm thinking, 'Ronda's just gonna hit my hands,' so I put my arms up and she goes, 'wham!' The next day I was getting dressed and my kids were there and said, 'Dad, what's that?' I had this huge black mark and a broken rib. I said, 'I got beaten up by an actress!'"
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's baby daughter North West has landed her first modelling job. The Stronger hitmaker's 13-month-old girl has followed in her parents' footsteps by showing off designer clothes for a fashion magazine.
North appears in CR Fashion Book, which was founded by West's friend and former Vogue Paris editor Corine Roitfeld. Roitfeld styled the baby in a cardigan accompanied by a Chanel brooch and bag.
Kardashian has also revealed the tot will soon make her first appearance in her family's reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
The brunette says, "She will be in the season finale of our show a little bit because we are sharing parts of our wedding and she was a big part of that... We just don't want her to grow up too overexposed."
Now that we're reached the halfway mark between the dawn of a hopeful 2014 and the inevitable exasperated gasp of relief that another year of harrowing grief is finally over, we're inclined to look back on the past six months' cinematic highs. First, we set our sights to the best performances of the year, both leading and supporting. The thespian achievements that made us laugh, cry, wince (in the good way, not the Adam Levine in Begin Again way), and cheer. Here's a quick list of some of the most impressive performances we've seen so far in 2014.
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Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest HotelIt would be no surprise to anyone that Ralph Fiennes can act his way around a cerebral drama, and probably no real shock that he can handle himself in a sharp, fast-paced comedy either. But Grand Budapest is even doses of both, and Fiennes never slips up in his delivery of the rigid, obsessive Gustave H. as both a humane hero and a comic wonder.
Gina Piersanti in It Felt Like LoveThe best part of this terrific movie about struggling with your identity in adolescence is its star, Gina Piersanti, who makes the subtleties of her sad story vividly accessible.
Nicolas Cage in JoeSome of the picks on this list are less a result of the performance in question having blown us away, but more due to how happy we were to see the actors in question turn in something worthwhile. Cage is great in Joe, his first halfway decent movie in quite some time, serving to prove that he's still an actor who deserves critical attention.
Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left AliveSharing screentime and immaculate chemistry with Tom Hiddleston, who is also wonderful in the picture, Swinton manages an unfathomable energy without detracting from the film's focal point of the duo's romantic partnership. Shining so bright through the dark and dusky sheaths of Only Lovers, Swinton is the best part of what is plausibly the very best movie of 2014.
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Tom Hardy in LockeIf you liked Locke whatsoever, you'd have to credit that to Hardy's performance. As the only actor onscreen toggling his attentions between a steering wheel, a cell phone, and his own inner demons, the man gets truly theatrical in a way you don't often get to see on the big screen.
Mira Grosin in We Are the Best!One of the youngest individuals on the list is one third of the headlining trio in We Are the Best!, a sweet, fun, earnest film about Swedish schoolgirls reaching for (and just about finding) a new identity in punk rock music. Although each member of the band is a treat, the plucky and acerbic Grosin stands out as a particularly special performer.
Tom Cruise in Edge of TomorrowIn the vein of the Nic Cage/Joe qualification, we chose Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow performance stricly because of how long it's been since we've seen the once beloved and presently bemoaned movie star provide genuine thrills... it's been even longer since he's provided genuine laughter, which he does in no small doses in Edge of Tomorrow. The reason Cruise works so well in the sci-fi picture? He's playing a jackass — the sort of character at which he proved himself a master back in the '80s but has shied away from in recent years. Stick to the jerks, Cruise. Maverick, Charlie Babbitt, Tom "Morrow" Edgerson... you're good at 'em.
Jenny Slate in Obvious ChildThe most impressive part of Slate's turn as the early-life-crisis-stricken Donna in Obvious Child: her stand-up comedy routines are a genuine pleasure to watch (no mean feat for any movie). Slate's fresh turn on the wacky gal we often see in stand-up comedies is bolstered by her agency and palpable identity; this isn't just someone we're forced to see through a hard time, this is a human being who we're truly rooting for. We can give thanks to the script, certainly, but also to the naturally funny and engaging Slate.
Jesse Eisenberg in The DoubleEisenberg gets a rare gift in The Double: a chance to bank on the sort of work that made him famous in the first place, and to try out a brand new bag on the viewing public. The always neurotic performer ups the ante on his nervous shtick as Simon James, but breaks loose with a dickish confidence that tops even Mark Zuckerberg's hubris as James Simon.
Agata Kulesza in IdaThanks to Kulesza, Ida winds up a shockingly charming, funny, and (less surprisingly) very sad film. A look at the post-Holocaust years through the eyes of a long-internally-suffering Jewish woman (Kulesza) and her neice doesn't seem like a ground particularly fertile for anything "upbeat," but the sharp and spry performance of Kulesza makes for a uniquely inviting portrait of a somber, bizarre world.
Ken Watanabe in GodzillaWatanabe delivers what is hands down the weirdest performance in any blockbuster we've seen this year, or plausibly in recent years. The actor channels Jeff Goldblum-level "out there"-ness as a scientist who comes face to face with the titular monster after a lifetime devoted to research on the subject. Most of Watanabe's screentime is spent staring off into nowhere, a choice emblematic of unmistakable lunacy residing in the mind of this obsessed professor. We can feel his pain... but it's pure joy to watch.
Nat Wolff in Palo Alto Likely more recognizable for his supporting turn in The Fault in Our Stars, Wolff is a powerhouse in another ennui-soaked high school drama: Palo Alto, which is far more cynical (and terrific) than the aforementioned feature. Wolff plays a teen succumbing to loneliness, self-loathing, and substance abuse in the nihilistic tornado that is his upper class existence. At once the clown and the beacon of tragedy, Wolff really knocks it out of the park in Gia Coppola's debut.
Tilda Swinton in SnowpiercerThe only actor on this list twice (unless you count Jesse Eisenberg for his dual roles in The Double) is Tilda Swinton, who proves herself as powerful a character actor as she is a leading stoic. In stark contrast to her Only Lovers heroine, Swinton's Snowpiercer character is a wicked, delusional tyrant who would be petrifying were she not so damn hilarious.
Agata Trzebuchowska in IdaYep, there is a second actor from Ida on this list, and she's also named Agata. In fact, the younger of the two stars gives what is indeed the more remarkable performance, playing almost exclusively silent as she drinks in her aunt's life of tragic hedonism from a two-foot distance. The Ida/Anna role might have been little more than a lens for the audience to view the horrors of the Holocaust, but Trzebuchowska's restrained anguish gives the story an intriguing slant. All the pangs of the post World War II world that filter through her come out the other end with a peculiar, insightful flavor.
Daniel Radcliffe in What ifSometimes all it takes for a role to stick with you is laughter. Daniel Radcliffe, who we all love, is destined for a long career in comedy. As the romantic lead of What if, Radcliffe is super-Hugh-Grant levels of dashing, debonair, self-deprecating, and f**king funny. His rapid fire delivery, affable countenance, and complete mastery of the most eclectic wordplay makes his What if turn (as a guy named Wallace, no less) more than worthy of the world's post-Potter love.
Nathan Varnson in Hide Your Smiling FacesFinally, representing one of our favorite movies of the year is Nathan Varnson, a child actor who plays a young boy dealing with the sudden death of a close friend. There are no big, showy moments in Smiling Faces. Everything Varnson showcases is largely internalized; his role is predominantly wordless, in fact. All the more reason why it stands out in our minds as one of the best of the year.
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Girls star Lena Dunham has poked fun at troubled actor Shia Labeouf following his dramatic arrest in New York City on Thursday night (26Jun14). The Transformers star hit headlines after he was hauled out of a Broadway performance of Cabaret by cops amid allegations he was smoking in the theatre and disrupting the show.
He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, and spent the night in jail before being released on Friday morning (27Jun14).
LaBeouf's apparent meltdown became a trending tropic on Twitter.com, and prompted a string of jokes from actor/director Dunham, who writes on her page, "I feel you Shia: In 1993 I was carried out of Les Mis (musical Les Miserables) screaming because I couldn't handle the intimations of death."
She also quoted her Girls colleague Gillian Jacobs, adding, "'You know you're a f**kin' G (gangster) when you're arrested during Cabaret' - Gillian Jacobs."
Dunham later expressed her sympathy for the actors who were on stage at the time of the incident, adding, "Seriously feel awful for the performers and am sorry to contribute to celebrity takedown culture but this is the best current event we have!"
However, LaBeouf received a show of support from Jon Bernthal, his co-star in upcoming war movie Fury, who posted a picture of himself on set with the star and added in a caption, "Hang in there homie. Get through it. Big love."
The actor has shocked fans in recent months with his increasing bizarre behaviour.
His strange antics include wearing a brown paper bag over his head on the red carpet at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany earlier this year (14), setting himself up in a bizarre live art installation in Los Angeles, and flooding his Twitter page with the message "I am not famous anymore".
Animated series for pre-school children. Combines animated shorts within a live-action setting, intended to nurture creative thinking, investigation, and important social behaviors for preschoolers. Big Bag is the name of a country store owned by Molly (a human) who is joined by Chelli the dog, Chelli's sidekick The Bag (both Muppets), and Lyle and Argyle Sock (a pair of sock puppets). In the second season, Sophie, a new six-year-old female Muppet becomes best friends with Chelli and Bag. Children are encouraged to participate with the bag segments by using their own "Big Bags" at home which should include common household items. The animated "shorties" include "It's Samuel and Nina," "Koki," "Tobias Totz and His Lion," "Slim Pig" "Troubles the Cat" and "William's Wish Wellingtons." The "I Did Something Nice Today" segment features real kids describing the nice things they have done, submitted by parents. In the second season, a new animated short, "Ace & Avery," was added.