Cory Mahoney
  • 21 True Facts About 'The Matrix' That Will Blow Your Mind
    By: Cory Mahoney Feb 27, 2015
    The Matrix is one of the most iconic movies released in the past 20 years. We may think we know everything there is to know about the sci-fi classic, but, like Neo, we haven't even begun to learn all there is to know. Below are 21 facts you probably never knew about the movie: 1. The Wachowskis risked the film's entire budget just to make it the way they wanted.  GIPHY/ The original budget that the Wachowskis pitched Warner Bros. was over $80 million. Warner gave them $10 million, so they used all of it on the opening sequence with Trinity. The opening scene impressed executives at Warner so much when they showed it, they green-lit the original budget.  2. The film differentiates the Matrix and the real world through color. The scenes that take place within the Matrix are tinted green; those that happen in the real world have more of a normal coloring. The fight scene between Neo and Morpheus has a yellow tint, since it takes place in neither.  3. Keanu actually climbed out the window without a stuntman. During the phone conversation between Neo and Morpheus within the MetaCortex offices, Morpheus instructs Neo to go through the window. Keanu did this himself without the aid of a stunt double, 34 stories in the air.  4. The helicopter scene almost caused the film to be shut down. GIPHY/ They flew the chopper through restricted airspace in Sydney, Australia. Laws in New South Wales had to be changed in order to let The Matrix proceed with filming. 5. Which might explain why the Morpheus' rescue took six months to prepare and plan. GIPHY/ 6. The Wachowskis worked on their vision for the movie for five and a half years. GIPHY/ The final product, arrived after working through 14 screenplay drafts, took up 500 storyboards. 7. Morpheus, in Greek mythology, is the god of dreams. GIPHY/ Which is ironic, since he's the man who wakes people from their dream states and introduces them to reality. 8. Keanu Reeves only has 80 lines in the first 45 minutes of the film. Of those 80 lines, 44 are questions. That's over his half his dialogue, and it amounts to about one question per minute.  9. All of the color blue was removed from the exterior shots. The idea behind this was that it would make the outside world of the Matrix seem more grim. 10. Jean Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation was required reading for all principal cast and crew. GIPHY/ The book, which is about hyperreality and the imitation of real-world processes, can be found in Neo's apartment as well. It, along with Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Karl Marx, Franz Kafka, and Homer's Odyssey, were all hugely influential on the film.  11. Will Smith was approached to play Neo. "Welcome to the real Will." He turned it down to star in Wild Wild West instead. Good choice? Maybe not, but Smith has since admitted that it was for the best because he didn't actually understand the script at the time.  12. Other actors considered to play Neo were Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, and Leonardo DiCaprio. GIPHY/ Thankfully, Keanu won out. He's really the only Neo we can imagine. #canttouchthis 13. "Neo" is an anagram for "one." Which is fitting, really, since Neo is the One.  14. The opening sequence took six months of training to prepare for and four days to shoot. GIPHY/ 15. Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity) twisted her ankle during filming, but kept it a secret. GIPHY/ She was afraid that if she told someone, they would re-cast her, so she kept it hidden. 16. The glyphs on the screens consist of reversed letters, numbers, and Japanese katakana characters.  GIPHY/ 17. Given Neo's choice, the Wachowskis have both said they would choose the blue pill. 18. Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson were both considered for the role of Morpheus. 19. The film's legacy began to show within 3 years of its release. By mid-2002, the Bullet Time sequence had been parodied in over 20 films.  20. When Carrie-Anne Moss saw the first cut, it was the first time she'd ever seen herself in a movie. GIPHY/ 21. Richard Walker, founder of sunglass company Blinde, competed against Ray-Ban and Arnette to design the glasses for the movie. He personally designed custom sunglasses for each character based simply on their unique names in order to get the job. Once he got it, Walker was flown into Sydney to make custom glasses for the duration of filming.
  • 20 Iconic Movie Moments You Never Knew Were Unscripted
    By: Cory Mahoney Feb 26, 2015
    Some of the greatest and most memorable movie quotes of all time were completely unplanned. Don't believe us? Take a look at 20 of our favorites below and see for yourself: 1. Annie Hall Woody Allen's famous sneeze as his character, Alvy Singer, picks up a box of cocaine at a party, and after finding out that it's $2,000 an ounce, he asks what the appeal is...before sneezing all of the powder away into its owner's face. The sneeze was not scripted, believe it or not. The moment tested well with audiences and the other actors in the scene reacted so perfectly to it that Allen decided to keep it.  2. Titanic GIPHY/ Perhaps one of the film's most memorable lines, Leonardo DiCaprio's feeling of invincibility would never have been captured had he not ad-libbed the line, "I'm king of the world!" Titanic has other improvised moments as well, like the scene where Jack teaches Rose to spit and when Rose spits in Cal's face.  3. Being John Malkovich Though this moment is contested somewhat, we still love the story. A few extras allegedly snuck some beer onto the set to make the most of long hours of filming.  One such extra, who was (may or may not have been) supposed to throw something at actor John Malkovich's head from a passing vehicle, shouted "think fast," making the scene even funnier. Rumor has it that because of the line's inclusion, the extra had to receive a generous pay raise, all because of a drunken addition to the movie.  4. Blade Runner GIPHY/ As Blade Runner, a film about a bounty hunter seeking androids to "retire," reaches its conclusion, its main character, Rick Deckard, is saved by the android he is supposed to kill. Right before preparing to die, the android, Roy Blatt, gives a monologue reflecting on his past experiences. Though the monologue was indeed scripted, actor Rutger Hauer added the beautiful phrase, "like tears in rain." 5. Taxi Driver GIPHY/ The script said "Travis talks to himself in the mirror." Robert De Niro took care of the rest. Because of this, we're left with one of the best lines in movie history, one of the greatest performances of all time, and the best idea for a theme party ever. 6. Dumb and Dumber The original script featured the titular idiots to argue over jelly beans in order to test the nerves of the hitman they unknowingly picked up as a hitchhiker. Since this is a movie with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, it evolved into something altogether different. The most annoying sound in the world was, for better or for worse, entirely improvised.  7. Good Will Hunting GIPHY/ Robin Williams received his first and only Oscar for his dramatic role in Good Will Hunting. You may be able to take Robin Williams out of the comedy, but you can't keep the comedy out of him, and thus, in the midst of a pivotal scene in the movie, Williams broke into an unplanned story about his wife's flatulence. Matt Damon's uncontrollable laughter is genuine, as are the moments the camera shakes because of the cameraman's laughter. That's a magical movie moment.  8. Goodfellas The most memorable moment of Martin Scorsese's 1990 mobster movie is easily Joe Pesci's refusal to be called funny. This line was allegedly ad-libbed and inspired by a real incident where Pesci called a not-very-pleasant gangster funny.  9. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Hardcore Star Wars fans may know this bit already: the famous Han Solo moment where he tells Princess Leia "I know" wasn't scripted. The line was originally written as "I love you too," but didn't seem to fit into character. Harrison Ford suggested they change it to something a little more in line with Han Solo's personality, and thus, the greatest response to "I love you" was born.  10. Pretty Woman GIPHY/ In a gloriously unscripted moment, Richard Gere's character was supposed to present Julia Roberts with a stunning diamond necklace, but instead playfully snapped the bling box closed. The unplanned move, and Roberts' perfect reaction to it, was so honest and fit the film so well, director Garry Marshall kept it in the finished version. 11. Raiders of the Lost Ark The epic sword fight that was scheduled for this scene (or perhaps it was a whip vs. sword situation) was ignored entirely in favor of this easier-to-film scene. The moment, when Indiana Jones just nonchalantly pulls out his pistol and does away with the swordsman, wasn't scripted. Spielberg agreed to do it to make filming easier for Harrison Ford, who was feeling a bit under the weather at the time. Thus, movie history was born.  12. Zoolander After David Duchovny's character explains to Ben Stiller's Derek Zoolander why male models have been behind every political assassination of the last 200 years, Stiller forgot the line he was supposed to stay in true Zoolander fashion, so he just repeated his previous line, "Why male models?" This prompted Duchovny's equally funny ad-lib, "Are you serious? I just told you that a moment ago..."  13. The Godfather The Godfather has a scene where Peter Clemenza is heading out to whack Paulie, but before he does, his wife asks him to pick up some cannolis. While the scene following Paulie's death was originally scripted as just "Leave the gun," Clemenza added a bit of humor and continuity to the film by adding the second part.  14. The Shining Stanley Kubrick's iconic adaptation of the Stephen King classic features the ad-libbed line "Here's Johnny!" Jack Nicholson improvised this line after chopping his way through the door and sticking his face in. The quote, referencing Johnny Carson's immensely popular late night show's introduction, added a bit of humor to an incredibly terrifying moment. It also, strangely, made the moment way creepier too.  15. Jaws Really, though, there was nothing else to be said. After seeing the shark for the first time, this unscripted moment was the only logical reaction a person could have. And now it's legendary.  16. The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up The extremely memorable, easy-to-imitate moments from both of these films were ad-libbed entirely by stars Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd. Director Judd Apatow had enough faith in both comedians to allow them to go on for several minutes in an unedited clip. The scenes may get a little annoying, but they are undeniably funny.  17. Midnight Cowboy Legend has it that this NYC cab ignored the indications that a movie was shooting on this street and drove down anyway. Dustin Hoffman's brilliant reaction was genuine and in character, and the rest is history.  18. Casablanca GIPHY Arguably the most iconic line in the entire film, this one was ad-libbed by Humphrey Bogart during filming. Apparently, it's something he would say to Ingrid Bergman while teaching her poker between takes.  19. The Silence of the Lambs GIPHY/ While the line about eating a census taker's liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti may have been in the script (as well as the book), the terrifying slurping hiss Anthony Hopkins lets out next was certainly not. It was left in the film because, hello, it's totally the creepiest thing a cannibal could do after discussing a meal.  20. Caddyshack GIPHY/ Bill Murray, as surely everyone knows, can do literally anything. He's the greatest. Clearly director Harold Ramis knew that too -- the script for Caddyshack featured a scene where Murray's character Carl emulates a kid announcing his fantasy sports moment. Murray simply asked for four rows of mums, and boom! Movie magic. 
  • 14 Subtle Movie References You Never Caught
    By: Cory Mahoney Feb 26, 2015
    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 Paramount Pictures 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 Buena Vista Pictures 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 20th Century Fox via Everett Collection 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 20th Century Fox via Everett Collection 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 20 Century Fox 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 Columbia Pictures 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  Warner Bros. 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 Fox Searchlight Pictures 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 Screen Gems 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. Paramount Pictures 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 20th Century Fox 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 Paramount Pictures 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: 14. Scream GIPHY/ 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. 
  • The 12 Best Moments From The 2015 Oscars
    By: Cory Mahoney Feb 23, 2015
    The 87th Academy Awards last night confirmed that Neil Patrick Harris is an incredible host and can do pretty much anything. Here's a look at the best moments of last night's show:  12. When JK Simmons won the hearts of moms around the world with his "call your parents" speech. GIPHY 11. When Benedict Cumberbatch whipped out his fun flask to better enjoy the evening. GIPHY 10. Whenever the camera showed Mr. & Mrs. Keira Knightley. GIPHY They're actually too cute.  9. When Oprah continued to prove she doesn't understand awards humor. GIPHY 8. When Oprah finally started to understand awards humor and totally nailed it. GIPHY 7. When NPH sort of became Sharon Stone's vagina. GIPHY 6. When John Travolta wouldn't stop touching Adele Dazeem's face. GIPHY And when NPH called him out on it. 5. When Jack Black freaked out about technology during the opening number. GIPHY/ 4. When Lady Gaga paid tribute to the legendary Julie Andrews and brought the house down. GIPHY It almost totally made up for her heinous gloved look. GIPHY/ 3. When Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor and exploded with the most adorable excitement imaginable. GIPHY GIPHY Even Queen Cate can't contain the joy Eddie is bringing her. 2. When Patricia Arquette turned her acceptance speech into a feminist statement (and Meryl loved it). GIPHY/ GIPHY/ GIPHY/ GIPHY/ 1. When NPH pulled a Birdman and then walked on stage in his undies.  GIPHY/
  • See The Cast Of 'Freaks and Geeks' In Their Audition Tapes
    By: Cory Mahoney Feb 20, 2015
    NBC Freaks and Geeks was tragically canceled after only 12 episodes had aired -- a mistake many have come to learn throughout the years as the series has found a cult following and a new appreciation. Its cast is filled with some of the most recognizable and lovable faces around today. Here are the audition tapes from those faces, trying to land the roles we'd come to love them for: Linda Cardellini, Lindsay Weir We could really never picture any other actor playing Lindsay Weir, and she had it down pat even in her audition. Since playing lead character (and eternal style icon) Lindsay Weir, Cardellini has starred as the perm-getting murderess from Legally Blonde and Velma in the Scooby Doo movies, as well as maintaining a long run on ER and an Emmy-nominated guest role on Mad Men. More recently, she's done voice work with various TV shows. John Francis Daley, Sam Weir "So that means she had sex in February." He straight up kills this audition and perfectly embodies the adorable Sam Weir. Best known for his facial expressions throughout the short-lived series, Daley has become well known to fans of the hit show Bones, starring as Dr. Lance Sweets since season 3. He also writes movies like Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone nowadays too.  GIPHY Seth Rogen, Ken Miller "That's why when some idiot teacher tells me that I'm not living up to my potential, I just smile 'cause I know I am." It seems from this clip, Seth Rogen hasn't changed much, thankfully. Rogen followed his role in Freaks and Geeks with a small role in Donnie Darko and a lead role on the (also tragically short-lived) Judd Apatow-created Undeclared before finding more mainstream success with bigger roles in films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, which he also produced. He's since gone on to write, produce, and star in several other monstrously successful films: Superbad, Pineapple Express, This Is The End, and Neighbors. He's also a known enemy of North Korea.  (GIPHY Busy Philipps, Kim Kelly Wow, Busy Philipps totally understood just how mean she was supposed to be. After her turn as McKinley High School's resident mean girl Kim Kelly, Philipps guest starred a few times on Undeclared and then had a longer run as a supporting role on Dawson's Creek. Aside from her film roles in movies like White Chicks and Made of Honor, she can be found currently starring in the sixth and final season of Cougar Town. Jason Segel, Nick Andopolis Absolutely perfect audition, right? No longer just the awkward, Led Zeppelin-obsessed stoner of McKinley, Segel now has a successful film career acting in Knocked Up, I Love You, Man, Bad Teacher, and writing/starring in movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement, and Sex Tape. His TV roles include a memorable recurring role on Undeclared and a lead role on the long-lasting hit series How I Met Your Mother. Martin Starr, Bill Haverchuck "It's called the Hitler Punch." It's clear from this hilarious audition why he got the part! Probably our favorite of the entire bunch, Bill Haverchuck, the geekiest of the geeks, was played perfectly by the lanky and awkward Martin Starr. Starr has gone on to enjoy film roles in Superbad, Knocked Up, and This Is The End, along with a TV role on the hilarious-but-unfortunately-short-lived cult comedy Party Down. He can currently be found on the Emmy-nominated Silicon Valley as Gilfoyle. Samm Levine, Neal Schweiber Yepp, it seems Samm Levine really is Neal Schweiber, doofy impressions and all. Levine followed up his memorable turn as one of Sam Weir's geek best friends with small roles on every show you've ever heard of: Spin City, Yes, Dear, Just Shoot Me!, The Steve Harvey Show, Boston Public, Undeclared, Raising Dad, What I Like About You, Maybe It's Me, The Drew Carey Show, That's So Raven, That 70s Show, How I Met Your Mother, My Name Is Earl, Still Standing, Entourage, Veronica Mars, Lost, 90210, Modern Family, NCIS, Person of Interest, and most recently, Selfie. His film work includes Sydney White, Inglourious Basterds, and I Love You, Beth Cooper. While there's no James Franco audition online yet, we're not giving up hope.
  • 25 'Titanic' Facts You Never Knew
    By: Cory Mahoney Feb 18, 2015
    20th Century Fox Film via Everett Collection If you're anything like us, you can't resist the urge to watch Titanic (or, at least, part of it) every time you see it on TV. You may know every word spoken, but do you know which lines were ad-libbed and which are actual quotes from survivors of the wreck? Here are 25 things you never knew: 1. The movie features 2 hours and 40 minutes of scenes set in 1912. This is the exact amount of time the Titanic took to sink. GIPHY/ The film also has 37 seconds between the iceberg warning and the actual collision, which is the same amount of time that transpired in real life.  2. Matthew McConaughey, Chris O'Donnell, Billy Crudup, and Stephen Dorff were considered for the role of Jack Dawson. GIPHY/ But thankfully, the part went to Leonardo DiCaprio, cementing him as a superstar (and an eternal heartthrob).  3. It was the first movie to receive two Academy Award nominations for the same character. GIPHY/ Both Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart were nominated (Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively) for playing the role of Rose. The next time two actors were nominated for playing the same role was 2001's Iris, also starring Winslet. 4. Gloria Stuart's nomination made her the oldest nominee in any category. She still holds the record for the feat. Stuart was 87 years old when she was nominated. This also makes her the only person involved in the film who was alive when the actual Titanic sank. Also, she gets that shout out as "the old lady" in Britney Spears' "Oops! I Did It Again," which is pretty much the highest honor anyone could ever hope to achieve. 5. Only the starboard half of the ship's set was completed.  GIPHY/ While at dock, painstaking post-production work was necessary to reverse the image in order to give an accurate portrayal of the boat docked at port (like it was in 1912). Costumes and signage needed to be reversed in order to perfect the illusion.  6. The ocean that the extras are jumping into is only 3 feet deep.  GIPHY/ The film contains 100 speaking parts and over 1,000 extras. They all needed to be dressed in lavish costumes...which would then be drenched in water for most of the film.  7. "I'm king of the world!" wasn't actually in the script. GIPHY/ The line was ad-libbed by DiCaprio. It's ranked as AFI's 100th (of 100) greatest movie quotes of all time.     8. And Jack's ice-fishing story is a Titanic survivor's quote about the North Atlantic water. He was dissuading Rose not to jump off the back of the boat, in the scene where they meet.  9. James Cameron reportedly spoke to over 150 extras, providing them with names and personal histories of actual Titanic passengers. The 150 core extras took a 3-hour course to learn proper 1912 behavior from the film's choreographer, Lynne Hockney, who also produced a time traveler's guide that played on a never-ending loop in the wardrobe department. We bet Rose's unladylike gesture was not in the guide.  10. The old couple holding each other in bed as the ship sinks are based on a real couple. Ida & Isidor Straus, owners of Macy's in New York, died aboard the Titanic. Ida was reportedly offered a seat, but refused it in order to stay with her husband. Her husband was then offered a seat to accompany his wife, but he refused it to save the lives of younger women and children. Ida is quoted as saying, "We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go" (this is also reported, "As we have live, so we will die, together"). The couple was last seen on deck, arm in arm. Aka, the love story the Titanic should have been about.  11. Benjamin Guggenheim really did get dressed in his best to die like a gentleman. GIPHY/ GIPHY/ GIPHY/ He and his valet were last seen in the area of the Grand Staircase, sipping brandy and smoking cigars. They went down with the ship.  12. Kathy Bates wasn't the first choice to play "Unsinkable" Molly Brown.  GIPHY/ Reba McEntire was initially offered and had accepted the role until scheduling conflicts prevented it. Barbra Streisand was also allegedly considered for the part. We're glad Kathy Bates had the chance to own this (as usual). Margaret Brown was a real-life passenger aboard the Titanic who helped others onto lifeboats and even grabbed an oar on her own in an effort to go back and save more people.  13. Kate Winslet flashed Leonardo DiCaprio when they first met. GIPHY/ She found out she'd have to be naked in front of him for filming and wanted to break the ice. 14. That's not Leonardo DiCaprio's hand drawing Rose. GIPHY/ They're actually writer/director/producer/editor James Cameron's. Cameron had to mirror-image his hands in post-production to make his left-handed sketching fit with Jack Dawson's right-handedness.  15. Someone mixed PCP (aka angel dust) into the chowder served to the cast and crew at the end of shooting. GIPHY/ No culprits were ever apprehended, but reportedly 80 people were taken ill and 50 more were hospitalized.  16. Originally, Rose was supposed to be tightening her mother's corset. Cameron and the actresses decided to rethink the positions to really clearly convey their relationship. You know, that Rose's mother was literally suffocating her.  17. Neil deGrasse Tyson convinced James Cameron to change the stars in the sky. GIPHY/ The Director of New York's Hayden Planetarium noticed that the stars bore no resemblance to what the night sky would have actually looked like during that time and in that location. After discussing the issue several times with Cameron (by sending letters and harassing in person), he provided an image of what the sky should look like, which was used for the re-release. You can hear "Coolest Scientist's Rant" on Titanic here. 18. Kate Winslet was one of the only actors who didn't wear a wetsuit. She ended up getting pneumonia and almost quitting as a result.  19. The bow section wouldn't sink fast enough, so Cameron sunk it entirely and raised it from the depths of the water and filmed its re-submersion. GIPHY/ After the shit breaks in half, the bow (which should go down pretty quickly) wasn't sinking fast enough because of its buoyancy and the narrow clearance between it and the tank. Once Cameron suggested to let it sink, the air space between decks flooded with water, allowing them to film it raised from the water, so it would sink quickly before the water drained out.  20. James Cameron re-shot the scenes with water bursting down the corridors because he didn't think the original 40,000 was enough. GIPHY/ He asked for triple the amount of water. The set had to be rebuilt entirely to endure the added pressure.  21. Kate Winslet's dress was designed to look as good wet as it did dry. Costume designer Deborah Lynn Scott had 24 of the chiffon dresses made in order to endure all the strain of filming submerged in water.   22. Rose's gasp as she enters the water to save Jack is Kate Winslet's real reaction to the frigid water. GIPHY/ Though the scene was filmed in the Pacific Ocean at the Baja California, Mexico set, the water was still cold enough to imagine those North Atlantic temperatures.  23. James Cameron credits Kate Winslet with the idea of spitting in Cal's face. The script originally had Rose jabbing him with a hairpin, but Winslet suggested she spit in his face instead. Cameron agreed, and the only person not informed was Billy Zane (Cal); his reaction was genuine. Cameron also credits Winslet for the "This is where we first met" line. 24. The scenes after the ship sank were filmed in a 350,000 gallon tank. GIPHY/ Frozen corpses and icy effects were given to the actors by applying a powder that crystallized upon contact with water and wax on the clothes and hair for a wet look.  25. James Cameron admitted on MythBusters that there was totally enough room for Jack and Rose to both float safely. "If Jack lives, the movie makes a tenth as much." So, like, she never had to let go in the first place...
  • 30 Celebrity Commercials From Before They Were Famous
    By: Cory Mahoney Feb 16, 2015
    It's easy to get swept up with major Hollywood stars this time of year, gazing at the red carpet and thinking of these celebs as superhuman megastars, but even the biggest names around got their starts in less glamorous ways. Before their Oscars and Emmys, these stars had Pop Tarts and Lisa Frank. 1. Ben Affleck Dig those smooth moves and that hip phone! The two-time Oscar winner starred in this Burger King commercial before becoming the megastar we know today from films like Good Will Hunting and Gone Girl. His next role may be playing Batman, but now we'll always think of him as this bad boy who breaks the rules.  2. Brad Pitt It may be crazy to see a superstar like Brad Pitt shelling for potato chips, but if you think about it, not much has really changed for the Oscar-winning Fight Club star since this Pringles commercial: he still looks good enough to make our mouths water.  3. Jennifer Lawrence Since starring in this commercial for MTV's Super Sweet 16, Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has taught those boys how to properly carry her around on her throne, where this Oscar-winning actress belongs. 4. Stanley Tucci We've always loved The Devil Wears Prada's Stanley Tucci, but seeing him young and hunky in this Levi's commercial made us love him even more.  5. Steve Carell Steve Carell may have received his first Oscar nomination for his dramatic role in Foxcatcher, but this commercial shows that he's at his best when he's being funny and lovable.  6. Leonardo DiCaprio We're like 97% sure we'd take our pants off immediately if Leo came up to us now and told us to "keep it poppin" or to "save some for Daddy." The 5-time Academy Award nominee is underrated even when it comes to his commercials.  7. Haley Joel Osment We're just gonna throw this out there: The Sixth Sense could have been a much better movie if they'd stuck to the original line, "I see snack dragons." Just saying. Also, not even a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle would eat a pizza that looks that gross, Kraft.  8. Naomi Watts Young Naomi Watts, the two-time Academy Award nominee you know from films like Birdman and Mulholland Drive, was once a teenager with a thick Australian accent. Like most of us, the near-perfect actress worried about her skin, her figure, and "that one" problem we don't talk about.  9. Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone "You sound like a commercial." "You buyin' it?" This is the greatest moment of either of their careers. Just kidding, Sharon Stone has gone on to many other performances that are just as good, if not better. 10. Mila Kunis So, we guess we can thank Mila Kunis for helping make Lisa Frank such a thing in the 90s. It's hard to believe that the star was only two years away from her breakout role on That '70s Show. 11. Elijah Wood: We've always had a lot of love for Elijah Wood's facial expressions. From Lord of the Rings to Wilfred, his face is sometimes the only thing that makes his performances entertaining. This commercial might just be his shining moment.  12. Kristen Stewart We love how sassy Kristen Stewart is in this Porsche commercial -- that head nod and "duh" look on her face, as if she would lie about missing her bus, Dad. But secretly, she's all *Live Fast, Die Hard, Bad Girls, Do It Well* #YOLO. Performance of her career, honestly. 13. Meg Ryan We would personally rather watch a never-ending loop of Meg Ryan's face appearing over the Burger King logo than watch Sleepless in Seattle. 14. Joseph Gordon-Levitt How many times have we fantasized about the chance to be at Joseph Gordon Levitt's house with him making us breakfast in the morning? Countless. But we never imagined it could be as adorable and delicious as this 1991 Pop Tarts commercial makes it seem.  15. Tobey Maguire Yo, Spider-Man is having an uncomfortable amount of fun in the bathroom.  16. Corey Feldman This adorable McDonalds commercial from 1975 may have been heartwarming back then, but 40 years later, it just reminds us how much The Goonies star hasn't aged since he was 4.  17. Demi Moore We're not sure if the Ghost star was trying to sell Diet Coke by convincing us we might fall in love, or if she was trying to warn us of the dangers and health problems that could arise from drinking it, but we still like it. 18. Keanu Reeves: Eating cereal has seriously never looked more fun than it does in this commercial. We would love to eat Kelloggs Corn Flakes with Keanu, Matrix style.  19. Stephen Colbert This ad seems like a news report, and we can totally see a lot of similarities between this FirsTier Bank commercial and The Colbert Report.   20. Matt LeBlanc Okay, the best things might come to those who wait, but does the Friends star now have to run back up to the roof, or is he just gonna waste that whole bottle of ketchup just to look cool eating one hot dog? Joey. Doesn't. Waste. Food. 21. Courteney Cox Fun fact: the Friends star was the first person to ever say "period" (referring to menstruation, not punctuation) on TV. She then broke down more boundaries by starring in terribly-named-but-not-actually-terrible TV shows, like Cougar Town.  22. Elisabeth Moss Are we the only ones watching this commercial as if we're watching Pegy pitch an ad campaign on Mad Men? We can't be.  23. Sarah Michelle Gellar This 4-year-old Sarah Michelle Gellar just slayed Burger King's competition faster than you could say "Buffy." Un-be-liev-able! 24. Bryan Cranston Fans were amazed with how Bryan Cranston transformed from the lovable Hal on Malcolm in the Middle into the meth kingpin Heisenberg on Breaking Bad, but the truly incredible transformation of his career happened way earlier. The way he instantly goes from being a skunk to a human is absolutely astonishing.  25. Aaron Paul This commercial seems like it could actually just be Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman waiting to eat his breakfast before heading off to Chemistry with Mr. White, doesn't it? Aaron Paul's gotta have his Pops, bitch!  26. Megan Mullally and John Goodman We love Karen Walker enough to be able to recognize that incredible voice anywhere, even if it's some place strange, like a McDonalds commercial. While Karen would certainly never actually sell Egg McMuffins, we're pretty sure that Roseanne star John Goodman totally would.  27. Seth Green We don't mean to diminish the abilities of our favorite werewolf from Buffy the Vampire Slayer or our favorite dimwitted cartoon son from Family Guy, but this is definitely Seth Green's brightest moment. That hair, the accent. He totally nails the 90s goon role with lines like, "Consequently, we can hit on 'em," and "Definitely - NOT!"  28. Tony Hale Tony Hale won our hearts playing Buster on Arrested Development (and an Emmy playing Gary on Veep), and this commercial proves that he's made a career out of his hilarious concern regarding women's toiletries. We wonder if Gary's Leviathan on Veep has Herbal Essences. 29. Charlie Day This quirky commercial for Cascade dishwasher detergent looks like Charlie Day just stepped out of an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Graduating and heading straight into retirement also seems like a total Charlie Kelly scheme, doesn't it? 30. Jane Lynch Okay, the only thing we love more than Frosted Flakes and Tony the Tiger is this commercial with Glee star Jane Lynch camping out everyday trying to sneak a peak at the elusive mascot himself. 
  • 18 Reasons Seth Cohen is the Best First Love
    By: Cory Mahoney Feb 11, 2015
    We've never really loved any fictional character the same way we love Seth Cohen. He was one of our first fictional loves; he introduced us to Death Cab For Cutie, taught us what it meant to be ourselves in all of our unbearable awkwardness, and even created a new holiday for us to picture spending with our imaginary children. Here are a few more reasons why we'll forever love Seth Cohen:  1. He liked comic books before it was cool. GIPHY 2. This. GIPHY/ *Hand-praise emoji followed by heart-eyed emoji* 3. He's playful. GIPHY 4. He's full of optimism. 5. His criteria for finding soulmates is on. point. GIPHY/ 6. His priorities, in general, are pretty irresistible. GIPHY/ 7. He's reasonable. 8. He's smoother than John, Jim, and Jack combined. 9. He has the best suggestions.  GIPHY/ 10. He's not afraid to show his vulnerable side.  GIPHY/ 11. And he's not afraid to cry. GIPHY/ 12. He's super good at sneaking around. 13. He can dance better than anybody else. GIPHY 14. He likes bagels (and he's adorable). GIPHY/ We dare you to think of a better rainy morning than bagels and that boy. 15. He embraces diversity to the point of creating indestructible mutant holidays. GIPHY/ 16. He's self-aware. And still adorable. GIPHY 17. He keeps it real. GIPHY 18. He's the ultimate romantic.
  • A Breakdown of 'Better Call Saul': Scams & Salamancas
    By: Cory Mahoney Feb 10, 2015
    AMC Two long years after Breaking Bad ended, we've finally returned to the meth-filled landscape of New Mexico. Before we actually arrive in the pre-Heisenberg era Albuquerque, we catch up with Saul Goodman in the present, working at a Cinnabon in Nebraska. Shot in black and white, the opening of the highly anticipated series shows Goodman in a subdued, yet still extremely paranoid state. He returns home, fixes a drink, and turns off the weather report (more snow, just like Walter White himself would have heard while he was in hiding) to watch old commercials for his law firm.  Cut to 2002, where Saul Goodman, going by his real name, Jimmy McGill, is defending three teenagers accused of necrophilia. McGill reasons that this is a simple case of boys being boys, and that technically nobody got hurt. The prosecutor's response is to simply play the tape the teens filmed themselves, of them sawing off a cadaver's head before engaging in sex acts with it. This is the sort of defense (and use of the word "technically") only Saul Goodman would try. Of course, the three teens end up in jail. After posing as his own secretary and engaging in an embarrassing-to-watch altercation with the parking lot attendant (Mike Ehrmantraut!), he tries desperately to convince the Kettlemans, suspected of embezzling $1.6 million, to use him as their legal representative. They're not entirely convinced, asking to sleep on it, and in a last-ditch effort to sway them, McGill orders a "classy," expensive-looking-but-cheap flower arrangement for them while driving, only to crash into a skateboarder. The skateboarders are trying to hustle him, and in a very "don't hustle the hustler" moment, McGill gets rid of them. He then returns to his office, possibly the only workplace sketchier than the one we met him in on Breaking Bad, in the back of a nail salon. He finds a check for $26,000 amidst a pile of overdue bills in his mail, which he promptly rips up. We next see him storming obnoxiously into a real law office, where he insists with the partners to cash out his brother, Chuck, who he's convinced will not be returning to the firm. After his unsuccessful meeting with the partners, he leaves the building, dejected, only to discover the Kettlemans meeting with the partners.  Agitated, Jimmy heads to his brother's, checking his watch and cell phone in the mailbox before walking into the house and grounding himself (his brother believes he has electromagnetic hypersensitivity). He argues with Chuck about the buyout, ultimately losing that argument as well. Chuck then suggests Jimmy changes the name of his practice, to avoid confusion with his law firm. McGill then tracks down the skateboarding scammers, relaying the story of his days known as Slippin' Jimmy, where he would slip and fall to get easy money. He convinces them to con Betsy Kettleman, showing them her car and an intersection she'll drive through at a specific time, to both earn some money for himself and the skaters, but also to screw over the Kettlemans. For the first time all episode, we see that something works for Jimmy, and the car hits the skaters just as planned. Since nothing ever actually goes as planned for this guy, the car takes off after hitting the skater. They follow the driver to a house, where, instead of Betsy Kettleman exiting the car, it's an elderly Hispanic woman. Having just talked to Jimmy, they know they can earn more money from her since she's just committed a felony, and they begin to harass her despite an obvious language barrier. She goes inside to get "mijo." Mijo is none other than Tuco Salamanca, future enemy of Walt and Jesse, which we learn moments later as Jimmy arrives and Tuco pulls him into the house at gunpoint.  The next episode shows that Tuco's distraught abuelita explains to her grandson what happened, while the skateboarders shout over her to Tuco that there would be problems unless they received money. At one point, they refer to Tuco's dear novella-loving abuelita as a "biznatch," which is a really catastrophic mistake to make when dealing with a member of the Salamanca family. Tuco calms his grandmother upstairs and insists she watch her television show (loudly) while he deals with the situation. He handles the situation the way any unhinged person would respond to their grandmother being called a "biznatch" -- he bashes their faces in with his grandmother's cane. His abuelita comes to check on things, only to find Tuco cleaning the carpet, where he spilled some "salsa." His grandmother, whose main concern is of course the stain setting on her carpet, insists he uses club soda. After assuring her he would and getting her to return to her novella, he makes a call, asking someone to come over with a van. And that's when Jimmy knocks on the door. McGill convinces Tuco that this was all, more or less, a misunderstanding, and pleas for the skaters to be spared, if they haven't already been killed. Tuco leads him at gunpoint into the garage, handing James a knife and allowing him to cut them free. As soon as he removes one's gag, the skater outs McGill's whole story, leading them all into the desert where so many will one day lose their lives on Breaking Bad. Once in the desert, Tuco and his men standing over him, James McGill tries to explain that this was all a misunderstanding; he's a lawyer trying to scam some embezzlers in order to gain their business. Unconvinced, Tuco takes a pair of wirecutters to Jimmy's fingers until he ultimately lies and tells them he's an FBI agent. Upon even more interrogation, he reverts back to the truth, explaining that he's a lawyer, and is finally freed, because it's not a good idea to get on a lawyer's bad side in the meth business.  Once freed, he is about to leave the desert unscathed, but decides to try to save the lives of the skate-scammers since, really, it's his fault they're here in the first place. McGill fabricates a story in true Saul style about their hard-working arthritic mother who would be crushed if her sons died. After some more negotiating, Tuco agrees to only break one leg each.  After then going on a date (in a silent, soundtrack-over-sound scene featuring mostly breadsticks and lipstick-covered straws, the only low point of the two-part premiere), Jimmy returns to his brother's house without grounding himself or removing his cell phone. When he wakes up, Chuck is covered in a space blanket, and he realizes that Chuck has seen the bill for the skaters' hospital visit. He assures him that he's not going back to Slippin' Jimmy days. Enter another somewhat-weak montage of his everyday life in the courts as a public defender. Then, we see James in his nail salon office, where he's visited by his first client to see him there, Nacho, one of Tuco's "business associates." Nacho is looking to find the $1.6 million the Kettlemans embezzled, and offers McGill a 10% finders fee for helping him. McGill refuses, but Nacho leaves his number and reminds McGill that if he speaks to anyone about this conversation, he'll be killed.  The episodes bring back the glory of the Breaking Bad days without being cheesy or overly nostalgic; there are thrills, laughs, twists, and overall, a strong premise. Saul/Jimmy's willingness to just about anything to establish himself professionally holds promise, especially since we know he doesn't work with the most reputable people. The true highlight is by far the return of Tuco Salamanca, all at once terrifying and hilarious, rejoicing in becoming the "Kingbreaker," cleaning up "salsa" stains, yet also filled with glee as he makes someone's leg bend the wrong way. 
  • 10 Movies That Will Be Your Valentine
    By: Cory Mahoney Feb 10, 2015
    Bridget Jones once said, "I suddenly realised that unless something changed soon I was going to live a life where my major relationship was with a bottle of wine... and I'd finally die, fat and alone, and be found three weeks later half-eaten by alsatians. Or I was about to turn into Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction." As someone perpetually spending date night with nothing but a bottle of wine, this quote hits close to home. Instead of running from it this Valentine's Day, I've decided to embrace it. Here's how you can, too: 1. Buy a bottle of wine.* Universal Pictures/ *Quantity varies depending on the individual; some may need more than just one. We are not here to judge. 2. Figure out which Valentine's Day movie is right for you. (500) Days of Summer GIPHY/ For those looking for a bit of whimsy with their despair.  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind GIPHY For those wanting to completely erase a recent and painful relationship from their minds.  The Way We Were For those at peace with their failed relationship, but who still like to think back on how things used to be. Blue Valentine GIPHY/ For those looking for proof that relationships don't work.  Lost in Translation GIPHY/ For those looking for to bask in the emptiness that only Sofia Coppola could bring.  Closer GIPHY/ For those looking for a bit of a screwed-up story filled with deceit and raunchiness. Annie Hall GIPHY For those planning to cook lobster for one, or who want a laugh instead of a wallowing, revenge-filled night.  Kill Bill GIPHY/ For those looking for an action-packed instead of a pity-partied night of revenge. Or for those who want to feel a little better about their own baby daddy issues.  Gone Girl GIPHY For those looking for proof that all relationships not only don't work, but are also secretly dysfunctional, psychotic messes.  Fatal Attraction For those who just no longer give a hoot. If you need to watch this movie on Valentine's Day, we won't judge you. Get all the crazy out of your system before it's too late. 3. Enjoy. And remember, Valentine's Day is a bull shit holiday anyway. And you're fabulous, just as you are.  GIPHY