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10 Beetlejuice Facts You Never Knew Until Now

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10 Beetlejuice Facts You Never Knew Until Now
Beetlejuice is the goth/comedy/horror mash-up of our blackened dreams. It was the Tim Burton Michael Keaton movie we didn't know we needed, when those two Caped Cruder capers were but bats in their belfries. Beetlejuice sits mightily alongside the rest of peak Tim Burton. Feel like your whole life is a dark room? One, big, dark, room? It's time to call the Ghost with the Most. Sure, he'll probably wreck everything, in this life and in the afterlife, but it'll be a blast. If he gets too bothersome, just call on a sandworm or two. Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! So shrink your head and get undead, crank up the Harry Belafonte, and journey into the Netherworld as we rediscover at 10 things you never knew about Beetlejuice.

Original Beetlejuice script was much more grim.

The original Beetlejuice script describes the title character as a leather-winged demon, with a human form
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‘Stranger Things’: All the Pop Culture References and Homages, Episode by Episode

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‘Stranger Things’: All the Pop Culture References and Homages, Episode by Episode
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Season 2 of “Stranger Things.”]

Matt and Ross Duffer have never hidden their inner cinephiles, and Season 2 of “Stranger Things” brings a slew of new homages to horror, action, and adventure films. On top of those are all the ’80s pop culture references essential when making a series set in that decade. Here’s an episode-by-episode breakdown of all the references and homages in the second season (sans music, which will be included in another post).

Read More:‘Stranger Things’ Spoilers Review: All the Traps, Twists, and Troubles of a Thrilling Season 2 “Chapter One: Madmax” “Mad Max” (1979) – The Australian dystopian film starring Mel Gibson inspired Max’s (Sadie Sink) high-score name. “Terminator” (1984) – The title appears on the Hawkins movie theater marquee. The film would have premiered two days before the events of the season begin, which happens to be October 28, 1984. “Ghostbusters” (1984) – The paranormal comedy would have premiered earlier that summer and inspired the main foursome’s Halloween costumes.
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‘Stranger Things’: All the Pop Culture References and Homages, Episode by Episode

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Season 2 of “Stranger Things.”]

Matt and Ross Duffer have never hidden their inner cinephiles, and Season 2 of “Stranger Things” brings a slew of new homages to horror, action, and adventure films. On top of those are all the ’80s pop culture references essential when making a series set in that decade. Here’s an episode-by-episode breakdown of all the references and homages in the second season (sans music, which will be included in another post).

Read More:‘Stranger Things’ Spoilers Review: All the Traps, Twists, and Troubles of a Thrilling Season 2 “Chapter One: Madmax” “Mad Max” (1979) – The Australian dystopian film starring Mel Gibson inspired Max’s (Sadie Sink) high-score name. “Terminator” (1984) – The title appears on the Hawkins movie theater marquee. The film would have premiered two days before the events of the season begin, which happens to be October 28, 1984. “Ghostbusters” (1984) – The paranormal comedy would have premiered earlier that summer and inspired the main foursome’s Halloween costumes.
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Stranger Things 2: complete Easter Egg and reference guide

Michael Ahr Oct 30, 2017

Stranger Things season 2 is filled with pop culture references and other goodies you may have missed. Here's what our Us chums found...

Warning: contains episode-by-episode spoilers.

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With a series like Stranger Things, which places a lot of weight behind its nostalgia for 80s pop culture, any hidden references, allusions, and homages become key for audience enjoyment, especially for those who were the same age back then as the kids are in the show. Whether it be a song choice with particularly appropriate lyrics, a recognisable image meant to invoke an 80s movie or TV show, or a detail harkening back to season 1, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of all the easter eggs and references here.

Did we miss any? Let us know
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Mr. Mom”

Mr. Mom kind of helped to redefine the role of the man in the house, much at the expense of Michael Keaton of course but still in such a hilarious way that you can’t deny it was groundbreaking. At-home dads have been a growing trend in America for a while now and have been rising in popularity. It’s still not a worldwide phenomenon that could rightly be called one hundred percent normal but it’s far more accepted than it used to be. Mr. Mom may or may not be able to claim at least a little credit for this growing

10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Mr. Mom
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12 Actors Who Were Almost Batman

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12 Actors Who Were Almost Batman
Batman has dominated movie screens since at least 1989. An there have been some major players vying for the role ever since. Ben Affleck put it best: "Batman is the Greatest Part in the World." In the summer of 2017, the actor and Oscar winning screenwriter and director shrugged off rumors he was set to exit the Dceu, as work continued on Zack Snyder's Justice League. But what if someone else was coming in to take over the role. Who would it be?

Battfleck turned out to be the best received part of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which reintroduced the Caped Crusader to movie going audiences, following the critical and box-office success of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. There have been numerous big screen versions of Gotham City's vigilante since he made his debut in Detective Comics and even more false starts and abandoned projects. Today, we're looking
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Our Favorite Stay at Home Dads in Movies

The role of a dad has traditionally been to work outside of the home and bring home the steady paycheck in order to support his family so that he can be respected as a man, a husband, and a father. That role has been changing as of late and has taken on a new dimension in real life as well as in films. Stay at home dad films have been gaining momentum ever since Michael Keaton made it look possible in Mr. Mom. The real challenge of a stay at home dad isn’t so much taking care of the house

Our Favorite Stay at Home Dads in Movies
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‘The Great Outdoors’ Remake Will Star Kevin Hart

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‘The Great Outdoors’ Remake Will Star Kevin Hart
John Hughes was a beloved, respected filmmaker known for writing and directing classics such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and more. But there are plenty of movies that he scripted, only to have someone else direct them. Movies such as Mr. Mom, Home Alone and more had scripts from […]

The post ‘The Great Outdoors’ Remake Will Star Kevin Hart appeared first on /Film.
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Nine Actors Who Reinvented Themselves and Revitalized Their Careers

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Some actors manage to catch lightning in a bottle twice. It’s impressive enough to find your niche in Hollywood’s A-list even once. Occasionally, an actor will reinvent him/herself and begin a new phase of their careers that will be even more successful than it was before. Here are nine actors who had a cinematic rebirth.

Liam Neeson- Neeson has had a long career, and the early part of it was in dramatic roles. An intense dramatic actor, he apeared in films like The Dead Pool, Dark Man, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Les Miserables. His career rebirth came after playing Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars-Episode one: The Phantom Menace. After that, he got more offers for actions parts and recreated himself as an action hero in films like Gangs of NY, Batman Begins, Taken, Clash of the Titans, the A-Team, Unknown, the Grey, Taken 2,
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Michael Keaton’s ‘American Assassin’ Gets September Release Date

Michael Keaton’s ‘American Assassin’ Gets September Release Date
Lionsgate and CBS Films have set a Sept. 15 release date for “American Assassin,” starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, and Taylor Kitsch.

Kill the Messenger” helmer Michael Cuesta directed the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler are producing the film. Based on Vince Flynn’s novel, the movie follows Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton), who would be the most feared training officer in the CIA if more than a handful of people at the agency actually knew of his existence.

As the story begins, Hurley’s deputy director (Lathan) tasks him with training a black ops recruit devastated by the loss of his fiancée to a terrorist attack. The pair is eventually dispatched on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent — played by actress Shiva Negar — to stop a mysterious operative (played by Kitsch) from starting World War III in the Middle East.
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Publicist and Actress Patty Freedman Dies at 64

Patty Freedman, an actress who became a publicist, died in her New York home on Feb. 17. The 64-year-old had been battling breast cancer.

Born in Detroit but raised in Southfield, Mich., Freedman started performing early at Cass Tech, Detroit’s performing arts high school, before attending Interlochen Arts Camp and University of Michigan, from which she graduated with honors and musical theater degree.

As Patty Dworkin, Freedman went onto perform on stage in Ohio with the Kenley Players before moving onto Broadway, where she worked on “See Saw,” “Shenandoah” and “Sly Fox.” After working with Jackie Gleason on “Sly Fox,” impressed ABC casting executives put her under contract and relocated her to Los Angeles. The ABC contract brought her roles on shows including “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “Dynasty,” “Happy Days,” “Delta House,” “One Day at a Time,” “Eight is Enough,” and “Shirley.”

In film, Freedman was featured in “Ghostbusters,
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Michael Keaton Answers Your Questions About Trump, ‘Batman,’ and ‘Mr. Mom’

Michael Keaton Answers Your Questions About Trump, ‘Batman,’ and ‘Mr. Mom’
Michael Keaton is now on screens playing Ray Kroc, the mastermind behind McDonald’s, in “The Founder.” But he dropped by the Variety offices for a quick round of #AskHollywood, where he took a wide range of questions, including queries about the similarities between Kroc and Donald Trump, the feminism behind “Mr. Mom” and a job opening where he could utilize the skills he displayed in the Oscar-winning “Spotlight.” And, of course, there was a “Batman” reference and a demonstration of the Trademark Michael Keaton Stare.

Related storiesDonald Trump Inauguration Address Compared to Batman Villain Bane's Speech'Founder' Production Designer Had to Reproduce McDonald's Iconic Golden ArchesMichael Keaton Is 'Very, Very Sorry' for 'Hidden Fences' Golden Globes Gaffe
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Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Interview: Nap-Loving James Lesure More Adorable than Coach Mike

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James Lesure is not new to television. 

He's been starring on some of the best shows on the small screen since his career first began in 1995, with a small role on a made-for-tv movie about Oj Simpson.

Over 20 years later after featured roles on For Your Love, Las Vegas and Men at Work, he's wooing Lisa Edelstein's Abby on Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce.

As Coach Mike Brady, Lesure is the feared leader of little league Abby can't resist. He gets to turn otherwise disgusting habits sexy and play at turning Abby's head.  

He carries on a warm and inviting conversation and has a genuine and infectious laugh. Get to know him better by reading more below.

TV Fanatic: You have been on so many comedies and dramas over the years, how does working on Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce compare?

James Lesure: This feels a little more grown up
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The Founder – Review

Here’s a most unusual entry in a genre that’s now becoming a cinema staple: the origin story. Now that term may be most associated with comic books, and many of the superhero blockbusters are just that, the story of how he, she, or they came to get their powers, whip up a costume, and so on (the recent Doctor Strange is an excellent example). Ah, but this is a true tale, almost an autobiography. There have been many “bio-origins”, from Young Mr. Lincoln to Southside With You (hmm.. both about future presidents). Yes, there’s the individual’s journey, but this flick is also about a product. The Social Network concerned Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of that website, and Steve Jobs was as much about the man as it was about the personal computer. This new movie focuses on Ray Kroc and chronicles the evolution of the fast food restaurant industry,
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An Oscar Contender Not to Forget: Michael Keaton’s Brilliantly Tricky and Winning Performance in ‘The Founder’

An Oscar Contender Not to Forget: Michael Keaton’s Brilliantly Tricky and Winning Performance in ‘The Founder’
In the Hollywood awards race, the big liftoff moment that looms — the announcement of the Oscar nominations — is like a sculpture-in-progress that we get to see worked on in public. Each day brings another bit of sanding and chiseling — the Critics Choice Awards! The SAG nominations! The New York Film Critics Circle awards! The guilds, the critics’ groups (is there one in Boise yet?), the proliferating awards shows: Each one helps to hammer out and shape the final roster. You may think that some of these groups are irrelevant, but every little bit counts; the sheer repetition of names can turn into a drumbeat that becomes a fait accompli. (Once you’ve read “Emma Stone, Isabelle Huppert, Natalie Portman…” in 16 different places, it becomes harder and harder for anyone — including Academy members — to imagine a slate of Best Actress nominees that doesn’t include Emma Stone, Isabelle Huppert, etc.) Repetition becomes perception becomes reality.
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Newswire: Ben Affleck is Kevin Smith’s favorite Batman, obviously

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Speaking at a Comic Book Men panel yesterday at New York Comic Con, Kevin Smith shocked nobody in the room when he confirmed that Ben Affleck is his preferred Dark Knight. According to ComicBook.com, Smith lays out a pretty specific explanation behind his choice:

Ben Affleck rules as the Batman. The brilliance of Zack Snyder said, “let’s make him look and move like the video game Batman”. I mean it used to be Michael Keaton, and fuck, Mr. Mom doesn’t hit too hard, but Ben comes in and blows up 12 people just coming in the door.

That’s a serious finned-gauntlet being thrown down, so it warrants scrutiny. Yes, if you go by the rubric of punches per frame of film, the Mallrats director has a point; say what you will about Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, but the warehouse scene alone makes it quantifiably ...
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Why Kevin Smith Prefers Ben Affleck’s Batman to ‘Mr. Mom’ Michael Keaton’s

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Why Kevin Smith Prefers Ben Affleck’s Batman to ‘Mr. Mom’ Michael Keaton’s
Kevin Smith says his old friend Ben Affleck “rules as the Batman” because he brutalizes bad guys in a way Michael Keaton‘s Batman never did. The brilliance of Zach Snyder said, let’s make him look and move like the video game Batman. I mean it used to be Michael Keaton, and f—, Mr. Mom doesn’t hit too hard, but Ben comes in and blows up 12 people just coming in the door,” Smith said at a New York Comic Con for his AMC series “Comic Book Men,” according to comicbook.com. Also Read: Ben Affleck Defends 'Batman
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21 Things You Might Not Have Known About Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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21 Things You Might Not Have Known About Ferris Bueller's Day Off
John Hughes' iconic Ferris Bueller's Day Off turns 30 Saturday. The film, which has become a beloved totem of teenage rebellion and a wonderful 1980s time capsule, is also an ode to Chicago - a teenage Hughes moved around the city's suburbs with his family. To celebrate, here are 21 things you (probably) never knew about the film. 1. Ferris' parents got married in real lifeLyman Ward, who played Ferris' father, was married to his onscreen wife Cindy Pickett, from 1986 to 1992. They met on the set of the film and eventually had two children. 2. Hughes pitched the film with one sentence… "I called Ned Tanen [then-head of Paramount films] and said,
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21 Things You Might Not Have Known About Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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21 Things You Might Not Have Known About Ferris Bueller's Day Off
John Hughes' iconic Ferris Bueller's Day Off turns 30 Saturday. The film, which has become a beloved totem of teenage rebellion and a wonderful 1980s time capsule, is also an ode to Chicago - a teenage Hughes moved around the city's suburbs with his family. To celebrate, here are 21 things you (probably) never knew about the film. 1. Ferris' parents got married in real lifeLyman Ward, who played Ferris' father, was married to his onscreen wife Cindy Pickett, from 1986 to 1992. They met on the set of the film and eventually had two children. 2. Hughes pitched the film with one sentence… "I called Ned Tanen [then-head of Paramount films] and said,
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Mother’S Day – Review

Sappiness overflows in Mother’S Day, an assembly-line rom-com with little on its mind beyond clichés and predictable formula. 81-year old director Garry Marshall, still mining the calendar after the similar New Year’S Eve and Valentine’S Day, has gathered a bouquet of celebrity movie stars including Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, and Kate Hudson, and shuffled them into tiresome skits about motherhood gone right and wrong. Mother’S Day is a shallow and sickly-sweet offering best avoided.

Jennifer Aniston has the largest role in Mother’S Day as Sandy, a divorced mother of two sons whose ex-husband Henry (Timothy OIyphant) has married the much younger Tina (Shay Mitchell), who tries too hard to be a cool stepmom. The story jumps between Sandy’s dilemma and those of a dozen others, such as childless Miranda (Julia Roberts), an uptight QVC superstar who has motherhood forced on her by
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