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Wickedly Inventive Happy Meal Tie-Ins for Cult Movies

The movie tie-in McDonald’s Happy Meal is one of our most venerable cultural barometers, a big “get” for family movies hoping to market directly to their most vocal consumers. Starting with Star Trek: The Motion Picture back in 1979 (the same year the Happy Meal rolled out), Disney hits, superhero smashes, and other family favorites have used the cardboard panels of the Happy Meal and the toy inside to hawk their cinematic wares. But what if Happy Meals were used to market slightly more adult fare? This is the question asked by Pinterest artist Newt Clements, who’s made an extensive collection of imaginary Happy Meals that we really, really wish existed. … Read More

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Amazing Artworks Inspired by Stanley Kubrick

The San Francisco-based Spoke Art Gallery, which earlier entranced us with exhibits based on the works of Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese, has a new show focused on one of cinema’s most renowned auteurs. Kubrick opens this weekend, with over 60 artists reimagining and reinterpreting the films, characters, and vision of Stanley Kubrick; here are a few of our favorite images from the show. … Read More

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Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn Right Now

Language is the fabric of the world. In pop culture, invented languages bring fictional worlds to life, teaching us about their culture. Spoofing the ‘90s language program Muzzy, we spotted a Game of Thrones video parody that teaches children how to speak Dothraki (featured after the break). If you want to take things a step further and actually learn the language, there’s a tutorial for that. We found other language lessons online – all videos teaching fictional dialects inspired by pop culture favorites. Start speaking High Valyrian, Klingon, and more, below. … Read More

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Vivian Kubrick’s Photos Captured on the Sets of Stanley Kubrick’s Films

Vivian Kubrick, daughter of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, collaborated with her father on a number of his films. As a teen she directed a documentary for the BBC, The Making of The Shining. She captured footage during the shooting of Full Metal Jacket, intending to create another doc, but wound up scoring the movie instead (under the pseudonym Abigail Mead). She also made appearances in several films, including Barry Lyndon and 2001: A Space Odyssey. It seems clear that father and daughter shared a deep creative bond. Vivian recently took to Twitter to share a wonderful series of photos that she captured while hanging out on the set of her father’s famous films. It’s like seeing Kubrick’s movies with a new pair of eyes. The rare images include Vivian lounging in the Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange, playing with a baby chimp during the making of 2001, and more. An incredibly touching photo of father and daughter together reveals the special relationship they shared. See more in our gallery. … Read More

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The Greatest Literary Catchphrases

Language is a fluid, ever-evolving thing. There are a few words we could do without, but many catchphrases have stuck with us through the decades — some more stubborn than others. Those that have their roots in literature, or those at least popularized by books, seem to have the most staying power. The printed catchphrase feels more practical, timeless, and stalwart than those words echoing in movie houses — and literary dialogue is often the backbone of cinema scripts in our adaptation-heavy culture. We took a glance back at several catchphrases from the world of literature that have made their way into our vernacular and others that are memorable for their context and poetry. We hope you’ll continue adding to the list, below. … Read More

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Awesome Pop Culture-Inspired Art From Gallery 1988’s New ‘Crazy 4 Cult’ Book

We’ve professed our love for Gallery 1988, the pop culture-obsessed art gallery with locations in Melrose and Venice, so many times that we’ve all but become a fan site. But their work isn’t just for Los Angelenos; a couple of years back, they put out a coffee table book of their best stuff called Crazy 4 Cult, and like all big hits, it has prompted a sequel. Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art 2 is out now from Titan books, and Gallery 1988 has been kind enough to pass on some of the best movie and TV-inspired art from the book; click through to check it out. … Read More

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20 of the Scariest Movie Masks

The weather is getting cooler, and we can almost smell fall in the air, which means one thing: we’re that much closer to Halloween. Kicking off the scary movie season is You’re Next, from contributing V/H/S and V/H/S/2 director Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett. The home invasion horror film features a gang of mysterious, masked killers who have effectively creeped us out in the promo trailers. It seemed like the perfect time to discuss some of the scariest masks in movies, so here are 20 of our favorites. What about yours? … Read More

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10 of Literature’s Most Unreliable Narrators

It was 55 years ago today that Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel Lolita was first published in the US. Nabokov’s remarkable prose is as evocative today as it was in 1958. Facet’s of the author’s great work about a middle-aged lit scholar’s obsession with a 12-year-old girl have been debated since its publication, many arguing the chronology of the tragic events and Humbert Humbert’s fallibility as a narrator. We discuss this, and more of literature’s unreliable narrators, past the break. … Read More

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Movie-Inspired Bars We’d Like to Drink At

Hey there, giallo fans! Planning a trip to Japan anytime soon? If so, you’re gonna want to put the Cambiare Italian Bar & Grill at the top of your to-do list; this recently opened establishment (brought to our attention by the fine folks at Bloody Disgusting) is a tribute to Suspiria, Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic. But it’s just one of the many cinema-inspired bars around the globe; a boozy world tour is waiting after the jump. … Read More

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