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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we readied to play a Vice-Presidential debate drinking game. We talked about why Seinfeld still matters. We prepared for Kraken Awareness Day. We got interstellar with Michael Benson’s amazing photos of the cosmos. We admired an incredible Lego Batcave. We discussed the… Read More

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Video Essay: “How Time Travel Works”

About halfway through Looper, Rian Johnson’s electrifying new time travel actioner, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who play the same man thirty years apart, sit at a diner and try to hash out their situation. The younger version of “Joe” starts asking questions about how his actions will affect his elder version, particularly now that they’re both in the same place, but before that conversation can get anywhere, Willis shuts it down: “If we start talking about it, we’re gonna be here all day, talking about it, makin’ diagrams with straws.”

It’s a fair point: it seems like every time travel movie — and there are plenty of them — is required to throw in a scene where some egghead tosses around a lot of jargon about the “space-time continuum” or something in order to explain how time travel works. Other movies keep it simpler: “This is what makes time travel possible: the flux capacitor!” Whatever your preference, we’ve pulled clips from over two dozen time travel movies to present this month’s video essay, “How Time Travel Works.” Check it out after the jump. … Read More

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10 Iconic Film Performances That Almost Never Happened

“Always listen to your mother,” is a saying that has been ingrained in most people, and in the case of Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, the adage proved to be crucial for her career. The actress recently chatted with press at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she admitted that she almost turned down the part of the fearless film heroine Katniss Everdeen — a role that has since skyrocketed her career. Up until this year’s Hunger Games, Lawrence was puting her focus on independent films, such as Like Crazy and Winter’s Bone. The prospect of a Hollywood blockbuster was a bit intimidating for the young star.

“Just saying yes to this one thing could completely change my life, and I don’t know if it’s going to be for the better,” she told USA Today. Lawrence’s mother stepped in to support her daughter and give her the patented mom wake-up call. “She was like, ‘You’re being a hypocrite, because you always say you don’t care about the size of the movies.’ Because when I was doing indies, everybody was always like, ‘Why don’t you ever do a studio?’ I’d say, ‘Because I don’t care about the size of the movie. I care about the story,'” Lawrence said. “And my mom was like, ‘Now you have a story you like, and you’re not going to do it because of the size.'” So, thanks mama Lawrence for convincing the soon-to-be Catching Fire star to lead the kick-ass role with gusto.

Lawrence’s story reminded us of the many major movie roles that actors almost said no to. It’s hard to imagine film classics like The Godfather or Back to the Future without the cast members that captivated audiences with their memorable performances. Find out what stars almost turned down iconic film roles past the break, and feel free to partake in a collective sigh of relief in the comments below. … Read More

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Clever Posters That Cast Superheroes in Famous Films

How can you improve a movie as perfect as The Godfather? With superheroes, of course. Well, OK — perhaps Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece wouldn’t benefit from being relocated to the comic-book universe, but the notion certainly adds some levity to the poster. In a well-executed series of minimalist reimaginings, Brazil-based designer Luiz Arthuso has inserted beloved superheroes into a selection of appropriate movies. See what might happen if Superman starred in Back to the Future, or Wolverine in Kill Bill after the jump. … Read More

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25 Behind-the-Scenes Movie Photos That Will Mess With Your Mind

[Editor's note: It's Labor Day, so your devoted Flavorwire team is taking a break. To keep you entertained, we're leaving you with our most popular features of the summer months. This post originally ran July 30th.] If you’re a regular Flavorwire reader, then you already know that we love behind-the-scenes photos from classic (and cult classic) films. We can’t get enough of seeing great directors at work and movie stars laughing it up between takes, but the set photos we like best are the ones that mess with our mind. These are the pictures that cast our favorite cinematic moments in a new light, exposing some epic landscape shot for the scale model it is or revealing that some iconic outdoor scenes were actually created in the controlled environment of the studio or merely reminding us that intimate exchanges between lovers are usually filmed with a full crew. After the jump, we round up 25 behind-the-scenes snaps sure to take you right out of the movie. … Read More

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The Original Names of Famous Film Characters

Our friends at Mental Floss published an article yesterday revealing a list of literary characters that almost had entirely different names. We agree that J.R.R. Tolkien’s Bladorthin the Grey wouldn’t have rolled off the tongue as nicely as Gandalf the Grey does and felt relieved that J.K. Rowling, Raymond Chandler, and other writing giants had the good sense to wise up.

The list left us wondering about the original names of film characters. The best fictional heroes and villains aren’t remembered solely for their names, but a creative and original moniker can make an otherwise forgettable figure truly stand out. It’s also a great way to shed an interesting light on a character’s backstory. Click through to find out what disastrous, cinematic names directors and screenwriters evaded throughout film history. If you know of a particular lemon we didn’t cover, drop it in the comments below. … Read More

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10 Fake Books in Movies That We Wish We Could Read

Like everyone else, we’ve been swooning over Wes Anderson’s newest film, Moonrise Kingdom, since well before it hit theaters. But now that it has, we’ve swooned even more — and not least because the movie stars a girl with a suitcase full of awesome-sounding (and totally made up) books. We’ve already explored wonderful fake books by TV characters, and imaginary books written about in real books, so we thought we’d round up a few fictional books on film that we wish really existed so we could sit down and read them. Click through to see the made up tomes we picked, and let us know if we missed the one you’ve been most itching to read in the comments. … Read More

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15 of the Most Memorable Final Lines in Film

The bustle of Cannes always makes the summer cinema season feel extra thrilling. We’re anxious to see where the movies take us for the remainder of the year, and we have a few guesses as to what films will leave us with the most memorable images and will feature the best writing. After exploring films that wowed us with their opening dialogue, it naturally got us thinking about the movies throughout history with parting words we won’t soon forget. Sometimes they refer to the punch line in a joke, a character’s dying words, or poetic thoughts about the future. It’s the filmmaker’s final chance to make a lasting impression that will get people talking. With that, here are some of cinema’s most memorable parting words. Leave us something to remember you and your favorite lines by in the comments section. Beware of a few spoilers ahead. … Read More

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Painterly Portraits of Iconic Movie Characters

We’ve been fans of Rhode Island-based artist Rich Pellegrino for a while, having featured several of his works in shows hosted by fellow pop culture fiends, Gallery 1988. Website houhouhaha recently reminded us of how awesome the artist’s iconic movie character paintings are, and we thought it seemed like a perfect time to share more of Pellegrino’s work with you. His illustration-style portraits set amongst painterly backgrounds are loaded with lively textures and frenzied markmaking, capturing the spirit of each pop culture personality. Organic caricatures of The Dude, Doc Brown, Willy Wonka, and Steve Zissou await you past the break. Visit Rich’s website for more info on how to own one of these lovelies, and check out his blog for a closer look at his artmaking process. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we tried not to look at this hot dog stuffed crust pizza. We learned about a fish from hell that has been terrorizing Maryland for the past ten years. We got cat fancy reading about this hyperliterate, proto–LOL Cat. We boggled time itself by watching this silent-era version… Read More

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