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10 Fake Books in Movies That We Wish We Could Read

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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.
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15 of the Most Memorable Final Lines in Film

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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.
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Painterly Portraits of Iconic Movie Characters

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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.
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10 of Film History’s Meanest Bullies

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The ruthless bully character has been a movie staple for decades, but the limited theatrical release of the new documentary Bully on March 30 ushered in a new kind of example – the heinous, reprehensible real-life bully. While we certainly don’t advocate bullying in real life situations, we’ve got to admit that we don’t mind seeing a little fictional bullying take place on the big screen. So here’s our breakdown of ten of the biggest, and baddest, movie bullies of all time, from nightmare-inducing teen thugs like Scut Farkus and Biff Tannen to more recent (but equally vicious!) additions to the canon, like Regina George.
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12 of the Greatest Movie Roles Almost Played

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The weekend’s big movie, as you well know, was The Hunger Games, while DVD and Blu-ray players have been firing up Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo since its release last week. The two films have a lot in common: powerful female protagonists, adaptations of bestsellers, probable franchise kick-offs. As such, they were also each objects of carefully considered casting. It’s become part of the pre-production process, the bandying about of potential name actors for high-profile roles; Fincher reportedly talked to Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, and Scarlett Johansson before settling on Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, while Hunger Games director Gary Ross’ alternate Katnisses included Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, Chloe Moretz, and Saoirse Ronan.

Contemplating proxy casting choices is a fun parlor game for movie fans (perhaps second only to considering movies that never came to pass at all). After the jump, we’ll take a look at a dozen iconic movie roles, and the actors who almost, almost filled them.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Adele — who took home six awards at last night’s Grammy Awards — also gave her first public performance since having surgery on her vocal cords. Listen to her sing “Rolling in the Deep” here.

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10 Inventions from Movies That We Wish Were Real

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In the celluloid world, anything is possible, which is why it’s a haven for visionaries and inventors of all types. The laws of nature suspended, mad scientists can reign free, achieving success without the burden of proof, research, or failure. With these freedoms, they’ve actualized genius ideas, some of which our off-screen world could stand to adopt, whether to help us out when we’re too weak not to yield to the snooze button or to make the snooze button last another five years.

Of course, misuse of these powerful machines can lead to terrible things — and in many films have. But the luxuries they afford, both the culturally transformative ones and the ones that  just shave a little stress off an average day, are too major to ignore. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the the fictive weapons, trinkets, and tools we’re dying to test drive, below the jump — and even predicted if and when they’re likely to become a reality. Which would you most want to get your hands on?
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WTF: Famous Pop-Culture Duos and Casts with Merged Faces

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Well, readers, it’s Friday. And frankly, we’re feeling a little bit punchy here at Flavorpill HQ. Perhaps that’s why we are so entertained by a bizarre project that originated on a Something Awful form. The folks at Thaeger clued us in about a thread called “Famous duos… MERGED!” that has Photoshoppers switching or merging the faces of pop-culture pairs and groups — Jay and Silent Bob, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. This is, without a doubt, a silly enterprise, yet some of the Photoshops are so well done as to be eerie and disorienting. Freak yourself out after the jump.
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