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Homages to Movies and Comics

 Homages to Movies and Comics

Homages to Movies and Comics

The following post contains SPOILERS and Easter Eggs for Joker. We’re not being funny about this.

The new Joker movie tells a completely original interpretation of the Batman villain’s origin. This Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) is named Arthur Fleck, and he’s a struggling clown and aspiring standup comic who begins to lose his mind when Gotham City cuts off his access to his medication just as he’s beset by a series of personal tragedies. But if you think Joker doesn’t include references to DC Comics, the joke’s on you. In fact, it does contain several very pointed callbacks to classic Batman comics — along with a ton of homages to previous movies, particularly the works of Martin Scorsese (who was supposed to be an executive producer of Joker, once...

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The Best CGI Characters

The Best CGI Characters

The Best CGI Characters

The arrival of the second big summer movie of 2019, Detective Pikachu, brings with it a fully-realized CGI version of the most recognizable character from the Poké-verse. As voiced by Ryan Reynolds, this version of Pikachu is a sleuth trying to help a human Pokémon hunter uncover the mysterious circumstances surrounding his father’s disappearance.

The noir-ish tendencies of Detective Pikachu only serve to highlight the presence of the CG version of Pikachu, who walks, talks, and otherwise interacts with plenty of humans and Pokémon in the film. The CG on a film like this has to work incredibly well, and it serves as a reminder that few directors have ever created truly indelible, lifelike CG characters...

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Toy Lines Based on Movies

 Toy Lines Based on Movies

Toy Lines Based on Movies

At any given point, the toy aisle in every major American retailer is lined with figures based on movies like The AvengersStar Wars, and Spider-ManIt’s been that way for decades. And with the right movie and the right figures, a toy line can generated millions of dollars for a Hollywood studio. With the wrong movie, though, the results can be disastrous — or at least hilarious in retrospect.

Below, you’ll find 15 of the most ill-advised toy lines based on movies in history. These are not The Avengers. They’re barely the 1998 Avengers starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman. But they all got toys. Lots of toys! Someone thought kids would want these. It didn’t always work out that way. In chronological order, they are…

Planet of the Apes (197...

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