6 Movie Plots Spoiled by Their Merchandise

Nowadays it has become more difficult to avoid spoilers from new highly awaited movies. Producing studios have to be extremely careful with the footage and trailers they release, as well as the photographs taken on filming sets. However, in their greed for making profit, they forget to check thoroughly the merchandise they send to stores to promote their new motion pictures. Thus, many action figures or scene sets have spoiled important moments from movies or even the secret identities of characters. There are several movie plots spoiled by their merchandise, and we have put together the most important ones.

1. Cloverfield

The monster from Cloverfield turned out to be not so surprising.

Even though this movie was supposed to keep a secret out of the creature that attacks New York City, the marketing department could not think further than the profit and released early on an action figure of the monster. Thus much part of the motion picture was spoiled, and the interest of the would be viewers dwindled.

2. Captain America: Civil War

Since the next movie has not come out yet, we must warn you that our following entry contains a spoiler.

One of the newest movie plots spoiled by their merchandise is the one of Captain America: Civil War.

The play set for the next Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War has already been released. We can say that this belongs among the movie plots spoiled by their merchandise because it also includes a representation of Giant Man with the other heroes that are set to appear. Since no footage of photos of Giant Man have been released, we can assume this is an early proof that he is included in the motion picture.

3. Dick Tracy

Those who bought The Blank action figure discovered early on his identity.

The name of this 1990 movie came from the protagonist’s watch that had the amazing ability of making phone calls. One of the characters in this story also had a special feature: he had no face. The Blank was a typical gangster-looking persona whose identity is revealed at the end of the motion picture. However, the toy line hit the shelves of stores earlier than the release date of the movie. As a result, anyone who bought the action figure of The Blank could easily take off his mask and discover Breathless Mahoney, the character played by Madonna.

4. Shrek the Third

Shrek's kids were long displayed before the movie hit cinemas.

Next on our top movie plots spoiled by their merchandise is the third movie in the Shrek series. After marrying Fiona, Shrek has three babies that were featured in the trailers, but also in the newly released merchandise. Even though it cannot be considered a major spoiler, it would have been a nice touch to witness the news during the movie. Well, at least Shrek was more surprised than us viewers.

5. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is among the movie plots spoiled by their merchandise.

Usually, people¬†who buy merchandise from various franchises are huge fans. The fans of the G.I. Joe series who bought The Doctor action figure before seeing the movie must have been pretty upset. Not only did the package include a thorough description and history of the character, but even the name of the toy was Rex ‚ÄúThe Doctor‚ÄĚ Lewis, thus spoiling the identity of the character: Rex Lewis, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

6. Toy Story 3

Lego spoiled a major scene from Toy Story 3.

Last but not least, the first place on the movie plots spoiled by their merchandise belongs to Toy Story 3. Right near the end of the movie, the toys including Woody and Buzz are stuck on the conveyor belt that takes them to a slow and sure death in the incinerator. The emotional scene shows the toys acknowledging the fact that they will die, but in the last moment they are rescued by an alien claw machine. It could have been the climactic moment if Lego would not have released the whole rescue set before the release of the movie.

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5 Ways You Can Tell Movie Trailers Are Deceiving

 Nowadays, movie studios are capable of doing anything in order to convince viewers to watch their motion pictures, be it at the cinema or at home. Movie trailers have become more spectacular than the full versions and thus they often get us pretty excited. Unfortunately, quite often we exit the cinemas or turn off the TV with great disappointment because we expected the movie to live up to its trailer. There are several ways you can tell movie trailers are deceiving and avoid being tricked by the movie studios once again.

1. They Feature Effects That Do Not Belong in the Movies

Red Eye tricked its viewers that the protagonist might have supernatural powers.

Nowadays any fragment of our imagination can be transferred to the big screen. Whether we are talking about places, landscapes or even characters, anything is possible. Remember that awesome scene you saw in the trailer that never appeared in the full version of the movie? Well, you are not the only one. For instance, the movie Red Eye was set to belong to the thriller genre. However, the trailer painted the idea of some supernatural aspects. Viewers were deceived by the main character’s red eyes and thought there might be something more to him. Unfortunately, the movie was about something else entirely.

2. They Include Voice-Overs From Characters That Are Barely in the Movies

After Earth was expected to feature more of Will Smith.

Another one of the ways you can tell movie trailers are deceiving is by their voice-overs. Many blockbusters or superhero movies are promoted by using heavy footage of action scenes, some comedic lines and an important character holding a dramatic speech. However, in some promos this character might not be a big part of the full motion picture, and thus get you excited for nothing. After Earth was one of these movies. We all thought the action will be centered on both Will and Jaden Smith, but instead it was Jaden’s movie all the way.

3. They Present Moments Created From Cutscenes

One of the ways you can tell movie trailers are deceiving is by paying close attention to continuity.

There have been plenty of times when our interest was piqued by a certain scene promoted in a movie trailer. However, upon exiting the cinema we realized that we have not actually seen that particular moment during the motion picture. There are two possible explanations for this. Either the included bit was part of a scene that ended up being cut from the final version, or the moment was created especially for the promo by cutting small bits from different parts of the movie. In the first case, you might still be able to see the scene in the extended edition, in the second case, not so much, because the moment does not actually exist. A good example is the trailer for Batman V. Superman when Doomsday is revealed. You can clearly notice Batman being in a car and in the next moment he can be seen standing out of the vehicle.

4. They Showcase A Bit Too Much Action

Hercules included a very nice montage in its trailer that proved to be quite short in the full movie.

Hercules (2014) can provide you with one of the ways you can tell movie trailers are deceiving. The promo featured the protagonist played by The Rock fighting numerous monsters from the mythical legends. It seemed wonderful but also extremely expensive to film all these scenes in detail. In the end, it became clear that the moments were taken from a special montage featured in the beginning of the movie. Keep in mind that you might be tricked if you witness too many diverse action scenes in a promo.

5. They Do Not Showcase Enough Action

The ways you can tell movie trailers are deceiving are mostly about finding all the details and errors from the promos.

On the other hand, the aforementioned theory can go the other way around too. The Grey starring Liam Neeson was expected to be an action-packed survival movie, mostly because early footage showed the actor about to start a fist-fight with a bunch of wolves. However, the trailer never presented any actual fighting. This was an early sign that the motion picture was actually all about an attempt of survival in the wilderness. In the end, one of the best ways you can tell movie trailers are deceiving is to pay close attention to the details. The clues are all there.

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7 Amazing Stunt Doubles of Famous Actors

Who doesn’t enjoy a good action-packed blockbuster every now and then? These extremely popular movies feature some of the most beloved actors, whom we unknowingly credit for all the incredible stunts they do. However, the men and women behind these incredible action sequences do not receive the recognition they deserve. There are numerous amazing stunt doubles of famous actors, and we have selected five of the most well known for their work with the likes of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford and Uma Thurman.

1. Chuck Roberson

Chuck Roberson is one of the most amazing stunt doubles of famous actors.

The first in our top of amazing stunt doubles of famous actors is Chuck Roberson, the man who did all famous and dangerous action scenes of John Wayne across 25 amazing years. He was present in classics as The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers and Rio Bravo. However, Roberson did not stop here and also pursued other jobs such as actor and stunt coordinator. Wayne was capable of doing the stunts himself, but that would not have been smart, since Roberson did break several ribs and his arms, as well as fractured his back during the stunts.

2. Buddy Van Horn

Clint Eastwood had a long collaboration with his double, Buddy Van Horn.

An experienced horse rider, Van Horn managed to find work as a stunt double during the times when the Western genre was truly popular. He started working with Clint Eastwood in 1969 in the movie Coogan’s Bluff. This was the beginning of a collaboration that spanned over decades and included grand performances: Stranger in High Plains Drifter, Dirty Harry, Preacher in Pale Rider and Thunderbolt. After retiring from stunts, Van Horn worked as a stunt coordinator on later films with Eastwood.

3. Peter Kent

One of the amazing stunt doubles of famous actors is Peter Kent who worked on 14 movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Peter Kent is one of the amazing stunt doubles of famous actors thanks to his work with Arnold Schwarzenegger. When Schwarzenegger first saw him, he ironically joked that Kent was too tall and thin to be his double. Kent ended up collaborating with the famous actor on fourteen movies, among which the Terminator series, True Lies, Commando and Predator. Unfortunately, he had to retire after suffering an accident in 1996 during the filming of Eraser, when he was hit by a heavy shipping container while hanging from a wire. After breaking a couple of bones including his collar bone, Kent continued to be a stunt coordinator and actor. Furthermore, he opened his own stunt school and is at the moment a city councilor in British Columbia, Canada.

4. Vic Armstrong

Vic Armstrong helped Harrison Ford achieve a perfect performance in many movies.

Harrison Ford had wonderful performances in both Star Wars movies and Indiana Jones ones, but these would not have been possible without the talent of his stunt double named Vic Armstrong. Armstrong started his career as the double of Gregory Peck with the movie Arabesque in 1966, and continued collaborating with Richard Harris and Sean Connery. His talent was proven once again after working with Christopher Reeve on the Superman movies. It was only after these movies that he became the personal double of Harrison Ford, working with him on the first three Indiana Jones movies, as well as Blade Runner, Return of the Jedi and Witness.

5. Zo√ę Bell

Zoe Bell is trained in martial arts, which made her perfect for the role in Kill Bill.

Lastly, one of the truly amazing stunt doubles of famous actors, Zo√ę Bell started her career by studying dance and martial arts. She begun doing stunts in 1992 and ended up working on famous movies like Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and TV series like Xena: Warrior Princess. However, her most popular gig remains the Kill Bill series, where she was originally simply a team member. However, someone saw her potential and thus she became Uma Thurman’s stunt double. For this role she studied the Wushu traditional fighting method for six weeks in China. Her more recent work includes The Hateful Eight, Death Proof and the Lost TV series.

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Top 7 Oscars 2016 Snubs

It is that time of the year again, when we patiently wait to see whether our favorite movies and movie makers have made it to being nominated at the Oscars. This is usually followed by a couple of disappointments. This year, the Oscars 2016 snubs include a couple of actors, directors and screenwriters, but also some motion pictures that deserved to be there instead of some unknown movies. Here are the biggest surprises we had when we heard the Oscars nominations announcement.

1. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

This movie literally came out of nowhere.

Some Oscars 2016 snubs happened because of the apparition of a completely unknown contender, as it happens each year. Based on a book that few have heard of, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared movie is nominated in the Makeup and Hairstyling category.

2. Creed

Only Sylvester Stallone received recognition for Creed.

Although Sylvester Stallone received a well-deserved Golden Globe and might be on his way to win an Oscar, the rest of the cast and crew of Creed have been left in the dark. Many are wondering why director Ryan Coogler or Michael B. Jordan did not receive any nominations, as their work was crucial in the making of the Rocky homage movie.

3. Charlize Theron

The Oscars 2016 snubs include the wonderful performance of Charlize Theron.

Mad Max: Fury Road has an astounding amount of ten nominations at the 2016 Oscars. However, as the voters appreciated the visual effects, sound editing, makeup and hairstyling, costume and production design, cinematography and editing, they were not very impressed by the performance of Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa. At least, not as impressed as we viewers were. Unfortunately, many failed to see that the action-packed movie had more substance to it than just the action sequences and visuals, thus landing the actress among the Oscars 2016 snubs.

4. Idris Elba

Idris Elba is also among the Oscars 2016 snubs.

The next one among the Oscars 2016 snubs is Idris Elba, who had a great chance at being nominated for his performance in Beasts of No Nation, a movie produced by Netflix. It was not meant to be, even though critics hailed Elba as being intense and titanic in his role as a warlord. The fact that he was completely ignored might have happened because of the conflict Netflix has with movie theaters. Many chains refused to show the movie because the company wanted to release it on the same date in both cinemas and on video on demand. The explanation could be that the older voters of the Academy simply think Netflix is a studio, or just do not understand it.

5. Aaron Sorkin

Everyone expected Aaron Sorkin to receive a nomination for Steve Jobs.

After winning a Golden Globe, everyone expected Aaron Sorkin to at least receive an Oscar nomination for the brilliant screenplay of the new Steve Jobs movie. However, he lost out in front of other screenwriters such as Ethan and Joel Coen, Matt Charman or Drew Goddard. On a brighter note, he did get nominated at the Writers Guild Awards.

6. Ridley Scott

The Oscars 2016 snubs include director Ridley Scott.

The Oscars 2016 snubs list would not be complete without Ridley Scott, who did a wonderful job on The Martian. Even though many predicted he would get a nomination, we found out with surprise that this was not the case. Well, at least The Martian won Best Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes.

7. Carol

Although it received six nominations, Carol did not make it to the Best Picture category.

Quite possibly the most beautiful movie of last year, Carol did receive six nominations, for music, costume design, cinematography, screenplay, and the wonderful performances of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. However, many of us also expected it to be taken into consideration for Best Picture and Best Director (Todd Haynes) too. In the light of the fact that the 2016 Oscars only have white nominees, Vanity Fair also pointed out that a movie about a gay love story might not be successful. Remember when Crash won instead of Brokeback Mountain? There you have it.

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5 Reasons to Watch the New Shannara Chronicles Series

The Shannara Chronicles is the new series from MTV, based on the books written by Terry Brooks. Belonging to the fantasy genre, The Shannara Chronicles aired on January 5th. The series is focused on the second book of Brook’s first trilogy, The Elfstones of Shannara, but it seems it will also feature elements from other novels. The story is about three teenagers who are on a quest to defeat the Warlock Lord. However, there are several reasons to watch the new Shannara Chronicles series, even if you are not a fan of the books.

1. The Tale

The Shannara Chronicles will certainly become the next hype after Game of Thrones.

The first season includes ten episodes concentrating on only one novel from the total of more than twenty books in the series. This means that if the show is successful, the Universe and story can greatly expand in future seasons. What is quite unique about it is that it wonderfully merges the fantasy and horror genres, just one of the reasons to watch the new Shannara Chronicles series. It should turn out well, since Terry Brooks himself checked the results. The story follows a bandit, a half-elf and an elven princess who have the dangerous mission of stopping the end of the world at the hands of demons.

2. The Vast World

One of the reasons to watch the new Shannara Chronicles series is the thrilling storyline.

Similar to Middle-Earth, the world from Shannara Chronicles is extremely vast, and thus worthy of exploring. The action takes place sometime in the future, in a post-apocalyptic scenery ruled by elves, where humans are considered a subspecies. Seeing that the first book was written back in 1977, Brooks had quite some time until now to write another twenty-five. Therefore, there are countless plots and subplots to the story. The screenwriters had quite a challenge, similar to the ones who work on the Game of Thrones series, since the tale has many side stories and layers.

3. The Visuals

The reasons to watch the new Shannara Chronicles series include its stunning visuals.

The TV series was filmed in New Zealand, so we can expect some breathtaking scenery similar to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The various landscapes are perfect for representing the special countryside features in movies of the fantasy genre: tropical forests, green hills, high mountains, sandy beaches and many more. Another one among the reasons to watch the new Shannara Chronicles series is that the producer is Jon Faverau, who has previously worked on Avengers: Age of Ultron and Cowboys and Aliens, so we can be sure the budget won’t be cut for special effects. These were helmed by professional Jason Durey, who has also worked on Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and Evil Dead.

4. The Cast

John Rhys Davies is perhaps the most well known actor from the series.

First of all, the series is directed by talented directors: Brad Turner, Jonathan Liebesman, James Marshall and Jesse Warn, who have previously worked on Daredevil, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Falling Skies and True Blood. The cast includes John Rhys Davies, whose most memorable role was back in the early 2000s, when he played Gimli the dwarf in The Lord of the Rings. It will be a delight to watch him in another fantasy work. Furthermore, other acting talents involved are Ivana Baquero (Pan’s Labyrinth, Another Me), Austin Butler (Arrow), Poppy Drayton (Downton Abbey) and Manu Bennett (Spartacus, The Hobbit, Arrow).

5. Female Representation

This series will surely continue the efforts of empowering women.

In terms of female representation and empowerment, last year had plenty of it in both TV series and movies. It seems Shannara Chronicles will be no different, since the producers decided to start with the second novel that is more gender balanced, instead of the first one. Furthermore, the series has three main heroes, two of which are female: Amberle and Eretria. Amberle is an elven princess who is as much a warrior as any soldier, while Eretria is a bandit who’s got all the best lines in the series. You will undoubtedly fall in love with both of them.

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