Top 7 Behind-the-Scenes Problems

We might not be completely aware of the risks people take in order to bring a smile on our faces. As much as we enjoy movies, especially the blockbusters, we might not not know about the countless problems that can arise when producing and filming a movie. From on-set accidents to problems with the law, no cinema production is completely spared. Here is the top 7 behind-the-scenes problems that movies or shows have faced over the last years.

1. Marla Mae

The problems caused by Jason Stange are included in the top 7 behind-the-scenes problems.

Marla Mae is an independent horror movie about a mad doctor who commits terrible acts, such as killing a couple of characters in bloody ways. The protagonist is played by Jason Stange, an unknown actor, who did his role brilliantly, managing to truly impress the producers from the first audition. However, before starring in Marla Mae, Stange managed to rob a bank, but he got on probation before July 2014. Further on, he started shooting the horror movie and was arrested on the last day of filming, because he violated his probation. In spite of this fact, the director decided to keep his scenes in the movie, in order to make use of Stange’s notoriety for publicity.

2. The Allman Brothers biopic

The Allman Brothers biopic had to cease its production after a tragic accident.

When filming a movie, the producers need to take all safety measures that are necessary. Unfortunately, these regulations are not always respected. During the filming of the Allman Brothers biopic, the producers decided to include a dream sequence in the movie. Actor William Hurt was supposed to lay on a bed which was set on some railroad tracks on a bridge. However, no one bothered to get permission from the rail company in order to prevent any trains from passing. The actors and crew had about 60 seconds to flee from the scene if a train approached. Tragically, this is exactly what happened, and some crew members ended up badly hurt. Camera assistant Sarah Jones, who also worked on the popular Game of Thrones series, was propelled towards the train and died on the spot. As a result, the movie was shut down.

3. The Vanilla Ice Project

The burglary during the Vanilla Ice Project is among the top 7 behind-the-scenes problems.

The famous hip-hop artist from the 1990s, Vanilla Ice recently decided to pursue a project for flipping houses. All went well for five seasons of the reality show, until he was accused of burglary. Apparently, during the filming of the show, certain objects started disappearing from neighboring houses quite close to the one the crew was fixing. It all became clear when the police found out that the film crew was hired when they were doing some shady business behind a Wallmart and were ordered to steal the items by Vanilla Ice himself. In the end, the musician pleaded guilty and had to do 100 community service hours. Some high quality burglary indeed.

4. Top Gear

The crew of Top Gear managed to anger the Argentinians with their license plate.

You can never know the ways in which historical events might affect people even today. Top Gear did not pay enough attention to their license plate when they decided to film in Argentina back in 2014. The producers decided to film their Christmas special in Patagonia due to the harsh weather in the UK. However, they were completely taken by surprise when they woke up one day to find an angry crowd just outside their hotel. The reason? The license plate of their Porsche: H982 FKL. This may sound harmless to you, but not to the locals, who associated it with the occupation of Falkland Islands in 1982, when Argentina had to surrender. On their way back to the UK, the Top Gear crew survived other violent encounters which ended with an injured driver and a badly damaged car.

5. Game of Thrones

The top 7 behind-the-scenes problems includes the terrorist attempt on the Game of Thrones set.

The popular and bloody fantasy series Game of Thrones was not spared from perilous incidents. The TV series shoots many of its scenes in Northern Ireland, which also serves as headquarters for a terrorist organization named IRA. These people had a problem with the military and ex-police who work for the security of the filming sets. Thus they came with the idea of planting a bomb in a garbage can in the cafeteria. Fortunately, their plan was brought to light by an informant, the tragedy was avoided, and you can patiently wait for the next season.

6. The Maze Runner

The cast and crew of Maze Runner did upset the Native Americans.

The Maze Runner is a popular book series which has recently been adapted for the big screen. During the filming of the second movie, The Scorch Trials, the cast and crew discovered with surprise that they were shooting on ancient burial grounds of the Native Americans. Diamond Tail Ranch assured them that they were allowed to film there as long as they left the place the same way they found it. However, the cast couldn’t resist the temptation of pocketing a couple of artifacts, as apparently they always take items from movie sets. There were no grave consequences for them as they were only required to apologize for their acts, but they did fall mysteriously ill a week after leaving the set.

7. Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean has recorded some of the top 7 behind-the-scenes problems.

The next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series will be released in about two years, but the filming set has already recorded several incidents. First of all, a man wearing a pirate costume tried to board the Black Pearl ship, with his parrot pal. The crew thought he was part of the movie and thus he was able to get to the security, where he pulled a knife and made threats. However, he couldn’t make his dream come true and had to flee into some bushes. Secondly, Jack the Monkey had to be put in quarantine in Australia by animal control. Furthermore, Amber Heard, Johnny Depp’s wife was caught while trying to smuggle her dogs into Australia, and will have to pay a painful fine. And last but not least, Johnny Depp himself managed to injure his hand while filming and had to go through surgery back in the U.S. Quite a lot of problems for the pirates.

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Top 6 Best Comedies from the 80s

Whenever you find yourself in need of some cheering up, a comedy movie is the best medicine! However, if you are tired of the new films that seem to follow the same narrative and style, you might want to check out some older comedies from the 1980s. These movies had substance, fun and ridiculous stories, without a serious and complex plot or characters. It’s not like you need to bother yourself with demanding stories after a hard day’s work. Without further ado, here are the top 6 best comedies from the 80s to cheer you up on stressful days.

1. Ghostbusters

Ghosbusters is one of the top 6 best comedies from the 80s.

Three parapsychology professors are kicked out from a New York university and decide to create a service for dealing with ghosts. In their endeavors they find a portal to another dimension which threatens to release all its evil into the city. Thus it is up to them to save the world. Even though this movie might qualify as science fiction as well, it can’t be placed in the same category as Gremlins or Back to the Future. However, you can see its truly comedic character at the end battle which takes place between SNL celebrities and a huge candy monster!

2. Airplane!

Airplane! is considered the funniest movie ever made.

Airplane is considered by many the funniest movie ever made, and not without reason. It is a motion picture of pure comedy, which spends little to no time on the plot or the development of characters. In two words, the protagonist named Ted, an ex-Navy pilot, wishes to get back with the love of his life, who happens to be a stewardess. They board a flight together, and then madness ensues! The passengers fall ill because of food poisoning and their fate is in the hands of Ted, who also happens to be afraid of flying due to his previous experiences.

3. National Lampoon’s Vacation

National Lampoon's Vacation is among the top 6 best comedies from the 80s.

This comedy is all about the perfect vacation which turns out to be completely out of control. The Griswold family has planned a brilliant vacation to Walley World. In order to get there they need to drive from Chicago to the West Coast. However, it doesn’t go as planned when they meet their cousin Eddie and have to get aunt Edna to Phoenix. After many ill-fated events, they finally get to Walley World, only to find it closed for maintenance. The National Lampoon is one of the most well known franchises in cinema, Vacation being its first installment.

4. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

This movie features three golden figures of comedy.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles unites a golden trio of comedy: Steve Martin, John Hughes and John Candy, which is sure to give you many good laughs. The protagonist wants to go home in time for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, his flight has been canceled and he find himself in need of finding an alternative. At the airport he meets a very talkative salesman for shower curtain rings and the two try to get together to Chicago. However, because of bad weather they end up in Wichita, Kansas, and must cope with the presence of each other.

5. Spaceballs

Spaceballs is a parody among the top 6 best comedies from the 80s.

Parody movies have quite a bad rap, and not without a reason. Despite of the usual low quality, Spaceballs was very well received. Directed by Mel Brooks who has the weirdest collection of movies ever made, Spaceballs is truly the perfect parody. The movie makes fun of the popular Star Wars franchise. The action revolves around two planets: Druidia and Spaceball. King Roland wants to marry his daughter to Prince Valium, but the princess is kidnapped by the evil inhabitants of Spaceball. It’s up to Lone Starr, a space rogue, to save Princess Vespa and save Druidia.

6. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

The top 6 best comedies from the 80s includes Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.

This comedy definitely proves that Keanu Reeves does have talent in comedy, even if he chose another style for acting. The movie presents the story of two dumb teenagers, Bill and Ted, who plan to start a rock band named “Wyld Stallyns”. Unfortunately for them, they also need to pass their history report. If they fail they will be separated, because Ted will be sent to military school. Just when they are debating this dilemma, a man sent from the future comes to help them with their test. As a result, they start gathering the best professors of history in the world: the historical figures themselves!

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7 Most Talked About TV Show Finales

Spoilers ahead! TV series are our modality of relaxing of escaping reality. It is often we develop feelings towards the characters or become so immersed in the action as to have little patience to see what will happen next. This being said, the finales of TV shows have great importance as they seal the stories and let us move on to others. However, not all finales had satisfying endings. Some of them didn’t provide enough conclusions, while others had such weird endings they left us with a bitter taste. Here are the 7 most talked about TV show finales.

1. How I Met Your Mother

The top 7 most talked about TV show finales includes How I Met Your Mother.

This TV series which ran for 9 full years was considered by many the successor of Friends. After numerous brilliantly-written episodes, fans were expecting a matching finale. However, the final episode left many very disappointed. The mother whom everybody was waiting to meet from the beginning of the series dies minutes after appearing on-screen, and Ted Mosby reunites with Robin, his girlfriend from the first season. And everything happens after Barney and Robin get their marriage destroyed.

2. Dexter

Dexter is ranked by many as having the worst finale of all time.

Dexter was a completely unique TV show, where viewers had the chance to emphasize with a villain. Although it had many violent scenes, Dexter also taught his viewers about life values and situations and had some truly deep scenes. It was expected to have an ambiguous end, but the final episode is often ranked as the worse finale of all time. Debra, Dexter’s sister, is killed off in an action triggered by the protagonist. Her brother then takes her body on a boat and drives off into a storm in the ocean. An epilogue scene reveals that he somehow managed to survive and became a lumberjack in Alaska. How satisfying.

3. Lost

The series finale of Lost is among the top 7 most talked about TV show finales.

This is one of the finales that can be either disappointing or brilliant, and has received mixed reviews. After six seasons of something you consider real, it can be frustrating to discover in the end that it was some sort of afterlife. However, too many plots have remained unsolved and some of them did not receive proper endings, like the case for Sawyer and his father. On the other hand, it is the perfect ending for fans who like ambiguity, as the ending was left open for interpretation.

4. Two and a Half Men

Charlie was heavily mocked in the series finale.

Two and a Half Men was a hugely popular sitcom that degraded in time. After the feud between the director, Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen, his character was brutally dismissed and made fun of. After being killed by his ex-girlfriend, it is revealed that he was actually living in Rose’s basement. In the final scene of the series, we see Charlie played by a Charlie Sheen lookalike ringing the doorbell of the house, just before a piano smashes on him. The camera pans out and we see Chuck Lorre himself, who turns around simply saying: “Winning.” Many considered this to be distasteful way to end the finale, and Lorre was highly criticised for focusing on the feud rather than on the action or characters.

5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The top 7 most talked about TV show finales includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has received mixed reactions. The producers tried to make the show regain its balance, since over the last seasons it had become repetitive. As a result, they made the final confrontation more dangerous than any previous battles. On one hand, it wrapped up all loose ends quite nicely, and no plot was left unattended. On the other hand, as many fans underlined, the producers seemed to forget the classic rules of the show, like the fact that there could only be one vampire slayer.

6. The Sopranos

The Sopranos had one of the most frustrating finale.

Loved by both fans and critics, The Sopranos was one of the most popular TV series of its time. Viewers have witnessed for eight years the life of Tony, the leader of the Italian mafia in New Jersey. When the series finale was approaching, everybody kept wondering whether he will be killed or not in the end. The last scene of the final episode shows a buildup of tension, as some supposed shooters are keeping an eye on Tony while he is at a restaurant. However, we never get to know what happened, because the screen suddenly turns black, leaving fans extremely disappointed.

7. Smallville

The finale of Smallville is one of the top 7 most talked about TV show finales.

The success of Smallville came as a total surprise, as nobody expected it to last for ten years. Showing how Clark Kent was beginning to come to terms with his powers, the series ended with him finally receiving his costume. However, fans only got a very short glimpse at his red cape. Many also considered the ending with Clark and Lois’ wedding to simplistic, as well as the use of magic to wipe minds. Furthermore, the defeat of Darkseid seemed way too easy.

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Top 9 Returning Actors in 2015

Let’s talk about some returning actors and their stories of success, of course. Everyone has ups and downs in their lives. For instance, Michael Keaton, Jean Dujardin and Mel Gibson, stars of Birdman, The Artist and Brave Heart, have lost much of their popularity over the past years. Some others pursued roles in celebrity (reality) shows or TV series. And yet, Michael Keaton recently revived in the Spotlight movie which is an Oscar-favorite. Take a look at the top 9 returning actors in 2015.

1. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford

The top 9 returning actors in 2015 includes members of the Star Wars cast.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in Star Wars.

It’s always interesting to watch actors reprising their roles after many years and this is exactly what we will be witnessing this December in the new Star Wars movie. After their popular roles in the Star Wars trilogy, Mark Hamill pursued a very successful voice acting career, Carrie Fisher became a script doctor and Harrison Ford continued acting in both action packed movies and more serious ones. Fans are all waiting to watch them reprise their roles in the beloved franchise.

2. Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell also returned this year.

Colin Farrell in True Detective.

Colin Farrell was supposed to have an amazing comeback this year, just as Matthew McConaughey had in 2014. Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite as planned as he was outshined in both True Detective and The Lobster. His best recent performance remains the one in the In Bruges movie. In spite of this, 2016 looks promising for Farrell as he will be part of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie.

3. Vincent D’Onofrio

The top top 9 returning actors in 2015 includes Vincent D'Onofrio.

Vincent D’Onofrio in Jurassic World.

Vincent D’Onofrio used to be known only from his roles in Men in Black and Full Metal Jacket. The actor was brought again to our attention this year through two movies. The role he played in Jurassic World was as appreciated as the movie itself. However, it was his performance as Wilson Fisk that raised his popularity again in the new Daredevil series.

4. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp surprised us all in Black Mass.

Johnny Depp in Black Mass.

Johnny Depp is one of the most prolific actors of our time. His popularity rose in the 1990s and reached its peak in 2005, when he played the famous pirate Jack Sparrow, whom we all know and love. However, since then he has turned into something call “box-office poison”, as his newest movies did not record a high level of viewers. This year this title might change with the Black Mass movie, where Depp threw his most recent and interesting performance as Whitey Bulger. However, his popularity is sure to rise again with the sequels for Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland coming out next year.

5. Jonathan Pryce

Among the top 9 returning actors in 2015 we can find Jonathan Pryce.

Jonathan Pryce in Game of Thrones.

Jonathan Pryce hasn’t had a truly prominent role until 2015. The year started with the BBC drama Wolf Hall, where he had a supporting role and continued with highly praised Game of Thrones series. Pryce does a wonderful job with one of the most ambiguous characters in the story, as it is almost impossible to find out his true motives. However, that could be said of the most characters in the series. He will reprise his role as the High Sparrow in 2016.

6. Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds returned to the big screen with three movies in 2015.

Ryan Reynolds in The Voices.

The actor will make his comeback in Deadpool (an anti-hero with accelerated healing powers who hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life after an experiment), but in 2015 he already proved what he can do with being a nice guy. Mississippi Grind, Woman in Gold and The Voices have the prints of a remarkable performance, which surpass Green Lantern, R.I.P.D. and Safe House of the last years.

7. Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller is part of the top 9 returning actors in 2015.

Sienna Miller in American Sniper.

Well, Sienna was pretty busy with mid-films. Originally in Black Mass which would have given her a very welcome comeback, her part was unfortunately cut. Although she has a great standing (A-list), she’s not really prominent in her roles. The 2015 output includes five important movies with the most probably best personal performance in Mississippi Grind. In 2016 she’ll push the brakes a little bit, but we’ll still meet her in Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, that after several film festivals promises to be amazing.

8. Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels starred this year in The Martian.

Jeff Daniels in The Martian.

When needed, TV was there to save actors, when the movies became either super-budgeted or small. One of the best example is Jeff Daniels. After the Dumb & Dumber comedy of the nineties he lost sparkle, but luckily there came The Newsroom drama and his remarkable comeback. This appears to lead him to Apple CEO John Sculley in Steve Jobs, but also to NASA head Teddy Sanders in The Martian (both with sharp dialogue, emotional levels and strong positions). Catchy roles. We are waiting to see him next year in Divergent.

9. Kurt Russell

The top 9 returning actors in 2015 would be incomplete without Kurt Russell.

Kurt Russell in The Hateful Eight.

His movies Escape from New York, The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China should be enough to be always remembered but it’s still time for new big hits! So, Kurt Russell comes with The Hateful Eight in which he plays a moustached hunter of a criminal. This movie reunites him with Quentin Tarantino, which can be a good passport for the Oscar. Not to forget that this year he also starred in Furious 7.

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Top 8 Jessica Jones Scenes

Spoiler alert! Do not continue reading if you haven’t seen the season finale of Jessica Jones or if you plan to do so. You have been warned.

The Jessica Jones TV series, which is currently streaming on Netflix, has received a lot of praise, being compared to Daredevil. We have come up with a list of the best Jessica Jones scenes from the first season. Take a look.

1. Leads to the Next Season

The season finale saw Jessica Jones defeating Kilgrave, who was starting to turn quite purple before she was done with him. After doing her job, Jessica returns home, only to find her inbox full of numerous voicemails. Even though there are many other loose ends the show needs to address, the start of the Alias Investigations surely points her into the direction of doing more heroic deeds from now on. It is also the best way to end the season and make fans speculate as to what will come next.

2. That Action Scene

The battle between the two ranks as one of the best Jessica Jones scenes.

While Jessica Jones stands as a compelling series, it wouldn’t be complete with some fighting scenes. The moment fans have been waiting for came when Luke Cage was controlled by Kilgrave and turned against Jessica, his old flame. The battle that ensued was truly spectacular, as the two completely devastated the decor. This can also be considered a preview of the new series which will premiere next year on Netflix, revolving around the character of Luke Cage.

3. Hellcat’s Action Scenes

Despite wearing no superhero costume or giving any hints that she may turn into Hellcat soon, Trish Walker did throw a good show. First of all, she had a big part to play in the mission to kill Kilgrave. Secondly, Trish had amazing action scene when she took down Will Simpson (Nuke).

As the season finale showed her starting another investigation, we can only hope that she, among with other characters, will put on her mask and her costume and fight crime in style. That remains to be seen in the next season though.

4. The Night Nurse

The cameo by the Night Nurse is definitely among the best Jessica Jones scenes.

Even though fans were disappointed by the fact that Daredevil didn’t appear, the show gave them a treat in the cameo of Claire Temple. Her role in this story was to provide medical assistance for Luke Cage. The two seemed to feel connected in some way or another, which will be interesting to follow since Claire Temple is also set up to appear in the Luke Cage TV series. The character also did explain her motives for helping Luke and Jessica in the series finale.

5. The Confrontation at the Police Station

Even though we meet Kilgrave early on through a series of flashbacks and disturbing scenes, Jessica only meets with him at a police station. After we find out the history between the two, we could only look forward to the first confrontation between the characters. However, in this scene Kilgrave commanded the police officers to point their gun towards each other while proclaiming his love for Jessica, as well as his intent to win her. Even if the villain is clearly deranged, one cannot admire his cleverness, and this scene had us watching from the edge of our seats.

6. The Confession
The top 8 Jessica Jones scenes includes the moment she confessed her crime.

A heartbreaking moment in the series was when Jessica admitted she killed Luke Cage’s wife. When Kilgrave was controlling her, she punched the woman in the chest, instantly killing her. Guilt-ridden, she is forced to tell Luke Cage when he went after another man he suspected for killing his wife. The very emotional scene ended with the grieving Luke punching a bus instead of Jessica, and leaving the series for the moment.

7.  The Introduction of Luke Cage

Even though the TV series Jessica Jones seems to have diminished powers compared to the original superhero, she still kicks ass in various action scenes. One of these is when she joins Luke Cage in a bar and they fight together. The scene is beautifully made, highlighting their own specific powers. This was also the perfect introduction for Luke Cage, the guy with unbreakable skin.

8. The Origins of the Purple Man

The change of the origins of the Purple Man can be considered one of the best Jessica Jones scenes.

The story of the Purple Man in this TV series has been changed from the original, since it couldn’t really work out. In the comic books, the villain used to be a spy from the Soviet Union. Later on, while on a mission on an American base he stole experimental nerve gas and thus gained his superpowers. In the Jessica Jones series, he is much more of a victim, having been experimented on by his parents when he was a child. The twist of the story came as a great surprise, as no one could have expected that he had been a sociopath from the very beginning and his parents were only trying to save him.

 

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