Archive for January, 2013

5. Batman Logo Appeared Incidentally In Christopher Nolan’s First Two Films

Director Christopher Nolan makes really fucking good movies. These days, he is of course most well-known for his Batman trilogy, the middle film of which is arguably the greatest superhero film of all time. But seven years before beginning Batman with Batman Begins, Nolan’s debut feature gave a little subliminal sneak preview of things to come.

THERE! Did you see it?!?

1998’s Following was a tightly plotted, minimally cast, black and white film about a couple guys breaking into people’s flats. Outside one such flat, as a conversation is taking place between the two leads, sharp-eyed viewers could catch- OK, no, it’s just right there, big as life. In an interview with Empire, actor Jeremy Theobald confirmed that the sticker on the door was pure coincidence, and he would know- it was his flat.

“Say, ever get the feeling that the guy you’re working for will one day direct a film series that will render this shot a gigantic coincidence?”

Of course, nobody had any way of knowing that Nolan would soon be handed the keys to the Batman film franchise, which in 1998 was dead in the water. But that’s not all. His next project after completing the Dark Knight trilogy was as a producer on Man Of Steel, the Superman reboot. Now, take a look at this shot from Nolan’s second film, 2000’s Memento:

No? Look a little closer and to the right:

Um… holy shit.

4. The James Bond/Lord Of The Rings Connection

Veteran British actors Christopher Lee (Saruman) John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) and Sean Bean (Boromir) all graced Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Weird, huh? Just kidding, that’s not the weird part. What if we were to tell you that all three actors also starred in James Bond films? Well, they’re all British, that’s not such a stretch, right?

Christopher Lee, The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974.

What if we told you that all three of them played Bond villains?

John Rhys-Davies, The Living Daylights, 1987.

In three different decades?

Sean Bean, Goldeneye, 1995.

Opposite three different Bonds? ‘Cause that’s what we’re telling ya. Lee’s villainous Scaramanga went up against Roger Moore, Rhys-Davies’ General Leonid Pushkin harassed Timothy Dalton, and Bean’s Alec Trevelyan annoyed Pierce Brosnan in their respective turns as 007. But instead of sending them all to hell, Bond apparently sent them to Middle Earth.

3. Charles Manson Lookalike Appears At End Of Sharon Tate’s Final Film

We’re sorry, but it’s time to get morbid for a sec. It’ll be all rainbow colored kittens again soon, we promise.

As you know, smartypants, Sharon Tate was the actress wife of film director Roman Polanski, and she was murdered by associates of Charles Manson at their home while Polanski was overseas shooting a film. About six months earlier, Tate had wrapped her final film- The Thirteen Chairs, an Italian production. Her co-star, Vittorio Gassman, played a hairdresser who spent the entire film immaculately groomed- until the very end. Specifically, the final freeze frame. Even more specifically, holy fucking crap, this is really not cool.

Um… fuck.

Remind you of anyone? Tate would soon meet her END at the direction of a man who is the spitting goddamn image of the dude in that still. And we’ve officially creeped ourselves the fuck out, let’s talk about Harry Potter now.

2. The Woman In Black/Harry Potter Connection Keeps Getting Weirder

Susan Hill’s 1983 novel “The Woman In Black” has been adapted for the screen twice- once for British TV in 1989, and once for the big screen in 2012. The main character Arthur Kipps was portrayed in the 1989 adaptation by Adrian Rawlins, who played James Potter (Harry’s father) in six of the Potter films. With us so far? Good.

In the 2012 adaptation, the role went to Daniel Radcliffe- Harry himself, with Radcliffe stating it was a mighty strange coincidence in an interview. In addition, the actor Ciarin Hinds appears in the 2012 adaptation The Woman In Black as a friend of Arthur, and in Deathly Hallows Part 2 as the brother of Albus Dumbledore. We’re not done.

It’s like some kind of MAGIC was at- OK, we just think this picture is really funny.

Also, the writer of the 1989 adaptation is the father of an actress and F/X artist who worked on the Harry Potter films. Finally, and weirdest of all, Radcliffe and the book’s author Hill bonded over their shared love of border terriers- and discovered that they each own one that not only came from the same breeder, but was sired by the same stud. What the shit?!?

1. The Serendipitous Actors

David Keith and Keith David are both veteran character actors, and they have much more in common than that and an apparent aversion to last names.

They both made their film debuts in the same year, 1979. Both got their starts playing soldiers early in their careers (DK in The Great Santini, The Rose, and An Officer And A Gentleman; KD in Platoon, Missing In Action III and Stars And Bars). Both worked with “Masters Of Horror” in the 80’s; David Keith starred in the Stephen King adaptation Firestarter, and Keith David in John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing and They Live, wherein he engaged in the most epic back-alley brawl in film history with Roddy Piper.

Their paths have come weirdly close to crossing: DK starred in Behind Enemy Lines, while KD starred in its direct-to-video sequel; later in their careers, both starred in episodes of “The Outer Limits” and “Law And Order” (but not together) and both guested on “Hawaii Five-O” in 2010 (in separate episodes). Through their entire careers, they have never appeared in a project together, and we kind of want to know what the hell would happen if they did- unless it involves the fabric of space-time exploding at the speed of light.

On top of all this, this is David Keith:

And this is Keith David:

Come on, these guys could practically be fuckin’ twins.