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10 Mel Brooks Jokes Modern Audiences Wouldn’t Understand

Without Mel Brooks, comedy simply wouldn’t be the same. His works turned low-brow humor and vulgarity into sophisticated art. From the early years growing up in Brooklyn, Mel always had a knack for making people laugh. He also had a penchant for music, having worked as a drummer in his teens. After serving in the US army disarming landmines during World War II, he took on comedy full time, working in clubs and an occasional radio stint before becoming a writer on Your Show of Shows. Then, he created the slapstick spy comedy series Get Smart.

It wasn’t long after that when he wrote and directed The Producers, a comedy about two men trying to get rich from creating the worst, most offensive Broadway musical ever made. It was a bold, daring, and risky form of comedy, but audiences embraced it and Brooks even won an academy award for Best Original Screenplay. The 1967 masterpiece marked the beginning of a long career that spawned some of the funniest films to grace screens such as Blazing Saddles, History of the World, Part 1, and Spaceballs.

Comedy is a weird beast, though, and not every joke is universal. When one parodies pop culture, understanding gets lost to time. This list will point out ten jokes from Mel Brooks films most modern viewers wouldn’t understand. Some of these jokes are still funny without the context because of how downright absurd they are, and there is still plenty to laugh at in each movie even if some of the references go above people’s heads.

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10 A Laurel, And Hardy Handshake – Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles is a western about a black man appointed sheriff of a small town. When the town is getting ready to greet their new officer of the law, and before they know how he looks, the chairman of the welcoming committee is preparing his speech and saying “we’d like to offer you a Laurel, And Hearty Handshake.”

This is a direct reference to the legendary comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy. The man rehearsing the speech extends a literal laurel, giving people something to laugh at if they don’t understand the deeper allusion.

9 Frau Blucher – Young Frankenstein

One of the characters in Young Frankenstein is Frau Blucher, played by Cloris Leachman. Every time someone utters her name, horses start wildly neighing.

RELATED: 10 Classic Comedies That Have Aged Poorly

This is erroneously attributed to her name allegedly sounding like the German word for glue, but it doesn’t bear a resemblance. Instead, it’s a joke about old villains in old melodramas. A sound effect or dramatic cue would play whenever the villain appeared or their name was said.

8 Walter Raleigh Reference – History Of The World Part 1

Walter Raleigh published one book before his execution called The Historie of the World. It was only the first volume in what was meant to have several additions, but he couldn’t keep his head on long enough to write anymore.

RELATED: 10 Great Comedies You Forgot Were Directed By Women

The name of Mel Brook’s classic historical epic comedy is taken directly from Walter’s book, save for a small change in spelling. The fact that only one movie exists despite the “Part 1” in the title could also be a gag based on the writer’s circumstances.

7 Frankie Laine Singing The Blazing Saddles Theme

Frankie Laine made a name for himself singing the themes to several famous westerns like 3:10 to Yuma. What good fortune, then, that Mel Brooks managed to get the singer for Blazing Saddles.

Frankie didn’t know it was a parody when recording the song, either, and Brooks didn’t have the heart to tell him.

6 Xenomorph Doing The Michigan Rag – Spaceballs

Alien just celebrated its fortieth anniversary, but all generations are familiar with that horror masterpiece. It’s what the Xenomorph does in Spaceballs after he bursts out of John Hurt’s chest again that leaves people scratching their heads.

RELATED: South Park’s 11 Best Movie Parodies

The song and dance routing is “The Michigan Rag”, taken from a legendary animated short called One Froggy Evening.

5 Leo Bloom’s Name – The Producers

Leo Bloom is an innocuous name for a protagonist, especially for a comedy.

RELATED: 10 Movie Parodies We Hope To See In Season 4 Of Rick And Morty

It’s not immediately outlandish or funny, but bibliophiles will quickly point out the name as a reference to the main character in Jame’s Joyce’s Ulysses.

4 Jews In Space Is A Battlestar Galactica Parody

The fake teaser for Jews In Space is a fantastic gag at the end of History of the World, Part 1. The joke gets better when one realizes the connection to Battlestar Galactica. The science-fiction miniseries takes inspiration from the Mormon faith, and the faux trailer’s direct usage of the Jewish faith parodies this.

3 For My Next Impression, Jesse Owens – Blazing Saddles

After Sheriff Bart and Jim’s KKK disguises are blown after Bart shows his hand to sign some papers,Bart says “and now for my next impression – Jesse Owens.”

Related: Ranking The Top 10 Underrated Comedy Sequels

For those not up on their sports history, Jesse Owens was an Olympic runner who competed in the 1936 games.

2 Bird Poop – High Anxiety

High Anxiety is a parody of Alfred Hitchcock films. It’s one thing to parody a genre, but it’s a bolder move to parody the style of one particular director. To be fair, Hitchcock could be considered its own genre.

The genius of the film is how funny it still is even without knowledge of the legendary filmmaker. The famous bird poop scene, for example, mirrors a scene from The Birds, but is still grossly hilarious for those who have no idea what The Birds is.

1 Orson Wells Narrating History Of The World, Part 1

Orson Wells was one of the greatest filmmakers of the twentieth century. He also has one heck of an iconic voice. Mel Brooks managed to get him to record the narration for History of the World, Part 1, which would be like getting Johnny Cash to narrate Walk Hard.

The movie’s intro also uses the music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and mirrors the idea of starting the movie out with the dawn of man.

NEXT: 10 Best Comedy Movies Of All Time, According To IMDB


2019-07-14 03:07:54

Jason Wojnar

10 Mel Brooks Jokes Modern Audiences Wouldn’t Understand

Without Mel Brooks, comedy simply wouldn’t be the same. His works turned low-brow humor and vulgarity into sophisticated art. From the early years growing up in Brooklyn, Mel always had a knack for making people laugh. He also had a penchant for music, having worked as a drummer in his teens. After serving in the US army disarming landmines during World War II, he took on comedy full time, working in clubs and an occasional radio stint before becoming a writer on Your Show of Shows. Then, he created the slapstick spy comedy series Get Smart.

It wasn’t long after that when he wrote and directed The Producers, a comedy about two men trying to get rich from creating the worst, most offensive Broadway musical ever made. It was a bold, daring, and risky form of comedy, but audiences embraced it and Brooks even won an academy award for Best Original Screenplay. The 1967 masterpiece marked the beginning of a long career that spawned some of the funniest films to grace screens such as Blazing Saddles, History of the World, Part 1, and Spaceballs.

Comedy is a weird beast, though, and not every joke is universal. When one parodies pop culture, understanding gets lost to time. This list will point out ten jokes from Mel Brooks films most modern viewers wouldn’t understand. Some of these jokes are still funny without the context because of how downright absurd they are, and there is still plenty to laugh at in each movie even if some of the references go above people’s heads.

RELATED: 10 Best Westerns On Netflix

10 A Laurel, And Hardy Handshake – Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles is a western about a black man appointed sheriff of a small town. When the town is getting ready to greet their new officer of the law, and before they know how he looks, the chairman of the welcoming committee is preparing his speech and saying “we’d like to offer you a Laurel, And Hearty Handshake.”

This is a direct reference to the legendary comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy. The man rehearsing the speech extends a literal laurel, giving people something to laugh at if they don’t understand the deeper allusion.

9 Frau Blucher – Young Frankenstein

One of the characters in Young Frankenstein is Frau Blucher, played by Cloris Leachman. Every time someone utters her name, horses start wildly neighing.

RELATED: 10 Classic Comedies That Have Aged Poorly

This is erroneously attributed to her name allegedly sounding like the German word for glue, but it doesn’t bear a resemblance. Instead, it’s a joke about old villains in old melodramas. A sound effect or dramatic cue would play whenever the villain appeared or their name was said.

8 Walter Raleigh Reference – History Of The World Part 1

Walter Raleigh published one book before his execution called The Historie of the World. It was only the first volume in what was meant to have several additions, but he couldn’t keep his head on long enough to write anymore.

RELATED: 10 Great Comedies You Forgot Were Directed By Women

The name of Mel Brook’s classic historical epic comedy is taken directly from Walter’s book, save for a small change in spelling. The fact that only one movie exists despite the “Part 1” in the title could also be a gag based on the writer’s circumstances.

7 Frankie Laine Singing The Blazing Saddles Theme

Frankie Laine made a name for himself singing the themes to several famous westerns like 3:10 to Yuma. What good fortune, then, that Mel Brooks managed to get the singer for Blazing Saddles.

Frankie didn’t know it was a parody when recording the song, either, and Brooks didn’t have the heart to tell him.

6 Xenomorph Doing The Michigan Rag – Spaceballs

Alien just celebrated its fortieth anniversary, but all generations are familiar with that horror masterpiece. It’s what the Xenomorph does in Spaceballs after he bursts out of John Hurt’s chest again that leaves people scratching their heads.

RELATED: South Park’s 11 Best Movie Parodies

The song and dance routing is “The Michigan Rag”, taken from a legendary animated short called One Froggy Evening.

5 Leo Bloom’s Name – The Producers

Leo Bloom is an innocuous name for a protagonist, especially for a comedy.

RELATED: 10 Movie Parodies We Hope To See In Season 4 Of Rick And Morty

It’s not immediately outlandish or funny, but bibliophiles will quickly point out the name as a reference to the main character in Jame’s Joyce’s Ulysses.

4 Jews In Space Is A Battlestar Galactica Parody

The fake teaser for Jews In Space is a fantastic gag at the end of History of the World, Part 1. The joke gets better when one realizes the connection to Battlestar Galactica. The science-fiction miniseries takes inspiration from the Mormon faith, and the faux trailer’s direct usage of the Jewish faith parodies this.

3 For My Next Impression, Jesse Owens – Blazing Saddles

After Sheriff Bart and Jim’s KKK disguises are blown after Bart shows his hand to sign some papers,Bart says “and now for my next impression – Jesse Owens.”

Related: Ranking The Top 10 Underrated Comedy Sequels

For those not up on their sports history, Jesse Owens was an Olympic runner who competed in the 1936 games.

2 Bird Poop – High Anxiety

High Anxiety is a parody of Alfred Hitchcock films. It’s one thing to parody a genre, but it’s a bolder move to parody the style of one particular director. To be fair, Hitchcock could be considered its own genre.

The genius of the film is how funny it still is even without knowledge of the legendary filmmaker. The famous bird poop scene, for example, mirrors a scene from The Birds, but is still grossly hilarious for those who have no idea what The Birds is.

1 Orson Wells Narrating History Of The World, Part 1

Orson Wells was one of the greatest filmmakers of the twentieth century. He also has one heck of an iconic voice. Mel Brooks managed to get him to record the narration for History of the World, Part 1, which would be like getting Johnny Cash to narrate Walk Hard.

The movie’s intro also uses the music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and mirrors the idea of starting the movie out with the dawn of man.

NEXT: 10 Best Comedy Movies Of All Time, According To IMDB


2019-07-14 03:07:54

Jason Wojnar

10 Hidden Jokes You Missed In Office Space | ScreenRant

The ‘90s were a relatively mundane time of peace and stability, as the world quickly transitioned from the analog-reliant Cold War days to the digital age. It was during this time that movies showing just how boring things became popular, with one of the best-known examples being Mike Judge’s Office Space – the relatable story of three employees who get so fed up with their inane jobs, they embezzle the company they work for.

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The satirical jab at corporate life is known for its low-key hilarity, where the laughs are derived from the most overlooked aspects of working a dead-end 9-to-5 job at a software company. This nuanced approach makes it easy to miss some jokes, some of which were intentionally buried under Mr. Lumbergh’s droning. Here are 10 hidden jokes in Office Space you may have missed.

10 The Y2K Switch

When Peter explains his job to Joanna, he mentions that his primary task is to help Initech prepare for what he calls the “2000 switch.” This was in reference to the real-life headache caused by the approach of the New Millennium since companies had to update their software to accommodate the year 2000.

While the joke doesn’t make much sense today, this was something a lot of programmers could relate to back in the day since the update was equal parts tedious and annoying.

9 TPS Actually Means Something

A running gag in the movie is Mr. Lumbergh’s obsession with TPS reports, which he constantly bugs Peter for in the most passive-aggressive way possible. For the longest time, TPS was assumed to be just another part of the software company’s incomprehensible jargon.

In reality, TPS means “Test Program Set” – something Judge took from his days as an engineer and most probably loathed as much as Peter. Simply put, it’s a collection of important data and programs that an operator needs to run a diagnostics test.

8 Initech’s Statue Is A Contradiction

Sitting right outside the Initech office is a statue depicting a square peg inside a round hole. The most commonly accepted interpretation of the monument is that it represents outsiders and the non-conformists who don’t belong – both favorite themes of Judge.

Thing is, Initech is anything but individualist. It’s just one of many unremarkable software companies in a sea of software companies. Its employees struggle to work enthusiastically while superiors promote conformity. The statue is a good fit for Initech’s parking lot since many similar companies imagine themselves to be trailblazers even if the opposite is true.

7 Chotchkie’s Is A Knock-Off T.G.I. Friday’s

The restaurant where Joanna works in is a bland joint where she never has enough buttons while she serves some of the most forgettable named dishes imaginable (Pizza Shooters, anyone?). If Chotchkie’s somehow reminded you of T.G.I. Friday’s, that’s because it was intentional.

For the longest time, T.G.I. Friday’s staff was known for wearing lots of flair on their outfits but they phased out the practice in 2005. Mike Judge confirmed that Office Space was at fault, as the restaurant chain only realized how tacky the flair looked after getting mocked on the big screen.

6 Lawrence Is An Allman Brothers Band Fan

Peter’s chill and nosy neighbor Lawrence has a very specific look that sets him apart from the desk-jockeys that populate the Office Space cast. Long story short, he looks like a fan of old-school rock music who hails from the South.

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Diedrich Bader revealed that this was all part of his plan, as the actor pitched his character’s look to Judge. Bader wanted Lawrence to look like somebody who “loved the Allman Brothers,” and Judge loved the idea so much it made it into the final cut. Judge, however, suggested the mustache.

5 Mr. Lumbergh’s Vanity Plate

To show how unlikeable yet completely unremarkable Mr. Lumbergh is, his Porsche is shown to have a custom plate that reads “MY PRSHE.” Though it’s only seen briefly, the license plate is difficult to forget due to how hard it tries to look cool.

The license plate actually has a lot more meaning to it than just showing off Lumbergh’s generic vanity. According to Judge, the plate – which has no specific state listed on it – emphasizes that Office Space was meant to be set anywhere in the USA, making its characters’ soulless lives more relatable.

4 Mr. Lumbergh Is An EarthForce Academy Graduate

Every now and then, Mr. Lumbergh’s right hand can be seen with a ring on it. The ring may not look memorable at first glance, but hardcore sci-fi fans will know that it actually the EarthForce Academy’s standard issue ring.

Prior to Office Space, Gary Cole starred in the Babylon 5 spin-off Crusade, where he portrayed Capt. Matthew Gideon of the starship Excalibur. Gideon also graduated from EarthForce Academy, and Cole brought this memento along when he started micromanaging the people at Initech.

3 Mike Judge Has A Cameo

Joanna’s main source of frustration is her boss at Chotchkie’s, who constantly bugs her about not having enough or too little flair on her apron. The bespectacled and mustache-donning manager is none other than Mike Judge in a cameo.

The role was credited to a “William King,” which is why it took a while before people realized that the guy behind HBO’s Silicon Valley was the reason for Joanna’s annoyance. Helping Judge keep his cameo a secret was a curly wig, glasses, a mustache, and a vest laden with too much flair.

2 Milton Foreshadowed The Ending

At the end of the movie, Milton finally loses his cool and burns down Initech after being stepped over too often. This could’ve been avoided if his co-workers and superiors took the time to listen to him and maybe take him seriously.

Over the course of the movie, Milton mutters about burning the office to the ground – which is exactly what he does. What is only seen in a deleted scene is that Milton actually kills Mr. Lumbergh when he’s caught making his arson preparations, emphasizing that constantly relocating Milton’s work desk was a terrible idea.

1 The Red Stapler’s Legacy

The most iconic punchline of Office Space is Milton’s beloved red Swingline office stapler, which when taken by Mr. Lumbergh snaps something in the meek man’s brain. As Office Space quickly became a cult classic, Swingline was faced with a growing demand for Milton’s signature item.

There was just one problem: Swingline didn’t sell red staplers. A prop designer just painted one of their staplers red to make it stand out in scenes, not realizing the impact it would have on audiences. Swingline finally started selling red staplers in 2002 – three years after Office Space showed in cinemas.

NEXT: The 10 Best Quotes From Office Space


2019-07-13 01:07:59

Angelo Delos Trinos

Maisie Williams Jokes About Game of Thrones Love Scene

Fans who felt uncomfortable watching a now-grown Arya Stark have her first romantic encounter on Game of Thrones can rest assured that they’re not alone, as star Maisie Williams took to Twitter to inform everyone her family went through the same thing. Maybe that revelation will help put the unexpected love scene into perspective for fans.

In the latest episode of the HBO series, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” Arya chose to spend what might be her last night on Earth with Gendry (played by Joe Dempsie). Not wanting to die without having had a sexual experience, she took charge with her childhood crush and left viewers shocked and divided afterwards. While the depiction of a healthy and consensual relationship is a rarity in Westeros, and thus something to be celebrated, many audience members had a hard time grappling with the fact that they’d watch Williams grow up before their very eyes.

Related: Why Arya and Gendry Should End Up Together on Game of Thrones

Which is exactly what Williams alluded to in her Tweet, seeing as no one would have more cognitive dissonance watching their little girl become a woman than Williams’ own family. It was a humorous way for her to handle the confusion and discomfort that the scene inspired in many audience members, and it furthermore allowed fans to have more nuanced discussions on the topic in response to her. Or to just post some great memes.

Secondhand embarrassment aside, the much-talked-about scene is surprising for its portrayal of female-driven sexuality just as much as for the discovery that Arya Stark is all grown up. After all, Game of Thrones is a series that has dabbled in rape and dubious consent more often than is strictly necessary, and most of its victims have been women. In fact, the majority of its main female cast members – Daenerys, Sansa and Cersei especially – have been on the receiving end of sexual violence at one point or another in the show’s run. So for Arya to be granted control over her romantic choices without any kind of coercion or fear is a beautiful thing in its own way, especially when the specter of death looms large in next week’s episode.

Of course, that doesn’t mean every viewer has to rejoice at the thought of Williams disrobing for the scene, especially as she does indeed feel like a little sister to many. But at least the actress was given a choice as to how much she wanted to show, according to her own account.  Furthermore, the focus was on the two characters holding onto life for perhaps the last time rather than on shock value or titillation. Finally, if her real-life family could handle her big scene, so can her extended family of fans around the globe.

More: Game of Thrones’ Latest Episode Was The Best In Years

Source: Maisie Williams/Twitter



2019-04-23 03:04:28

Tatiana Hullender

10 Funniest Jokes From The MCU

Isn’t odd how people’s inner psychopath comes out when talking about movies? Try talking to a friend and guaranteed they’ll talk about how badly they want to see Captain America die in Avengers: Endgame. Regardless, it’s true that a lot of people will probably die in Avengers: Endgame.

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Even with that said Marvel will somehow still manage to pack in a bunch of hilarious dialogue despite that movie’s inherently dark plot. Avengers: Endgame is quickly approaching and it’s a good time to look back at the MCU’s lighter side. Check out the list to see the funniest jokes from the MCU!

10 I’m Mary Poppins Y’All

Rumor has it that Mary Poppins and Lin Manuel-Miranda make an appearance in Avengers: Endgame in order to kill Thanos. Not really. However, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 contains a hilarious Mary Poppins reference.

The Mary Poppins joke takes place towards the end of the movie. Star-Lord and Yondu descend from the sky after a big battle. Yondu uses his laser arrow to float down. Star-Lord tells Yondu, “You look like Mary Poppins.” To which Yondu replies with the immortal line, “I’m Mary Poppins Y’All!” Actor Michael Rooker’s delivery is what really sells the line.

9 He’s A Friend From Work

Don’t we all wish we had co-workers as hunky as Chris Hemsworth? Thor: Ragnarok is easily one of the funniest movies in the MCU. It’s no secret that director Taika Waititi encouraged his actors to improvise majority of the film’s dialogue.

It’s cool to note that the greatest part of the movie’s first encounter between Thor and Hulk is actually a line that was improvised by a child. Specifically, a kid from Make-A-Wish had visited the set one day and suggested that Thor describes Hulk as “a friend from work.” Isn’t that awesome? Not only is this one of the funniest lines in the MCU, but there’s also an incredibly touching story behind its inception.

8 Shakespeare In The Park

It seems like the MCU has made it a rule for every superhero to not only be really strong, but they also have to be super funny as well. The Avengers definitely doubles down on this notion. That movie has an incredible ability to find comedy in all of the moments where the superheroes first meet one another.

Related: Last 8 Minutes Of Avengers: Endgame Are The Best In Entire MCU, Says RDJ

One particularly great scene is when Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor meet each other for the first time. Their encounter ends up resulting in a battle. The fight scene culminates in a public park. Thor tells Iron Man, “You have no idea what you’re dealing with.” Iron Man says, “Uh…Shakespeare in the park?” The scenes where The Avengers first clash could’ve gone in any direction. Thank goodness director Joss Whedon chooses to inject these moments with hilarious dialogue.

7 Why is Gamora?!

There’s nothing like a good grammar joke. One specific comedic beat that stands out in Avengers: Infinity War takes place when the Guardians of the Galaxy first meet Iron Man. At this point in the movie Thanos has already captured Gamora. Star-Lord exclaims, “Where’s Gamora?!” Iron Man’s response is, “I’ll do you even better: who is Gamora?”

This is when Drax drops the hilarious line, “I’ll do you one better: why is Gamora?!” What’s really cool is that Dave Bautista improvised this line. It shows that the MCU actors are so keyed into their roles that they have the ability to understand what their characters should say in different situations.

6 Hulk Like Raging Fire

It’s incredible (pun intended) how the Hulk is actually a pretty malleable character. Movies like the 2003 Hulk interpret the character as a giant naked man that likes to run around and punch his abusive father. Conversely, the MCU depicts the Hulk as a giant rage monster who also happens to have a softer side.

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One of the best moments in Thor: Ragnarok that shows off Hulk’s gentler side is when he tries to empathize with Thor. Thor tells the Hulk that he believes the two of them have similar personalities. He says, “We’re kind of both like fire.” Hulk’s response? “But Hulk like real fire. Hulk like raging fire. Thor like smoldering fire.” What’s great is that the line shows Hulk attempting to connect with Thor while also not being able to let go of his desire to be the strongest Avenger.

5 I Become Invisible

Can we just have an entire movie of Drax saying outrageous one-liners? Thanks. Leave it up to Avengers: Infinity War to have another one of the best MCU lines of all time.

The particular scene revolves around Star-Lord and Gamora talking to each other aboard their spaceship. Just as the scene is about to get really intimate they notice that Drax has actually been watching them the entire time. Star-Lord asks, “How long have you been standing there?” Drax says, “An hour…I’ve mastered the ability of standing so incredibly still that I’ve become invisible to the eye.” The line is so unexpected, but it makes so much sense when it’s delivered in such earnest and deadpan fashion by Dave Bautista.

4 Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist

Imagine how different this line would sound coming from an average Joe Shmoe? It’d be more like, “High School Diploma, $30,000 a year plus 401k, I’ve briefly dated two girls in the past, and I volunteered for a homeless shelter once.”

The real version of this line is in The Avengers. It’s another great example of Joss Whedon’s ability to write fantastic dialogue for each of the characters. Captain America asks Tony Stark, “Big man in a suit of armor. Take that away and what are you?” Stark proclaims that he’s a “Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.” Even though it’s great to see these heroes work together, it’s also fun to watch them clash.

3 He’s Adopted

We get that Odin does some sort of hocus pocus in order to give baby Loki more human-like characteristics. But, considering that Loki is part Frost Giant how in the world is he so much shorter than the rest of the other Frost Giants? Loki is the world’s smallest giant.

Anyway, Loki’s adoption is the source of one of the best links in The Avengers. There’s a scene where the heroes talk about how Loki is evil. Despite this, Thor attempts to defend Loki’s honor. Black Widow explains that Loki, “Killed eighty people in two days.” Thor clears his throat and flatly says, “He’s adopted.” The best aspect of this line is that its success lives and dies by the audience’s awareness of Loki’s backstory. Loki’s lineage had been revealed all the way back in Thor. The MCU trusts that viewers are able to keep up with everymovie’s plotline.

2 Get Lost Squidward

SpongeBob references are the gift that keeps on giving. So much so that a SpongeBob joke somehow makes its way into Avengers: Infinity War. The set up is that Iron Man comes face to face with Thanos’ right-hand man (alien), Ebony Maw.

Tony speaks for everyone when he tells Maw, “Get lost Squidward.” The funniest part of the insult is that audiences were probably subconsciously trying to think about who Maw looks like. Tony happens to hit the nail right on the head.

1 I Am Groot

If anyone were to say “I am Groot” prior to the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, they would’ve most likely been looked at like a crazy person. Somehow the MCU had been able to take a line known only by hardcore comic book fans and turned it into a pop culture staple.

“I am Groot” is like Chewbacca’s growl but ten times more endearing. I am Groot can describe emotions, places, people, and pretty much anything. An easier way of saying this is, “We are Groot.”

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2019-04-19 03:04:11

Nathaniel Vanderpoort

20 Dark Family Guy Jokes They Actually Got Away With

Family Guy is not afraid to make jokes about any subject, but it is still hard to believe they got away with these 20 jokes. The edgy animated comedy has been a staple of Fox’s programing for the last 20 years and has found a major following over this time. Seth MacFarlane’s series introduced viewers to the Griffin family, and the decades of content has seen Family Guy tell some unbelievable stories centered around Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, Stewie, and Brian, as well as their unique friends like Quagmire.

Even though Family Guy is not intended for all audiences with its TV-14 rating, its particular style and sense of humor has made it stand out amidst increasing competition. The series is not afraid to push the limits of what audiences will find funny, but has gone too far in the past with several deleted scenes. While those moments did not make it to air, there have been many instances where Family Guy had scenes or jokes that still did air despite their dark content.

Related: 25 Family Guy Quagmire Moments That Went Too Far

The latest Screen Rant video takes a look at 20 times that Family Guy went dark, but still got away with it. All of these moments are intended to be done in humorous ways, and that meant the series tackled subjects that most shows would never even think about covering. Some viewers may have found these moments to be funny, but we’re more shocked that they included them to begin with. Check out every example in the video at the top of this post.

Most of these instances involve Family Guy tackling political topics that are hotly debated to this day or just ones that could be viewed as insensitive. The series has made jokes out of JFK’s assassination, abortion, and school shootings, which are not topics that most would attempt to make light of. They didn’t even wait very long to put Bill Cosby in their crosshairs to make jokes about the sexual assault cases against him, and have repeatedly made fun of Michael J. Fox for having Parkinson’s disease.

While there are certainly going to be some who find these types of jokes distasteful, they are exactly the type of jokes that Family Guy has been making from the beginning. The show has never shied away from a topic they think could be used to get a big laugh, and it is this dark sense of humor that many have come to know and love from Family Guy, making it the hit that it is.

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2019-04-18 08:04:52

Cooper Hood

15 Adult Jokes Hidden In Toy Story Movies

The Toy Story franchise is usually viewed as family-friendly animated movies, but did you catch these 15 more adult jokes? Pixar would not be the animated movie empire it is today if it wasn’t for the success of the first Toy Story. The creative idea for a movie about toys coming to life immediately clicked with audiences of all ages ready to let their imaginations run wild and think about what their own toys would be doing when they aren’t looking.

The success of Toy Story quickly put a sequel in motion at Pixar that would attempt to replicate the success of the original. Toy Story 2 arrived four years later in 1999 and proved to be another huge hit. But, then it was Pixar’s decision to revive the series once again with Toy Story 3 in 2010 that proved to be the most successful of the bunch. The film closed out the trilogy perfectly and made over $1 billion at the box office.

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The trilogy as a whole is one of the most beloved in movie history, as many kids have fond memories of growing up with these characters. However, in the latest Screen Rant video, we take a look at 15 instances where some more adult-oriented jokes managed to make their way into the movies and probably went right over the heads of the younger audiences. Check out each entry in the video featured at the top of this post.

While some of these may just be references to art or history that kids may not understand, one of the more surprising jokes that made it into the film involves Stinky Pete. The credits for Toy Story 2 showed a clip of him telling two Barbies that he could make sure they have a role in Toy Story 3, and the scene seems to indicate Stinky Pete wanting something in return. The scene feels all the more disturbing after studio heads like Harvey Weinstein used their power to have their way with actresses and when we consider that John Lasseter served as the director of the movie.

Thankfully, not all of these more adult jokes deal with sexual harassment, and it would be quite shocking to see Toy Story 4 and any future entries in the franchise include some. The movies will instead likely stick to their edgier jokes being about pee puddles in the bathroom or “Lincoln Logs” in the sandbox. That said, with Woody and Bo Peep set to spend more time together in Toy Story 4, we can’t rule out some innuendos to what they want to do once they are reunited after all these years.

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2019-04-07 07:04:32

Cooper Hood

Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Taika Waititi Jokes About Directing After Gunn Rehired

Following the surprise rehiring of James Gunn as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director, Taika Waititi makes fun of prior rumors he would direct. While there were still some fans that steadfastly held out hope Disney would eventually bring Gunn back into the fold, it’s safe to say most people were surprised when he was suddenly rehired as director of the Guardians’ third outing earlier today. Now, many fans are floating theories that Disney always planned to rehire Gunn once the heat from his Twitter scandal had died down, although one assumes him joining the DCEU to direct The Suicide Squad wouldn’t have been part of such a scheme.

That’s perhaps the strangest part of Gunn’s reconciliation with Disney, as now he’s set to become only the second director to oversee an entry in both the MCU and DCEU, after Joss Whedon. He actually might technically be the first director accomplish that odd feat, since Whedon didn’t end up being credited as the director of Justice League. In hindsight, it’s actually a bit amusing that the coordinated attack launched on Gunn by members of the right-wing media eventually ended up in him landing two high-profile directing gigs.

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That aside, during the period Gunn was considered unlikely to return to Guardians of the Galaxy 3, most fans seemed to collectively decide that if anyone had to take over the job, Waititi would be the ideal choice. After all, he’d dealt with cosmic MCU material masterfully in the acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok, and also brought a Guardians-esque wacky sense of humor to his MCU film. In February, Waititi officially made clear he wouldn’t step in for Gunn, and one wonders if he knew at that time that Gunn was about to come back. Following the reveal of Gunn’s return, Waititi responded in the most hilarious way possible on Twitter, feigning outrage that he didn’t get the job.

Waititi had made it known several times in the past that he felt Gunn never should’ve been fired by Disney, and fully supported his return to Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Despite that fact, fans kept insisting he was the best choice for the job other than Gunn, and lamented the announcement that he wouldn’t direct. While Waititi is clearly happy Gunn was rehired, there’s little reason to doubt that he could’ve made a good Guardians sequel had he been interested in the job. In this case though, Waititi is one of many that considered the Guardians franchise Gunn’s creative baby, despite Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige recently downplaying Gunn’s role.

It’ll be at least a few years before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 materializes, as today’s report of Gunn’s return to the director’s chair specified that production on the sequel wouldn’t begin until after his work on The Suicide Squad wraps up. Knowing Marvel Studios though, they have plenty of interesting Phase 4 films waiting in the wings to be announced after Avengers: Endgame wraps up Phase 3 that will serve to fill the void until the Guardians are back in action.

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Source: Taika Waititi/Twitter



2019-03-15 09:03:49

Michael Kennedy

Idris Elba Jokes About Playing James Bond in SNL Sketch

Idris Elba has joked about playing James Bond in a new SNL sketch. Elba, who has amassed a lengthy acting resume over the years with roles in the TV series Luther, as well as a variety of high profile film projects like the Avengers franchise, is no stranger to the lure of James Bond.

In 2015, when Daniel Craig told reporters that he’d rather slash his wrists than play British super spy James Bond again, the world was abuzz with speculation and rumors as to who could be the next actor in line to take on the iconic role. Of all the names offered up for consideration at the time, the one name that seemed to get the most mileage (or at least create the largest debate) was Elba’s. Of course, Craig later backtracked on his apparent disdain for the 007 role that made him a household name, and after a variety of setbacks were cleared up, it was confirmed that Craig would return for Bond 25, thereby ending the speculation that Elba might actually have a shot.

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Even now however, with Bond 25 well on its way toward kicking off production, the Idris Elba as Bond phenomenon is not so easily forgotten. Given its popularity and the unknown future that lies ahead for Bond should Craig stay true to his word and make this his last 007 film, SNL and Elba took the chance to poke fun at the very idea of Elba knowing what it takes to play the legendary super suave, super cool spy. Check out the video below for the entire sketch, though the Bond-specific joke begins at the 4:53 mark.

The sketch imagines a game show called Can I Play That? in which unknown actors try to guess the roles that they are best suited for. At one point, after suffering a lengthy list of rejections regarding the roles he can play, Elba responds to the question of “Can you play James Bond?” by saying, “Hey, I know the answer to that one!” whereby the host of the ridiculous game show, Kenan Thompson, cringes and asks, “Do you, though?” The moment is a poignant, yet humorous one for those who desperately wanted to see Elba become 007, and it’s not the first time that Elba has shown his sense of humor over the missed opportunity, either. Bond fans will remember the “awkward look” photo shared by Elba during last year’s Golden Globe Awards.

All jokes aside, if things go according to plan – and let’s be honest, it seems that when it comes to James Bond, things rarely go to plan – and Craig call it quits after Bond 25, there will still be a 007 vacancy. Elba has previously claimed that he doesn’t want to be defined by such a huge role, though whether those are his true feelings or just a method by which to continue keeping 007 rumors at bay remains to be seen. What Bond fans do know is that Elba as Bond continues to be a legitimate discussion – one that Elba seems all too willing to joke about, and which supporters are eager to keep alive.

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Source: SNL


2019-03-10 06:03:35

Mike Jones