Total Recall Could Have Been Very Different

The movie Total Recall was released nationwide 25 years ago today. It was based on the Philip K. Dick story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” which went through quite a few changes on its way to the silver screen. For example, can you imagine Richard Dreyfuss as the lead instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger?

5. THE QUAID/HAUSER CHARACTER WENT THROUGH AN IMAGE OVERHAUL.

Producer De Laurentiis’ initial vision of the film’s hero Douglas Quaid (originally named “Quail”)/Carl Hauser was decidedly more in line with Dick’s short story: A schlubby office drone who dreams of a more exciting life. With this characterization in mind, his first choice for the part was Richard Dreyfuss. Over time, the desired machismo of the film’s leading man increased, prompting suggestions like William Hurt (courtesy of Cronenberg) and Patrick Swayze.

6. AT FIRST, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER WAS TURNED DOWN FOR BEING TOO MANLY.

Despite the gradual growth of Quaid’s imagined virility, there was a limit to how far De Laurentiis was willing to stray from the original character. He insisted that someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger was out of the question for the part and even turned down the Terminator star when Schwarzenegger expressed interest in the role.

But Schwarzenegger still wanted the role, and he took advantage of his growing clout in Hollywood to get it. Find out how that happened, and other trivia about Total Recall on its 25th anniversary, at mental_floss.  



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Bill And Ted Square Off Against Lewis And Clark In An Epic Rap Battle

Bill & Ted aren’t the smartest, or most well read, guys on the block, but at least they had the good sense not to get on Genghis Khan’s bad side!

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are often thought of as intelligent and intrepid, but they were total failures in their mission, and Lewis ended up killing himself due to a massive case of writer’s block.

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YouTube royalty Rhett and Link explore who would win in an Epic Rap Battle between the totally righteous Wyld Stallyns and the totally overrated Lewis & Clark, and even though the old timey guys are smarter the boys from San Dimas beat them out with a one two pun punch! (Contains NSFW language)

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5 Obscure Looney Tunes Cartoons

Despite the popularity of Disney’s feature films the Looney Tunes beat Disney by a mile in the shorts department, because every self respecting toonhead grew up watching Looney Tunes shorts that were played on many different channels seemingly nonstop.

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Over the years Warner Bros. has taken many shorts out of circulation for various reasons, ranging from violence to (seemingly) racist themes to what WB perceived as a lack of public interest, thereby denying future generations of these wonderful shorts.

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This classic mental_floss article features 5 Obscure Looney Tunes Cartoons that weren't taken out of circulation because they're controversial, but rather because they're downright strange! Take a gander and see if they bring back any cartoon memories.



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Behind the Scenes: Yoda and Jim Henson


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According to Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones, George Lucas offered Muppets creator Jim Henson the role of Yoda. Henson declined, suspecting that he wouldn't have enough time for a project as ambitious as Star Wars. Puppeteer Frank Oz got the job instead. But Henson still consulted with the Star Wars crew in building the Yoda puppet. You can see more photos of him working on The Empire Strikes Back at The Making of Star Wars.

-via Landa Calrissian



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Deleted Scene Reveals The Origins Of TOMORROWLAND

Tomorrowland is Disney’s latest amusement park attraction turned motion picture, and unlike that awful Haunted Mansion movie they released a few years back, they seem to have gotten the adaptation right this time.

The film combines dystopian sci-fi themes with a message of hope for the future, mixing in some of history’s most famous scientific minds for good measure and plenty of Disney magic, of course.

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Here's a deleted scene from the film that reveals the origins of the organization Plus Ultra, the group responsible for the creation of Tomorrowland. It's got that classic Disney short style, features the voice talent of Maurice LaMarche and it's enjoyable to watch whether you've seen Tomorrowland or not.

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You Can Win A Fitbit Surge or A NeatoShop Tee

Good news everyone! We're operating a contest with our friends at Today I Found Out and you can win a Fitbit Surge Fitness Super Watch or a NeatoShop tee. We'll be choosing five winners -one grand prize winner to receive the FitBit and four runners up who will have their choice of a sweet NeatoShop tee. So how can you win? Just check out the entry form below. Good luck!

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A Really Cool Cosplay Excursion To Iceland

Cosplay has become extremely popular thanks to fandom conventions, where people can see and take pics of cosplayers in person, but there’s nothing cooler than seeing cosplayers in the wild.

Their costumes are made to be worn in an environment that suits their character, so many cosplayers team up with photographers and take their shoots to the great outdoors.

A group of intrepid cosplayers and bold photographers decided to combine their efforts for an ultimate destination photo shoot- in Iceland.

Their efforts were rewarded with some of the most amazing cosplay photos I’ve ever seen, a cosplay experience sure to reinforce their love of the craft, and a life experience they’ll never forget.

See more from this amazing cosplay excursion over at Kotaku Cosplay



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Adorable: Kids Lip Dub Star Wars: The Force Awakens


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If the actors for Episode VII get injured or walk off the job, these kids are ready to step in. Mashable asked Arwen (10), Leia (8), and Neo (5) to dub over the dialogue and sound effects for the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They're completely convincing. Hire them for every movie!

-via Uproxx



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Which is More Technologically Advanced — Star Wars or Star Trek?

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Writer Tom Gardiner at Gizmodo breaks down systems of technology and advancement of both Star Wars and Star Trek, setting categories alongside each other, in order to come to a conclusion about which is more technologically advanced. Categories considered include transportation, energy generation, communication, manufacturing, construction, military, medical technology, robotics and computing, field manipulation and social technology. As you can imagine, once the writer gives his opinion, the debate continues from readers in the comment section. Check out the comparison here.  



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The Best Game Of Thrones Infographics Money Can't Buy

In the world of fandom related infographics there are the crappy advertising type infographics that don’t contain well researched information, or any real info at all, and then there are the awesome visual info charts that tell you lots of good stuff quickly and please the eyes to boot.

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The more popular a fandom franchise becomes the more infographics seem to pop up online, and since everyone in the world seems to be suffering from Westeros flu at the moment it makes sense that Game of Thrones themed infographics are as popular as a rain poncho at a red wedding.

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But how can you find a bunch of infographics that will tell you what you want to know about the show and won’t make your eyeballs bleed?

You check out this collection of 15 Incredibly Important Game Of Thrones Infographics and watch your geeky world become a paradise of visual information!

(EDIT: As I looked closer at this collection I noticed that a few of the infographics included are indeed used to advertise stuff like cable TV and internet ad software. But they're all posted in a very viewer friendly size on Dorkly so you can enjoy looking through them there without clicking on advertiser links!)



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Slave Leia Tinker Bell

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Cosplayer Jessica--the internet's Maid of Might--has made a niche by altering Princess Leia's iconic slave outfit from Return of the Jedi with Disney characters. In the past, she's done Rapunzel, Elsa, and Ariel. Now she's working with Tinker Bell from Peter Pan. Cosplay builders Mantinum Industries made components of this outfit for Jessica, which she wore last week to FanimeCon in San Jose, California.

Suggestion: let's see a slave Leia version of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid.



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10 Of The More Quotable Kramer Moments On Seinfeld

Cosmo Kramer may not be the best employee, or the best neighbor, but he’s aces when it comes to doling out bad advice, dressing like a hipster dufus and spouting super quotable sayings.

You probably shouldn’t live by Kramer’s words or follow his example in terms of lifestyle, but ever Seinfeld fan knows it’s easy for quotes coined by Kramer to come up in conversation.

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From the ever popular"These pretzels are making me thirsty!" to the lesser known "If I had a kid I'd name him Isosceles. Isosceles Kramer", they're (not quite) all here for your viewing pleasure!

See 10 Quotable Kramer Moments at Uproxx



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12 Great Pieces of Avengers-Themed Home Decor

Can't get enough Marvel movie merch to satiate your obsession? Then head over to Homes and Hues, where we rounded up 12 awesome pieces of home decor inspired by The Avengers. 

From light switch covers to cutting boards, there are pieces to enhance every room of your home with geektastic Marvel goodies. We're particularly enamored with this desk loaded with movie props by Tom Spina Designs.

So if your home could use a little more heroism, visit Homes and Hues for the full list: 12 Awesome Decor Pieces Inspired by The Avengers



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I Made This One Week Friends Light

I've just completed my latest crafting project: an acrylic edge LED light inspired by the anime series One Week Friends.

One Week Friends is an endearing 12-episode romance. It's about Yūki Hase, an anxious high school student who befriends a lonely girl named Kaori Fujimiya. With a compelling story, charming characters, and great music, it's easily one of my favorite animes.

Yūki in particular is a well-told character. He's truly realistic in that although he's heroic, he's also a teenager. Yūki is immature with tendencies toward jealousy and insecurity, so he's remarkably human. I decided to make him the subject of my latest project.

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Being An Artist Is A Lot Like Playing Skyrim

Many artists live a unique lifestyle that their 9 to 5 friends don't comprehend, and as a result creatives can sometimes feel like lone Dovahkiin, out of sync with the "normal" world and constantly seeking new artistic adventures.

You gain experience about the world the hard way, trying to earn some coin with the point of your sword (in this case a pen) and stay on the good side of humanity when lazy townies are constantly trying to get you to work for free.

The life of a creative is full of highs and lows, years of eating mammoth steaks and Colovian brandy and years of living lean and hungry, when you’d practically kill to eat at a sit-down restaurant.

Dorkly’s Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman use pretty pictures to reveal how the life of a creative is a lot like playing a game of Skyrim. Now how do I develop my own Dragon Shout?

See How Skyrim Perfectly Describes The Life Of An Artist here



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Some Of The Most Bizarre Demands Made By Celebrities

Anyone who has ever worked with entertainment industry talent knows they can be a mighty demanding bunch who often use their celebrity status to get what they want, no matter how bizarre.

Sometimes their request is as simple as top billing, or a reworking of the script so their character gets more screentime, but other celebs aren’t so easily impressed. They demand stuff, really strange stuff, or they're liable to come down with a case of Scriptatosis, rendering them unable to effectively read their lines.

Touring performers generally have a document known as a backstage rider doing all their demanding for them, which lets the concert promoters know what they expect to find backstage before a show.

If you’re Marilyn Manson you simply want an assortment of sweets, but review Lady Gaga’s rider and you’ll find this strange request:

Not sure if the mannequin was for her show or something to make the House of Gaga feel more like a home...

See 23 Bizarre Demands Celebrities Have Made Behind The Scenes at Cracked (contains NSFW language)



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Anna Foucher's Geeky Driftwood Sculptures

Anna Foucher, an artist in Nantes, France, collects driftwood and uses its natural forms to create human figures. She often works with characters from pop culture, including Batman, Robin, the Joker, and Darth Vader. Her gallery includes photos showing how, step by step, her found pieces turn into funny-looking people.

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A Visual Effects Breakdown For Captain America: Winter Soldier

The filmmakers creating modern Marvel movies are able to take full advantage of the cutting edge CGI software available today, and those digital effects help make stories about superheroes look far more believable on the big screen.

But a digital artist’s job isn't just to make the effects believable- it's to make the VFX so believable, and so seamlessly integrated into the film, that viewers can’t tell what’s real and what’s CGI.


 

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Here’s a marvel-ous breakdown video that reveals the digital artistry added to Captain America: Winter Soldier by Beijing-based VFX studio BaseFX.

It's interesting to see how much of our favorite films are shot in a total green screen environment nowadays, and even simple stunts are nothing but a pile of polygons nowadays.

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Spider-Man Knocks Himself Out To Entertain Kids

Performing as a costumed character at birthday parties can be a tough gig, and when you show up dressed as a superhero you’d better be prepared to wow the kiddos with some sweet superhero moves.

But when you’re performing for peanuts you should avoid bodily injury at all costs, because most companies who hire out costumed characters don’t have injury insurance for their employees.

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A springy fellow in a Spider-Man suit discovered how hard it is to act like a webhead without falling flat on your face as he tried way too hard to keep his young clients entertained. Next year they'll be hiring Batman instead...

-Via Uproxx



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What The Avengers Actors Looked Like as Kids

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Avengers, assemble! Specifically, assemble in a line by the classroom door. Black Widow is the line leader today. Proceed to the lunchroom to hear an announcement by Principal Fury.

These photos allegedly show what the actors who play the Avengers looked like when they were kids. I suggest that in the next movie in the franchise, the villain reverse-ages the characters so that they are all 6 years old. We need a Marvel version of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Rascals.' 

-via Geek Tyrant



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Amazing Movies That Were Never Made

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There are tons of movies out there that make you shake your head and wonder "how did they actually green-light something that stupid?" But sadly, there are also tons of movies that should have been made that just weren't. For example, while John Carter was a great movie, but an animated version that would have predated Snow White as the first full-length feature film could have been even more amazing and may have even changed film history.

Learn about nine other awesome movies that should have been made in this TopTenz article, or just watch the video above.



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If Movie Characters Said What Their Actors Have Tweeted

It’s a good thing most characters portrayed by actors in movies don’t act anything like the actors themselves, because if their characters spouted the inane lines celebs like Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin have Tweeted out to the world those hit movies would have bombed!

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CollegeHumor presents an animated portrayal of what it would look like if, say, Maximus from Gladiator gave a rally cry that included "Circumcision is stupid! Babies are perfeeeeeeect!"

It kinda makes you wonder what the heck those famous folks were thinking when they sent out such bizarre Tweets, but I think Fast & Furious would have been improved by the addition of Vin, Michelle and Tyrese's Tweets.



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Minor Tweaks To Disney Movies That Change The Whole Plot

Disney’s animated features rely on paper thin plots to make the magic happen, and what they lack in believability they more than make up for in character appeal and emotional effect.

But a thin plot means the whole storyline can come crashing down with one minor change, like showing what led up to Bambi’s mother getting blasted.

Dorkly's Andrew Bridgman and illustrator Paul Westover demonstrate how easy it is to turn Disney movies into a completely different kind of movie with one minor tweak.

Kinda takes the feel good fun outta the whole thing, now don’t it?!

See 7 Tweaks To Disney Films That Would Change Everything here



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The Casebook Of Nips And Porkington

Nips and Porkington are pigs in every sense of the word- they’re cops and one is actually a pig, so he's a pig in two ways. I'm not sure if he's also a slob, but if he is then that makes three ways in which Porkington is a pig.

Okay, so Nips and Porkington are pigs in either one, two or three ways, if that’s not every sense of the word then please excuse my misuse of an idiom and let’s move on.

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Nips and Porkington are the stars of their own animated short called The Casebook Of Nips And Porkington, which was created by an extremely talented individual named Melody Wang.

Hopefully Melody will share some more animated animal adventures with us in the near future, but for now we'll have to make do with this enchanting short.



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Halo vs. Call of Duty

We’ve seen plenty of “video game invades real life” videos, but this takes it up a notch with over-the-top violence and destruction, even though it all takes place at Grandma’s house. Contains a little NSFW language. And plenty of subtle references for hardcore players.

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It’s from Danny and Michael Philippou, twin brothers from Adelaide, Australia (previously at Neatorama), who do this for fun even though many of the stunts are really dangerous.  

The Philippou brothers refuse to put ads on their videos. They’ve now received funding from Screen Australia, Australia's national film support agency. If you liked this, you might want to check out their other videos. -via reddit



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Towel Day on the ISS

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Wherever you go today, don’t forget your towel! Today is Towel Day, a date set aside to remember author Douglas Adams and his works, particularly The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For the occasion, the astronauts of the European Space Agency (ESA) show how they celebrate on the International Space Station. Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (previously at Neatorama) reads about the importance of the towel from The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy while floating in space. Don’t panic!



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Mario Kart: Fury Road

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When everything goes to hell in the Mushroom Kingdom the denizens of that colorful land will have to kart for survival, or fall to the flying shells.

Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t meant to be a particularly funny film, but add a few visual effects, a few characters and silly sound effects from Mario Kart 64 and you’ve got a wasteland full of laughs.

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YouTube user sundbergkr doesn't rely on over-the-top gags or comically misspliced clips to deliver the comedy in Mario Kart: Fury Road, and the end result is a mashup that's simply funny!

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Riker: Episode One

What if Commander William Riker got his own spinoff show after Star Trek: The Next Generation? It might go something like this fan edit that puts Number One in the star position. It’s the beginning of what may be a continuing series, with the next episode coming in about a month.

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Those who occupy a certain strange corner of the internet might recognize this style as the work of Jan van den Hemel, who worked together with fellow video editor Andrew Hussie to make dozens of hilarious The Next Generation edits back in the late 2000s. Riker is the first new TNG video from Hemel in nearly five years, and if you're a fan, you'll be glad to hear that more are on the way.

You can see their earlier Star Trek: TNG videos here. -via Uproxx



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Atheist Arya Stark Is The New Face Of Fantasy Disenchantment

Arya Stark has been through a lot in her young life, and while some may turn to faith after witnessing their father’s death and watching their family torn asunder by those vying for the Iron Throne, Anya has chosen to put faith in God on her list.

This is all according to the new Game Of Thrones meme Atheist Arya Stark, which was created by Tumblr user halfprincesshalfgoddess, so don’t expect to find much canon material from the show.

What you can expect from this meme is a funny take on what a cocky young Arya might say to those pious Sparrows as she made her way across Westeros, a grand assortment of ha-has for heathens.

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Redneck Avengers: Tulsa Nights

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Our friends at Bad Lip Reading took a perfectly normal group of superheroes -The Avengers- and put them into a redneck reality TV show world in this horrible lip reading video. The title would work just fine on TLC or Discovery or a John C. Reilly movie, for that matter.  -via Uproxx



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