The Alex Kurtzman-directed reboot of Universal’s “The Mummy” starring Tom Cruise brings the cursed Egyptian monster into the modern era. In doing that, it seems to erase Universal’s last reboot of the franchise, 1999’s “The Mummy” that starred Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser. The Easter Egg pops up when Cruise’s character, Nick Morton, and Egyptologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) meet up with Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe).
Aside from Dory, Marlin (Albert Brooks), and Nemo (Hayden Rolence), Finding Dory features appearances from old friends like the sea turtles Crush (voiced by the film’s director, Andrew Stanton) and Squirt (Bennett Dammann), Mr. Ray (Bob Peterson) and Nemo’s young school chums, along with a few surprises to reward Nemo devotees (the origin of the “Just Keep Swimming” song, for one). The plot, set just about a year after the events of Nemo, takes us from the Great Barrier Reef to the kelp forests off the California coast, where we meet new friends like Hank the septopus (Ed O’Neill), Destiny the clumsy whale shark (Kaitlin Olson), and the sonar-challenged beluga whale Bailey (Ty Burrell), as well as Dory’s long lost parents, Jenny (Diane Keaton) and Charlie (Eugene Levy). This being Pixar means we also get a healthy dose of Easter eggs, callbacks, and inside gags for the most attentive fans.
Jon Favreau is an unapologetic Disney devotee. He knows the old movies backwards and forwards. His Apple Watch face is, unsurprisingly, Mickey Mouse. His fandom helped earn him the gig of directing The Jungle Book and the eye-popping photo-real film is suffused with treats for both aficionados of Uncle Walt’s classic oeuvre and film buffs in general. From visual cues and callbacks to the original 1967 classic cartoon to obscure references, Favreau’s film will reward the observant.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has opened its Western outpost and the magical folks have gone to painstaking lengths to create an enchanting experience for Muggles. Universal Studios Hollywood in California recruited Alan Gilmore, a production designer from the Potter films, to recreate Hogwarts and its environs as well as the neighboring village of Hogsmeade.
Sure, BB-8 is getting all the publicity ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but O.G. astromech R2-D2 has had an enduring cultural impact for nearly 40 years. The little droid has not only appeared in every canonical Star Wars movie and TV spinoff, but he also has racked up an impressive list of credits in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Still, if you blinked, you might have missed his lesser-known cameos. So we broke out the Blu-rays and gave the slo-mo button a workout to bring you Artoo’s amazing travels.
From the first teaser, the visuals J.J. Abrams has revealed from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” have been engineered to recall iconic imagery from the original trilogy. There’s Rey crossing the desert world of Jakku in a speeder not unlike Luke Skywalker on Tatooine; Finn ripping off his Stormtrooper helmet like Luke and Han Solo aboard the Death Star; Han and Chewie’s “we’re home” moment echoing a classic “New Hope” pose. But there have also been tantalizing tidbits revealing new characters and story lines.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in ‘SPECTRE’ (Sony) The James Bond universe is built on self-referential winks. From the traditional opening-credits to the theme song, from the “Bond, James Bond” introductions to the bottomless martinis “shaken, not stirred,” you know each movie is going to be packed with callbacks and links to previous installments. SPECTRE is no different — in fact, the new release, the 24th in the official canon, might be the most recursive 007 flick yet. It’s all right there in the plot description: “A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.”
While we can’t explain everything that unfolded in the preview, there are a bunch of lingering questions that can be addressed based on what we’ve gleaned from the “Journey to The Force Awakens” collection of books, comics, and video games that establishes a new canon for the Star Wars universe. Han Solo and Leia Organa remain romantically involved at least up to the period preceding the events of The Force Awakens. In the novel Aftermath, set soon after Return of the Jedi and about two decades before The Force Awakens, Han gets teased by a smuggler pal: “You could ditch the princess, you know. Post-Jedi, he and Chewie, under orders from Leia, embark on a serious of perilous missions around the galaxy to sleuth out intelligence to stamp out the vestiges of the Empire, which could explain why he’s on Jakku and away from Leia at the beginning of The Force Awakens.
Though it’s set decades in the future, The Martian is well-grounded (and well-versed) in modern-day popular culture. Ridley Scott’s unrepentant crowdpleaser, starring Matt Damon a botanist-astronaut accidentally stranded on the red planet, is loaded with playful references to TV shows, books, and video games; music cues certain to bring a smile; and callbacks to classic sci-fi films, including one of the director’s all-timers, Alien. With The Martian set to dominate the box office for a second weekend, we went through and catalogued all the Easter eggs to watch out for the next time you make a date with Damon’s Mark Watney. Let us know what we missed in the comments.
Like most Pixar films, Inside Out deserves multiple viewings to appreciate the artistry at work — and also appreciate all the sly Easter eggs, in-jokes, and references the creators crammed in. “It’s fun to see how much you can actually spot in there,” co-director Ronnie Del Carmen told us, admitting that even he doesn’t catch them all. The orbs in Headquarters and stacked on the shelves of Long Term Memory contain a plethora of callbacks to other Pixar films.
Today, Disney shared these exclusively with Yahoo Movies. Known as “easter eggs,” Disney has become pretty famous for sneaking these self-references into films — to the delight of megafans. It wouldn’t be a proper Disney easter egg list without a hidden Mickey.