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The 20 Most Pause Worthy Moments in Movie History!

If you grew up with a VHS Player in your living room, you probably learned to get pretty handy with the pause and rewind buttons. With DVDs and streaming services ruling the day, those same skills are being put to the test! Hollywood is well known for putting together scandalous, exciting, and scintillating entertainment that can leave us dropping our jaw. Today, we are going to look at 20 moments in Hollywood history that we had to pause again and again and again!

Welcome to the 20 most paused moments in cinematic history!

1. ‘Basic Instinct’ – The Interrogation

Some films leave you with your mouth agape. Other flicks have you reaching for your remote control to rewind the sequence. In 1992, Basic Instinct had viewers wearing out their remote controls from home during one of the most famous interrogation scenes in Hollywood history. 

The sequence features Sharon Stone seated provocatively in a chair with a cigarette hanging languidly from her hand. During one moment in the film, Stone’s character crosses and uncrosses her legs, revealing much more than viewers had expected. The sequence has solidified itself in Hollywood.

2. ‘The Departed’ – Watch For The Red X

Martin Scorsese is one of the most skilled filmmakers in the history of cinema, a title he has more than earned through works such as The Departed. This cop-and-criminal thriller features a sneaky showdown between the Irish mob and the Police, often as the two intermingle to deadly effect.

Eagle-eyed viewers will begin to notice a disturbing pattern in the film. Characters that are doomed to die later in the script will always be featured in a shot with prominent red Xs surrounding them.

3. ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ – The Pool Scene

1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High woke up something stirring in many young and hormonal viewers of that generation. When Jennifer Jason Leigh emerged from the swimming pool as Stacy Hamilton in her red bikini, well, every teenage fantasy we had to that point would come true.

The film used the shot to great effect, creating one of the most memorable provocative scenes in an otherwise traditional coming-of-age comedy. It was all a dream scene to the characters, but our pause button doesn’t lie!

4. ‘Toy Story 3’ Honors an Animation Legend

Where would the world of animation be without the work of Hayao Miyazaki, famed Japanese animation director and founder of the vaunted Studio Ghibli? Of course, the team at Toy Story has done their fair share of work too, though they decided to honor Miyazaki in their own way.

During Toy Story 3, Woody and the gang use a computer to map a route to recover a lost toy. During this scene, Woody stands next to Totoro, one of the most iconic characters in the entirety of Studio Ghibli’s catalog. Check out My Neighbor Totoro if you haven’t already!

5. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ – A Special Grave

We could literally spend weeks of our lives combing each movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for pause-worthy Easter Eggs. Instead, we’ll just focus on one of our favorite hidden in-universe moments within the series. Toward the end of The Winter Soldier, Nick Fury appears before his own grave. Upon the grave is a verse from Ezekiel 25:17.

Fans of Pulp Fiction will understand why this verse is as darkly funny as it is perfectly fitting for a character like Nick Fury. Could we be looking forward to Marvel-and-Tarantino crossovers in the future?

6. ‘Total Recall’ Brings Over the Top Nudity

We would call this sequence exploitative if it weren’t for the fact that all 90’s Arnold Schwarzenegger films were exploitative romps through blood, action, and steamy sexuality. In Total Recall, the writers dialed up the sexuality of the film at least 33% with one of the most memorable moments of sci-fi nudity to date.

There are funky sequences all throughout Total Recall, but nothing will ever top the Three-Breasted but otherwise completely normal Human-Alien hybrid. Yes, you read all of those words correctly and we are sorry.

7. Wild Things – Neve and Denise and the Kiss

What Fast Times at Ridgemont High did for teenage boys, Wild Things did for our older selves. While Wild Things was a largely forgettable romp through sexuality and steamy sequences, most of the film’s longevity comes from a specific scene in a pool shared between superstars Neve Campbell and Denise Richards.

The two characters enjoyed a wet-in-the-water make-out sequence that probably leads to more than a few worn-out VHS tapes. 

8. ‘Teen Wolf’ and the Excited Extra

Good help can be hard to find, even when it comes time to fill the background of a shot with extras and stand-ins. In the hit 80s flick Teen Wolf, there is a sequence set in a basketball gymnasium that features Scott winning the big game. During the sequence, the camera pans toward the bleachers where we see the excited crowd going wild. Only if you let your gaze linger, you’ll notice that one extra has his pants unzipped as if he is ready to pull them down!

9. ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ and the Great Helmet Boop

As you will soon find out, we could probably fill a book with pause-worthy scenes from the Star Wars universe. For what it is worth, our favorite moment in the Star Wars canon that is worth revisiting time and again involves a background Stormtrooper, an oversized helmet, and a low-hanging door.

If you are a Star Wars superfan, you likely already know the scene that we are describing. And if you don’t know the scene, well, you just got the perfect reason to binge the Original Trilogy all over again!

10. ‘A Knight’s Tale’ and the Nike Swoosh

There are few feel-good movies more entertaining or optimistic than A Knight’s Tale. One of Heath Ledger’s most underrated romps into action and comedy, A Knight’s Tale took the mickey out of The Canterbury Tales while incorporating its own brand of anachronistic fun.

In one sequence during the film, William is looking for new armor. A female blacksmith comes to William’s aid, offering him a beautiful set of custom-engraved armor. The blacksmith finishes the set with a perfectly emblazoned Nike Swoosh on the chest. We don’t know why. We can’t explain it. 

11. ET in ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’

Are there any science fiction films more important than Star Wars and E.T.? In terms of their impact on the genre, we can’t say enough about the two aforementioned films, though they do share one unique moment in time together on screen! 

In Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, eagle-eyed viewers can spot a platform of E.T.’s during one of the many political sequences in the film. This doesn’t mean that E.T. is part of the canon, just that Spielberg and Lucas were close friends.

12. The Norman Bates Stare in ‘Psycho’

What Kevin Spacey and David Fincher did for serial killers in Se7en, Alfred Hitchcock began with his work on the horror classic, Psycho. Toward the end of the film when Norman Bates is finally locked up, his eyes drift toward the camera. The moment that they lock with the lens, breaking the fourth wall, a skull appears superimposed atop the entire image.

This shot is so fleeting and so fast that many people didn’t realize what they had seen, thus leading it to become one of the most paused moments in horror movie history.

13. ‘Wild Wild West’ References ‘Men In Black’ 

While Wild Wild West may not be one of the best western movies in existence, it gave us the chance to watch Will Smith and Kevin Kline chew the scenery in a steampunk-inspired Wild West and for that we are thankful. One of the (many) stupidly fun moments in the film involves Will Smith’s character outfitting himself with weapons. One shot in this sequence features an empty gun slot labeled, ‘Noisy Cricket’.

Fans of Men in Black will understand this reference and for those that don’t, you’ve just gotten some homework!

14. ‘Fight Club’ and the Subliminal Starbucks

David Fincher is one of the most ambitious and creative directors in Hollywood right now. One of his most successful works is that of Fight Club, the flick about toxic masculinity that somehow never actually got the message across to those it meant to target.

With that being said, fans of Fight Club might not have noticed that nearly every single scene in the film features a Starbucks logo! It’s true! Keep an eye out during your next re-watch of Fight Club, just make sure not to tell anyone. That is the first rule, after all.

15. ‘Three Men and a Baby’ and the Cursed Cardboard Cutout

Just glancing at the back cover of Three Men and a Baby leads us to believe that this film has more than a few wacky sequences within it. Aside from the insane plot and the fact that the film was directed by Spock (actor Leonard Nimoy), there is one particular moment that has given this comedy incredible longevity, a cursed cardboard cutout!

Paused just so, savvy viewers will find a creepy ghost hanging in the background of Ted Danson’s home. For years, this cardboard cutout was purported to be a ghost but we know better now. Maybe. Might still be a ghost, though.

16. Oranges in ‘The Godfather’

Famous directors like to foreshadow the fates of their characters as early and often as possible. Francis Ford Coppola became a master of the art by utilizing one of our favorite fruits to show that a character was on their way out of the film. A bowl of oranges or a simple orange peel should be more than enough to put these characters on edge.

The orange motif has been echoed by other filmmakers, including Vince Gilligan and the team at Breaking Bad.

17. The Ultimate ‘Cabin in the Woods’ Freeze Frame

If you are like us then you ended up falling in love with the hit comedy-horror film, Cabin in the Woods. The film skewered the horror drama with a lovingly crafted script just brimming with horror homages. One of our favorite scenes in the film involves a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment where a whiteboard appears in the background of one of the office sequences. The whiteboard is filled with all of the monsters in the movie as well as specific details about them.

18. ‘The Watchmen’ Introduces the Caped Crusader

Zack Snyder is as divisive a filmmaker as they come, especially when discussing superheroes and comic books. One of Snyder’s most widely appreciated works is his superhero adaptation of Watchmen. In one sequence, Snyder pays homage to a D.C. character that he would one day have creative control over, Batman.

In the 2009 silver screen debut of Watchmen, the character Nite Owl is walking through an alley when a man bearing a suspicious resemblance to Joe Chill appears. Nite Owl socks the man in the face, sending him on his way to go on and murder Mrs. and Mr. Wayne. In fact, the Wayne Family can be seen next to a sign bearing Gotham’s name.

19. An Excited Priest in ‘The Little Mermaid’

While The Little Mermaid may be one of our favorite animated Disney flicks, certain scenes require an extra ‘time out’ to analyze. One such scene revolves around Ariel and her beloved Prince finally tying the knot before a Priest. Unfortunately, said Priest caused more than a couple of parents to turn off their television! The Priest was sporting more than a simple white robe, as we can so abundantly tell from this image.

Disney would, fortunately, fix the Priest’s excitement in later editions of the film, opting to cover him with a less exciting pair of pants.

20. The False Grave in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

In 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit cinemas, fans around the globe went wild. The return to the Skywalker legacy was a welcome one and rejoining fan-favorites Luke Skywalker and Han Solo was something we were thrilled for. Toward the end of The Force Awakens, we spot Luke Skywalker standing on a cliffside, overlooking the water. To his immediate left is a rocky outcropping that looks similar to a grave.

This single image would be meticulously analyzed for months while fans awaited the next installment in the series. Was this a grave? A random rock? Well, for the sake of protecting spoilers, we’ll say nothing to allow you to find out for yourself!

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Kim Ng Has Become the First Female MLB’s General Manager

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The Miami Marlins has hired Kim Ng as its first new general manager. The hiring has made her the first female GM of Major League Baseball. NG is a 51 years old Asian American who has served as senior vice president of MLB for nine years. 

She has also worked as assistant general manager for Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees. These teams have made to the playoff eight times and won the World Series titles three times. 

According to Bruce Sherman, the Principle owner of Miami Marlin, the entire leadership is looking forward to working with Kim Ng. The ownership group hopes that Ng will work to improve the skills of Miami Marlins’ players. 

Ng is an experienced individual and a champion-level skilled coach who will play a key role in Miami Marlins’ success – said Derek Jeter, the CEO of Marlins. Besides, her extensive work in streamlining youth baseball will grow the game among Miami youth as she will continue making substantial efforts to encourage the South Florida Community. 

The Highest-Ranking Woman in Baseball

Kim Ng broke into the baseball game as an intern and spent her time to carry out operations in the Chicago White Sox. She is considered the highest-ranking woman when it comes to baseball operations among the 30 league teams. She is the first female general manager in all major North American sports leagues for men. 

She entered the major league as an intern, and after many years of hard work and determination, she has become the honorable general manager of Miami Marlins. Ng said she is happy to lead Miami Marlins as the next general manager. 

Ng is determined to build a team that would achieve successes in the major league. She will make substantial efforts to build for a long term in Florida and develop collaborative, forward-thinking baseball operation with dedicated and talented staff. 

An Inspiration for Millions of Women 

According to Rob Manfred, the MLB commissioner, everyone at the major league baseball is happy and thrilled for Ng as well as the opportunity she has earned with Miami Marlins. Ng’s appointment will make history in baseball and other professional sports. 

Her role as a general manager is a great example for millions of girls and women who love to play softball and baseball. The leadership skills, the hard work, the record of achievements, and dedication throughout her career led to this incredible outcome. Rob Manfred said that he wishes Ng all the best as she starts her career as a general manager with Miami Marlins. 

It is indeed an incredible achievement to become the first female general manager in major league baseball. Ng said that young boys and girls would take notice of this and realize that they can achieve anything they dream of. 

Final Words 

Kim NG directed baseball operations with MLB and worked with the front offices of many league clubs around the world. She is looking forward to developing a sophisticated policy for the Miami Marlins, enable them to experience new heights of success. 

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Mersey Marine Goalkeeper Celebrates a Game Win & Birthday With Fans

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For Mersey Marine player Bayleigh Passant, he wanted to do something different for his twentieth birthday. So, the famous soccer player and goalkeeper decided to do something for the fans. The day was already special with Passants work contributing to his team winning and becoming a seat in the FA Cup third round of competitions. As soon as the game was over, off Passant went to the local market for a surprise.

Suddenly, much to the amazement of the fans and club aficionados, Passant walks up to the crowd with a bag full of merriment and drinks to celebrate both the game win as well as his own birthday. The fans were flabbergasted. This was all after quite a bit of impressive work on the field, where the goalkeeper made sure none of the opponents even had a chance to make a mark by refusing to give anyone a point at all. The game ended 1-0 in favor of Mersey, and Passant was a player of day in that performance.

How did the rest of the world find out about this little after-game soiree? Electronically, of course. Much of that recognition was due to one fan, Stuart Wilks-Heeg, being smart enough to post photos of the celebration and after-game medley on Twitter. He summed up the unexpected extra game bonus as one of his top moments of 2020, seeing his favorite team win in the FA Cup as well has having a drink with the goalkeeper to boot.

Even better, Passant made no effort to hide himself from fans, passerbys and photogs. He was out on the street right after the game, walked right into the local market still wearing his game kit, and handed out beers at the field gate while still in full game uniform. As Stuart noted, many felt like they just went back in time, celebrating with their hero players in person and hanging out with legends in the real flesh.

All in all, more than three cases of lager were handed out to the available fans, and Passant was right in the middle of it. For Marine, Passant’s team, the entire night was an unbelievable turn of events. Few expected a non-league team to make a showing much less hammer through a full position into the FA Cup. Everybody from the players to management to admin were going nuts with the turn of events in their favor. What will really put things over the top is if Passant’s ends up being faced with another team from Mersey as their competition in the next round. An all-Mersey game will literally bring out the stoppers and make the entire town go bonkers rooting for one side or the other.

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Good News! Nintendo World Reveals Date For The Opening Of Its First Theme Park

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Nintendo has finally revealed information concerning the launch of their first theme park area. 

It’s good news. Super Nintendo World will be opened  in the spring season of 2021.

The theme park has been scheduled for opening earlier this year before the inception of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Situated at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant they had to shelve launching plans. Since the Olympic Games had been rescheduled till next summer, one will get to savor the experience of the sporting events and also have fun in the much awaited theme park.

Osaka Is The Home Of Super Nintendo World

Nintendo made it known that the Super Nintendo World at the Universal Studios Japan in Osaka will be a “living video game with state-of-the-art rides, interactive areas, shops restaurants and all will be featuring Nintendo’s most popular characters and games”

Guests and tourists who visit will be given smart wristbands that will be paired with an app and with that, they’ll have the access to take part in the virtual collecting sport and battle bosses.

Nintendo together with Universal Studios have disclosed some of the rides fans will get to enjoy in Osaka:

  • Incredibly realistic Mario Kart (well, we certainly expected that, didn’t we)
  • Traveling through Mario’s world riding on the dinosaur Yoshi’s back
  • Many adventures around the park using the smart wristbands
  • Punchable question-mark blocks

Mario Cafe & Store

If you can’t wait to see a glimpse of the Super Nintendo World, you’ll have a chance to see it on October 16. The Mario Cafe and Store will be opened in Universal Studios Japan’s Hollywood area. Here’s how it will look.

Though the exterior and interior don’t show much, these photos give a sight of what to expect. Nintendo themselves have revealed what will be on the menu: Super Mushroom drink, Luigi-themed sandwiches, fruit cream sodas with mustaches

There are further plans by Nintendo and Universal Studios to set up more theme park areas at the Hollywood, Orlando and Singapore parks in the future.

Well, who wouldn’t like to go on a trip to Japan?

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Man In Viral ‘Dreams’ Video Surprised With New Truck From Ocean Spray

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While we may continue to complain about the disadvantages of the internet and its addictive nature, we can’t deny its benefits.

This past Tuesday, an eastern Idaho man received a new car just because his video went viral.

Nathan Apodaca with the username @420doggface208 got a surprise from an official of Ocean Spray—Nathan was gifted a new ride and a huge load of Ocean Spray.

This is how it happened. Nathan had put up a video of himself on a longboard sipping Ocean Spray and vibing to Fleetwood Mac’s classic, Dream.

Almost immediately, the video started to get engagements and it currently has over 25 million views on TikTok. Ultimately, it caught the attention of the company, Ocean Spray and also, Fleetwood Mac.

Apodaca was full of thanks when he posted a photo of his new gifts on TikTok, captioning it “Thanks for the new wheels Ocean Spray”.

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Women Overcomes Phobia For Greens Through Hypnotherapy

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The fear of fruits and vegetables. Hmmm… You might be thinking, “There are worse things to be scared of like clowns, thunder, fire, and whatnot.” Well, that’s what you think. For 32-year-old Jenny Edgar, greens were a pestilence- her sworn enemies, and it took hypnotherapy for her to get over her fear. 

“I had a real fear of not liking fruit and veg, so didn’t even bother putting them in my mouth in case I had to spit them out,” Jenny said. 

A steady, bland, and quite unhealthy diet of cheese, cookies, French fries, and pasta were perfect for Jenny- she didn’t need vegetables or fruits to come spoil the party because she was absolutely irritated and scared of them. Shocking! It was so bad that her Christmas dinner was always macaroni cheese and with a glass of water- no greens!

“When I was a child, I would eat raisins and grapes, but hated vegetables. As I got older, I didn’t touch greens at all, and would just eat cheese and pasta because I knew I liked them,” she said, describing her history with greens.

She said she hated the texture of some fruits- the juiciness of the tomatoes and the fuzz on peaches.

She made avoiding greens of utmost priority until she took the bold step to face her phobia for the edibles in a bid to lose weight ahead of her wedding next March. 

It took only six sessions of hypnotherapy to get rid of her fear, and now she can relish the delicious taste of fruits and veggies she once feared. 

“One Sunday, I went for dinner at my fiancé’s house and I had to take my own meal of macaroni cheese. It was very embarrassing and it was getting me down. I just thought to myself that if I don’t sort it out now, then I never will.”

According to her, it wasn’t much of an issue during her teenage years as she was still slim, but after college and having her first son Kian, the increase in weight became so drastic and obvious. 

A major influence on her decision to fight her fear of greens was her 8-year-old son Kian. She didn’t want his eating habits to be affected by hers, so she had to go through hypnotherapy sessions to help her health, as well as her son’s. 

“Kian is of an age where he needs to try different foods and I didn’t want him to be affected by me,” she said. “Because I don’t like fruit and veg, I’ve only been buying him strawberries, but I want him to try lots of different things.”

Her hypnotherapist, Russell Hemmings, coached her by applying cognitive behavioral therapy and hypnotherapy in a bid to help her beat her phobia- and it seems like it worked.

“The first session I had was amazing. He just talked to me in a really relaxed way and got me to try five different fruits. I put a piece of pineapple in my mouth and just couldn’t believe the flavor. It was delicious and I said I couldn’t believe I’d waited so long to eat it.”

After a few more sessions of hypnotherapy, Jenny’s confidence in fruits started to grow, so Russell cooked up fresh fish and vegetables for her to have a taste – she loved it. 

Basking in her newly found love of fruits, Jenny plans to expand her cooking skills and grow her own vegetables at home. 

Russell Hemmings, the hero of the story and specialist in treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, and weight said “eating anxiety” has strong links with childhood experiences, and certain food substances can act as negative stimuli in triggering emotions. 

“When working with food aversion, the phobic response when food is introduced may also induce a feeling of revulsion,” he said. He said he applied a “three-pronged approach” of hypnotherapy, coaching, and cognitive-behavioral therapy to reconfigure Jenny’s responses to greens. 

According to him, she has made “incredible progress” and is motivated to live and enjoy a healthier and balanced diet with her family. 

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