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!
Macaulay Culkin And Brenda Song Welcome Baby Boy Named After Culkin’s Sister
Regardless of the ups and downs faced by former child star Macaulay Culkin over the years, his name still manages to trigger beautiful memories for people both old and young.
Many people fail to see him beyond his role in the Home Alone movies(afterall he was absolutely adorable) but now hearing that he is not only in a relationship but also welcoming a child has set the internet in a flurry.
Additionally it is with another former child star, Brenda Song, known for her role as a spoiled rich kid in the TV show “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.”
As per a statement to TODAY, the couple welcomed the boy on April 5, who weighed six pounds and 14 ounces, in a Los Angeles hospital. It’s their firstborn and the couple is clearly elated.
Dakota Song Culkin is the name they’ve chosen for their bundle of joy. If you’re wondering who Dakota is, well, she was Culkin’s sister who passed away thirteen years ago in 2008. According to the announcement, the new three-person family is happy and healthy.
The couple said, “We’re overjoyed.”
The “Home Alone” star, hit a new milestone in 2020 when he reached age forty and made everybody feel elderly, has previously expressed his intention to create a child, his girlfriend who is a former Disney celebrity.
He informed Esquire last year, “We prepare a lot.” “We’re working it out and figuring out how to make the timing work. Hardly anything sparks you on with your lady coming into the bedroom and saying, ‘Honey, I’m ovulating.’
Despite his meteoric rise to fame as a teen, Culkin is now at ease in his relationship with Song.
“People think I’m crazy, a kook, or mentally ill. Strange. He told the paper, “Cracked.” “But I’ve never really put myself forward until the most recent year or two. But that’s something I can appreciate. It’s also like, “Well, everybody, stop being so surprised that I’m reasonably well-adjusted.”
“Look at me,” he continued, “I’ve got money, I’ve got fame, I’ve got a beautiful girlfriend, a beautiful home, and beautiful animals.” “It may have taken me a long while to get here, and I had to have that talk with myself and ask myself, “Honestly, Mack?” It isn’t all evil. I have nothing I want and much less that I want. “I’m fine, man.”
Meanwhile, Song, who is 33, has been waxing poetic about her relationship with Culkin.
In 2020, she informed Esquire that, “Individuals are unaware how incredibly kind, loyal, nice, and smart he is.” “Truly, what distinguishes Mack is that he is unapologetically himself.
“Mack is aware of who he is and is perfectly content with it. And that, to me, is a very enticing feature. He’s put in a lot of effort to become the guy he is.”
Now what everyone is wondering is whether wedding bells will be ringing soon and if they intend to make the family any bigger.
In the meantime, everyone is basking in happiness for the cute couple and wishing them and Dakota all the best.
‘Gorilla Glue’ Viral Phenom Gives Back to Charity After Fundraising Success!
We hesitate to think about what it might be like to be judged by the internet for our worst moments in life. We shudder when thinking back to our time in childhood, long before social media and viral Tweets were a thing. Tessica Brown unfortunately is not going to have the same benefit. Brown went viral recently after uploading a video of herself to the social media app TikTok.
In the video, the Gorilla Glue Girl (@im_d_ollady) used a bottle of Gorilla Glue Adhesive Spray after running out of her own hair freezing spray, a product named Got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray. For people not into hair care, freezing sprays are used to mold and hold hair into a specific place, oftentimes used as an alternative to pivot from the slicked-back ponytail. The video begins with Tessica Brown, a teacher from Louisiana, rubbing her hand over her hair while saying, “It don’t move. I’ve washed my hair 15 times, and it don’t move.”
Tessica was, of course, talking about her failed experiment using Gorilla Glue as a last-minute adhesive spray. Tessica would go on to explain that she had continually washed and re-washed her hair in an attempt to fix the issue. The glue stuck and her hair remained stuck with it. The story would quickly go viral, garnering reactions from people in every nook and cranny of the world. Along with the attention came serious fundraising efforts for the poor woman, ending up with thousands in her GoFundMe Account. The attention would also bring with it potential solutions for her hair problem. It wouldn’t take long for Tessica to connect with an LA-based surgeon by the name of Dr. Michael Obeng.
Dr. Obeng would offer to fix Tessica’s hair for free and a week later the procedure would become a success. Before the culmination of the story, Tessica had gained substantial donations through her GoFundMe account. Originally the account had been established to just raise $1,500 to pay for operating expenses on the gorilla glue. After more than $20k had been donated to the account, Tessica knew that she had to do something special with the money.
After the procedure was successfully performed, Tessica would end up with most of her hair still in place, a stark departure from her prior fears. In order to thank Dr. Obeng for his work, after the physician had offered to perform for free, Tessica would decide to donate the vast majority of her fundraiser money toward a foundation close to Dr. Obeng’s heart, the Restore Foundation. The vast majority of the funds will be donated to the foundation while Tessica keeps just enough to pay for her travel and emergency room visits.
The Restore Foundation is a non-profit backed by Dr. Obeng himself. The goal of Restore Worldwide, as it is also called, is to give back to disadvantaged folks around the world who are in need of aesthetic and plastic surgery. The goal is to provide life-saving and life-changing surgeries for people who would otherwise never have the opportunity to receive them. The Restore Foundation has already changed and saved hundreds of lives throughout Ghana and other disadvantaged countries in Africa.
At the time of this writing, Tessica’s video on TikTok hard garnered north of 16 million views alone. Since her TikTok fame came to fruition, the story has been picked up and passed around by every other major social media platform, creating millions of additional views in the process. We wonder now, was the gorilla glue pain worth the viral fame?
The Cast Of Willy Wonka – See What They Are Up To Now
Originally filmed and released in 1971, the classic kid lesson movie of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory became a bit of a sleeper hit that crept across America and became a classic. The movie was replayed again and again on TV for years afterwards, and the golden ticket prize inside the chocolate bar that the movie’s hero wins has been replicated in jokes and references repeatedly. In 2005 the movie was released again in a new version, with actor Johnny Depp taking the role of Willy Wonka much further than Gene Wilder ever did, and it to become a success of its own as well. The second version resonated with audiences of another generation and had the same effect. So where are all those actors today? Many are grown up now and have had some interesting tales of their own as well.
Kim Ng Has Become the First Female MLB’s General Manager
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.
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.
Mersey Marine Goalkeeper Celebrates a Game Win & Birthday With Fans
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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