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All The Times That Bands Made Cameos You Didn’t Notice

Coldplay appearing in a scene is not a good omen for the main characters.

Last week I learned that Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood and Philip Selway, and Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey teamed up for the world’s best band cameo to be a part of the brit-pop wizard band Weird Sisters. You know, the ones from Harry Potter who sing Do The Hippogriff? Those ones.

Turns out bands make cameos in films way more often than I’d thought, so here are some of the best.

Chester Bennington – Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010)

The singer for Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise, and Stone Temple Pilots was a big fan of the Saw movies. When he met Mark Burg, the producer of the films, Chester told him all about how much he loved them and was offered a minor role as a skinhead who wakes superglued to a car seat.

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Ozzy Osbourne – Trick Or Treat (1986)

This movie is cheesy as hell and the perfect film for an Ozzy Osbourne cameo, but I would never in a million years have picked up that he was cameoing as the Reverend by looking at him. I mean look at this. Come on.

Credit: De Laurentiis Entertainment Group

Will Champion – Game Of Thrones (2013)

Will Champion is the drummer of Coldplay, and makes a cameo in one of the most brutal Game Of Thrones episodes ever. He’s playing the drums at the Red Wedding, and gets a few seconds worth of cameo before everyone gets brutally murdered.

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Chris Martin – Shaun Of The Dead (2004)

Coldplay is back. This time their frontman, Chris Martin, stumbles around as a zombie.

Credit: United International Pictures 

Anthony Kiedis – Point Break (1991)

Frontman of the Red Hot Chili Peppers gets into a beach fight with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. There’s a sentence and a half. Anthony Kiedis is actually a massive fan of surfing in real life though, so I guess it checks out that he’d be there.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Blink 182 – American Pie (1999)

The the scene where Jim accidentally broadcasts his attempts to seduce Nadia, Blink 182 are some of the people that huddle around the computer to watch what happens. To be fair though, if ever there was a move that Blink 182 would cameo in, it would be American Pie.

Credit: Universal Pictures

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This Lady Didn't Like Queen, But Saw 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Everyday Anyway

Is this the real life?

We all have things we like, but not all of us have things we’re super passionate about. Even less of us are willing to dedicate over a months worth of our time in a year to a singular thing, but this woman from Brisbane is here to put us all to shame. She’s taken out the Guinness World Record for the most amount of times viewing the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody.

You might remember Joanne Connor from the headlines she made when Bohemian Rhapsody was still in cinemas – she’d seen it 65 times by that point. That was only the beginning.

Speaking to the ABC, Joanne said that “I just found out last week from Guinness Book of World Records that I got the title of seeing the movie Bohemian Rhapsody 108 times, so that’s the highest on record.”

The film goes for 2 hours and 13 minutes, which means that Joanne has spent about 240 hours, or 10 days, in the cinemas purely for Bohemian Rhapsody.

She also reckons she’s seen the movie 291 times at home, because she watches it every night. That adds up to approximately another 645 hours, or 26 days.

According to my esteemed colleague Alex, who is far better at math than I am, she would have spent at least $2160 on movie tickets which adds up to 0.00024% of the movie’s final box office tally. Honestly, my new life goal is to be loaded enough to have $2000+ spare dollars to go see the same movie a hundred times.

The best part though? She wasn’t even a massive fan of Queen when the movie came out.

“I used to like their music – if it was on the radio I’d turn it up, but I went one afternoon with one of my friends just to watch it, fell in love with it, couldn’t stop going and I’m just smitten by them now,” she said.

What a time to be alive. I can only dream of the day that I care about anything even half as much as Joanne cares about Bohemian Rhapsody.

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The Best Movie Easter Eggs Of All Time

Including some actual easter eggs.

An easter egg in a movie is a little joke, message, or references hidden in the film. They might not be noticed by everyone, but they’re definitely out there to be found. And so, here are some of the best movie easter eggs of all time.

Best Movie Easter Eggs

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

This is the movie that coined the term easter egg. The story goes that the crew had an egg hunt on set before filming started, but they weren’t able to find them all. When filming actually began, this meant that three literal easter eggs made it into the final cut of the film – one under Frank’s throne, one in the main room, and one in the elevator. 

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Blade Runner (1982)

Whilst building the world of Blade Runner, Ridley Scott and the production team realised that they needed some more buildings to fill out the skyline. They just happened to have a Millenium Falcon model lying around, so whacked a coat of paint on it and put it amongst the skyline. 

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Speaking of the best Star Wars easter eggs in Harrison Ford films, one of the hieroglyphics on the wall behind Indianna Jones shows R2-D2, and C-3P0.

Credit: Paramount Pictures

King Kong (2005)

While the ship approaches Skull Island, a morse code message comes through letting the crew know there is an arrest warrant out for Carl Denham. What the morse code really says is “show me the monkey!” 

The Godfather (1972)

In this film, oranges mean death. If a character picks up an orange, eats an orange, or even just has an orange slice on their cocktail, things are about to go south for them very quickly.

Captain America – The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America features one of the best easter eggs of 2014. Nick Fury’s gravestone quotes a passage from the Bible verse Ezekial 25:17. That same verse is quoted in Samuel L. Jackson’s character’s famous speech from Pulp Fiction.

Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Greatest Showman (2017)

This easter egg is subtle. In the opening credits of the movie, we see this design, that looks nice enough at first. A closer look shows a different Hugh Jackman character – Wolverine with his claws extended. And his face has been replaced with one of the best easter eggs too, in case you missed it.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

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