Then and Now: 12 Scenes From Famous Movies


SCENEPAST, the app version of time-travel, allows you to search for movie locations on your phone and see what they look like now. The app's library is constantly expanding, and now encompasses a lot of critically acclaimed films. 

Here's a modern look at some scenes from iconic movies that have won (or were nominated for) Oscars.

1. Back to the Future (1985 & Today)

Location: 9303 Roslyndale Ave, Arleta, CA

The iconic McFly house still stands! Back to the Future had 4 Academy Award nominations, and walked away with one win for Best Sound Effects Editing. 

2. Broadway Danny Rose (1983 & Today)

Location: 854 7th Avenue, New York, NY - Carnegie Deli

Outside of new awnings, the famous deli looks about the same. Broadway Danny Rose had 2 Academy Award nominations including Best Director.

3. Bullitt (1968 & Today)

Location: Intersection of Cesar Chavez St, Precita Ave & York St, San Francisco, CA

This still is from the beginning of the famous car chase scene. Bullitt was nominated for two awards and won one for Best Film Editing. 

4. Diamonds Are Forever (1971 & Today)

Location: Fremont St and 1st St, Las Vegas, NV

The Mint was sold in 1988 to became part of Binion's Horseshoe, but somehow looks even more retro. Diamonds Are Forever won an Academy Award for Best Sound. 

5. Fame (1980 & Today)

Location: 145 West 46th Street, New York, NY

The exterior of the high school was actually the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin. Fame was nominated for six Academy Awards, and took home two.

6. Naked City (1947 & Today)

Location: 230 West 20th Street, New York, NY

Naked City had 3 nominations and 2 wins. 

7. Pretty Woman (1989 & Today)

Location: 1738 Las Palmas Ave, Hollywood, CA

The motel is still standing, even if the big leafy tree was replaced. Pretty Woman had one nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. 

8. Pulp Fiction (1994 & Today)

Location: Flower Street and Sonora Ave, Glendale, CA

Vincent Vega Mia Wallace go to Jack Rabbit Slims for milkshakes and dancing, but the real life location was actually a bowling alley. Despite having a whopping seven nominations, Pulp Fiction only won for Best Writing. 

9. Serpico (1973 & Today)

Location: Hudson St and West 13th St, New York, NY

The large building in the background lost its flashy red paint. Serpico had two nominations, including Best Actor.

10. Sunset Boulevard (1950 & Today)

Location: 8000 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA

Schwab's Pharmacy was a popular drug store that had a soda fountain with counter service. Unfortunately, the charming shop was demolished in 1983 and replaced with retail stores. Sunset Boulevard had eleven nominations and three wins, including one for Best Writing, Story & Screenplay. 

11. Taxi Driver (1975 & Today)

Location: 7th Ave and 43rd, New York, NY

Times Square is a lot more flashy today. Taxi Driver received four nominations.

12. It's a Wonderful Life (1946 & Today)

Location: 4587 Viro Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA

The streets of Bedford Falls were actually part of a large set that was sold and torn down in 1954. Luckily, the Martini house is still standing, almost completely unchanged. The movie had five nominations, but didn't win any awards. 

You can explore more places by downloading the app here. 

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13 Great Jack Nicholson Quotes
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Jack Nicholson turns 81 today. Let's celebrate with some of the actor's wit and wisdom.


"I hate advice unless I'm giving it. I hate giving advice, because people won't take it."

From Esquire's "What I Learned"


"Not that I can think of. I’m sure there are some, but my mind doesn’t go there. When you look at life retrospectively you rarely regret anything that you did, but you might regret things that you didn’t do."

From an interview with The Talks


"I'm Irish. I think about death all the time. Back in the days when I thought of myself as a serious academic writer, I used to think that the only real theme was a fear of death, and that all the other themes were just that same fear, translated into fear of closeness, fear of loneliness, fear of dissolving values. Then I heard old John Huston talking about death. Somebody was quizzing him about the subject, you know, and here he is with the open-heart surgery a few years ago, and the emphysema, but he's bounced back fit as a fiddle, and he's talking about theories of death, and the other fella says, 'Well, great, John, that's great ... but how am I supposed to feel about it when you pass on?' And John says, 'Just treat it as your own.' As for me, I like that line I wrote that, we used in The Border, where I said, 'I just want to do something good before I die.' Isn't that what we all want?"

From an interview with Roger Ebert


''There's a period of time just before you start a movie when you start thinking, I don't know what in the world I'm going to do. It's free-floating anxiety. In my case, though, this is over by lunch the first day of shooting.''

From an interview with The New York Times


"Almost anyone can give a good representative performance when you're unknown. It's just easier. The real pro game of acting is after you're known—to 'un-Jack' that character, in my case, and get the audience to reinvest in a new and specific, fictional person."

From an interview with The Age


"I never had a policy about marriage. I got married very young in life and I always think in all relationships, I've always thought that it's counterproductive to have a theory on that. It's hard enough to get to know yourself and as most of you have probably found, once you get to know two people in tandem it's even more difficult. If it's going to be successful, it's going to have to be very specific and real and immediate so the more ideas you have about it before you start, it seems to me the less likely you are to be successful."

From an interview with


“You only lie to two people in your life: your girlfriend and the police. Everybody else you tell the truth to.”

From a 1994 interview with Vanity Fair


"They're prescription. That's why I wear them. A long time ago, the Middle American in me may have thought it was a bit affected maybe. But the light is very strong in southern California. And once you've experienced negative territory in public life, you begin to accept the notion of shields. I am a person who is trained to look other people in the eye. But I can't look into the eyes of everyone who wants to look into mine; I can't emotionally cope with that kind of volume. Sunglasses are part of my armor."

From Esquire's "What I Learned"


"I think people think I'm more physical than I am, I suppose. I'm not really confrontational. Of course, I have a temper, but that's sort of blown out of proportion."

From an interview with ESPN


"I'm a different person when suddenly it's my responsibility. I'm not very inhibited in that way. I would show up [on the set of The Two Jakes] one day, and we'd scouted an orange grove and it had been cut down. You're out in the middle of nowhere and they forget to cast an actor. These are the sort of things I kind of like about directing. Of course, at the time you blow your stack a little bit. ... I'm a Roger Corman baby. Just keep rolling, baby. You've got to get something on there. Maybe it's right. Maybe it's wrong. Maybe you can fix it later. Maybe you can't. You can't imagine the things that come up when you're making a movie where you've got to adjust on the spot."

From an interview with MTV


"There's nobody in there, that he didn't, in the most important way support. He was my life blood to whatever I thought I was going to be as a person. And I hope he knows that this is not all hot air. I'm going to cry now."

From the documentary Corman's World


"This would be the character, whose core—while totally determinate of the part—was the least limiting of any I would ever encounter. This is a more literary way of approaching than I might have had as a kid reading the comics, but you have to get specific. ... He's not wired up the same way. This guy has survived nuclear waste immersion here. Even in my own life, people have said, 'There's nothing sacred to you in the area of humor, Jack. Sometimes, Jack, relax with the humor.' This does not apply to the Joker, in fact, just the opposite. Things even the wildest comics might be afraid to find funny: burning somebody's face into oblivion, destroying a masterpiece in a museum—a subject as an art person even made me a little scared. Not this character. And I love that."

From The Making of Batman


"I've always thought basketball was the best sport, although it wasn't the sport I was best at. It was just the most fun to watch. ... Even as a kid it appealed to me. The basketball players were out at night. They had great overcoats. There was this certain nighttime juvenile-delinquent thing about it that got your blood going."

From Esquire's "What I Learned"

There's a Simple Trick to Sort Movies and TV Shows by Year on Netflix

Netflix is stocked with so many movies and TV shows that it’s not always easy to actually find what you’re looking for. And while sorting by genre can help a little, even that’s a bit too broad for some. There’s one helpful hack, though, that you probably didn’t know about—and it could make the endless browsing much less painful.

As POPSUGAR reports: By simply opening Netflix up to one of its specific category pages—Horror, Drama, Comedy, Originals, etc.—you can then sort by release year with just a few clicks. All you need to do is look at the top of the page, where you’ll see an icon that looks like a box with four dots in it.

Screenshot of the Netflix Menu

Once you click on it, it will expand to a tab labeled “Suggestions for You.” Just hit that again and a dropdown menu will appear that allows you to sort by year released or alphabetical and reverse-alphabetical orders. When sorted by release year, the more recent movies or shows will be up top and they'll get older as you scroll to the bottom of the page.


This tip further filters your Netflix options, so if you’re in the mood for a classic drama, old-school comedy, or a retro bit of sci-fi, you don’t have to endlessly scroll through every page to find the right one.

If you want to dig deeper into Netflix’s categories, here’s a way to find all sorts of hidden ones the streaming giant doesn’t tell you about. And also check out these 12 additional Netflix tricks that should make your binge-watching that much easier.



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