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13 Mundane Movie Props You Can Buy on Amazon

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There's plenty of cool memorabilia out there that dedicated fans can scoop up from their favorite movies and television shows, like a Pennywise mask from IT signed by Tim Curry or a leather jacket from Tim Burton's Batman. But many props are necessary for every movie, and some are just not that exciting. Here are some props that don't look like much—even when you explain where they come from. 

1. MARGARET KEANE'S SHOES FROM BIG EYES

Although Big Eyes takes place in the ‘60s, these Bernardo sandals worn by Amy Adams (who played artist Margaret Keane) were purchased recently right from the store. At $700, these shoes are going for roughly five times their original cost—but at least they have a movie set tag on them. 

2. FAKE BOTTLE OF COINTREAU FROM VALKYRIE

This bottle of Cointreau, which has a removable bottom, could pass for the real thing—which was key to action in the Tom Cruise movie Valkyrie, in which soldiers filled these imposter bottles with bombs meant to kill Hitler. The bottle looks so authentic that if you buy it, you'll have to be very careful not to throw it out with the recycling—especially because it costs $795. 

3. PLASTIC DISPOSABLE CAMERA FROM MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III

If this disposable camera, used by Tom Cruise in the movie Mission Impossible III, looks unremarkable to you, it’s because it’s supposed to. “This mock camera looks like an authentic camera in every way,” the description says. “This item is made of plastic and still has the authentic original yellow stickers attached.” In the movie, the camera gives Ethan Hunt his mission and then begins to smoke. It’s unclear if the prop, which costs $995, actually smokes, but we’re guessing probably not.

4. BLOODY RAFT FROM PIRANHA 3D

 

For $745, you can own a slightly deflated pool raft covered in blood. The inflatable raft was used in the horror remake and instant classic, Piranha 3D

5. ID BADGE FROM AUSTIN POWERS: GOLDMEMBER

There were a lot of nameless extras in the 2002 movie Austin Powers: Goldmember, all with various accessories that you definitely need. In the movie, Dr. Evil makes demands of a group called World Organization whose employees are all wearing ID badges. You can purchase one of these badges, worn by an extra with his photograph on it, for $245. It’s a little worn from use, but still in pretty good condition. 

6. BLANK ENVELOPES FROM OCEAN'S THIRTEEN

Movie fans will fondly remember these three blank and empty envelopes from the film Ocean’s Thirteen. They come with a logo and address printed on the front of the fictional Bank Hotel that fell victim to George Clooney and his casino heist team. At $75, they're a relative steal.

7. A STICK FROM BIG FISH

In the Tim Burton movie Big Fish, there is a scene where the father (Ewan McGregor) tries to save a swimming woman from a snake, only to find out the snake was really a stick. This is that stick. It's made of resin and vaguely resembles a snake at one end. At the other end, the twigs are broken off from storage, revealing the white resin underneath. The snake-like stick can be yours for $595.

8. POST-IT NOTE FROM DRAFT DAY

In the movie Draft Day, Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) has a folded Post-It note with some important information scribbled on it. You can own that lime green sticky note—or at least one of the many created for the scene—for $230.

9. CROCS FROM DARK TIDE

These dirty looking red Crocs, selling for $95, were worn by Tommy (Mark Elderkin) in the shark movie Dark Tide. If you actually saw this movie, you might have noticed the actor wearing them on the boat with Halle Berry early in the film.

10. BLACKBERRY FROM TROPIC THUNDER

This Blackberry is used at one point in Tropic Thunder by Matthew McConaughey’s character Rick Peck. Other than once being in an Oscar winner's hand, the phone is exactly like any other Blackberry you might find at a Radioshack, and it can be yours for $745.

11. LIGHTER FROM RESIDENT EVIL

Relive all the terror of Resident Evil with this dirty plastic lighter. It got a lot of screen time in this dramatic scene when Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr) meets a dramatic end. This prop, which costs $1300, is just for admiring—it doesn’t contain any lighter fluid.

12. CRUSHED PASTRY BOX FROM BRIDESMAIDS

In Bridesmaids, Annie (Kristen Wiig) opens a ill-fated bakery called Cake Baby. This squished pastry box was made for the movie, but was never used (most likely because it says “Cake Girl” instead of "Cake Baby"). Instead, the movie went with a plain pink box, but you can still get the original creation, crumpled edges and all, for $395.

13. REMOTE CONTROL FROM SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

When Bradley Cooper's character, Pat, watches TV in Silver Linings Playbook, he does so while holding this remote control. You can purchase that exact remote for $500—and best of all, you don’t even need to have Comcast to get it.

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Jim Henson's Labyrinth Is Being Adapted Into a Stage Musical
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More than 30 years after its cinematic debut, Labyrinth could be hitting the stage. In an interview with Forbes, Jim Henson's son and Henson Company CEO Brian Henson shared plans to transform the cult classic into a live musical.

While the new musical would be missing David Bowie in his starring role as Jareth the Goblin King, it would hopefully feature the soundtrack Bowie helped write. Brian Henson says there isn't a set timeline for the project yet, but the stage adaptation of the original film is already in the works.

As for a location, Henson told Forbes he envisions it running, "Not necessarily [on] Broadway, it could be for London's West End, but it will be a stage show, a big theatrical version. It’s very exciting."

Labyrinth premiered in 1986 to measly box office earnings and tepid reviews, but Jim Henson's fairytale has since grown into a phenomenon beloved by nostalgic '80s kids and younger generations alike. In the same Forbes interview, Brian Henson also confirmed the 2017 news that a long-anticipated Labyrinth sequel is apparently in development. Though he couldn't give any specifics, Henson confirmed that, "we are still excited about it but the process moves very slowly and very carefully. We're still excited about the idea of a sequel, we are working on something, but nothing that's close enough to say it's about to be in pre-production or anything like that."

While fans eagerly await those projects to come out, they can get their fix when the film returns to theaters across the U.S. on April 29, May 1, and May 2. Don't forget to wear your best Labyrinth swag to the event.

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10 Wild Facts About Westworld
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The hit HBO show about an android farm girl finding sentience in a fake version of the old West set in a sci-fi future is back for a second season. So grab your magnifying glass, study up on Lewis Carroll and Shakespeare, and get ready for your brain to turn to scrambled eggs. 

The first season saw Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and her robotic compatriots strive to escape bondage as the puppet playthings of a bored society that kills and brutalizes them every day, then repairs them each night to repeat the process for paying customers. The Maze. The Man in Black. The mysteries lurking in cold storage and cantinas. Wood described the first season as a prequel, which means the show can really get on the dusty trail now. 

Before you board the train and head back into the park, here are 10 wild facts about the cerebral, sci-fi hit. (Just beware of season one spoilers!)

1. IT’S NOT THE FIRST TV ADAPTATION OF THE MOVIE.

Though Westworld, the 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton, was a hit, its 1976 sequel Futureworld was a flop. Still, the name and concept had enough cachet for CBS to move forward with a television concept in 1980. Beyond Westworld featured Delos head of security John Moore (Jim McMullan) battling against the villainous mad scientist Simon Quaid (James Wainwright), who wants to use the park’s robots to, what else, take over the whole world. It would be a little like if the HBO show focused largely on Luke Hemsworth’s Ashley Stubbs, which just might be the spinoff the world is waiting for.

2. THE ORIGINAL GUNSLINGER HAS A CAMEO.

Ed Harris and Eddie Rouse in 'Westworld'
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The HBO series pays homage to the original film in a variety of ways, including echoing elements from the score to create that dread-inducing soundscape. It also tipped its ten-gallon hat to Yul Brynner’s relentless gunslinger from the original film by including him in the storage basement with the rest of the creaky old models.

3. QUENTIN TARANTINO, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, AND MANY OTHERS COULD HAVE REBOOTED IT.

Speaking of Brynner’s steely, murderous resolve: His performance as the robo-cowboy was one of the foundations for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s turn as the Terminator. Nearly 20 years later, in 2002, Schwarzenegger signed on to produce and star in a reboot of the sci-fi film from which he took his early acting cues. Schwarzenegger never took over the role from Brynner because he served as Governor of California instead, and the reboot languished in development hell.

Warner Bros. tried to get Quentin Tarantino on board, but he passed. They also signed The Cell director Tarsem Singh (whose old West would have been unbelievably lush and colorful, no doubt), but it fell through. A few years later, J.J. Abrams—who had met with Crichton about a reboot back in 1996—pitched eventual co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy on doing it as a television series. HBO bought it, and the violent delights finally made it to our screens.

4. IT COSTS $40,000 A DAY TO VISIT THE PARK. (AND THAT’S THE CHEAP PACKAGE.)

Thandie Newton and Angela Sarafyan in 'Westworld'
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In season one, Logan (Ben Barnes) revealed that he’s spending $40,000 a day to experience Westworld. That’s in line with the 1973 movie, where park visitors spent $1000 a day, which lands near $38,000 once adjusted for inflation. Then again, we’re talking about 2052 dollars, so it might still be pricey, but not exorbitant in 2018 terms. But a clever Redditor spotted that $40,000 is the minimum you’d pay; according to the show’s website, the Gold Package will set you back $200,000 a day.

5. BEN BARNES BROKE HIS FOOT AND DIDN’T TELL ANYONE.

Once Upon a Time’s Eion Bailey was originally cast as Logan but had to quit due to a scheduling conflict, so Ben Barnes stepped in … then he broke his foot. The actor hid the injury for fear he’d lose the job, which is why he added a limp as a character detail. “I’m sort of hobbling along with this kind of cowboy-ish limp, which I then tried to maintain for the next year just so I could pretend it was a character choice,” Barnes said. “But really I had a very purple foot … So walking was the hardest part of shooting this for me.”

6. THE CO-CREATORS RICKROLLED FANS OBSESSED WITH UNCOVERING SPOILERS.

Eagle-eyed fans (particularly on Reddit) uncovered just about every major spoiler from the first season early on, which is why Nolan and Joy promised a spoiler video for anyone who wanted to know the entire plot of season two ahead of its premiere. They delivered, but instead of show secrets, the 25-minute video only offered a classy rendition of Rick Astley’s internet-infamous “Never Gonna Give You Up,” sung by Evan Rachel Wood with Angela Sarafyan on piano, followed by 20 minutes of a dog. It was a pitch-perfect response to a fanbase desperate for answers.

7. IT FEATURES AN ANCIENT GREEK EASTER EGG.

Amid the alternative rock tunes hammered out on the player piano and hat tips to classic western films, Westworld also referenced something from 5th century BCE Greece. Westworld, which is run by Delos Incorporated, is designed so that guests cannot die. Delos is also the name of the island where ancient Greeks made it illegal for anyone to die (or be born for that matter) on religious grounds. That’s not the only bit of wordplay with Greek either: Sweetwater’s main ruffian, Hector Escaton (Rodrigo Santoro), gets his last name from the Greek eschaton, meaning the final event in the divine design of the world. Fitting for a potentially sentient robot helping to bring about humanity’s destruction.

8. JIMMI SIMPSON FIGURED OUT HIS CHARACTER’S TWIST BECAUSE OF HIS EYEBROWS.

Evan Rachel Wood and Jimmi Simpson in 'Westworld'
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In season one, the show’s many secrets were kept even from the main cast until the time they absolutely needed to know. Jimmi Simpson, who plays timid theme park neophyte William, had a hunch something was funny with his role because of a cosmetic change.

“I was with an amazing makeup artist, Christian, and he was looking at my face too much,” Simpson told Vanity Fair. “He had me in his chair, and he was just looking at my face, and then he said something about my eyebrows. ‘Would you be cool if we just took a couple hairs out of your eyebrows, made them not quite as arched?’” Guessing that they were making him look more like The Man in Black, Simpson said something to Joy, and she confirmed his hunch. “She looked kind of surprised I’d worked it out,” he said.

9. THE PLAYER PIANO MAY BE AN ALLUSION TO KURT VONNEGUT.

One of the show’s most iconic elements is its soundtrack of alternative rock songs from the likes of Radiohead, The Cure, and Soundgarden redone in a jaunty, old West style. In addition to adding a creepy sonic flavor to the sadistic vacation, they also may wink toward Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel, Player Piano, which deals with a dystopia of automation where machines do everything for humans, leading to an entrenched class struggle. The show’s resonant elements are clear, but Westworld also mentions that the world outside the theme park is one where there’s no unemployment and humans have little purpose. Like The Man In Black (Ed Harris), the protagonist of Player Piano also longs for real stakes in the struggle of life.

10. THERE ARE TWO JESSE JAMES CONNECTIONS.

Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Wright in 'Westworld'
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Anthony Hopkins’s character Dr. Robert Ford is an invention for the new series, and he shares a name with the man who assassinated infamous outlaw Jesse James (a fact you may remember from the aptly named movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). The final episode of the first season flips the allusion when Ford is shot in the back of the head, which is exactly how the real-life Ford killed James.

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