It Cost $10,000 to Show Bea Arthur's Face in Deadpool

Joe Lederer - © TM & © 2015 Marvel & Subs. TM and © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved
Joe Lederer - © TM & © 2015 Marvel & Subs. TM and © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved

Small celebrity roles and cameos can deliver a major blow to a film's budget, even when the star is only on screen for a matter of seconds. In the DVD commentary for Deadpool, lead actor and producer Ryan Reynolds reveals that it cost the project about $10,000 (which dwarfs what some crew members make on big budget films) to have his character wear a tank top illustrated with actress Bea Arthur's face, Empire Magazine recently reported.

In the comic books, Deadpool is Arthur's self-proclaimed "number one fan" and likes to watch episodes of The Golden Girls. The writers even named the spaceship for the Deadpool Corps "The Bea Arthur" in her honor. So, it seemed natural for the actress to play a role in the film—at any cost. In the commentary track, Reynolds said that showing the tank top in the film was "potentially cinema's most expensive Easter Egg ever," adding that "as a producer, I had to approve that $10,000 … You can’t have a Deadpool movie without Bea Arthur."

To check out the commentary and other special features for yourself (and to spot the Bea tee), grab a copy of Deadpool on DVD or Blu-ray here via Amazon.

[h/t Cinema Blend]

A Golden Girls-Themed Cruise Will Set Sail in 2020

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Carlo Allegri/Getty Images

If you've ever fantasized of taking a vacation that would make the cast of characters from The Golden Girls proud, you'll soon have the chance to make your dreams come true. In early 2020, Flip Phone Events and the cruise line Celebrity Infinity are launching a Golden Girls-themed cruise that brings the classic 1980s sitcom to the western Caribbean.

As CNN reports, the new cruise, called Golden Girls at Sea, leaves from Miami, Florida—the home of Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia. For five days, the ship will take cruisers on a relaxing trip through the Gulf, stopping in Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. While onboard the ship, guests will have the opportunity to take part in several Golden Girls-inspired activities, including a Shady Pines craft corner, Dorothy's bingo, Golden Girls trivia, and karaoke at Blanche's favorite pickup spot, The Rusty Anchor. And, yes, there will be cheesecake.

The Golden Girls premiered over 30 years ago, but the fabulous foursome hasn't lost its popularity. Even though the show has ended, the ladies can still be spotted on apparel, candles, board games, and even their own cereal box. Their new themed cruise may be the most luxurious Golden Girls-branded experience yet.

Golden Girls at Sea sets sail from Miami on February 24, 2020 and returns on February 29. Rooms start around $987 per person for a standard cabin and go up to $7657 for the top suites. Unlimited drinks are included with every ticket.

Book your tickets here.

[h/t CNN]

Harry Potter Fans Can Now Live at Hogwarts

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Warner Bros.

Still waiting for your Hogwarts acceptance letter? Still dreaming of the day you can walk through the Great Hall doors for the first time? Well now you can, because there are newly constructed luxury apartments right next to the real-life Great Hall from the Harry Potter movies.

Fans can now live out their ultimate Wizarding World dreams, as two luxury flats have been made in the heart of the castle at Royal Connaught Park in Bushey, Hertfordshire, home of the original Great Hall.

According to the Mirror, Rightmove—a UK-based property rental website—has shared an ad for two-bed apartments within the Victorian castle, which is home to the Great Hall from the first three Harry Potter films.

The property used to be the home of the Royal Masonic School for Boys. Now, thanks to recent renovations, Potterheads can rent out the new, unfurnished apartments for $2800 a month.

Fans who can scavenge up enough knuts, sickles, and galleons will not only have the Great Hall to visit but also 100 acres of parkland that surrounds the property, a private leisure center complete with saunas and pools, a tennis court, and 24-hour concierge and shuttle services.

The site served as a set for Harry Potter, but also for movies like Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, Hot Fuzz, and the long-running TV series EastEnders.

[h/t: Mirror]

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