How Morley Cigarettes Connect The Film And TV Universe

(PCM) Morley, Hollywood’s favorite brand of fake cigarettes has quite the fascinating history. The brand made it’s first appearance on the big screen in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho and ever since Hollywood has been pay homage to the brand with countless references throughout the history of TV and film.

Morley’s have appeared in various TV shows, films, and video games that are completely unconnected to one another except for their use of the brand. Morley’s modeled to be packaged similar to that of Marlboro cigarettes and even take their name from the Marlboro cigarette nickname “Marley’s”.

The infamous brand is referenced early in episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Twilight Zone and in more recent series such as Friends, The X-Files and The Walking Dead.

In the X-Files, Morley’s are the brand of choice for the shows villain The Cigarette Smoking Man and in The Walking Dead they are referenced several times being Dale’s (RIP) cigarette of choice, Carol discovers a pack of Morley’s on a dead walker in Alexandria and a carton of Morley Lights are found by Daryl in the abandoned office building.

Morley’s can also been seen in Buffy The Vampire Slayer as the cigarette brand chosen by chain-smoking vampire Spike. In addition to many of the horror-themed series, Morley’s have also been spotted in episodes of the USA hit series Burn Notice, as protagonist Michael Weston and his mother both smoke Morley’s. They are used by George Costanza in an episode of Seinfeld and even show up in one episode of Friends where it is revealed that Rachel had a smoking habit.  There is also a tie with both Malcolm In The Middle and Breaking Bad.

Other series that featured Morley’s at one time or another include ER, Prison Break, Beverly Hills 90210, Heroes, That 70’s Show, Weeds, and American Horror Story to name only a few. They are also prominently featured in the films Mission Impossible, Platoon, Prozac Nation and Heist.

Over the year’s Hollywood has used a ton of fake brands and companies, but we have found none that even come close to the amount of references to Morley cigarettes found throughout pop culture.

The folks over at Cultfaction.com have put together an amazing list of the many, many appearances of Morley cigarettes throughout the history of TV and film, see below:

  • 200 Cigarettes: Lucy (Courtney Love) presents a block of Morley cigarettes to Kevin (Paul Rudd).
  • 24: episode 8×06, Jack Bauer is posing as a German buyer and smokes a Light Morley Cigarette.
  • Afroman: (Because I Got High Positive Remix) Sitting on a motorized couch, a man is seen smoking and holding a pack of Morley’s before he smokes a joint, throws the cigarette behind him and drops the pack because he got high.
  • American Horror Story: “Birth” Violet (Taissa Farmiga) is seen with a pack of Morley Lights at the kitchen table.
  • Becker: episode 2×12 “Santa On Ice” Becker smokes a Light Morley Cigarette.
  • Breaking Bad: Morleys were smoked in the final season by several characters.
  • Beverly Hills, 90210: Brenda Walsh returned from Paris with a smoking habit. Her parents found this out when a pack of Morleys fell out of her purse.
  • Broken Saints: The character Raimi buys a packet of Morley cigarettes in this online cartoon. William B. Davis of The X-Files is a member of the voice cast, but Brooke Burgess, creator of Broken Saints, confirmed that the Morley cigarettes were in the original series “WELL before Bill signed on — but he liked the nod, none-the-less.”
  • Brooklyn Rules: The three boys find a dead body in a convertible around the 5-minute mark of the movie; one of the boys steals a pack of “Morley” off the dash of the vehicle.”
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike (James Marsters) smokes Morley cigarettes.
  • Burn Notice: In season 2 episode 5 “Scatter Point” the main character Michael is seen scattering cigarette butts outside a rooftop door and putting an empty pack of Morleys in the rooftop doorjamb. Also, in season 3 episode 4 “Fearless Leader”, he bugs a pack of Morleys. In season 4 episode 11, Maddie is seen throwing a carton of Morleys into a suitcase as she packs for a trip. In episode BN505, “Square One”, posing as crooked cops Jesse and Fiona extort, along with the security tapes, a carton of Morleys from a bodega.
  • Californication: Hank (David Duchovny) often smokes Morley cigarettes and can be plainly seen in many episodes including episode four of season two (“The Raw & the Cooked”) where they are on a patio table near the end of the episode. They can also be seen in Season 5, Episode 4 at the beginning near his smartphone. This is an inside joke referencing back to Duchovny’s days on The X-Files in which the Cigarette Smoking Man usually smoked this brand.
  • Cold Case: In the episode “The Plan” on this CBS show, Jerry smokes Morleys, and a pack is seen during an interrogation scene when Detective Nick Vera removes a cigarette from Jerry’s hand that has burned down to his fingers. Also, in the episode “The Sleepover”, Tiffany smokes Morleys (light brown pack instead of the traditional red) when questioned by Detective Valens.
  • Criminal Minds: In the episode “North Mammon”, a pile of Morley cigarette butts led the FBI team to suspect a soccer coach, who smoked Morleys, of stalking one of his star female players because his DNA was on the butts. Upon analysis of the footage in the episode, the packet of cigarettes the coach holds is actually a Marlboro packet and not a fictional Morley packet.
  • CSI: NY: In the episode “Boo” (Season 4, Episode 6), a smoked Morley cigarette is found in a voodoo doll at a crime scene.
  • Definitely, Maybe: In 1992, Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) buys Morleys when he arrives in New York City for $3.20, and he complains that in Wisconsin they cost $2.60.
  • Epicenter (2000): At the beginning of the movie, the character Nick Constantine has a pack of Morleys in his briefcase.ER: In the episode “Beyond Repair”, while searching his daughter Rachel’s room, Dr. Mark Green (Anthony Edwards) discovers a pack of Morleys with a condom inside.
  • Everybody Hates Chris: Episode 1×20 A carton of Morleys is sold out of the back of a car.
  • Freddy Got Fingered: Gord (Tom Green) can be seen smoking a pack of Morleys in one scene.
  • Frasier: Episode 7×19 “Morning Becomes Entertainment” Bebe pulls a pack of Morleys out of her purse and asks Frasier if he minds.
  • Friends: Chandler can be seen holding a pack of these in the episode “The One Where Rachel Smokes”
  • Gone Home: A packet can be found on the top shelf of Sam’s locker.
  • Gun Shy: In a meeting between the police, the character Charley has a box of Morley cigarettes in front of him on the conference table.
  • Heroes: In episode 3×03, “One of Us, One of Them,” Claire Bennet’s biological mother, Meredith, tries to light a Morley in the Bennet home before Sandra Bennet asks her not to smoke in the house.
  • The House on Greenapple Road (1970): A character steals a pack of Morley cigarettes from a desk at the police station.
  • Jake 2.0: A terrorist disguises powerful explosives as a pack of Morley cigarettes and demonstrates its incredible power by exploding a piece of swamp in the Philippines.
  • Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead: Rusty Nail (Mark Gibbon) is smoking Morley cigarettes as he purchases them in the opening scene in the shop.
  • Judging Amy: In season 3 episode 15 teen is suing Morley company for causing his emphysema.
  • Justified: In the season one episode “Riverbrook”, a group of prison escapees rob a convenience store. One discharges a shotgun in the store, blasting a rack of cartons of Morley cigarettes.
  • Killer Instinct: In the episode “Game Over,” Morley cigarettes appear in the desk of Lt. Matt Cavanaugh, played by Chi McBride.
  • Lost: In the Flash Sideways of the episode “LA X” (6×01), Rose Nadler is seen on the plane clutching a magazine with an ad for Morley cigarettes.
  • The L Word: In the season five episode “Lunar Cycle”, a pack of Morley cigarettes is visible on the coffee table when Shane and Jenny are lying on the sofa together.
  • Malcolm in the Middle: A packet of Morley cigarettes is one of the things found hidden by Malcolm’s mother in season 1 episode 10. And in the season 4 episode 19 Malcolm plays chess with Leonard (Jason Alexander). Leonard tries to pay off his debts with a pack of Morleys.
  • Mannix: In the episode “All Around the Money Tree,” Joe Mannix opens a suitcase to discover a couple packs of Morleys—in white packs.
  • Medium: In the episode “To Have and to Hold” (season 4, episode 3) a character smokes a Morley cigarette. In the episode “The First Bite is the Deepest” (season 5, episode 17), Allison DuBois brings Cynthia Keener a bag filled with snack foods, candy, and Morley cigarettes when visiting her in prison.
  • The Middle: In the episode “The Map” (season 3, episode 13) Frances brings Aunt Edie a carton of Morley cigarettes.
  • Millennium: In “The Time Is Now”, Peter Watts discovers a Morley stub in the mysterious Millennium Group’s basement as a nod to the Cigarette Smoking Man from The X-Files. Chris Carter created both series.
  • Mission: Impossible: Morleys appear in the original television series, and several characters can be seen with them. In one specific episode, 2×07 “Operation ‘Heart,” Barbara Bain’s character can be seen removing a pack from a table along with a handkerchief (ca 20 mins in).
  • Murders’ Row: Matt helm uses a dart in a cigarette to take down a guard. He leaves the now empty pack of Morley cigarettes on the guard, showing the warning about smoking possibly being dangerous to your health…
  • Murder in the First: Defense Attorney James Stamphill appears smoking Morleys while laying down and speaking into a primitive tape recorder, dictating notes about the case. The pack of Morleys shown is an old-fashioned design (based on the 1930s setting of the movie), unlike the modern-looking packs of Morleys more frequently seen.
  • The Naked City: Season 2, Episode 21 “Tombstone for a Derelict,” (5 April 1961) opens as four young men led by Baldwin Larne (Robert Redford) surround a derelict on a lonely street. Larne offers him a cigarette, and, as the derelict turns to get a light from one of Larne’s companions, Larne stabs the derelict in the back, dead, and tosses the cigarette pack on the body. Detective Flint (Paul Burke) and company arrive on the scene of the crime to investigate, and the pack of cigarettes is shown close up to be the Morley brand, a clue. This early Morley cigarettes b&w appearances shows a cigarette pack with an Etruscan horse image as the brand icon, and the first anf last letters of “Morley” in lower case, and the letters in between in upper case.
  • Nash Bridges: In episode 420 “Power Play”, Morleys appear on a desk in a criminal’s house.
  • New Amsterdam: In the episode “Love Hurts” (season 1, episode 8), a suspect in an interrogation room is about to light a Morley. John Amsterdam takes it from him and says, “No smoking.”
  • Orange Is the New Black – season one episode eleven “tall men with feelings” *”Pornstache” pulls morleys from his pocket and tries to light the butt.”
  • The Outer Limits: In “A New Life” (season 7, episode 3), Jacob tries to smuggle two cartons of Morleys onto the bus. In the episode “Falling Star” (season 2, episode 19), Terry McCammon (while possessed by a time traveler) tosses a pack of Morleys onto a bedstand.
  • Prison Break: In “Bolshoi Booze” (season 2, episode 11), T-Bag picks up a pack of Morleys from a bag in Geary’s apartment.
  • Prozac Nation: The character played by Christina Ricci smokes Morley cigarettes in the film version of Elizabeth Wurtzel’s autobiographical Prozac Nation. Ricci plays a young writer who occasionally uses the empty cigarette packs as scrap paper.
  • Psycho: At the end of the film, psychiatrist Dr. Fred Richman portrayed by Simon Oakland tells the story of what really happened and shakes a cigarette out of a pack of Morleys. This film was released June 16, 1960 and is currently the earliest known sighting of the Morley brand.
  • Pushing Daisies: In the Season 2 episode “Bad Habits,” a carton of Morleys can be seen in the cabinet full of contraband in Sister Maria Christina’s room.
  • Reaper: In the second season finale “The Devil and Sam Oliver,” Mary Pat, the greeter at the Work Bench holds up a pack of Morleys before she steps outside to have a smoke next to the LP gas tanks.
  • S. Darko: The boy carries a Morley pack in his left sleeve.
  • Saving Grace: In the second season episode “It’s a Fierce, White-Hot, Mighty Love,” the main character Grace is given a Morley by a suspect as she’s investigating him.
  • Shameless: Fiona throws Lip a carton of Morleys in Season 2, Episode 3.
  • Sherbet: The eponymous detective Sherbet Lock in the American comic book Sherbet reveals that both she and the missing child Belinda Darwin favor Morley brand cigarettes in the short story “Milk”.
  • Seinfeld: In the seventh season finale “The Invitations,” George Costanza smokes a Morley in an attempt to appear off-putting to his fiancee Susan Ross, in hopes that she will call off their upcoming wedding.
  • Sordid Lives: The Series: In the first season episode “Pills, Poison and Penises,” Morley brand cigarettes are advertised on a sign at the convenience store where Vera works.
  • Space: Above and Beyond: In the episode “Ray Butts” the main character, Ray Butts, has a pack at the beginning of the episode.
  • Special Unit 2: In the episode “The Grain,” a housewife, under the influence of the Sandman, robs a convenience store, demanding all the cash, and a pack of Morleys.
  • Spy Game
  • The Strain: In Episode 11, Season 1, Zach Goodweather finds Morley cigarettes on the floor of a looted grocery store while looking for cigarettes for Mariela Martinez.
  • System Shock 2: Packets of Morley cigarettes are an item within the game. Essentially useless, when smoked they cause the player character to lose health.
  • That ’70s Show: In the episode “Eric Gets Suspended”, Red Forman tells Eric Forman to smoke an entire pack of Morleys after he gets caught with a cigarette at school.
  • The Tenants
  • Thirteen
  • The Traveler
  • The World’s End: Gary smokes Morleys throughout the film, best seen after the fight scene against the twins.
  • Up All Night: In “I Can’t Quit You” (Season 2, Episode 9), Chris struggles to resist buying a pack of cigarettes at a convenience store, where Morleys are visible behind the counter.
  • The Walking Dead: In “Save The Last One” (Season 2, Episode 3), Dale contemplates smoking a cigarette while standing on the roof of his RV. In “Consumed” (Season 5, Episode 6) Daryl finds a carton of Morley lights soft packs on the floor next to Noah who is trapped under a bookshelf.
  • Warehouse 13: In the fourth season episode “The Ones you Love”, Mrs. Frederic and Steve Jinks enter “The Library” (a secret room in the Vatican). There is a pack of Morley cigarettes on the table that was left abandoned 4 months prior.
  • Weeds: In the third season episode, “The Brick Dance”, Conrad asks Heylia about the Morleys that she is smoking, that she had not smoked for years.
  • The X-Files: The Cigarette Smoking Man, played by William B. Davis, smokes this fictional brand, as does Agent Monica Reyes. The X-Files is probably the most well known use of Morley cigarettes. In “Brand X,” Mulder and Scully visit Morley Tobacco’s headquarters after one of the employees is murdered.

 

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Power Rangers Full-Length Trailer Breakdown

Lionsgate finally released a full-length trailer for the upcoming Saban’s Power Rangers film and it reveals quite a bit about the story and what we will see in the film. In this article we will breakdown the trailer but first, check out the trailer below!

Now he comes the breakdown…

The Heroes are Strangers and “Screw ups”

At the beginning of the trailer, we find out that our heroes of the film are strangers. Jason (I think that’s who is talking) says “none of us really know each other”. And that is followed by Kimberly (Naomi Scott) stating that they are all screw ups. So these kids are possibly troublemakers from the same school that formed in some type of Breakfast Club like way before Billy discovered the power coins.

 

The Power Coins Are Found Rather Than Given

In the original 90’s series, five teenagers from Angel Grove are chosen to become Power Rangers by Zordon. In this new version of the Power Rangers it is mentioned in the trailer that Billy discovered the power coins in a spaceship that was buried underground. It is still possible that Zordon somehow leads this team of teenagers to find the coins and they can say that he chose them in that sense.

 

The Film May Be Comedy Heavy

About thirty seconds into the trailer Zack is talking about what color he is glowing, which is black and Billy replies back with a “no you’re not”. This is a clever poke at the elephant in the room that the new Power Rangers are not stereotypically tied to certain colors based on their race like the rangers in the original 90’s series. More comedy is sprinkled throughout the trailer and most if it seems to be coming from Billy (RJ Cyler), so he could very well be the comedy relief of the group.

 

The Time Warp is No Longer a Tube

In this version of Power Rangers, Zordon has gotten quite the facelift. The mentor of the rangers is no longer stuck in a tube like time warp but rather a pin art looking wall. The writers also point out Zordon’s obvious new look when one of the members of the Power Rangers questions why they are talking to a wall.

 

Goldar’s Name is Taken Quite Literal

Goldar who is known as Rita Repulsa’s enforcer is now dripping in gold. When Goldar gets his closeup in the trailer you can see the gold dripping as if he was dipped in gold and it’s now melting off of his body. What is not known is if this is his one and only form or if this is just his battle ready form against the Megazord.

 

Our First Look at the Zords on Screen

After all the teaser posters of the zords, they are finally revealed in the trailer. Some get more screen time than others like the Pterodactyl and T-rex. From what we do get to see they zords look like colorful dinobots from transformers. Based off of what little we see, I have to say that they visually look better than the transformers did on screen. We also get a peek at the Megazord, which looks like very different interpretation of what the 90’s Megazord looked like.

Saban’s Power Rangers hits theaters March 24.

 

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Film Director Casey Tebo Steals Clam Chowder Ingredients To Prove An Important Point

(PCM) When film director Casey Tebo discovered that one of his films had been illegally downloaded from a torrent site and then passed around among the employees of a certain grocery store he was incredibly angered and decided to take revenge into his own hands.

Tebo entered the store and began stealing the ingredients that would be used to make clam chowder. Tebo ended up getting caught, however not without strongly making his point to the store about the effect that illegal downloading has on the artist and the industry. Tebo feels very strongly that online piracy is the same as theft and he felt that he had to make a stand and do his part in an attempt to battle this ongoing issue.

Tebo is best known for his indie horror film “Happy Birthday” and for directing live performances from bands such as Aerosmith, Judas Priest and Motley Crue. He also won an Emmy award for his work on ESPN E:60’s Dream On: The Stories of Boston’s Strongest.

After a recent conversation with a friend where it was revealed that the friend had seen Tebo’s recent film “Happy Birthday”, Tebo asked where his buddy had seen the film. The friend admitted that some guy had brought it into work. Tebo innocently asked if it was via DVD, however eventually his friend admitted that the guy had illegally downloaded the film from a torrent site and shared it with various co-workers at the store.

Tebo’s “Happy Birthday” film had a tiny budget with only three investor putting in about $500k, so after speaking with some other friends Tebo decided to take his revenge on the store that felt it was okay to steal his creative property. He figured just go to the grocery store and begin stealing the ingredients to make a clam chowder. If he got caught he would simply tell the police “He steals my sh*t, why can’t I steal his sh*t”?

Tebo created a video to go along with the revenge plan aptly titled “PSA (Pirates Suck A**)” which has been posted on YouTube and is quickly going viral. In the video Tebo can be seen taking about $30 worth of groceries, however he is caught by a store employee in the parking lot. The employee threatens to call the cops however Tebo protests saying that if it is okay for the employees of the grocery store to steal from his industry, why can’t he steal from theirs?

Tebo did eventually return the stolen ingredients, however he definitely made sure to get his point across about the ongoing issue of internet piracy. Check out the video here!

 

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Exclusive Interview With “20th Century Women” Actor Lucas Zumann

(PCM) When it comes to learning from a master in her craft, newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann has hit the motherlode for his recent film experience in “20th Century Women.”

The richly multilayered, funny, and heart-stirring movie from A24 opens on Friday, January, 19, and focuses on the complexities of women, family, time and connections. This is a compelling and thought-provoking story played by legendary actress Annette Bening as the mother and newcomer Zumann as her 15-year-old son.

Set in Santa Barbara in 1976, the film from writer/director, Mike Mills (“Beginners”), follows a quirky, but loving single mom in her mid-50s, Dorthea Fields, who is rearing her adolescent son, Jamie, at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion.

Dorthea loves Bogart and Amelia Earhart and often acts and sounds like she is from a different time, and often has difficulty connecting with her son. She enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in their home, (Greta Gerwig), and Julie, a provocative 17-year-old neighbor, who Jamie has a crush on, (Elle Fanning).

Mills expertly recreates the warmth and passion of a great memory – but also the urgency and energy of three generations in the throes of momentous transition. For Mills, “20th Century Women,” started with his own elusive and unpredictable mother, and is a poignant “love letter” to the people who rear us – and the times that form us – as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify, haunt and inspire each of the embers through their lives.

Chicago native Zumann, now 16, made his film debut in “Sinister 2,” after having completed a role in the groundbreaking Netflix production of “Sense8,” in episodes directed by the Wachowski siblings. He also appeared in the indie film “Thrill Ride,” as well as having a featured role in the NBC TV drama, “Chicago Fire.”

His first introduction to the performing arts was in the ensemble of a 2012 production of the classic stage musical, “Oliver” put on by the Light Opera Works. When he is not working as an actor, he enjoys photography, playing the guitar, and martial arts.

PCM had the pleasure of an exclusive interview with Lucas Jade Zumann about his burgeoning career, working with Bening, family support, his love for music and more.

Bening, 58, the mother of four grown children, said she thoroughly enjoyed mentoring her young co-star.

“It was a pleasure working with Lucas,” said Bening, who is best known for “American Beauty,” “The American President,” and “The Kids Are All Right.” “Lucas is a talented young man with a great future ahead of him. I thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration.”

PCM: This is definitely not a cookie cutter movie, so why did you want to make this film?

LUCAS ZUMANN: From the moment I read the script I knew it was different from other films, so to be part of something like that at an early part of my career is super special. I knew when we all got together it was going to be a super special experience.

PCM: What were the biggest challenges in making this movie?

LZ: While I never felt intimidated, I can say that some of the hardest parts had to do with getting out of my comfort zone and being able to eventually be comfortable around each other and in our own skin.

PCM: Was there a rehearsal process, like in the theater?

LZ: Yes. There was a rehearsal process and a research process. [Director] Mike [Mills] had us do some studying. He sent me a big cardboard box of documentaries for me to get a feel for the time and the era. To keep us from worrying about focusing he gave us each individual songs, which let us have more freedom. He wanted me to listen to Talking Heads songs, and we danced to some of the songs.

PCM: What kind of music was involved?

LZ: Probably, Talking Heads more so than the hard core punk that my character Jamie listens to.

PCM: What kind of music do you listen to during your free time?

LZ: I like classic reggae a lot, as well as indie rock and indie bands and stuff like that. I’m pretty open when it comes to music.

PCM: What was it like working with Annette Bening and did she give you any acting tips or life advice?

LZ: Our rapport? It was very true to a mother and son relationship.

PCM: How so?

LZ: She taught me a lot about the whole process and she did so very politely. She walked me through the whole process, which was very helpful since I am not as familiar with making movies as everyone else is. We spent as much time off the set as we did on set. She taught me that you can’t be a good actor if you don’t understand your life and don’t understand enough to portray it.

PCM: Did you get any advice from the other ladies?

LZ: I learned a lot by watching all of them, but when it came to first-hand help, Annette was the main person who physically talked me and led me through everything.

PCM: With Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning and Annette Bening on the set, were you at all star-struck?

LZ: No, because I understood the significance these people have in the business and while I truly felt it was an honor to work with each of them, they were all real people. So while working on this project I was able to be real around them.

PCM: When did you see the finished film for the first time and what was the experience like for you?

LZ: I was getting ready to watch it at the New York Film Festival, when they sent me a link to watch it on my laptop, and I enjoyed it. But watching it later at the theater with an audience gave me closure from the whole process. I love with large audiences you find different parts of the audience reacting with emotion to various aspects. Some are tearing up or crying, some are laughing, while still others are awestruck. Everyone acts to it in a different way and get a different message from it. So I find it interesting to watch such a diverse audience watch this film because everyone relates to it different, which is what makes Mike’s words and direction so laudable.

PCM: How important has family support been for your career?

LZ: Family support is a huge factor, and one of the sole reasons I was able to make this movie and other projects. They were there to take me to the set and make sure there was vegetarian and vegan food for me there. I owe a lot to them.

PCM: How many times has your mom seeing the movie?

LZ: Three or four, so far. I’m sure she loves it.

PCM: How long have you wanted to be an actor?

LZ: I’m always been interested in acting. I started with neighborhood plays. I just really like the feeling I get when I’m in the middle of a scene, or when I’m acting. I knew right away that was something I wanted to pursue it if I was able to do so.

PCM: What’s next for you?

LZ: I am working on the TV show “Anne” based on the book “Anne of Green Gables.” Its looking really good and I am happy to be working on it. I play the part of Gilbert Blithe.

PCM: It’s a favorite book of mine. Were you familiar with it before you were cast in the new TV show?

LZ: My upstairs neighbor loved that book and shared the stories with me. Since then, I have also watched many different versions of the TV shows and the film.

PCM: Were there surprises being on the set?

LZ: This was my third film so I am familiar with being on sets, but there was nothing quite like this one.

PCM: Why?

LZ: Everyone was doing it for the passion and art of filmmaking and I hope that it really comes through on the screen when people watch this movie.

PCM: What do you hope that people will get out of this movie?

LZ: A lot of this movie is really about a series of gestures that are about being able to overcome barriers of time and age, so that people can leave with an understanding of how to truly connect with other

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Disney Releases A Video Showing How Your Favorite Pixar Films Are Connected

(PCM) Over the years there has been countless fan theories in regards to how the films in the Pixar universe are all interconnected and upon close inspection eagle-eyed fans have been able to spot various easter eggs that have been placed throughout the films. Of course there are always some that may have been missed and now Disney has decided to reveal the locations of some of those super secret easter eggs and finally provide answers to some of the more burning fan theories that have been circulating over the years.

The new clip titled “Pixar Easter Eggs” has been posted on the official Toy Story Facebook page and reveals the many ways in which all the films in the Pixar universe are connected. Many of the easter eggs are obvious, however others are certainly more subtle and less easier to spot. Check out the video below and prepare to be amazed at just how many of these reference you may have missed:

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Revisiting Batman & Robin: Is it Still THAT Bad?

1997 may be memorable for the release of director James Cameron’s masterful epic movie, Titanic but it is also relatively easy to recall that Batman franchise killer Batman & Robin was unleashed upon the viewing public, facing an unending barrage of disparaging reviews and comments.
When Michael Keaton announced that he was going to no longer play the Caped Crusader soon after finishing filming Batman Returns everybody wondered who would don the cape next. Top Gun actor Val Kilmer stepped in to replace him, Batman creator Bob Kane’s original choice to play the part. Batman Forever was a decidedly lighter take in order to make the films more child friendly amidst complaints from parents that the first two movies were too dark. It’s likely that these same and particular parents referenced the 1960’s Adam West show and did not take into account that the original comics’ intentions were for the character and his adventures to have always been directed more at adults than the little ones.


Batman Forever’s budget was $100,000,000 and made a domestic gross of just over $184,000,00. The signs of decline were already in progress, but Warner Bros still marched on with producing a follow up. Due to conflict between actor and director, Kilmer turned down the role and opportunity to work with Joel Schumacher again and ER television actor George Clooney became the third man in four movies to give his take alongside Chris O’Donnell as sidekick, Robin.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, attempting to try his hand at different genre’s during the mid 1990’s, played Mr. Freeze while Pulp Fiction actress Uma Thurman was female villain, Poison Ivy. A third villain, Bane was played out as Ivy’s hulking henchman. The result? Batman & Robin was developed as the most light-hearted sequel yet. And it would be the last! Children under the age of 11 may have seen it as an enjoyable romp back then but it was almost unwatchable to any respectable Batman fan who was hoping for the fourth installment to mimic Tim Burton’s gothic dark fantasy style.

Two decades later, is the film still as bad as most said it was? Well, yes and no. Mostly, yes. It is very telling that the third sequel had literally jumped the shark. Cringe worthy scenes such as Batman whipping out his own personalised credit card to pay for the services of Poison Ivy and Schwarzenegger’s corny one liners gave the movie the sense that it was now just making fun of itself while simultaneously attempting to be “cool.” But almost constant self deprecating humour and trying to be cool just isn’t possible. Any sequel that does not come directly after an original finds it tough as it is!

George Clooney’s almost incessant grinning serves to make him the most annoying actor to play Batman in a feature length format. Check out his grinning even when beloved butler Alfred is dying on his death bed! Who does that?!? If anything, Clooney sure played Bruce Wayne as probably the most coldest bastard of them all!

Arnold Schwarzenegger has claimed that he does not regret playing Mr. Freeze, a statement that is both admirable and one that contains an air of possible deniability. But if there is anything positive to salvage, his hammy performance fits in with the context of the picture. And the same can be said for Uma Thurman.

Joel Schumacher was number one enemy of Batman devotees for many years to come, but has since explained that the fault actually lies with Warner Bros. He claimed that they wanted his movie to be more “toy friendly” so the studio could pump out many kinds of memorabilia to make more bucks. Considering how much studios have proven in the past that they can make or break a picture with imprudent choices, it isn’t out of the realms of actual truthfulness that Schumacher was genuine when he stated that.

Batman & Robin remains a movie in which one can view for the unintentional comedic factor. At least if you are a sensible adult. There are actually some well staged action sequences but it is marred by the constant sense that the narrative is not being taken seriously enough. And if you look between the lines, you get the feeling that Warner Bros were cashing out. Not that they had much choice when the flick came up well short of it’s budget of $125,000,000. The scathing opinions and reviews were, and still are, just insult to injury.

Blame whoever you want. Batman & Robin can be looked upon as a guilty pleasure if viewed with the right mind set. But it’s ineptness will always shine bright, no matter how many years have gone by.

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