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These Actors Portrayed Famous People From History. How Did They Do?

In order to tell a story, actors transform themselves into a different person. The hope is that they’re convincing enough to captivate an audience.

That job gets more difficult when your audience already has an idea of what the role should look and sound like. That is the case in almost all biographical films. Skilled actors may not have to look the part, but a terrible actor could be the spitting image of the person they’re portraying and still fall flat. How do you these these stars measured up in other people’s shoes?

1.) Angela Bassett as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It

2.) Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh in Hitchcock

3.) Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line

4.) Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line

5.) Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire

6.) Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There

7.) Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis Jr. in The Rat Pack

8.) Joe Mantega as Dean Martin in The Rat Pack

9.) Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice in W

10.) Adrien Brody as Salvador Dalí in Midnight in Paris

11.) Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra

12.) Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn

13.) Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in Game Change

14.) Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life

15.) James Franco as James Dean in James Dean

16.) Salma Hayek as Frida Khalo in Frida

17.) Brad Pitt as Jesse James in The Assassination of Jesse James

18.) Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanilla in Selena

19.) Al Pacino as Phil Spector in Phil Spector

20.) Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock

21.) Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy

22.) Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett in The Runaways

23.) James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in Howl

24.) Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde in Wilde

25.) Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon

26.) Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in The Doors

27.) Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland

28.) Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in Milk

29.) Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln

30.) Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in All Is By My Side

31.) George C. Scott as General George Patton in Patton

32.) Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

33.) Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate

34.) Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in Jobs

35.) Josh Brolin as George W. Bush in W

36.) Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar

37.) Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel in Coco Before Chanel

38.) Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

39.) Aaron Taylor-Johnson as John Lennon in Nowhere Boy

40.) Jonathan Rhys as Elvis in Elvis

41.) Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin

42.) Johnny Depp as Ed Wood in Ed Wood

Pretty close, right? With enough talent and perfect makeup, these actors were dead ringers for their historical counterparts.

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Would You See Any Of These Movies If The Posters Looked Like This?

American movies often make their way across the globe. Posters and promotional material must be adapted for the countries where the movies play. Usually, while the language on the posters change, the images tend to stay the same.

When the material can’t be imported, some places get creative and do their own marketing. One such place is Ghana, where local artists (with varying levels of training and ability) step in to fill in the promotional gaps. The results are…well, they’re something.

Some of them are just poor renditions of the official posters. Some are so out there, we can’t even begin to understand what they were going for. But these were all approved. And despite spanning nearly 40 years of films, the style is oddly consistent.

1.) Slither, (2006)

Yeah, what can you do when a pensive worm monster stabs you in the brain? Sheesh. At least the dog, along with its eerily human eyes, seems okay with everything.

2.) Enter the Dragon (1973)

Who could forget Bruce Lee’s famous line from this martial arts classic: “Oh no, you di’n’t, girlfraaaand!”

3.) Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 – 2013)

Well, there’s clearly a lot of limb-chopping in whatever movie from the Chainsaw franchise this is supposed to represent. So much so that even the chainsaw-wielding lunatic doesn’t have legs. Oops.

4.) Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)

This poster is even more ridiculous than the fact that this made-for-TV movie was even created in the first place. Someone explain that bipedal lizard thing in the bottom left, because that is not on the original poster.

5.) The Road Warrior (1981)

I don’t know what movie this is, but it’s not The Road Warrior. None of this happens in The Road Warrior.

6.) Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Does…does the Headless Horseman have breasts?

7.) Hercules (1983)

In which Exasperated Dad Hercules tells Hercules, Jr. to please not play with the mini-hydra.

8.) Mission: Impossible (1996)

Tom? Tom Cruise? Is that you?

9.) Mission: Impossible II (2000)

Tom? What did they do to you, Tom??

10.) Ghost Ship (2002)

In which the boat eats people. Giant people.

11.) Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 – 2010)

This was for the lesser-known Nightmare movie, where a concerned Freddy Krueger lets his friend know that there’s a pickaxe in his face.

12.) The Mummy (1999)

There’s a lot going on here, but I think Imhotep needs a bra.

13.) The Mummy Returns (?) (2001)

I think this is a poster for the sequel to The Mummy, based on the half-man, half-scorpion the artist seemed to be going for. I couldn’t even begin to tell you what’s going on here, though.

14.) The Terminator

The top image of Schwarzenegger is fairly faithful to the official poster, but for some reason, this artist decided to attempt another image on the bottom. The results were not so great.

15.) Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Where is that blue hand coming from? Why is the “o” in “Terminator” a little heart? What happened here?

16.) Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

In which the newest model Terminator, this one rather jowly, attends a funeral.

17.) Conan the Destroyer (1984)

I know Grace Jones is androgynous, but come on.

18.) Planet Terror (2007)

There is so much wrong with this I don’t even know where to begin. That anatomy? The fact that this is not a character in the movie? If only someone had made another version.

19.) Planet Terror (2007)

Oh, okay, that’s so much better.

20.) Hellboy (2004)

That’s not Hellboy. I have no idea who this lounging robot is, but it’s no one in the movie.

21.) Alien (1979)

That is not how you hold a knife. Also, it seems the artist decided to merge the alien and human characters into these purple, oblong-headed terrors.

22.) 300 (2007)

Jeez, Leonidas. You might want to get that lazy eye checked out before you head into battle.

23.) Evil Dead 2 (1987)

This seems like it should be the Army of Darkness poster, but I don’t think it really matters at this point.

24.) The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

You know, the James Bond Movie where Bond teams up with a giant red fish and drives a car that defies physics. Also note that “Me” is a correction, meaning this poster originally read “The Spy Who Love You.”

25.) Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

In this version of the classic vampire tale, Dracula deflates his victims. It seems that when at a loss, the people who made these posters just filled in the empty spaces with explosions and planets. Explosions and planets sell, right?

26.) The Matrix (1999)

In this reality, Laurence Fishburne is a ginger.

27.) Cujo (1983)

Someone put a springer spaniel’s head on a cow’s body, and Mom’s head appears to have a stem.

28.) Catwoman (2004)

I mean, there’s not much you can do to make this movie any worse. But that tongue is really grossing me out.

29.) Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite (1996)

This is why you proofread. Make your own jokes about blood spots and white pants. I’m done.

30.) Your guess is as good as mine.

You mean you’ve never seen the classic The Fierce Ghost Eats Human Region?

There’s a part of me that wants to see the movies these posters are advertising. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see James Bond team up with a giant fish?

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21 Movie Monsters Who Are Actually Kind Of Hot

Because who wants to hook up with a pathetic human?

1. Imhotep, The Mummy and The Mummy Returns

Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: His body makes the 3,000-year wait for resurrection worth it.

Best Feature: His ability to conjure up a plague of locusts.

2. R, Warm Bodies

Summit Entertainment / Courtesy Everett Collection

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: We know his heart won’t be the only thing working extra hard tonight.

Best Feature: His sensitive soul.

3. Laurie, Trick ‘r Treat

Legendary Pictures / Via basementrejects.com

Why She’s Prime Banging Material: She’s a Red Riding Hood in the streets, and a wolf in the sheets.

Best Feature: Her teeth. She knows how to use them.

4. Master Gracey, The Haunted Mansion

Walt Disney Co. / Courtesy Everett Collection

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: He can’t wait to reveal himself to you. And he has an entire mansion full of rooms to do it in.

Best Feature: His accent.

5. Billy Butcherson, Hocus Pocus

Walt Disney Pictures / Buena Vista Pictures / Via sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: He’s been waiting to use his mouth for too long.

Best Feature: His mouth, duh.

6. Female Cenobite, Hellraiser

New World Pictures / Via images.alphacoders.com

Why She’s Prime Banging Material: Her unofficial nickname is “DeepThroat,” so do with that what you will.

Best Feature: Her composure.

7. Sully, Monsters, Inc.

Buena Vista Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: He’s the top scarer, so he knows all sorts of ways to make you scream.

Best Feature: His hunky physique.

8. Davy Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Walt Disney Co. / Courtesy Everett Collection

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: So many tentacles. So many possibilities.

Best Feature: Dat beard, though.

9. The Pale Man, Pan’s Labyrinth

Picturehouse / Courtesy Everett Collection

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: He’s got big hands, and an even bigger appetite.

Best Feature: His hands…his eyes…his hand-eyes?

10. Jennifer, Jennifer’s Body

20th Century Fox / Via jarviscity.com

Why She’s Prime Banging Material: She’d give one hell of a hickey.

Best Feature: Her ability to unhinge her jaw.

11. Jack Skellington, The Nightmare Before Christmas

Buena Vista Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: He can remove any part of his body with no consequence. Imagine the possibilities.

Best Feature: His swoonworthy singing voice.

12. Maurice, Little Monsters

United Artists / Courtesy Everett Collection

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: You know he’ll have no trouble finding your bed in the dark.

Best Feature: He looks dashing in a leather jacket.

13. Scott Howard, Teen Wolf

MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: He’s a grower, not a shower.

Best Feature: How comfortable he is in his own skin. And fur.

14. Hellboy, Hellboy

Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: He’s literally hot as hell and ripped AF.

Best Feature: His Right Hand of Doom.

15. Betelgeuse, Beetlejuice

Warner Bros. / Via s.newsweek.com

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: He’ll always come when you call.

Best Feature: His impeccable fashion sense. Obviously.

16. Freddy Krueger, A Nightmare on Elm Street

New Line Cinema / Via s3.amazonaws.com

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: He’s good with his hands.

Best Feature: He’s the only guy who can pull off a fedora.

17. Pennywise the Clown, IT

ABC / Warner Home Video / Via villains.wikia.com

Why It’s Prime Banging Material: He’ll scare the pants off you. And you’ll like it.

Best Feature: He already knows your darkest secrets.

18. No Face, Spirited Away

Toho / Studio Ghibli / Via spiritedaway.wikia.com

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: You know that once he’s yours, he’s yours for life.

Best Feature: His generosity. Whether you want it or not.

19. Lipstick Face Demon, Insidious

Alliance Films / Via blog.nuraypictures.com

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: He won’t be afraid to tell you when he wants it.

Best Feature: His muscles and dark complexion.

20. Santánico Pandemonium, From Dusk Till Dawn

Miramax Films / Via gulfnews.com

Why She’s Prime Banging Material: Her feet look good enough to drink off of.

Best Feature: Her feet. You know why.

21. Brundlefly, The Fly

20th Century Fox / Via s3.amazonaws.com

Why He’s Prime Banging Material: Because deep down, you know he’s still Jeff Goldblum.

Best Feature: Jeff Goldblum.

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If Jurassic Park Taught Me One Thing, It’s That Awesome Stuff Is In Amber.

I was convinced of two things after I saw Jurassic Park as a kid: 1) Dinosaurs were real and 2) we could make them with mosquitoes stuck in amber. All we needed was to find them, and BOOM…baby dinos.

Well, 20 years have passed, and I now know it’s not quite possible. But I’ll be darned if I’m not obsessed with seeing little things in amber, sitting at the bottom of the Earth for millions of years.

Seriously, these things are out of this world!

1.) The World’s Oldest (132 Million Years Old) Spider Web

2.) A Prehistoric Spider’s Blood

3.) 100-Million-Year-Old Plant Sex

4.) An Ant With A Parasite Mid Egg Laying In Its Head.

5.) The Intermediate (Missing Link) Pygmy Locust

6.) A Spider Caught In the Act Of Attacking A Wasp

7.) The Oldest Bugs On Record (230 Million Years Old)

8.) Ancient Feathers

9.) A Tick Carrying An Early Version Of Lyme Disease

10.) Early Insect Camouflage…Made From Plants.

UPI

(via Listverse)

Hmm…I wonder if it’s too late to investigate replicating dinosaur DNA. All we need is to use that frog DNA to fill in the holes, I think. And then “life will find a way.”

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Did You Know That Big Budget Movies Actually Copy Scenes All The Time?

Director Ed Wood was infamous for piecing together stock footage to complete his low-budget films. As a result, his cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space is widely regarded as, well, the worst movie of all time. But he’s not the only director guilty of copying and pasting to save a buck.

It’s no surprise that producing a blockbuster tends to cost a studio tons of cash. Even the smallest special effect can add up to thousands (or millions) of dollars, so it’s kind of understandable why they might try to cut a corner here and there. But when the movie connoisseurs over at Screen Rant took a second look at these big-budget films, they couldn’t help but think the producers probably could have been a bit more subtle. Each one was caught giving their audience a strange sense of déjà vu:

1. This is actually one of the least terrible things about the unfortunate prequel franchise.

2. Michael Bay got hit with a truth bomb when people noticed something eerily familiar in the Transformers franchise to one of his earlier films.

3. Set phasers to stun…ningly obvious.

4. The film may have been based on a video game, but most of the backstory was taken from Jessica Alba’s debut show.

5. Film execs wanted a happier ending for Ridley Scott’s 1989 classic Blade Runner

So they spliced in the ironically idyllic intro from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 thriller, The Shining.

6. Even film virtuoso Orson Welles borrowed stock footage for his iconic film, Citizen Kane.

Notice the unusually large birds flying around in this picnic scene? Rumor has it they’re actually from the 1933 film, Son of Kong.

7. Bill and Ted might not have time traveled back quite as far as they thought for this scene.

8. Back in the day, Disney animators frequently reused old frames for new films.

(via Mental Floss)

If you think about it, your next movie ticket could really be a two-for-one deal. But somehow, I’d still feel short-changed.

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8 “Wishbone” Episodes For The Modern Reader

Maybe we should just stick with the classics.

1. The pup who lived!

Maritsa Patrinos / Buzzfeed / Warner Brothers / Courtesy Everett Collection / PBS

2. May the paws be ever in your favor.

Maritsa Patrinos / Buzzfeed / Lionsgate / Courtesy Everett Collection / PBS / Via sodahead.com

3. Team Edward, team Jacob, or team Wishbone?

Maritsa Patrinos / Buzzfeed / Summit Entertainment / Via netflix.com

4. I want you to scratch me behind the ears, as hard as you can.

Maritsa Patrinos / Buzzfeed / 20th Century Fox Film Corp. / Courtesy Everett Collection / PBS / Via Twitter: @wellreadpup

5. The adventures of a young pup whose principal interests are violence, Beethoven, and kibble!

Maritsa Patrinos / Buzzfeed / PBS / Warner Bros. / Via maceksimon.wordpress.com

6. Winter is coming, get my tiny sweater!

Maritsa Patrinos / Buzzfeed / HBO / Courtesy Everett Collection / PBS / Via fanpop.com

7. Do you like Huey Lewis and the Dogs?

Maritsa Patrinos / Buzzfeed / Lions Gate / Courtesy Everett Collection / PBS

8. Mr. Wishbone will see you now.

Maritsa Patrinos / Buzzfeed / Focus Features / Courtesy Everett Collection / PBS / Via lionsgatepublicity.com

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