Soapbox: 6 Amazing Movie Scenes That Almost Never Happened

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It’s fair to say that this article took a bit of Indiana Jones-style archaelogy!

As even the most casual movie fan could tell you, virtually every frame of a film – even a bad film – takes months of planning and creative development.

Having said that, it’s quite startling just how many memorable movie scenes were either a last minute addition, or were very nearly left on the editing room floor!

From pre-production re-thinks to post-production re-shoots, you wouldn’t believe how many iconic cinematic moments came this close to not winding up on the screen.

With this in mind, here’s a round-up of six amazing movie scenes that almost never happened!

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Soapbox: 6 Amazing Movie Scenes That Almost Never Happened

Crystal Ball: Kings, Cartoons And A Lot More Dragons – Five Fantasy TV Shows That NEED To Happen

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“Put your hands in the air if you want more fantasy TV!”

Whilst we’re all excited to have Game of Thrones back on our screens again, this enthusiasm is tempered with sadness, as this means we are edging ever closer to the fantasy TV series’ 2018 end date.

Among its many achievements, the show can take credit for making converts out of fantasy non-believers. As such, when the last episode of Game of Thrones airs next year, it will leave massive void in the television landscape – where will we all get our fix of sword-and-sorcery-related drama?

If the prospect of a fantasy-free small screen slate leaves you feeling anxious, never fear – in this list, we’ll look at five fantasy TV shows that could (and should) happen soon!

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Crystal Ball: Kings, Cartoons And A Lot More Dragons – Five Fantasy TV Shows That NEED To Happen

Soapbox: Egg-ceptional Easter Options – The Five Greatest Eggs in Pop Culture

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Sorry, Bunnymund – your eggs didn’t make the cut

It’s Easter this weekend, which means that most of us will have eggs on the brain.

Whilst the average punter will probably be hoping for conventional chocolate eggs in their Easter bonnet on Sunday morning, fans of film, TV, books and comics could be forgiven for having their sights set on slightly more…fantastical fare.

With this in mind, I’ve pulled together a list of the five greatest eggs across all of pop culture, to help fuel these (inevitably unfulfilled) Easter-related desires!

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Soapbox: Egg-ceptional Easter Options – The Five Greatest Eggs in Pop Culture

Soapbox: A (Star Wars) Story Worth Watching – Five Reasons Why Rogue One Lives Up To The Star Wars Legacy

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Sadly, Rogue One’s soundtrack does not feature “Back In Black”

If Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens was a calculated risk on behalf of Disney and Lucasfilm, then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was more of an out-and-out gamble. Could a spin-off film set outside the main instalments in the franchise and not focused on the Skywalker family actually work?

The answer, it turns out, is yes. Director Gareth Edwards’ story of a ragtag band of Rebels and their attempts to steal the Death Star plans has barely arrived in cinemas, and it’s already generating strong buzz among critics and fans alike.

Much like the Death Plans themselves, Rogue One is not without flaws – the beginning is a bit choppy, and the supporting characters are a bit thinly drawn – but its nevertheless a worthy new entry in the Star Wars saga, and here we look at the five main reasons why!

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Soapbox: A (Star Wars) Story Worth Watching – Five Reasons Why Rogue One Lives Up To The Star Wars Legacy

Soapbox: Not so Buena Vista – Five Disney films that really missed the mark

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I’m telling you now: the toy people were NOT happy about this one

I’ve gotta admit: this article kinda goes against the core values of what The Pop Culture Studio is all about.

I mean, it seems more than a little mean spirited to sift through 78 years of Walt Disney Animation Studios history to weed out the clunkers – especially given how many hits they’ve had compared to misses.

And yet, after recently re-watching one of the entries on this list for the first time as an adult, I found myself reminded that Disney will occasionally release the odd animated feature that will leave you wondering aloud just what exactly they were thinking in the first place.

Now, with one exception, all of the films that follow are actually pretty decent – one is even an undeniable classic – but it’s still fair to say that each represents an instance where the House of Mouse didn’t quite get it right.

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Soapbox: Not so Buena Vista – Five Disney films that really missed the mark

Review: Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens

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It’s weird to finally be writing this…

“Will it actually be any good?”

That was the question on everyone’s lips when Disney announced that, as the first order of business following its $4bn acquisition of Lucasfilm, it would produce Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

You wouldn’t know it from all the positive buzz and critical acclaim surrounding the film, but at the time, this was a very valid query. The Star Wars franchise circa October 2012 was in a comatose state, the result of the brutal bashing dished out on creator George Lucas’ prequel trilogy by critics and fans alike.

Whilst the tie-in media – books, cartoons, video games and action figures – was still doing decent business, many doubted whether Star Wars would ever be able to recapture its popularity with moviegoers jaded by three mediocre films in a row.

Fast forward to the present, and not only do these concerns seem laughable, but the answer to that opening question stands answered in the affirmative.

With this latest entry in the series, director J.J. Abrams and his cast and crew have not only re-awakened the Force, but the entire Star Wars franchise as well.

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Review: Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Soapbox: Will The Force Awakens be more than just Star Wars Greatest Hits?

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We’ve all heard the jokes, but that thing’s gonna look ah-mazing in action

I have a confession to make about this latest article in The Pop Culture Studio’s Star Wars series: it was inspired by a “Hitler Reacts To…” meme. In it, the Fuhrer expresses a less than glowing appraisal of the latest trailer for Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and in amongst the lunatic ravings is buried one very strong argument, one that I couldn’t help agreeing with: everything great about the trailer is rooted in copying the original films in the series.

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Soapbox: Will The Force Awakens be more than just Star Wars Greatest Hits?