We All Love These Pixar Films, But Have You Ever Noticed What They’re Hiding?

Say what you want about life imitating art, but you really can’t argue with the fact that art imitates itself every now and again. Just ask the creators over at Pixar. You’ve probably seen most of their movies, but did you know that some of their most popular films pay homage to the greats of cinema past?

Movies like Toy Story, Up, and The Incredibles are filled to the brim with references to some of the most beloved films of all time.

The parallels might not be obvious at first, but looking at the productions with a discerning eye reveals the level of influence that these revered blockbusters have had on Pixar’s greatest hits over the years.

After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

To see more of these parallels in action, check this out:

(via Design Taxi)

Pretty amazing, right? It’s easy to watch Pixar movies with idle, cartoon-loving eyes, but the next time they roll out another classic, be on the lookout for allusions to your favorite cinematic standbys.

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25 Celebrities Who Almost Played Your Favorite Characters

Even though you might not be able to picture a frozen hellscape in which Harry Potter is not played by Daniel Radcliffe, the fact of that matter is that someone else almost did.

In fact, the same is true for plenty of popular movie and TV characters. What would “Pretty Woman” be without Julia Roberts? Who else could even legally play Han Solo other than Harrison Ford? These are the hard-hitting questions, friends, and I’m here to give you some answers.

Here are 25 beloved characters that were almost played by other actors.

1. Britney Spears was considered for the role of Allie Calhoun in “The Notebook.” Rachel McAdams got the gig instead.

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2. Are you cringing at the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow almost played Rose DeWitt Bukater in “Titanic”? Same.

3. In that vein, Macaulay Culkin almost played Jack in “Titanic” instead of Leonardo DiCaprio.

4. Jim Carrey was close to playing Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” because why the hell not?

5. Can you picture Her Royal Majesty Queen of All Things Angelina Jolie as a valley girl? The casting director of “Clueless” entertained the idea.

Something tells me that Mrs. Jolie-Pitt is more than happy to have left Cher Horowitz off her resume.

6. Human-shaped dumpster fire Nicolas Cage almost snagged the role of John Bender in “The Breakfast Club.” Fortunately for all of humankind, he didn’t.

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7. Instead of the late, great Alan Rickman, casting directors for the Harry Potter franchise almost went with Tim Roth (who for all I know could be a great actor but is also not Alan Rickman) to play Severus Snape.

8. Are you sitting down? Good. As it turns out, John Travolta was originally asked to play Forrest Gump over Tom Hanks, who absolutely nailed the performance in every way.

9. Blair Waldorf from “Gossip Girl” was almost played by Ashley Olsen instead of Leighton Meester.

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10. Johnny Depp came close to playing Ferris Bueller, but then, ya know, didn’t.

11. Molly Ringwald is great and all, but Vivian Ward’s character was basically written for Julia Roberts. “Pretty Woman” would be nothing without Julia Roberts. NOTHING, you hear me?

12. Christina Applegate almost won the bend-and-snap-off against Reese Witherspoon to play Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde.”

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13. Gabourey Sidibe’s iconic turn as Precious in the eponymous film almost never came to be, since fellow queen Jennifer Hudson was considered for the role.

14. Jennifer Lawrence almost played a significantly less irritating version of Bella Swan in “Twilight,” but casting directors ultimately decided on Kristen Stewart.

15. Because everything hurts and life is awful, I’m forcing you to come with me and confront the fact that some kid named Liam Aiken almost played Harry Potter. Misery loves company.

16. We all loved watching Maya Rudolph play Lillian in “Bridesmaids,” but I’m sure Mindy Kaling would’ve been just as funny if she’d been given the role after auditioning.

17. Mars was apparently in retrograde when Al Pacino was considered to play Han Solo. Fortunately, Harrison Ford rolled up and was all like, “Nah, man,” probably.

18. If you need me, I’ll be tracking down the person who almost cast Rob Lowe as Dr. McDreamy, otherwise known as Derek Shepherd, otherwise known as a character that should never be played by Rob Lowe under any circumstances, in “Grey’s Anatomy.”

19. Hugh Grant almost played Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” but lost out to Kenneth Branagh in the end.

20. An actor by the name of Thomas Jane fought in what I can only imagine was a slime-ball battle in his own mucus with fellow human slug Jon Hamm for the role of Don Draper in “Mad Men.” Ultimately, Hamm won.

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21. In what would’ve been the cutest swap in history, Harry Potter’s gigantic friend Hagrid was almost played the late Robin Williams instead of Robbie Coltrane, who also happens to be awesome.

22. It’s hard to picture Mia Thermopolis without seeing Anne Hathaway’s face, but Cameron Diaz was the one who initially received an offer from those in charge of “The Princess Diaries.”

23. Will Smith turned down the lead role in “The Matrix,” at which point it was offered to Keanu Reeves.

24. Instead of yelling “INDYYYYYYY” at the sight of Harrison Ford, we could’ve been assaulting Tom Selleck’s ears had the scales tipped in his favor for the lead in “Indiana Jones.”

25. Jeremy Irons was close to overtaking Anthony Hopkins to play creep extraordinaire Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs.”

I just can’t live the same life anymore. John Travolta as Forrest Gump? Tim Roth as Severus Snape? Fortunately, all’s well that ends well.

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Did You Realize Your Brain Could Actually Be Affected By These Things? Wow.

We all want a healthy, active brain. Healthy brains help us stay alive and thinking. Sometimes, there are outside forces that can hinder or enhance your brain activity. If you’re not sure what these outside forces are, you’ve come to the right place! Everyday items and occurrences change the brain drastically, so it’s best to remain aware of them.

1.) Violent homes have the same effect on the brain of a child as combat does on the brain of a soldier.

2.) Forgetting things is good for the brain. Deleting unnecessary information helps the nervous system retain its plasticity.

3.) According to scientists, dieting can force your brain to eat itself.

4.) Chronic stress can prematurely age your brain and weaken it.

5.) Lack of oxygen in the brain for 5 to 10 minutes results in permanent brain damage.

6.) It’s scientifically proven that even a small amount of power changes how a person’s brain operates and diminishes empathy.

7.) “Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia” is the scientific term for brain freeze.

8.) There is no left brain/right brain divide. They are constantly working together.

9.) The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, triggering relaxation.

10.) The brain releases so much dopamine during orgasms that a brain scan resembles that of someone on heroin.

11.) You have taste receptors in the stomach, intestines, pancreas, lungs, anus, testicles, and the brain.

12.) Alcohol doesn’t make you forget anything. When you get blackout drunk, the brain temporarily loses the ability to create memories.

13.) The brain treats rejection like physical pain.

14.) Your brain keeps developing until your late 40s, which is why you must keep it active.

15.) Sleep deprivation affects the brain in multiple ways that impairs judgment and slows reaction.

 Keep your brain in good shape. Relax and smell some chocolate. It’ll make you feel better!

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21 Things About America That Most Americans Don’t Realize.

Some Americans have trouble remembering the words to the Star Spangled Banner and that is like the most basic American thing to know. It would be asking a little much to have the populace dig deeper and find out more weird things about our country. So sit back and relax, we’ve done all the research for you and I’ve provided this neat little compendium of strange but true facts about America. Educate yourself!

1.) 1 out of every 8 Americans have been employed by McDonald’s at some point.

2.) Apple has more money than the U.S. Treasury.

3.) In Montana, cows out number people 3 to 1.

4.) 1 American consumes the same amount of resources as 32 Kenyans.

5.) The first person to own a slave in America was a black man.

6.) College athletes are treated like celebrities. In reality, they are just students taking part in an extracurricular activity.

7.) Though most Americans speak English, we have no official national language.

8.) 1 out every 3 Americans is obese.

9.) Roughly 25% of Americans believe in reincarnation.

10.) It is actually completely legal for underage kids to smoke cigarettes, but it is illegal for them to purchase them.

11.) Medical errors are the 6th leading cause of death in the US.

12.) Virginia has birthed more presidents than any other state.

13.) 27% of Americans don’t believe we landed on the moon.

14.) If you have $10 in your pocket and no debt, you are wealthier than 25% of Americans.

15.) 100 acres of pizza are served in the US every day.

16.) Americans spend roughly 4.4 years of their life at each of their jobs.

17.) The Library of Congress is keeping an archive of every tweet ever tweeted.

18.) During prohibition the government started poisoning beer, which led to thousands of deaths.

19.) 40% of births in America are from unmarried women.

20.) 22 million chickens are consumed in the US every day.

21.) America is one of the only countries to display their flag almost everywhere.

 

America certainly is a great country and after learning some of these facts, I feel better about myself and more educated about this great land. Share this post if you’re proud to be an American. If you don’t share it, I’m just going to assume you hate America and I’ll have to tell you to GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY! 

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Did You Know That These Celebrities Were Hiding Some Awesome Talents?

For some people, being at the top of their respective fields isn’t enough. They can’t stop there; they have to try and be the best at everything. Maybe they picked up a hobby to take their minds off of whatever talents turned them into a star, and couldn’t help but become great at that, too.

Either way, the celebrities on this list are not just actors or singers; they’re too gifted for that. Find out which of your favorite stars have hidden talents in the list below. Take a look! 

1.) Geena Davis nearly made the United States Women’s Archery team in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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2.) Justin Bieber can put a Rubik’s Cube together in under two minutes.

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3.) Susan Sarandon is an amazing ping pong player. She even co-owns a ping pong club in New York.

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4.) Bob Barker practices karate, which he was taught by Chuck Norris.

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5.) Jason Lee used to be a professional skateboarder.

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6.) Jennifer Garner can play the saxophone really well.

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7.) Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise used to play “Speed Scrabble” together.

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8.) Ed O’Neill has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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9.) Bob Dylan is a talented ironworker.

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10.) Heidi Klum is a talented painter.

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11.) Miley Cyrus is a champion cheerleader.

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12.) Vanilla Ice races jet skis and motocross bikes.

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13.) Colin Farrell used to teach country line dancing.

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14.) Kevin Bacon is in a rock band with his brother Michael. They call themselves The Bacon Brothers.

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15.) Kristen Stewart is a really good juggler.

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(via FullPunch, TIME)

I almost feel bad for these celebrities. It can’t be fun to be great at more than one thing.

Oh, wait. Of course it’s totally fun.

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