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Movie Trivia for Universal’s 100th Anniversary

The Universal Film Manufacturing Company was officially incorporated in New York on this date in 1912. According to company legend, Carl Laemmle named his company Universal after seeing “Universal Pipe Fittings” written on a passing delivery wagon. To commemorate the 100th anniversary, we asked the good people at Universal to share some of their [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The East

We’re going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament. (1) Syracuse Syracuse’s colors were originally pink and blue, but the class of 1890 changed it to orange. A member of that class explained the switch at his 50th reunion in 1940: “What kind of ‘whoopee’ can be made with [...]

The Late Movies: Cameos by Famous Actors in Not-So-Famous Movies

What do The Hangover, Ocean’s Eleven and Zoolander have in common? They all contain brief appearances by familiar faces — and all were also hits with viewers. These clips show something more rare: cameos by well-known actors in not-very-popular films. Jack Black in Melvin Goes to Dinner Dustin Hoffman in The Holiday Lindsay Lohan and James Franco [...]

30 Most Anticipated 2010 Movies

Film School Rejects runs down the 30 films slated for release this year that audiences are anxiously awaiting. This year, many projects are coming out that I and my film-loving friends have been jawing about since last January. The usual suspects are there — Harry Potter, Iron Man 2, Alice in Wonderland. But there are [...]