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12 Actors You Probably Didn’t Notice In These Movies

Whether it was before they were famous or just the briefest of cameo roles, you might be surprised to discover the movies the following actors and actresses featured in:

Kevin Hart – The 40 Year Old Virgin

Now one of America’s most successful comedians, Hart featured as CJ in Scary Movie 3 shortly before making a cameo appearance in the slightly more bearable movie, The 40 Year Old Virgin, playing a disgruntled Smart Tech customer back in 2005.

Seth Rogen – Donnie Darko & Anchorman

One of Hollywood’s most beloved comedy actors had small roles in both of these major movies. Firstly, he featured as one of the Donnie Darko bullies back in 2001 and three years later he was given a handful of lines as a cameraman for channel 4 news.

Nick Offerman – Sin City

Parks and Rec’s very own Nick Offerman featured as Mr Shlubb AKA Fat Man in 2005’s Sin City – a slightly different role to his portrayal of Ron Swanson as we know and love him for now.

Quentin Tarantino – Little Nicky

No stranger to a small cameo role is the legendary director, who here portrays a preacher who recognises Adam Sandler’s character as the devil’s son in Little Nicky from 2000.

Cate Blanchett & Peter Jackson – Hot Fuzz

It’s becoming common knowledge that Oscar winning actress Blanchett makes a small appearance as Nicholas Angel’s girlfriend Janine in Hot Fuzz, albeit wearing a hazmat suit, mask and goggles. What you may not know is that Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, also shares a small cameo, playing the crazed Santa Claus who stabs Angel in the hand during the opening montage.

Kristen Stewart – Panic Room

The Twilight star was indeed Jodie Foster’s diabetic daughter in David Fincher’s Panic Room from 2002. She even received a nomination for a Young Artist Award for her performance. Stewart also appeared prior to that in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas where she played a young ring toss girl.

Josh Hutcherson – Kicking and Screaming

Almost a decade before girls started going crazy for him in The Hunger Games, Hutcherson starred alongside Will Ferrell in the soccer based, Kicking and Screaming in 2005. A year later he also featured as Robin Williams’ son in RV: Runaway Vacation.

Ryan Gosling – Remember the Titans

The first time we were all properly introduced to the recently Oscar nominated actor was in Disney’s 2000 American football flick, Remember the Titans in which we also saw a young Hayden Panettiere.

Chris Pratt – Moneyball

Before he became one of Hollywood’s sought after actors, Pratt featured as baseball player Scott Hatteberg alongside Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in baseball based, Moneyball, back in 2011.

Ryan Reynolds – X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Seven years before the release and subsequent success of Deadpool, Reynolds had actually already played the role of Wade Wilson alongside Hugh Jackman in the origins story behind Wolverine – which wasn’t adored quite as much.

Elijah Wood – Back to the Future 2

This one isn’t that difficult to spot given the fact that Wood hasn’t changed at all since the release of Back to the Future back in 1989. The Lord of the Rings actor played a young gamer boy who takes on Marty McFly at some classic video games.

Megan Fox – Bad Boys II

You can be forgiven for missing this one as Fox made the briefest of appearance dancing in a nightclub scene in 2003’s Bad Boys II. Controversially, she was wearing a stars and stripes bikini, a red cowboy hat and six inch heels at the tender age of 15…

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La La Land – Review

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It’s hard to believe that director Damien Chazelle is only 31 years of age and in just his third movie, he produces something as magical and captivating as La La Land. The movie has been tipped for huge success this year and it’s no wonder. Given the hype, it’s easy for expectations to rise to dangerous levels only to leave a disappointing taste once consumed, but La La Land reaches those steep heights and leaves its audience wanting more of a taste.

The plot is simple enough; Ryan Gosling plays Seb, a failing jazz musician, with an aching pain for the fading genre, who we see at the start of the movie losing his job as a restaurant pianist. Emma Stone plays Mia, a struggling actress seeking her big break in Hollywood, pouring her heart out in auditions only to be turned away in double quick time.

Despite a brief encounter on the night of Seb’s firing from the restaurant, the pair is reacquainted coincidentally at a pool party where Seb is playing in a humiliatingly cheesy pop band. The encounter leads the couple to a Singin’ In the Rain-esque skit with an enchanting Los Angeles backdrop. This is just one of the many examples of Chazelle hinting at a variety of classical musicals that the project tips its hat to. But Chazelle wanted a mixture of the charm of a musical with the grim realities of everyday life and once the pair fall in love, they begin learning a lot from each other’s passions, helping to discover how to fulfil their dreams.

Just five minutes into the movie and you know you’re in for something special. The opening scene is a vast musical sequence set on the busy highways of Los Angeles and this scene alone illustrates the brilliance of cinematography and choreography that is apparent throughout the rest of the movie. La La Land is full of colour and vibrancy, preserving those musical traditions, but all the while balancing the serious nature of these two characters.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have had plenty of on screen experience together and it’s difficult to find a pairing in (real life) Hollywood with such mesmerising chemistry. They are both fantastic, making their characters incredibly believable, maintaining that balance of cheekiness and charm with grit and reality. Stone in particular produces arguably her best performance to date; witty and charismatic yet vulnerable while Gosling is also impressive as the tough but deeply pained Seb.

They are two characters you can’t help but fall in love with along with everything else associated with La La Land. It’s charming, funny though heart-breaking and punishing at the same time amongst all the colour and flair of the brilliant musical mayhem that is just so captivating. By the end, you just want to jump straight back in and do it all over again.

The Big Short – Trailer

The first trailer for the comedy drama The Big Short has been released, written and directed by Anchorman‘s Adam McKay.

The movie stars a host of acting talent including Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell, and could well be a contender during awards season.

The film follows the story of four financial outsiders who predict the credit and housing collapse of the mid-2000’s and decide to take on the big banks.

The Big Short will be released in cinemas in the UK on 11th December 2015