Today in Movie Culture: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Easter Eggs, ‘Apollo 11’ Director Commentary and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Easter Eggs, ‘Apollo 11’ Director Commentary and More


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Easter Eggs of the Day:

Marvel dropped a surprise new trailer for Avengers: Endgame today, and Mr. Sunday Movies quickly created this video highlighting all the Easter eggs and also breaking down everything we learned about the highly anticipated sequel with the latest spot:


Superhero Parody of the Day:

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Easter Eggs, Trivia, Timeline Explanation, Director Commentary and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Easter Eggs, Trivia, Timeline Explanation, Director Commentary and More

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Congratulation of the Day:

Women supporting each other comes through wonderfully in this fan art used by Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot to congratulate Captain Marvel Brie Larson on the latter’s movie becoming the new box office champ for female-led superhero releases:

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Director Commentary of the Day:

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Parody, Oscar Nominee Impersonations, ‘Lego Movie 2’ Easter Eggs and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Parody, Oscar Nominee Impersonations, ‘Lego Movie 2’ Easter Eggs and More

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Movie Trailer Parody of the Day:

Captain Marvel tickets are now on sale, and while we wait for the release of the highly anticipated next entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s time to watch a Toon Sandwich animated parody of the movie, in which the titular hero’s biggest weapon is her snarky attitude:



Celebrity Impersonations of the Day:


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‘Mary Poppins Returns’: All the Easiest to Miss Easter Eggs and References

Mary Poppins Returns is every inch the love letter to Robert Stevenson’s 1964 original starring Julie Andrews. As such, there are plenty of callbacks and echoes throughout. From bars of music in the new songs and score, and repetition of lyrics, to mirrored story beats — and Lin Manuel Miranda’s (presumably deliberate) dodgy Cockney accent paying homage to Dick Van Dyke’s fondly derided East London tones, the film smartly introduces a sense of fate. But amongst all the more obvious Easter Eggs and references, there are some that are a bit better hidden. Here are our favourites.

Opening Titles

Not only is there a reference to the great Richard M Sherman, who is credited as music consultant on the film – he wrote the score of the original film with his brother, Robert – but the paintings of London the opening titles play out against are reminiscent of Bert’s street paintings from the first film. You know, the ones Mary Poppins magically transports her, Bert and the Banks children into? Grown-up Michael Banks is a struggling artist too – and clearly learned a thing or two from Bert. It’s one of many ways the sequel mirrors the original.

Robin Redbreast

If you were expecting to see Mary Poppins’ famous daisy- and cherry-adorned hat, at first glance you might be disappointed. That’s until you realise that the flowers and fruit have been replaced by a robin – a cute callback to the robin Julie Andrews’ Mary Poppins duets with during her rendition of “A Spoonful of Sugar” in the first film.

Another Very Famous Musical

Lin-Manuel Miranda plays Jack the lamplighter in Mary Poppins Returns. He’s also the mastermind behind stage musical mega-success Hamilton. It’s surely no coincidence that one of the lawyers working for Colin Firth’s William Wetherall Wilkins at the Fidelity Feduciary Bank is called Hamilton Gooding?

Snowy Scene

When Michael and Jane are searching for the shares certificate in the attic of 17 Cherry Tree Lane, Michael picks up a snowglobe and says: “I honestly can’t remember why we kept most of this stuff to begin with.” It’s just before he picks up his old childhood kite from the first, which is adorned with his mother’s old Votes for Women sash. It’s the same snowglobe from the “Feed the Birds” sequence in the original film featuring a snowy St Paul’s Cathedral.

Ceylon Tea

In the same clip, you’ll notice Michael putting the kite in a box of rubbish. The box in question is a wooden tea crate, with the words ‘Ceylon Tea’ on the outside. This recalls the story from the first film, when Mr Dawes Jr reminds George Banks of the time an official at the bank “unwisely loaned a large sum of money to finance a shipment of tea to the American colonies.” He asks Banks if he knows what happened.

“Yes, sir. Yes, I think I do,” says Banks. “As the ship lay in Boston harbor, a party of colonists, dressed as Red Indians, boarded the Bessel, behaved rudely and threw all the tea overboard. This made the tea unsuitable for drinking – even for Americans!”

The bank, at which George Banks was made a partner and Michael holds down a job as a teller, invested in tea. There’s a line about plantations of ripening tea in the “Fidelity Fiduciary Bank” song.

Annabel Banks

Michael’s only daughter is named Annabel, and she’s played by Pixie Davies in Mary Poppins Returns – but in PL Travers’ original books, Annabel is the name of Michael’s baby sister.

Weather Vane

When Mary Poppins takes the kids to visit her cousin, Topsy (Meryl Streep), look closely at the bric-a-brac in her workshop. She has the same weather vane that was prominent in the original.


Fans of the original film will remember Andrew, the dog who belonged to Miss Lark. In Mary Poppins Returns, Miss Lark has a new dog, Willoughby. Both dogs feature in the PL Travers’ novels – Miss Lark adopts Willoughby after Andrew communicates to Mary Poppins that he’d like a playmate.

Nellie Rubina

This one is another reference to the books. Mary Poppins sings about Nellie Rubina while performing in the Royal Doulton Music Hall. In the books, Nellie Rubina is one of two human-sized wooden dolls.

You, Jane

As the film nears its end, look closely as a blonde woman walks past 17 Cherry Tree Lane. “I’m looking for number 19,” she says. It’s Karen Dotrice, who played the young Jane Banks in the original.

Navckid Keyd

Dick Van Dyke – who of course played Bert in the original film – turns up in a cameo role towards the end of the film. He plays the part of Mr Dawes Jr, who appeared in the first film. This is also notable for the fact that Van Dyke played a heavily disguised Mr Dawes Sr in the first film after petitioning for the role. In Mary Poppins Returns, Dawes Jr attempts to tell the wooden leg joke that was pivotal to the original film but he can’t remember it.

He also tells the story of the tuppence that was the cause of George Banks losing his job in the first film. He recalls that Michael had wanted to give it to the “bird lady” but that his father invested it for him instead. The investment paid off, making Michael enough to pay off the sizeable loan that is responsible for the trouble he finds himself in.

Finally, the film’s closing credits hark back to the original’s, scrambling Dick Van Dyke’s name in exactly the same way – same font and everything – that the first film did. Navckid Keyd is the anagram that appears before the letters bounce around to reveal ‘Dick Van Dyke’.

Mary Poppins Returns hits screens in the US on December 19,  the UK on December 21 and Australia on January 1.

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All the Harry Potter Easter Eggs We Spotted in ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’

SPOILER ALERT: The following article contains SPOILERS for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Proceed at your own risk.

Lovers of franchises know that they’re always packed with Easter Eggs, references and callbacks for eagle-eyed fans to hunt out. And Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts is no different. We took our magnifying glass to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, and rounded up all the Easter Eggs we spotted, while also getting the cast to weigh in. You can watch them discuss their favourites in the video above.


You might have recognised the creatures at the start of the film pulling the carriage meant to transfer Grindelwald from his cell at the American Ministry of Magic. They’re Thestrals. We first encounter Thestrals in The Goblet of Fire when Harry Potter first sees them after witnessing Cedric Diggory’s death. Luna Lovegood explains to Harry that only people who have been touched by death are able to see them – the skeletal bat-like horses remain invisible to those who have never been affected by death, hence Ron being unable to see them at that moment. The Thestrals Harry sees – and later rides on – are Hogwarts’ own herd, which Hagrid believes are the only trained large group of Thestrals in Britain.

The Elder Wand

Abus Dumbledore with the Elder Wand.

Wand aficionados will recognise Grindelwald’s magical instrument as the Elder Wand that makes up one of the three Deathly Hallows, so critical to the final two Harry Potter films. The wand was coveted by Voldemort not only because it was meant to be the most powerful wand in existence, but also because possessing it alongside the other two Deathly Hallows (the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility) gave the bearer power over death, according to the Tale of the Three Brothers. Interestingly, the Elder Wand’s core is made up of thestral tail-hair. Grindelwald came to be in possession of it after stealing it from its previous owner, wandmaker Mykew Gregorovitch. At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry ends up snapping it in two and throwing it over the Hogwarts viaduct. And that was the end of that.

Interestingly, the symbol for the Deathly Hallows is integral to The Crimes of Grindelwald — and in the film’s logo, the different elements of the symbol are reflected, with the ‘I’ of Grindelwald forming the Elder Wand, and the ‘G’ and ‘A’ of his name taking the shape of the symbols of the other two.


Nagini with Credence.

We knew of Nagini’s appearance in the film way before The Crimes of Grindelwald hit screens. But we’re looking forward to seeing how her story unfolds as the film series continues. Nagini was Voldemort’s snake, and also a Horcrux containing a piece of the Dark Lord’s soul. Here, we see her in human form, played by Claudia Kim, and watch her transform into a snake at will. She’ll later become trapped inside her snake body.

Kappa at the Circus Arcanus

One of the animals on show at the circus is a Kappa. Professor Lupin taught the kids at Hogwarts about Kappas in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

A Familiar Institution

Every Potterhead’s favourite school of witchcraft and wizardry, Hogwarts makes a welcome appearance in Fantastic Beasts 2. Both in the 1927 present and also via flashback whisking us back to Newt Scamander and Leta Lestrange’s schooldays, where he was an awkward loner and she was a bullied outcast.

Hedwig’s Theme

As we head to Hogwarts for the first time, we hear the unmistakeable strains of John Williams’ “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter films.

Dumbledore Teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts

It’s a cursed role, and teachers of this subject come and go with alarming regularity. Dumbledore always maintained that he taught Transfiguration but here he’s teaching DADA to Newt, Leta and their fellow students.

Boggart Scene

In the class we see Albus taking at Hogwarts, he’s teaching the Riddikulus charm to prepare students for dealing with boggarts, which take the shape of their opponent’s biggest fear. The class, meanwhile, takes almost exactly the same shape as the one Professor Lupin teaches in The Prisoner of Azkaban. The cabinet is the same, the pupils are all lined up similarly, and Leta’s turn mirrors Harry’s in that something genuinely unsettling and pivotal to the story emerges as she faces the boggart. Not only that, but Harry’s boggart takes the form of a dementor, which looks ethereal like a billowing dark shroud, while Leta’s is a similarly eerie floaty white sheet. It’s not until later in the film that we uncover what the image means, although it’s also redolent of the Cloak of Invisibility, one of the three Deathly Hallows.


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Cormac McLaggan.

You may remember Cormac McLaggan as a contemporary of Harry Potter’s – Quidditch player and one-time courter of Hermione. As Aurors turn up at Hogwarts, Dumbledore is overseeing a dueling club session (remember Gilderoy Lockhart doing the same in The Chamber of Secrets?). Albus refers to one of the students by name – McLaggan – who is probably a relative of Cormac’s. The McLaggans are thought to be an influential wizarding family.

Professor McGonagall

A Professor McGonagall walks the halls of 1927 Hogwarts. It’s a stretch to think it’s Maggie Smith’s Minerva McGonagall because the dates don’t add up, but she could well be a relative.

Whomping Willow

Famous from the Harry Potter films, the Whomping Willow plays a special role in The Crimes of Grindelwald as the location of an adorable flashback moment between Newt and Leta as Hogwarts pupils. It’s when Newt introduces Leta to his Bowtruckle, and it serves to illustrate their intimacy.

Newt + Leta = Severus + Lily

This sweet flashback sequence showing their connection mirrors Snape’s memory of himself with Harry Potter’s mother, Lily, as schoolchildren by the tree, seen in The Deathly Hallows Part 2. The setting looks the same, and Lily is, like Leta, bullied – here by her muggle sister who labels her a freak. Severus, like Newt, is a misfit and like Snape and Lily, Newt and Leta find comfort in their friendship.

The Names on the Hogwarts Desk

We all did it.

When Leta Lestrange returns to Hogwarts, she opens up one of the old wooden desks in the classroom – which is presumably the desk at which she used to sit as a pupil. Scratched on the underside of the lid are the initials ‘L+N’ which she likely engraved during the throes of her young love affair with Newt. But look closely, and you’ll see some other names. One of which is ‘Nigellus’ which may or may not be a reference to Phineas Nigellus Black, former Slytherin headmaster at Hogwarts and Sirius Black’s brother. He died in 1925 at the age of 78 and was also a student at Hogwarts prior to becoming head. Did he scratch his own name under that desk? Or, as the least popular headmaster the school has ever known, could it have been a mischievous student having learned his middle name?

Travers Dynasty

In The Crimes of Grindelwald, Ministry of Magic official Torquil Travers is investigating Albus Dumbledore. It’s possible that he’s a member of the same Travers line that the Death Eater first seen in Order of the Phoenix belongs to. This Travers family is one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight families published in the Pure-Blood Directory in the 1930s. Of which the Rosier family is also one.

Vinda Rosier

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Poppy Colette Corby-Tuech as Vinda Rosier.

Gellert Grindelwald’s right-hand woman is a mysterious devotee by the name of Vinda Rosier. She presumably belongs to the Rosier bloodline referenced in the Harry Potter series, the most prominent of which was arguably Evan Rosier. Evan was one of Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters, first mentioned in The Goblet of Fire. He was ultimately killed by Alastor Moody. Both Rosiers could be related to Druella Black (née Rosier), mother to Bellatrix Lestrange, Narcissa Malfoy and Andromeda Tonks. Which suggests we could well bump into Druella at some point in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

For the Greater Good

Grindelwald says this phrase when demanding the loyalty of his followers, to remind them that their actions are working towards a larger purpose. It was first used in The Deathly Hallows, when Albus Dumbledore’s brother Aberforth is recounting the story of their sister Ariana and Grindelwald’s role in her death. Fans of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, incidentally, will also likely associate it with Hot Fuzz.

Mirror of Erised

We first saw the Mirror of Erised in the first film of the franchise, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Erised is ‘Desire’ spelled backwards, and the mirror, Dumbledore tells a young Potter, “shows the most desperate desire of a person’s heart”. In The Crimes of Grindelwald, when Albus looks into the mirror he sees the blood pact he made years ago with Gellert. We see them cut their hands and touch their bleeding palms together, which creates an ornate vial on a chain. Grindelwald wears this throughout the film until the Niffler swipes it at the end. Dumbledore finally sees Gellert Grindelwald’s present-day form reflected back at him.

Polyjuice Ploy

When Newt needs to slip into the Ministry of Magic unnoticed alongside Tina, he drinks Polyjuice Potion to disguise himself as his brother, head Auror, Theseus. While inside, he’s discovered and the potion wears off. It mirrors a scene in The Deathly Hallows when Harry, Ron and Hermione drink the potion to disguise themselves as officials in order to find Dolores Umbridge and the critical Horcrux locket. Hermione also later uses Polyjuice in The Deathly Hallows Part 2 to adopt the guise of Bellatrix in order to infiltrate her Gringotts vault – again looking for a Horcrux.

Unbreakable Vow

In The Crimes of Grindelwald, Newt and Tina suspect that Yusef Kama – the enigmatic half-brother to Leta Lestrange – has scars on his hand that indicate he’s taken an Unbreakable Vow. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Snape, working as a spy, makes an Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa Malfoy, overseen by Bellatrix Lestrange, in which he promises to protect Draco in order to allow him to carry out his duty of killing Dumbledore, and take on the task should Draco fail. Snape does end up taking on the task from Draco, but we later find out that it is in collusion with Dumbledore, who is dying from a curse he picked up trying to destroy a Horcrux anyway.

Nicolas Flamel and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Nicolas Flamel chats with Jacob.

It’s no secret that the famed Nicolas Flamel appears in The Crimes of Grindelwald, but look closely when he opens his magical cabinet and you’ll see the original Philosopher’s Stone — also known as the Sorcerer’s Stone — from the first Harry Potter movie. The Stone was sought by Voldemort, because it was the key to creating the Elixir of Life which could extend lifespan. And turn any metal into gold, naturally. Interestingly, the heavily made-up Flamel is played by Brontis Jodorowsky, the actor son of highly regarded Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Flamel’s Book

In Flamel’s laboratory, we see him communicating with the head of the American magic community via a photograph in a book. Is it the same book that belonged to Credence Barebone’s original guardian, Irma Dugard, that the film makes a point of showing us? If the woman has been in touch with Flamel, a close friend of Albus Dumbledore, what could that mean for the future of the franchise?

Aurelius Connection

In choosing the name of the secret Dumbledore brother, could J.K. Rowling have been paying a subtle tribute to former Albus Dumbledore actor, Richard Harris? When Grindelwald reveals Credence’s true identity at the end, he calls him Aurelius Dumbledore. Richard Harris famously played Marcus Aurelius in Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning swords-and-sandals epic Gladiator. Harris sadly passed away before he could reprise the role of the Hogwarts headmaster in the third Harry Potter film.

Dittany Dosage

In The Crimes of Grindelwald, Newt uses a substance known as Dittany as a healing treatment for one of his magical creatures. Hermione also used Essence of Dittany on Ron’s splinched arm after they escape the occupied Ministry of Magic in The Deathly Hallows. Dittany is a healing herb that causes fresh skin to grow over a wound.

Lovegood Connections

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The ceiling of the French Ministry of Magic.

Look closely at the ornate ceiling inside the French Ministry of Magic. References to magical creatures include ‘Centaur’, ‘Oiseau Tonnerre’, or Thunderbird, and ‘Clabbert’. But you’ll also see ‘Plimpy’ and ‘L’Eruptif’, or Erumpent. When Harry, Ron and Hermione go to the Lovegoods’ home in The Deathly Hallows Part 2, they meet Luna’s father, Xenophilius, who tells them that his daughter is out fishing for Plimpies. He notes that the family has an excellent recipe for freshwater Plimpy soup. Hermione also notices an Erumpent horn hanging on the wall of the Lovegoods’ house.


At the end of the film, we see Grindelwald holed up in Nurmengard Castle in Austria, where he’s taken both Queenie and Credence. The castle was originally built by Grindelwald as a prison to hold those who oppose him, but it also serves as his base of operations. After he’s defeated in 1945, he winds up being imprisoned at Nurmengard himself — some kind of poetic justice — remaining there until his death in 1998.

Watch the cast discuss their favourite Crimes of Grindelwald Easter Eggs in the video below.

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