Fast and Furious 7 Teaser Poster and a Decision on Paul Walker’s Character


Following the tragic death of Paul Walker, Universal was left with a dilemma as to how to proceed.  Much of his role for Fast and Furious 7 had already been shot, but the film still had a lot of production left.  After taking a hiatus following Walker’s death, shooting of the film has resumed and the decision has been to retire Walker’s character.  The teaser poster released today implies a parting of the ways elegantly merged with the “7″ in the logo.Universal will not kill off the character.  They decided it would be in poor taste and I agree given the nature of Walker’s death, having him die in a film with car crashes galore would be grotesque.  They’ll use the footage of his character, Brian O’Connor, that was completed to craft a fitting exit for him.  Doubtless, this required rewrites that, along with giving cast and crew time to grieve, necessitated the hiatus in filming.

The Hollywood Reporter states,, “The plan is to “retire the character in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise.” I have never been a particular fan of the FF films, but there’s no denying their huge fan base and popularity unique in a franchise this many films in without source material from which to draw.  Originally scheduled to come out this summer, Fast and Furious 7 will now open on April 10th, 2015.


Coolest Parents Ever Adorably Re-Create Famous Movie Scenes With Their Baby

Lilly and Leon Mackie had accumulated a lot of cardboard boxes (plus a new baby, Orson) after moving from New Zealand to Sydney, Australia.

Instead of trashing the boxes, they decided to use them for Cardboard Box Office, where they re-create famous movies scenes in the cutest way possible: starring Orson, of course.





Lilly told BuzzFeed the first picture they shot was “The Life Domestic,” aka The Life Aquatic, and people instantly wanted more. “We wanted to depict our messy and sleep-deprived new life of raising a baby,” she said.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou


Star Wars




Whoever isn’t in the photo will shoot it, and they’ll use a timer if all three are in it, which Lilly said can prove to be a challenge.

“For Apollo 13, Leon had to set the five-second timer, run around the cardboard space capsule, grab my legs, and pull me into a headstand position, before quickly getting himself into position,” she said. “We had to do this about six or seven times. … We’re avoiding any more space ones for the time being.”

Apollo 13


Die Hard


The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


The Dark Knight


As for their dream movies, Lilly said she wants to do anything John Hughes, adding, “Leon’s trying to find a way to sugarcoat a Scorsese flick. I think it’s Goodfellas.”

Home Alone


Jurassic Park


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom


Terminator 2: Judgment Day


I love The Dark Knight Photo The best!!

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“Mission: Impossible 5” Set for Christmas Day 2015


The last time we heard about “Mission: Impossible 5” was back in August, when it was revealed that director Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) will re-team with Tom Cruise for the new movie, which will be produced by JJ Abrams.

Now comes word that Paramount Pictures has set the new film to hit theaters on Christmas Day (December 25h), 2015, which is just one week after Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” the fourth film in the franchise, also opened in December (December 16th, 2011) and went on to gross almost $700 million worldwide, easily becoming the highest-grossing “Mission: Impossible” installment.

The script is written by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). It’s still unclear if Jeremy Renner, Paul Patton and Simon Pegg will reprise their roles.

“Ghostbusters” Slime Popcorn … And 6 More Halloween Recipes Inspired by Scary Movies

Movies and food are a classic combo, so what better way to enjoy some of the seasons scariest films than with a spooky Halloween snack to match? We’ve paired some of the most iconic Halloween films in history with delicious Babble recipes; from bloody-knife cookies from the Shining, to witches brew soup from Hocus Pocus, we’ve got you covered. So pick your favorite movie, invite some friends over, and whip up a scary Halloween meal that will be both a trick and a treat!

Ghostbusters | Slime Popcorn When you get a craving for spooky snacks, who you gonna call? This Ghostbusters-inspired green slime popcorn offers a scary-good twist on the beloved salty snack. Rumor has it if you eat a whole bowl in front of the mirror in a dark room, Bill Murray will appear. Worth a shot!


When I was a little kid, I loved/hated Ghostbusters. We rented it on VHS. (Remember those?) It was such a fun movie, but it completely scared me. I was only about 4 or 5 at the time and I had a vivid imagination. It was a long time before I could walk down a deserted library aisle without thinking I would find a ghost at the next turn. And don’t get me started on those frightening gargoyles! Totally scary! Like most Ghostbusters fans, my favorite ghost was Slimer. When he passed through solid walls or anything really, he left behind a trail of bright green slime and he was always hungry and looking for something to eat. Kind of hilarious when you’re a little kid. When my kids and I watched Ghostbusters over the weekend, there were fits of giggles when they saw Slimer.

Today I’m sharing a fun, easy recipe for Ghostbusters Green Slimed Popcorn. It’s green and sticks to your fingers – just like slime! My kids loved this Slimer-inspired ooey-gooey popcorn treat. We’re planning on making for our family Halloween party. I think it will be a huge hit!


What You’ll Need

This yummy recipe calls for popcorn, brown sugar, butter, marshmallows, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and food coloring.

Ghostbusters Green Slimed Popcorn
recipe adapted from

1/2 cup (1 stick butter)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
2 heaping cups miniature marshmallows (or 12 large)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 drops each green and yellow food coloring
8 cups popped popcorn

1. Place butter, brown sugar and corn syrup in a 3-quart sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
2. Remove from heat and add marshmallows and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
3. Add the green and yellow food coloring to create desired color.
4. Put the popcorn in a large bowl and pour the “green slime” marshmallow mixture over the popcorn. Stir with a large spoon until coated. Cover until ready to serve. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: 8-10 large servings

The Others | Distractingly Delicious Yorkshire Pudding
Nicole Kidman’s character in the creepy flick The Others faced unimaginable horrors when the new housekeeper turned out to be more than she seemed. This classic English recipe for Yorkshire pudding would have put her at ease, if only temporarily. Eat up, and try not to think about the noises in the basement!


One of my most favorite scary movies is The Others with Nicole Kidman. It’s it’s creepy, it’s unnerving, it’s dark and it has a fantastic surprise ending. (If you haven’t seen The Others yet, stop reading this post so I don’t ruin it for you! You can just skip on down to the recipe – then go rent the movie ASAP!)

Nicole Kidman plays Grace, a mother of two who loves her children dearly but is just a little bit crazy. In all honesty, who wouldn’t go crazy in that big, dark house constantly covered in fog and a piano that plays by itself? The character Mrs. Mills shows up on their doorstep one day and is hired on as the new housekeeper. Thank goodness because Grace’s kids needed a little stability and wholesome cooking in their lives…or deaths, as it were! Mwah-ha-ha!

I’m pretty sure Mrs. Mills would have served up Yorkshire pudding fairly regularly. It is classic English fare and she wouldn’t have had to go to the market for any of the ingredients, which is a good thing since it’s kind of hard for ghosts to go shopping!


Yorkshire Pudding
This recipe is from my friend Angie. It has been passed down from generation to generation and is the best version of this dish I’ve ever had.
– 4 eggs
– 2 1/4 c. milk
– 1 1/2 c. flour
– 1 1/2 tsp. salt
– 4 tablespoons margarine, butter or meat drippings (Meat drippings is traditional and good for serving this as a savory dish. Butter or margarine is more neutral and makes this recipe good for breakfast served with jam.)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Place your fat of choice in a 9″ x 13″ pan and place pan in the oven. Keep it in the oven until fat is boiling then take out of the oven. If you are using butter, make sure to remove from the oven before butter burns, even if it is not yet boiling.

Pour the blended ingredients directly into the hot pan.

Bake at 450 for 25ish minutes, until it has browned and the sides have risen very high.

The Shining | Bloody Knife-Shaped Cookies
It wouldn’t be Halloween without some kind of homage to The Shining. If there’s any chance of fending off a crazed murderer (or, ahem, hunger), a sharp weapon is a must. These deliciously spooky cookies are sure to do the trick!


The Shining: Bloody Knife Cookies

Bloody Knife Cookies! My ode to The Shining: the best horror masterpiece I have ever seen!

Ingredients for knife cookies:

  • 1 – stick of unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 – cup sugar
  • 1 – egg
  • 2 – teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 – cups flour
  • 1/4 – teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 – teaspoon baking powder

Ingredients for Royal Icing:

  • 4 – cups powdered sugar
  • 3 – tablespoons meringue powder
  • 6 – tablespoons warm water
  • Food coloring gel (black, grey, and red)


  1. Cream butter and sugar together in a mixer until fluffy and creamy.
  2. Add in egg and vanilla, and mix on medium till mixture comes together.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix with a fork to mix well.
  4. Pour the flour mixture into the creamy butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Remove from mixer and mix with your hands to bring it together. Then divide the dough into 4 equal parts.
  6. Wrap each portion of dough in plastic wrap, and smash down into a disk shape. Place in the fridge for 1 hour until cold.
  7. Preheat the oven for 325 degrees fahrenheit.
  8. Roll dough out on a lightly floured work space. roll to 1/4 inch thickness. Then with a small pairing knife cut out the shape of a knife. Either trace around a real knife or free hand it.
  9. Place cookie knives on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or wax paper.
  10. Bake for 11 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool completely on the cookie sheet.
  11. Remove from baking mat with a metal spatula.
  12. In a bowl combine powdered sugar, meringue powder, and warm water. Still until smooth and well combined.
  13. Divide the royal icing into 3 separate little bowls and color one black, gray, and the other red.
  14. Place each color of royal icing into a piping bag fitted with a tip.
  15. Outline the handle of the knife in black, then fill in the middle.
  16. Then with the red outline from the tip of the knife blade to the bottom center. Fill in the red.
  17. Last fill the rest in with grey.
  18. Let dry completely overnight.
  19. Enjoy!

Hocus Pocus | Witches Brew Soup and Cheesy, Garlic Broomsticks
Although considered a family film, we’re not gonna lie: Hocus Pocus still scares the pants off us. And while the bubbling brew in the movie was used by witches to suck the lives out of the children of Salem (eek!), we recommend brewing this soup for a fun (non-life-sucking) All Hallows’ Eve supper.


Hocus Pocus Witches Brew Soup, Cheezy Broomsticks!

For today’s Friday night dinner and a movie recipe I’m inspired by one of my favorite Halloween flicks: Hocus Pocus. So I’m stirring my bubbling cauldron (aka, my soup pot) to make this Hocus Pocus Witches Brew Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Cheezy Garlic Broomsticks and witches hats. Grab a spoon and dive into this spooky-delicious, witchy green soup. There are plenty of broomsticks to go around!..

The flavor inspiration for this soup is broccoli-cheddar. The idea is to get the kids to see the bright orange cheese first – and the green stuff second. But once they dive into these savory veggie flavors, I hope they will keep eating until the last broomstick is turned to crumbs. Or as the witches say. “to dust.”


My meal was made vegan using Daiya dairy-free cheddar cheese, Earth Balance vegan butter and soy based creamer for the soup. You can make your meal vegan, or sub with similar ingredients that you keep in you pantry. Happy witching season!

Witches Brew Broccoli Cheddar Soup
vegan, makes 6-7 cups

6 cups broccoli florets – steamed
2 cups veggie or mushroom broth
1/3 cup soy creamer, plain
1 cup white potato, baked with skin
1 cup white cannellini beans
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup Daiya cheddar cheese shreds
2-3 Tbsp olive oil + salt to taste OR melted vegan butter
2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional for a sweet accent)
2-4 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
garnish: roasted broccoli florets coated in melted Daiya cheddar cheese

Cheezy Garlic Broomsticks and Witches Hats
1 ball pizza dough
garlic granules
1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
1/2 cup Daiya cheddar cheese shreds

Prepare soup in a high speed blender like a Vitamix (or use immersion handstick blender).


To Make:

1. First steam 6 cups of broccoli florets. Add 3 cups to a blender. Also add in the potato, beans, cheese, creamer, optional oil/butter and veggie broth. Blend until smooth. Add in the remaining broccoli and either pulse to keep the soup “chunky” style or puree smooth for a creamy soup. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer on stove top until ready to serve.

2. For the broomsticks, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough to 3/4 ” thick. Slice into long strips (the broomsticks). Then using about 1/4 of the dough, cut out triangle shapes. You can make these into witches hats as well as use them for the broomstick bristles. Slice the triangles into a broom shape. The dough will rise as it bakes, but still resemble the brooms. Lay the brooms and hats on a greased baking sheet. Brush with melted vegan butter and sprinkle with garlic and cheese. Bake for ten minutes, Broil on high for an additional minute until the cheese bubbles.

Serve the brew!

Eight Legged Freaks | Spooky Spider Crackers
We could literally feel eight little legs crawling all over our bodies as we watched this spider-infested horror flick. But these spooky crackers are the types of spiders we have no problem taking down!


Spooky Spider Crackers

The first time I made this recipe, it was for a kids Halloween party eight years ago. It was a huge hit and the Mom appreciated a non-sweet treat.

If you think the kids will gawk at the noodle legs, you can always use….


The recipe uses items that you probably have in your pantry except for the noodles and you can always use pretzel sticks for the legs if you do not want to go buy chow mein noodles. I love the noodles because of their wiry shapes so they as a bit of dimension and spookiness to the ‘spiders’. BOO!


Ingredients (per ‘spider’)
2 round crackers
peanut or any nut butter
8 chow mein noodles
2 raisins

Smear a small amount of peanut butter onto the inside of one cracker. Place 4 chow mein noodles on one side of the cracker followed by 4 more on the other side. Place the remaining cracker on top. To make the ‘eyes’: dab two spots of peanut butter near the top of one crackers to ‘glue’ the raisins into place.

Jaws | Sand and Sea Beach Cupcakes
Da nuh, da nuh, da nuh,… da nuh. These beach-themed cupcakes make a tasty treat while you watch Spielberg’’s 1975 classic, Jaws. We recommend steering clear of the beach for at least 72 hours after watching …and eating.


Sand and Sea Beach Cupcakes


I’m usually not one to do themed cupcakes unless they are really easy, and these are. I made lemon flavored cupcakes just by using store bought cake mix and then a simple homemade buttercream. You don’t even need a pastry bag to frost the cupcakes, this recipe only requires a butter knife. I first saw these cupcakes on Martha Stewart, and instantly fell in love with them. This isn’t the same recipe as on the Martha site, but they look very similar. For the shark fins, I thought my son had some darker blue or grey colored construction paper, but all I found was this light blue. I thought it was cute, but a darker color for the fins would have been more striking.

Don’t forget to bring the kids in the kitchen for these easy cupcakes. They can cut out the shark fins, add the little umbrellas and dip the frosted cupcakes in the brown sugar


Sand and Sea Beach Cupcakes {Lemon Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting}


For the cupcakes
1 box yellow cake mix
1 small box instant lemon pudding mix
all other ingredients according to package directions on cake box, including one extra egg

For the frosting

1 stick butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 lb powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 – 3 tablespoons milk

Other ingredients

blue food coloring
brown sugar
blue construction paper
paper umbrellas


1. Prepare cupcakes according to package directions on cake mix box, adding lemon pudding mix and one additional egg.

2. Add butter, shortening and sugar to stand mixer. Mix until well blended. Add vanilla and milk and mix on high until light and fluffy.

3. Frost half of cupcakes with this frosting, Add about 1 cup brown sugar to a bowl and dip frosted cupcakes in to coat. Garnish with umbrella.

4. Take the remaining half of the frosting and add blue food coloring. Mix on high until well blended.

5. Frost the other half of the cupcakes and use a butter knife to make a wave pattern in frosting. Cut shark fins out with construction paper and insert into blue frosted cupcakes.

Batman | Batty Brownies
From the psychotic, disfigured Joker to the notorious criminals that plague Gotham City, the flicks from the Batman franchise can be surprisingly frightening. Enter batty brownies – the perfect bat-themed comfort food to keep nightmares at bay.


Dinner and A Movie: Batty Brownies for Batman

‘Tis the season for bats and ghouls and goblins which is where the inspiration for this recipe came from. My daughter was having a playdate last week and her friend told us he is going to be Batman for Halloween. He has never seen Dark Knight or anything like that, but he has read the kids comic books and seen the cartoon. That inspired me to bake these fun brownies frosting with orange cream cheese frosting and dotted with little bats. They seem like just the thing to eat when watching Batman, which happens to be on cable television all this coming weekend. You better believe we’ll be enjoying these while watching our movie after someone goes to bed tomorrow night!


Batty Brownies

1 cup sugar

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into cubes

2 eggs

1 pinch kosher salt

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup all-purpose flour, sifted

½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the frosting:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature

1 t. vanilla

2 c. confectioners’ sugar, sifted

For the bats:

Chocolate wafers

Reese’s Pieces

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter and flour a 9×9 square baking dish, set aside.
2. Fit the food processor with a metal blade and add the sugar and butter. Pulse until the butter is thoroughly combined. Then, add the eggs and salt. Process continuously until mixture is smooth, about 30 seconds. Do not overbeat. Then, add the cocoa and flour, pulse until there is no visible cocoa or flour remaining. Stir in chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.

3. Spread batter into baking dishes and spread to make sure top is even. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until top is set. Cool on rack and cut into bars.

4. For the frosting: Beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Sift in the confectioners’ sugar and beat again until smooth.

5. To Make the Bats: Cut the wafers in half and cut out little bat wings with a paring knife. Alternatively, use a knife to cut bat wings out of chocolate graham crackers. Wedge the wings into the frosting so they are tilting up out of the frosting and place a Reese’s Piece in the middle.


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Fifty Shades Of Grey Gets A Rewrite, Eyes Alexander Skarsgard To Star


Even though it’s been rushing at a crazy pace toward an August 1, 2014 release date, the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation was moving forward relatively smoothly until this Saturday, when Charlie Hunnam abruptly dropped out of the lead role. Turns out that’s not the only personnel shakeup that happened in the last few days– THR reports that Patrick Marber, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Notes on a Scandal and Closer, was hired on Friday to do a rewrite of Kelly Marcel’s script. THR says in a maybe unintentionally ominous sentence, “The move was made before star Charlie Hunnam decamped.” So is Marber the reason Hunnam bailed?

Indirectly, maybe– THR passes on speculation that Hunnam was unhappy with Marcel’s script, but others say that Marber will be doing polish work that’s very, very common on major studio projects. Marcel, after all, is also the screenwriter behind the season’s highly anticipated Saving Mr. Banks, and also a female screenwriter working on a project with an overwhelmingly female audience. When women are replaced by men on studio projects, as with Brave or Thor: The Dark World it can cause controversy, but Marcel isn’t being replaced, and given that the film still plans to start production in November, it’s highly unlikely Marber will be scrapping her script entirely.

THR also has a bead on a few actors who may be considered to replaced Hunnam, including UK TV star Jamie Dornen and True Blood hunk Alexander Skarsgard, plus some other names that came up in the first round of casting– Theo James and Romeo & Juliet’s Christian Cooke among them. Garrett Hedlund, who heroically avoided getting cast the first time, is busy making Angelina Jolie‘s next movie, so he’s still off the hook. But now’s your turn to start suggesting names you’d like to see, so get on it in the comments! Pretty much any up-and-coming actor who’s not as famous as Channing Tatum or Ryan Gosling is fair game at this point.