The new documentary “Page One” centers on the New York Times Media Desk over the course of a single year, looking at the lives of the people who make the news every day, as well as the changes that online competition has brought to newsrooms. Here at Ranker, we enjoyed the film AND watching it gave us a list idea! “The Most Intense Movie Newsrooms of all Time.” Yes, we think about lists even when we’re watching movies…
The newsroom is an ideal setting for a movie – the drama, the conflict, the fast pace, the yelling! We tried to cull together the best examples of exciting scenes set in the newspaper, magazine and TV news business, pulling in movies from a range of genres and styles.
This was a challenge to put together, as movies about journalists span so many different genres, they can be difficult to compare. Which is the more realistic 1970s newsroom setting – David Fincher’s meticulously crafted true-life procedural, “Zodiac,” or Will Ferrell’s satirical workplace comedy “Anchorman”? OK, maybe that’s a bad example. But you get what we mean.
Will Ferrell with milk in his beard isn’t hyper-clickable? Perhaps this photo was a bad choice…
Ranker HQ is located deep in the heart of Hollywood, California, just across from the famed Chinese Theater and directly in front of the stars on the Walk of Fame. We’re SO CLOSE to the center of movie magic, in fact, that whenever they shut down Hollywood Blvd. for premieres, it gets quite challenging for our team to make it to work.
“Hey, Hollywood Studios, maybe consider occasionally hosting your premieres somewhere that ISN’T the main route through one of the busiest parts of one of the world’s most congested cities during the height of the busy tourist season” is something you might hear us say now and again. Thank goodness they don’t do it too often. Only every time a movie opens.
Handy LA Traffic Simulator! Just turn up the heat very high in your apartment, put on the most shrill irritating radio station you can find and look at this picture. Now pretend you have somewhere REALLY important to be in 12 minutes. Enjoy!
It’s all part of the constant struggle against other people that is life in Los Angeles. But it’s nothing to stress out about…And if you’re new to Los Angeles, be sure to check out Ranker’s new list of 10 Things to Learn When You Move to LA. It’s full of helpful advice like “don’t look at celebrities,” “don’t drive during rush hour,” “don’t leave the house during the rain” and “you know what, maybe don’t bother moving to LA at all…how about that?”
Another week has come and gone, and with it, another crop of timely Ranker lists. The Ranker community doesn’t just keep up with the news…They re-imagine it in list form.
Here were some of the stories we covered this week…
Whitey Bulger Captured!
On Wednesday afternoon, 81-year-old Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger was apprehended by the FBI in Santa Monica, California, where he had apparently been hiding out for some time. (The last known sighting of Bulger was in London in 2002.) Bulger had been on the run since 1994, and was wanted in connection with over 20 murders! He is also said to be a major inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in the Martin Scorsese movie “The Departed.”
For Bulger’s sake, let’s hope the animal print robes were just artistic license…
That was considered menacing enough to earn Bulger a spot on Ranker’s list of 13 Notorious Irish Gangsters. Interestingly, a lot of other gangsters on the list went on to inspire film characters, including John Looney – who became Paul Newman’s character John Rooney in “Road to Perdition” – and James Burke – known as “Jimmy Conway” when Robert DeNiro portrayed him in the crime classic “Goodfellas.”
The lesson? Crime doesn’t pay exactly but it can turn into a movie deal if you live through it.
George Clooney Continues Breaking Hearts
Shocking news from the world of entertainment this week as international bon vivant and occasional stop-motion animated fox voicer George Clooney broke up with his non-unattractive Italian actress girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis. Here is a photo of her that, were you to show it to George Clooney, would likely earn you a knowing half-smirk:
This is Wikipedia’s file image of Elisabetta Canalis. I swear. That’s totally why I picked it. No other reason.
Having some trouble keeping all of The Cloon’s exes straight? You’re not the only one. Thankfully, Ranker can help, with our definitive guide to All Former George Clooney Loves (including rumored ones and hookups!) And if that’s not quite judgmental enough for you, there’s also a VoteRanked list of all of George’s former flames ordered by hotness. Go ahead and vote for your favorites!
Ron Artest is now Metta World Peace
Once-notorious NBA small forward Ron Artest has changed his ways of late, and now plans to change his name to match his new outlook. The new handle: Metta World Peace. (“Metta” is the buddhist concept of “loving-kindness.” Duh.)
Ranker is home to a lot of Artest fans (we’re located in Los Angeles, after all), so the site’s had a running tally of memorable Ron Artest Moments going for some time. Clearly, this name change made the cut. Also, this weird song he did about his workout routine:
New Summer Movies!
Two big new summer movies hit theaters this week.
First up, Cameron Diaz stars in Jake Kasdan’s comedy “Bad Teacher.” It’s about a bad teacher who tries to become a somewhat better teacher in order to score breast implants. Finally, Hollywood is starting a serious conversation about education reform!
There’s Something About Geometry…
Next up, Pixar prepares to sell enough car-themed merchandise to create the trash-consumed “WALL-E” dystopia they always dreamed of with the release of “Cars 2.” All your favorites are back from the first “Cars” movie, like…that one that sounds like Larry the Cable Guy…and that Italian stereotype one…and, um…
The new film does feature the voices of Eddie Izzard and Michael Caine, so it can’t be all bad. Plus, Pixar!
Why would a world built by cars for cars have skyscrapers in it? I DEMAND ANSWERS, LASSETER!
In other movie news, this week saw the limited release of the documentary “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop,” about the comedian’s stage tour following his split from NBC’s “Tonight Show.” Hopefully it will be opening everywhere soon! Until then, tide yourself over with these classic Conan O’Brien quotes and quips.
RIP Ryan Dunn and Peter Falk
Ryan Dunn, one of the core members of the team behind the “Jackass” TV show and films, died after driving off a road in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. He was 34 years old. The circumstances behind Dunn’s demise became somewhat controversial. He was allegedly intoxicated at the time, and was traveling at dangerous speeds, as observed by many on social media within the hours after the accident (including film critic Roger Ebert, no stranger to controversy). What was never in doubt was that Dunn left his fans with a plethora of outrageous skits, pranks and stunts. Ranker’s Angie Marie collected some of them in a Ryan Dunn Memorial list.
Just one more thing…Also leaving us this week was legendary actor Peter Falk. Though perhaps best known as TV’s Lt. Columbo, the highlights of Falk’s filmography are too numerous to even list here. For the curious, we recommend: “The In-Laws,” any of Falk’s collaborations with director John Cassavetes, “The Princess Bride,” Jon Favreau’s “Made” and Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire.” The Peter Falk tribute list has more recommendations, not to mention videos of a lot of great Peter Falk memories.
Peter Falk, most well-known for playing the part of Lieutenant Columbo on the hit TV show Columbo for decades, died today at the age of 83 of still unannounced circumstances. He had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease before his death.
With the untimely death of Jackass star Ryan Dunn came a slew of internet reactions ranging from the devastated to the outright self-righteous and disrespectful. Roger Ebert walks a fine line. The man who said that not liking “Lost in Translation” says more about you than it does about the film and also said that “video games are not art” put out a few reactions to Ryan Dunn’s death via his Twitter account. One of them wasn’t exactly “nice”.
This, of course, led to outrage in the vein of “how could he do this?!” and “what a jerk!*” (*few people were using the word “jerk”). But why? Reacting like this is neglecting Roger Ebert’s past as a man who says whatever he wants whenever he wants. And as one of the greatest minds in film criticism history, the man has a right to his opinion, but keep in mind what he does for a living.
He’s a critic.
So, today’s list of the day shows us all exactly why we should come to expect inflammatory comments from Roger Ebert. He always makes people angry and he always says what he wants. This one’s for you, Roger.
No, no no, not the band Cameo’s list of the day, we mean band cameos in movies, as in, whenever a band makes a special guest appearance in a film. Like when Kiss was in Detroit Rock City, or when members of Aerosmith were in Wayne’s World.
Today’s list of the day celebrates the greatest moments in musicians gracing the silver screen. What are your favorite moments of bands randomly showing up in a film? You can vote for the ones you like the most on the list itself. Word up.
Have you ever cooked while drunk? I think the majority of us enjoy a drink here or there while preparing our most delicious meals, but Hannah Hart of the popular web series My Drunk Kitchen takes it to whole other level. And that level is hard to beat.
Not is not only is she a friend of Ranker, but she has recently received a lot of attention for her charming videos where she runs a cooking show for beginners while completely inebriated. The results are hilarious
While some people can’t quite control their drinking
Hannah Hart brings a wit, charm and elegance to drinking alone, cooking and having some “you” time that can usually only be found in cartoons.
A perfect list to show anyone who thinks of video games as childish, superficial entertainments. These games get into the real issues, exploring the tension between fathers and sons/daughters at least as effectively as that movie where Kevin Costner wanders around a cornfield and plays catch with the Ghost of Ray Liotta.
(Also, let’s pause for some real talk for just a second here…Do Little Sisters really have “daddy issues”? I’d say their biggest problem is that dude who’s running around Rapture like a maniac injecting himself with plasmids and murdering them for more precious ADAM. Yeah, there, I said it.)
I have daddy issues, and also there’s clearly something weird going on with my retinas.
My Dad used to tell me that the best gift I could give him was a tall glass of Shut the Hell Up. But perhaps your father isn’t an abusive alcoholic, but just a guy who likes an occasional cocktail. You know, socially. If that’s the case, this list has some helpful tips. I doubt most fathers would say no to the gift of delicious bourbon…brownest of the brown liquors…
Using Father’s Day to honor your own father is so 2010. This year, celebrate all of the new celebrity fathers enjoying Father’s Day brunch in beautiful Hollywood, California. (I wouldn’t be too jealous; I’m sure wherever they’re eating, everything’s organic, vegan and gluten-free.)
Plus, Colin Hanks is on this list, making his dad Tom a…grandfather! I guess that means we’re probably never going to get that sequel to “Bachelor Party” after all…So much for my online petition…
Don’t worry, Adrian Zmed. Things are going to come together for you one of these days…
So we’ve talked about a lot of GOOD fathers so far (or, at least, famous fathers, which is pretty much the same as being good, right?) So for a nice change of pace, check out Ranker user SaintMort’s take on the WORST dads in cinematic history.
Granted, it’s hard to top Jerry Blake from the original film “The Stepfather,” who turns out to be a homicidal maniac. (20 year old spoiler alert!) Plus, he’s played by Terry O’Quinn, who would later play John Locke on “LOST,” a character who ALSO had an infamously terrible father. Coincidence? Yeah, probably, but still kind of cool…
Thanks again for the kidney, dumbass.
Levon P has also contributed an alternative take on the Worst Movie Fathers. Though I personally don’t think it’s fair to single out Wayne Szalinski just because he shrunk his kids. First off, he totally was honest with his wife about the situation, even going so far as to name the title of the movie after his confession. PLUS, he grew the kids back to the right size again in the end, right? Until the baby got huge for the sequel, at least. That counts for something…
The Vancouver riots that were spawned by the Vacouver Canucks (a hockey team) losing the Stanley Cup to Boston were actually pretty brutal. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage were done. Most of the pictures of the rioting and damage were astounding. This all happened because a team lost, which makes absolutely no sense: “Hey city that was rallying behind the team that lost, our team lost, take that!” It’d be like punching someone in the face at their parents’ funeral. Anyway, here are some of the more memorable shots.
(At least someone was scoring in Vancouver this week)
So, just to let everyone know that no, the world isn’t ending (again), Canada just does this sometimes. Want proof? Check out our list of the day, which is chock full of Canadian rioting: The 13 Craziest Hockey Riot Videos of All Time. That’s right, not just riot videos, but hockey riot videos!