Happy Sunday everyone! Hope we’re all having a good time, full of fry-ups, lie ins and perhaps the odd retro movie or three 🙂
If you’re as big a Labyrinth fan as I am, you’ll make any excuse to watch this timeless fairytale adventure. So here’s a few little known facts to tempt you back into the magical world that is Jareths Labyrinth. The secret is that there are seven hidden faces of Jareth (David Bowie) dotted around this magical maze. If didn’t know this, then read on and I shall reveal all.
Take a look at some of the random times the face of our retro hero David Bowie pops up that you might not have noticed before.
1. The first face appears as soon as Sarah enters the Labyrinth (after talking to the little blue ello worm).
2. After the tunnel cleaners scene, Hoggle and Sarah climb a ladder. Hoggle steps on a weak rung and it breaks. As they show the rung falling, Jareth’s face appears among the rocks.
3. After talking to the wiseman, Sarah and Hoggle walk through a hedge maze. Jareth’s face is on the floor, to the left of the obelisk.
4. In the scene after Sarah frees Ludo, Hoggle is seen walking off and muttering, “She’ll never get through the Labyrinth.”Jareth’s face appears on the top left hand corner.
5. At the beginning of the scene were Jareth gives Hoggle the poison peach.
6. Jareth’s face can been seen on the wall of the Bog of Eternal Stench, right after the ledge crumbles.
7. In the forest, right after they leave the Bog of Eternal Stench, Jareth’s face appears among the trees.
Don’t believe us? Check out this clip and see them in action for yourself…
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So have you spotted any of these before? Or is it all news you you?
Think you can remember them all for your next viewing? If you get a bit lost you can find some awesome exclusive Labyrinth and David Bowie t-shirts over at Truffleshuffle.com.
Today (on the 7th June 1985) one of my all time favourite 80s kids adventure films was first released. Why is it one of my favourites? Well…. 80’s bad guys Pirates, adventure, BMX’s, laughs or for a start plus it was a story that seemed totally possible when I was a kid.
After seeming this film I’d raid my Gran’s attic desperately searching for a secret hidden clue that would lead my friends and I on an amazing adventure just like the one in The Goonies. By the way 28 years later, nothing has changed. So with that in mind why don’t I share some hidden gems with you. Here’s five thing you may not have known about this timeless 80’s Pirate adventure flick. Enjoy!
1) Willy’s Secret Pirate Ship
One-Eyed Willie’s pirate ship was a real set that was built to look like Errol Flynn’s ship in The Sea Hawk. While it was being constructed, the kids were not allowed to see it; the ship was hidden on another set behind tarps. Donner was hoping to get a real reaction from the cast for their first take seeing Willie’s ship, but when he rolled the camera and revealed it, the whole gang was so shocked by the sight that they started cursing up a storm, and the scene had to be re-shot. Once production wrapped, the crew tried to find someone who would take the ship, but no one wanted it, and the entire set was scrapped.
2) Sloth wasn’t so Super
Football star John Matuszak was chosen for the role of Sloth, but his sports injuries actually made it difficult for him to perform a lot of Sloth’s more physical moments. Jeff Cohen recalled that Matuszak was in quite a bit of pain following the scene where he picked Chunk up while the kid was tied to a chair. In addition, the line that Chunk delivers in that scene is often misheard. It’s not “You smell like fish heads,” but rather, “You smell like Phys Ed!” (Both things are equally smelly, but the idea of Sloth wreaking of a gym locker room paints a hilarious picture, if you ask me).
3) Keep it in the Family
During the final scene, where the kids are reunited with their parents, a lot of the adults in the film are the actual parents of the Goonies crew. Take a look at Chunk’s mom — he looks just like her.
4) Joey Pants and his Singing Brother
Joe Pantoliano is an actor who is well known for playing the classic mafia henchman roll, but The Goonies cast knew him simply as “Joey Pants.” that was their nickname for him at least. ( now you know this just try and stop yourself calling him Joey Pants when you see him next.) His brother in the movie was played by Robert Davi, who happens to be a professionally trained opera singer. That rare and lovely talent was put to good use, and ended up as a character eccentricity.
5) Deleted Scene
The film was shot almost entirely in sequence from beginning to end. There was also a scene with an octopus that traps the kids, but it ended up on the cutting room floor but if you pay attention at the end scene where they are you reunited with there parents you can here them mention there encounter with a giant octopus, There was an entire single devoted to it, titled “8 Arms to Hold You. Check out the deleted scene here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qWt0S85S1I
Hope you learned something interesting. If you have any interesting movie facts on The Goonies feel free to share them. We can’t get enough when it comes to the Goonies, after all was kinda the inspiration that kicked off the mighty Truffle Shuffle!
Don’t forget to check out our amazing range of exclusive and official Goonies T-Shirts today form only £19.99!
On this very day in 1977 our hole galaxy changed forever, Yes I’m talking about Star Wars IV A New Hope was originally released in cinemas breaking record ticket sales across the world and giving birth to some of the greatest and most dedicated fans in Sci-Fi movie history. So epic was this event, it has spawned 2 sequels and 3 prequels, spin offs, cartoons, video games, boardgames, toys and much much more.
Star wars also blew away all the competition when it came to merchandise. With it’s brand one of the most recognisable in the universe (think about it), it sparked somed amazing inventions and creations that were inspired by some of the very buildings, places, people and creatures from the film.
So as you probably know, it’s not just our collection of official Star Wars T-Shirts that fall under this umbrella, with clocks, backpacks, mugs, iPhone covers and more all available to help quench your Star Wars thirst, not every ideas gets the green light. Check out some amazing, but sadly rejected Star Wars concept merchandise we recently found on our travels….
1) Cloud City Desk Lamp
Looking for an easy way to avoid the ‘Dark Side’ of life? Easy with this amazing Star Wars lamp and it’ll brighten up your day with the flick of a switch…literally.
2) AT-AT Walker Chair Caddy
If you’re like us, you can never find the darn TV remote!! Problem solved and in some Star Wars style of course with this fab AT-AT Walker chair caddy that will be at your service ready to serve all your organising needs.
3) Star Wars Mini-Fridge
Carbonite, is just for freezing prisoners before hyper space travel right? NO! It also works great for keeping your favourite drinks cold. ‘Han’dy!
4) Star Wars Sun Shield
Is your car getting to hot in the sun? Then put you’re shields up and turn your car in the Millennium Falcon with this amazing Car Sun Shield.
6) Death Star BBQ
How do you like you’re steak? On the dark side?
Well you can have it exactly how you like it with this awesome Death Star BBQ Grill that’s out of this world!
And that’s a wrap folks!
Sadly…you won’t be able to get your hands on any of these just yet, but we can dream right?
Don’t forget to check out our ever-growing range of Star Wars tees and gifts for some amazing ideas you actually can get!
Here at Truffle Towers, following the recent arrival of our very own official Mr Bean T-Shirts we’ve bean getting a little obsessed with the comedy legend himself Mr Bean. His troublesome antics have had the whole office in stitches.
His quirky and unique take on life has you watching in wonder and crying with joy as he scrabbles his way out of trouble in the most creative and inventive ways. Kind of like if you combined Charlie Chaplin’s silent slapstick style with the initiative of Mcgyver.
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Mr Bean is a true golden crown of British comedy, when you consider his ability to have you rolling on the flood with laughter with barely saying a word, he may even be the Charlie Chaplin of our time! His comedy spans across generations, countries, cultures and is so global despite any language barriers.
So, to help put our Bean cravings at rest, here are five of some of my favourite scenes from the Slapstick McGyver himself Mr Bean….
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If these have got you wanting more why not check out our new Mr Bean Tees below and why not let us know some of your favourite Mr Bean sketches by leaving a comment.
It’s nearly here! With Iron Man 3’s cinema release just round the corner (25th of this month!), I thought it would be the perfect time to give you guys a little background into some new characters in this awesome, action-packed new film, Iron Patriot and The Manderine.
This long awaited film has been on everyone minds since shortly after the release of Iron Man 2 waaaaay back in 2010 (can you believe it?), and sees the introduction of some amazing new character to the film series. Directed by Shane Black (who also directed the first Iron Man film), the latest adventure is set after the events that occurred in The Avengers. Tony Stark now faces a powerful enemy, the Mandarin. Left only to rely on his instincts, he must embark on a harrowing quest to find those responsible for destroying his personal life. The Mandarin is a powerful enemy with 10 Rings that grant him immense power. At the beginning of the movie, he launches an attack at the Stark Expo where Happy Hogan, Tony Stark’s bodyguard, is injured.
Meanwhile, the US Government is receiving evidence of people disappearing. Using his computer tracking equipment, Stark realizes that the Mandarin has been kidnapping citizens of the US and turning them into super soldiers with the new Extremis Virus. Sound good?
During filming in May last year, early Iron Man 3 set photos had first revealed that the Iron Patriot would be featured in the Shane Black-directed film.
With the red, white and blue armor having villainous origins in Marvel Comics, it was a surprise to later learn that the Marvel threequel would include Iron Patriot only as a new paint job for (Don Cheadle) James Rhodey Rhodes’ Iron Man 2 War Machine armor. Explaining how the idea came about, Marvel president Kevin Feige reveals: “A few years ago in publishing, they created a suit called the Iron Patriot, which was an advanced Iron Man suit painted red, white and blue with a star on it. In the comics it’s a different character that wears it and utilizes it. But we really loved that image; we thought it was a striking image. And coming off of “The Avengers” where you have Captain America and Captain America is such a symbol for The Avengers, we thought it would be fun if the United States wanted to have their own version of that. Of course, Captain America works for the United States, but as he’s more of an Avengers hero the US Government said, “We want our own,” which is why they take War Machine and rebrand him as the Iron Patriot. Shane Black and I [seeing] the Iron Patriot for the first time [was an exciting reveal] and what the guys at Legacy had done with this suit. Each suit gets better and better. The Iron Patriot practical suit that was worn on set is the best practical suit they’ve ever built.”
“Now over the course of the film we learn that there was a nefarious purpose behind that. It’s a great example of how sometimes you take and stay true to a character as pulled from the comics, and sometimes the comics can be the kernel of an idea that you then flesh out and build into something else. One of the best things about being a part of Marvel Studios is that you have the house of ideas; you have the publishing division that comes out with dozens of books a month and we flip through almost every one of those books every month and just pull things and don’t know where they could be used. But you know, a few years ago we pulled out the Iron Patriot and said, “That’s cool. Wouldn’t that be fun to play with that someday?” And you’ll see it in Iron Man 3.”
The Mandarin’s true name is unknown. He studied South American insurgency, Sun Tzu and other ancient warfare tactics. He later became a intelligence field officer, but due to witnessing the atrocities of the world, it drove him mad. He was also an expert in global intelligence and knew how to use the media to his benefit. He has a great hatred for America and used it to unify his group, the Ten Rings, who shared his hatred.
The Mandarin, surrounded himself with Chinese iconography, dragons, and the symbols of warlords. He used many other warrior motifs and symbols and twisted them for his own use, such as Asian royal robes, a terrorist beard, samurai hair, a Captain America shield tattoo with the “A” for “anarchy” on the back of his neck. He also wanted to teach the world lessons, such as the fact that there was no such thing as heroes.
The Mandarin is referenced through the name of the terrorist group called “The Ten Rings”, who holds Tony Stark captive. Raza, the leader of the Ten Rings, has a single red ring that he rubs with his other hand. He also makes a reference to Genghis Khan when speaking to Stark and Yinsen
Iron Man Prelude
When Rhodey flew around the world in his new battle suit, destroying the terrorist cells of the Ten Rings organization, Mandarin sent his men to capture him and his armor. Though they failed in their mission, they managed to scan the War Machine armor, thus obtaining invaluable information data for The Mandarin would use against Tony Stark.
Iron Man 3
Mandarin is the sinister head of the terrorist organization known as The Ten Rings, from which all the acts of extreme terrorism plaguing the world appear to emanate. Although he is reclusive, Mandarin wields great power and makes his presence known by striking fear in the government and the populace through his brazen plans of attack.
Now if all this hasn’t got you planning your next cinema traip, check out the official movie trailer for an insight into the epic action…
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