Lost Subplots That Disappeared from Your Favorite MoviesThere's a lot that goes into the production of a feature film. You can't get funding if you don't have a great idea that can be fleshed out to two hours. If you don't have a meaty story, you risk ending up with a boring movie, so writers often stuff all they can think of into the plot. But then the movie gets too long, or too complicated, or something just doesn't work, so it's cut. Individual scenes are deleted. Actors will tell you about movies they worked on in which they were never seen, because their role was cut. Sometimes entire subplots were cut, and they become just a weird story told years after the movie became a hit. Star Wars fans know how Luke Skywalker idolized his friend Biggs Darklighter, but they only learned that years after the movie came out because that scene just took up too much time. But did you know The Goonies had a subplot involving two gorillas who escaped from the zoo? Or that Stallone's character in Demolition Man originally confronted his daughter, who ended up being older than him? You might be surprised at the subplots cut from some classic movies. Read about ten of them at Mental Floss.​
Is Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Any Good? We've waited nine years for another Mad Max movie, and Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga has no Max at all. But the prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road should have fans of the series out in force next weekend when it opens officially on May 24 (there will be Thursday night showings). The film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival this past Wednesday, where it received a standing ovation of seven minutes and 50 seconds.The movie is the origin story of the character Furiosa, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, before the events of Fury Road. Deadline's review says it may be the greatest Max movie yet. Germain Lussier at io9 says it surpasses Fury Road in every way. The Guardian praises Anya Taylor-Joy for bringing emotion to the Mad Max world while being a thorough badass, and Chris Hemsworth is the perfect antagonist, with just the right amount of humor. Not all the reviews are this glowing, but no one thinks its a bad movie. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 84%, all from professional critics who got a sneak preview. That should give you something to look forward to!
Ahmed Best Moves Beyond Jar Jar, But Not Star WarsThursday is the 25th anniversary of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Kids loved it, but adult Star Wars fans who had waited 16 years for another movie were underwhelmed. There was quite a bit of backlash, most of it falling on Darth Vader as a child, and the character Jar Jar Binks. That backlash fell heavily on Ahmed Best, the actor who portrayed Jar Jar. Best, a Star Wars fan from childhood, was thrilled at the chance to be in the prequel. He was devastated by the movie's reception and the criticism of his character. George Lucas told him it would all blow over in thirty years -and it has. Now Best is recognized as a pioneer in filmmaking, as the first actor to don a motion capture suit to portray a completely CGI character. Without Best, there would be no cinematic Gollum and no 21st century Planet of the Apes. Another thing you may not know is how Best, who is trained in martial arts, contributed to the fight choreography for Yoda in The Phantom Menace. Best has kept busy in movies, TV, video games, music, and teaching at Stanford University over the past 25 years, but his heart belongs to Star Wars. Read an interview with Ahmed Best about his Star Wars experience at Inverse.(Image credit: Luigi Novi) 
Star Wars Could Have Been a Silent FilmThe 1977 movie Star Wars (now known as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) was a masterpiece in how it drew you in and made the viewer a part of the action. Part of that was because of the way it was designed to be driven by action instead of dialogue. Sure, it had dialogue, some of it quite memorable, and some of it amusingly bad. Almost 50 years later, we can watch the movie and pay no attention at all to what the characters are saying -but we can't watch it with the sound off because the music is so important. CinemaStix explains how that happened in this mini-documentary with commentary from George Lucas and John Williams. Still, this masterpiece had to be heavily edited to make it watchable. The essay the narrator refers to is How Star Wars was Saved in the Edit, which any fan should watch. In the end, it all came together to charm and excite a generation that still can't let go of the Star Wars universe.
How to Attend the Met GalaThe Met Gala is Monday, May 6. The Metropolitan Museum of Art stages its annual fundraiser to benefit the Costume Institute and unveil the institute's new exhibit for the year. And it's a very exclusive event. Tickets are $75,000 each this year, or $350,000 for a table. The tables are bought up by fashion brands, and then they extend invitations to the 400 most exciting current celebrities. However, every invitee must be approved by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who also must approve the seating charts. After all of that, there are many "rules" all attendees must adhere to at the Met Gala. Everything must be picture-perfect, from the fashions worn to the food that is served, and anyone who dares to skirt those rules can be banned from future galas. Read up on 13 bonkers rules for attending the Met Gala at Buzzfeed.(Image credit: Danilo Lauria) 
A Completely Real Star Wars Drunk Driving PSASomehow, despite coming through countless potential works of online wonders for almost two decades, I had never yet seen this astonishing and completely authentic public service announcement authorized by Lucasfilm and created by one of its subsidiaries.​Wookiepiedia informs us that this film was called "Star Friends". It teaches the very serious lesson that real friends don't let other friends drive drunk, let alone fly a YT-1300 light freighter while intoxicated.-via Historic Vids​