Fan Theory Argues That the Sharks From Jaws and Finding Nemo Are Related

Pixar
Pixar

Bruce from Finding Nemo (2003) and the shark from Jaws (1975) are perhaps the two most famous great whites to ever grace the big screen. But beyond their species, the two characters don't seem to share much in common: Bruce is a well-spoken vegetarian (or at least he tries to be) while the antagonist of Jaws is a mindless man-eater. But according to one fan theory reported by CBR.com, the two of them may be related, which would place Jaws and Finding Nemo in the same cinematic universe.

As Redditor CinnaSol laid out in a post, there are a few clues that suggest Bruce is really the son of the insatiable villain in Jaws. The first is the name: Though it's never mentioned in the movie, director Steven Spielberg nicknamed the animatronic shark used in Jaws Bruce, after his lawyer. Many believe that the shark's name in Finding Nemo is a nod to this piece of Hollywood trivia.

But within the world of the films, the shared name could be more than just a tribute—Bruce could have been named after his father. In Finding Nemo, Bruce says that he never met his dad. This could be a reference to the fact that great whites in nature really do abandon their infants, but it could also be hinting at a backstory where Bruce's father left him to pursue a life of terrorizing beachgoers, only to be blown up by an oxygen tank and never return home.

CinnaSol elaborates further on Reddit (emphasis in the original):

"Bruce in Finding Nemo has a support group of sharks where their entire mantra goes against being mindless killing machines. Maybe because his mother told him about how monstrous his father was? Even by great white standards. We don’t know why Bruce formed a support group like this. It could be that he’s avoiding trying to be like his dad."

The idea that a bloody thriller and a family film are connected isn't too far-fetched, as far as movie fan theories go (especially not for Pixar, which has a habit of planting references to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining in its films). Here are some other truly outrageous theories viewers have come up with.

[h/t CBR.com]

George R.R. Martin Doesn't Think Game of Thrones Was 'Very Good' For His Writing Process

Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

No one seems to have escaped the fan fury over the finals season of Game of Thrones. While likely no one got it quite as bad as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, even author George R.R. Martin—who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series upon which the show is based, faced backlash surrounding the HBO hit. The volatile reaction from fans has apparently taken a toll on both Martin's writing and personal life.

In an interview with The Guardian, the acclaimed author said he's sticking with his original plan for the last two books, explaining that the show will not impact them. “You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself,” he stated.

He went on to explain how even his personal life has taken a negative turn because of the show. “I can’t go into a bookstore any more, and that used to be my favorite thing to do in the world,” Martin said. “To go in and wander from stack to stack, take down some books, read a little, leave with a big stack of things I’d never heard of when I came in. Now when I go to a bookstore, I get recognized within 10 minutes and there’s a crowd around me. So you gain a lot but you also lose things.”

While fans of the book series are fully aware of the author's struggle to finish the final two installments, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, Martin admitted that part of the delay has been a result of the HBO series, and fans' reaction to it.

“I don’t think [the series] was very good for me,” Martin said. “The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day … I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.'"

Still, Martin has sworn that the books will get finished ... he just won't promise when.

[h/t The Guardian]

Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now

Cinephile/Amazon
Cinephile/Amazon

If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon now for $20 before its August 27 release date.

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