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    19 Times Writers, Directors, And Producers Snuck Easter Eggs From Their Own Movies Into OTHER Movies

    Easter egg-ception.

    As an obsessive lover of all things movies, one of the absolute easiest (and most addictive) rabbit holes to fall down on ye olde interwebs is the subreddit r/MovieDetails, which documents fan-found details and Easter eggs in movies!

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    And an interesting subgenre of this subreddit documents Easter eggs wherein a film's writers, directors, and/or producers sneak in little self-references to OTHER movies they've worked on!

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    So, with that in mind, we rounded up just a few of the best self-referential movie details that writers, directors, and/or producers snuck into their own movies, and we put them all in one place for your viewing pleasure! Ready? I sure hope so! Here we go:

    1. The brand name of the caviar seen behind Remy in Pixar's Ratatouille (2007) is "Nemo" — a semi-dark nod to Pixar's Finding Nemo (2003).

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    2. Red in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) is kept in cell number 237, which is a direct reference to the infamous room number in The Shining (1980) — another Stephen King adaptation.

    3. Burke in Candyman (2021) is seen reading Weaveworld by Clive Barker — the author who also wrote the short story Candyman is based on.

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    4. A passenger on the plane in Die Hard 2 (1990) is reading an advertisement for Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) — Joel Silver has producing credits in both movies.

    5. The iconic soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) can be seen momentarily in another one of his classic films — A Clockwork Orange (1971).

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    6. Disney's Soul (2020) features a direct reference to the Partners Statue found at the entrances of both Disneyland and Disney World.

    7. Hiro in Big Hero 6 (2014) has a toy solider from the video game in Wreck-It Ralph (2012).

    8. The horror films Hush (2016) and Gerald's Game (2017) were both directed by Mike Flanagan and feature a novel titled Midnight Mass — which is also the title of Flanagan's Netflix original series.

    9. Graffiti seen momentarily in The Blues Brothers (1980) pays tribute to John Landis and Deborah Nadoolman — the director and costume designer, respectively — who were married the year of the film's release.

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    10. In Christmas Vacation (1989), Clark is seen watching a film reel titled "XMAS 59," which is a direct reference to the title of the short story — Christmas 59 — that John Hughes based the film on.

    11. A VHS cover for Rob Reiner's When Harry Met Sally... (1989) can be seen in Misery (1990), which was also directed by Reiner.

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    12. The positively terrifying Annabelle doll makes a quick cameo in Shazam! (2019) because director David F. Sandberg also directed Annabelle: Creation (2017).

    13. The genie's lamp from Aladdin (1992) makes a quick cameo on Tamatoa's shell in Moana (2016) — both films were directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.

    14. Birds of Prey (2020) features a beer brand named "Timm Dini Beer," a nod to the creators of Batman: The Animated Series, Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, the creators of Harley Quinn.

    15. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks wanted to make sure viewers knew they'd worked together several times before Catch Me If You Can (2002), sneaking in "Steven and Tom's 4th project" on the blackboard in the background.

    16. A poster for Open Season (2006) can be seen in the background of a scene in Arthur Christmas (2011), both films being produced by Sony Animation.

    17. An advertisement for the burger joint in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994) — Big Kahuna Burger — can be seen on the side of a bus in Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood. (2019).

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    18. The Goonies (1985) directly references a moment from Gremlins (1984) during a character's prank call — both films were written by Christopher Columbus.

    19. And finally — in a super-meta moment, Ryan Reynolds snuck a tongue-in-cheek reference to his own gin brand, Aviation Gin, in a "Subtle Product Placement" ad in Free Guy (2021).

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    Did you catch any of these upon viewing these movies? Do you know any other examples of this/have a favorite?! Share in the comments below!

    H/T: Reddit, r/MovieDetails