15 Fake Newspapers From Movies And TV

Newspapers on the screen are usually used to get some dramatic plot point across through a big headline. But sometimes smaller, more interesting stories crop up along the way.

1. AMC’s “The Killing” (2011)

“Sea Otter Spotted Eating in Local Cafe; Patrons Stunned by Visitor”

2. “St. Elmo’s Fire” (1985)

What about a Korean lobbyist?

3. “Runaway Bride” (1999)

In this movie, Richard Gere plays Ike Graham, a fictional columnist for USA Today who writes a scandalous piece about Julia Roberts’ character Maggie Carpenter.

She sends in this well-written retort, and Ike is promptly fired.

But most importantly: “World celebrates the coming millennium.”

4. HBO’s “The Sopranos” (1997)

Tony Soprano famously read the Newark Star-Ledger regularly. This issue proclaims that “Clinton Warns Medicare Could Be Bust in Yr 2000,” which wasn’t so far-fetched.

5. “Back to the Future” (1985)

New York’s Jonathan Chait points out that the Hill Valley Telegraph had some issues with consistently choosing realistic cover stories.

6. “Back to the Future 2” (1989)

A prediction of what a 2015 newspaper would look like, “Washington Prepares for Queen Diana’s Visit” is particularly sad.

7. “Now and Then” (1995)

The girls go to the library to find old newspaper articles and run across the story of how one of their mother’s died. Below that, we learn that there’s a doctor who thinks television isn’t good for you.

Also: “Building-Loan Men to Hold Banquet for Jubilee Date”

8. “The Story of Anyburg USA” (1957)

“Two Youths Helpless”

“Political Potpurri”

9. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009)

No headlines, just excerpts from the book.

10. “The Notebook” (2004)

“Model Pays Traffic Fine for Husband”

Ryan Gosling…plus a Frenchman who has won a prize.

11. ABC Family’s “Kyle XY” (2006)

“Pilot project to release results.” How specific! And if you look closely, the text for “University professor still missing” is just slightly repetitive.

12. “The Queen” (2006)

These are totally accurate, which is good because this movie was supposed to be historical.

13. “The Pink Panther” (1963)

“Subroc, New Weapon For Polaris Arsenal?”

14. “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994)

“Indictements expected.” What kind of indictEments?

15. The fake newspaper that is in every movie and TV show.

More on that one here.

So: Read a paper, look cool doing it.

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