This August, Rotten Tomatoes turns 21 and to mark the occasion we’re celebrating the 21 Most Memorable Moments from the movies over the last 21 years. For this special video series, which we’ve been publishing over the last four months, we spoke to the actors and filmmakers who made those moments happen, revealing behind-the-scenes details about how the moments came to be and diving deep into why they’ve stuck with us for so long. You’ll find big ’90s twists – yep, he sees dead people – as well as super-recent cliffhangers, like Thanos’s universe-halving Snap. There are laughs (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Elf, Bridesmaids) and romance (The Notebook, Spider-Man) and more than a few scares (The Blair Witch Project, 28 Days Later…). But which moment is the single most memorable of the last 21 years? Well, that’s where you come in. We’re asking you to watch the below videos and then vote on your favorite movie moment of the last two decades (and a bit).Voting is open now and runs until midnight Friday August 16 and we will announce the winner on August 19. Fans get a single vote – so choose wisely – and moments are listed in the order they were published over the past few months, most often to tie in with anniversaries and relevant occasions.Take me to the voting!“Remember Me!?” from Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 97%Director George Miller: “It’s a moment by the way, I think, is available only to her. I don’t think any other character could have done it. I remember the line. I remember Charlize on that day said that she wanted to say the line. It wasn’t a written line. She said, ‘Look, I feel like I really want to say it. OK by you?’ I said, ‘Great.’ It just hit a sweet spot in amongst that action, and it was a little pause before the brutality of the moment and the continuation of the action that was to come.”Read director George Miller’s full interview about the “Remember me!?” moment.The Snap from Avengers: Infinity War (2018) 85%Co-director Joe Russo: “Anth and I, through our entire experience at Marvel, always tried to make very disruptive choices with each film. The end of Winter Solider, good guys and the bad guys, we flip everything on its head. In Civil War we divorce the Avengers. With Infinity War we knew we wanted to make a strong narrative choice. There s an adage where you write yourself into a corner, and you try to figure out how to get out. That usually creates really dramatic moments for the audience. There s no bigger way to write ourselves into a corner than killing half the characters.”Read directors Joe and Anthony Russo s full interview about the moment Thanos devastates the universe.Satine s Entrance from Moulin Rouge (2001) 76%Director Baz Luhrmann: “I thought, wouldn t it be great if we put her in a circus trapeze and we did a trapeze number, but we ll have to have a stunt person. But Nicole being Nicole was like, ‘No way.’ So she trained with a circus person for a good, I would say, two weeks to do that number and when you see her swing around that s her. It s her all the way through that footage. She s on the trapeze, she s being swung around, she comes down, she falls into all those guys. So she was 100% stunt-free on that moment.”Read director Baz Luhrmann and production and costume designer Catherine Martin s full interview about Satine s big moment.The Joker from The Dark Knight (2008) 94%Makeup artist John Caglione Jr.: “Heath [Ledger] was great in the chair. Special actors like Heath – and my experience with Al Pacino over the years – these actors help you relax so that you can bring your game… I always got the feeling that [Heath] had already worked it out in his head, from what I remember. He knew where he was going. Early on, in first meeting Heath and playing around with the makeup, he already kind of had it all figured out. It was my job to just basically gild the lily and try to catch up with him, really. That s what I felt.”Read makeup artist John Caglione Jr. and marketing company 42 Entertainment CEO Susan Bonds full interview about this iconic take on the Joker.Heather s Confessional from The Blair Witch Project (1999) 86%Co-writer and co-director Eduardo Sánchez: “The direction was: You re not going to make it out of here. This is like an internal monologue. We were directing these actors to almost be like their conscience speaking to them. For Heather, it s like, ‘You re responsible for this. You re the one who brought them out here. You didn t heed the warnings. You knew this is dangerous and you brought these guys out here. Say your goodbyes. If you want to apologize to people, apologize to people, just basically say goodbye. We called it a confessional, your last confessional before you re going. You re not going to get out, and hopefully, somebody will find these tapes and will be able to tell your story, but tell your mom goodbye, and tell your family goodbye.”Read writer-directors Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick s full interview about Heather s confessional.The Upside-Down Kiss from Spider-Man (2002) 90%Director Sam Raimi: In the rain while he was doing the scene, I remember, he was slightly drowning because he couldn’t wipe his nose and the water was falling down into his upside-down nose, into his nostrils. So he was kinda drowning, and the only way he could breathe was through his mouth. It doesn’t look un-pleasurable, but I think it must’ve been.”Read Sam Raimi and stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad s full interview about the upside-down kiss.London is Deserted from 28 Days Later (2002) 87%Director Danny Boyle: One of the technical advantages of using these smaller cameras is that you could shoot a location, not multiple times, but you could shoot it from multiple viewpoints simultaneously. Cillian was in no rush, he could just walk across. But you don’t get much time at these locations free of people even at four o’clock in the morning when we shot. So what happened was we hired a lot of students, because they’re cheap, to be our traffic marshals.”Read Danny Boyle s full interview about creating an eerily deserted London for the opening moments.A Kiss in the Rain from The Notebook (2004) 53%Director Nick Cassavetes: There was something built up between these two kids, and it has nothing to do with directing. Because when we turned the cameras on, the scene was like: He s mad at her, she s mad at him, and then he says that he wrote her every day, and that s the key that unlocks the door. And when that door got unlocked, I didn t need to direct nothing. They wound up together for many years after the movie, which is…I don t know if I m proud of it, but I think it s fantastic that they found each other like that. And I think that was the moment, because they weren t together before that kiss. But they were together after that kiss, so maybe that was one of the deciding moments.”Read Nick Cassavetes full interview about the kiss in the rain moment.Crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma (2014) 99%Representative John Lewis: I truly believe that Oprah, Ava, and the staff working on the film sought my involvement because they knew my history. Selma represented an attempt to redeem the soul of America, to help us move closer to the participation of all people in the political process. This film can educate and inform the mind of hundreds and thousands of young people around America and around the world.”Read Representative John Lewis and actor Stephan James s full interview about the final bridge-crossing moment. Cars don t fly! from Furious 7 (2015) 82%Actor Vin Diesel: And it was that moment where we realized that Fast and Furious didn’t need to be restricted in any way. That we were so thorough about story and character, and it’s so much a tale of brotherhood and family, right, that we were allowed these kind of outrageous and fantasy-filled moments, and flying through the air was playing to that. Flying from building to building was playing to that. It was one of those solutions to the riddle, or answers to the riddle, How do we one-up the spectacle of each film? ”Read Vin Diesel s full interview about the skyscraper-jump moment.Juan teaches Chiron to Swim in Moonlight (2016) 98%Cinematographer James Laxton: When Barry alerted us to the storm approaching, we gathered our equipment together as quickly as possible, ran out into the water, and in some respects… I don t want to say improvised, because what is in the script is on camera, if not in the exact way it was depicted. But we had a lot more shots in our shot list, and [were going to be] much more organized about capturing it. We had to really get out there and let Mahershala as Juan guide this young man, and [have] me out in the water, as well, trying to capture this swimming lesson as it came. It [was shot] almost like a documentary, less so like a film in some respects. Sometimes your reaction to moments is as good as a well detailed plan might be. Sometimes it s even better.”Read James Laxton s full interview about the swimming lesson moment.Carl and Ellie in the Opening of Up (2009) 98%Director Pete Docter: There’s one moment in that montage where Ellie has to go to the doctor and it’s implied that they can’t have children for whatever reason. That raised some eyebrows even here at work as we were developing the film. So, we did experiment with taking it out. And we thought, ‘Well, maybe [the sequence] could still work [without it] because there’s some really charming stuff.’ But the strange thing was, not only did we not feel the emotion as strongly in that one little sequence, but as we watched the rest of the film the whole film lost a little bit. I can’t really fully explain that other than to say it was a real dark, low moment for them that I think made that relationship feel more real. The sort of pain and loss of that situation bonded those characters together and made you empathize more with them. Read Pete Docter s full interview about Up s opening sequence.Gollum Talks to Smeagol from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 95%Actor Andy Serkis: I d never considered myself a voice actor, just a regular actor, and I had to kind of think my way into it. I started to work on this notion that he s called Gollum because of the way he sounds – and what would make his voice sound like that? I started to think about constriction of the throat, and as I was doing that, I was actually fortunate enough to witness my cat throwing up a fur ball. It suddenly gave me this idea that the whole physicality of the role would be determined by this force within, which is kind of built out of guilt and torment – this involuntary physical action is what caused this sound coming out of his mouth. The cat throwing up a fur ball is actually what generated the idea for this involuntary spewing out of words. Read Andy Serkis s full interview about the Gollum-Smeagol moment.The Bridesmaids get Food Poisoning from Bridesmaids (2011) 90%Co-Writer Annie Mumolo: We [originally] had a fantasy sequence where they go into the dress shop, and Kristen s character tries on this dress and she has this fantasy that when she wears this dress, she s all of a sudden in a castle. And all the men at the wedding are fawning over her. There s so many of them wanting her so badly [that] just to escape from the castle she goes running out into this field and runs into the forest. And she naturally sees Christian Bale there, who’s chopping wood without a shirt on. And they end up on a bearskin rug, and he was combing her hair, and it was this expansive sequence of her little love affair with Christian Bale. In the meantime, [back in the real world] Helen gets the women to get the dress she wants because Annie is caught up in her fantasy. So that was the original [scene]. And then I think Judd said at one point we ll never get Christian Bale to do this. And then we tried to put in Matt Damon and then we re like, As if we re going to get Matt Damon to do this.’ He was concerned we weren t going to get anybody to do it. And also he felt it needed harder comedy there, rather than what we had. So, we sadly let that go. We did not want to let that go. We loved that sequence. Read Annie Mumolo and director Paul Feig s full interview about the food-poisoning moment.Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort Duel from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) 96%Director David Yates: “Harry so
(Photo by James Dimmock/CBS)Reporters gathered for the Television Critics Association s semiannual conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, where CBS, CBS All Access, and Pop networks presented panels for their new and returning shows. Read on to find out news about Star Trek: Discovery, the new season of The Good Fight, and new series including drama The Red Line and reality competition The World s Best.TOP STORYStar Trek: Discovery Prepares for Spock’s ArrivalWhen is Spock (Ethan Peck) actually arriving on the Discovery? Star Trek: Discovery showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin aren’t giving any dates, but they did tease what will happen when he does finally show up.“When you see him, it’s going to be different than what you would have expected coming into the show,” Kadin said. Spock’s presence has been a “looming specter” over Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) throughout the first season of the CBS All Access series, and plays a large part in her identity. When her brother of sorts does arrive, “hopefully you’ll be invested in all the mysteries,” Kurtzman said.In addition to Spock’s introduction, the second season will explore “faith and science and how they relate to each other,” Martin-Green said, and will introduce other species both new and familiar to Trek fans.“You will be seeing more cultures this season,” Kurtzman said, though he declined to confirm or deny whether that will include Romulans. “Those different alien species are often metaphors, as all things are in Star Trek, for people or situations that we’re dealing with in the real world. We are very selective [about what we use].”In choosing which existing Star Trek species to add, there were many conversations of what those species will look like in the Discovery world, which takes place 10 years before the original series.“It’s always fun to reinvent the look of something, but you can’t reinvent it too much,” Kurtzman said, citing some fans’ outcry over the Klingons’ look in season 1. But because “prosthetics have come a very long way” since previous Trek iterations, changes do need to be made so it fits into the look of Discovery. “I think we look to see what are the staple things that you recognize visually about these aliens,” Kurtzman said, and the prosthetics team goes from there.And while the second season really just started, Kurtzman and Kadin and their writers are already talking about the (not-yet-ordered) third season. “You have to start thinking about season 3 in the middle of season 2 because you have to [write scenes that pay off],” Kurtzman said. Before then, though, the season 2 finale will not disappoint, Kurtzman promised: “We’re cutting the finale right now – I cannot wait for you guys to see it.”And there will be more Trek between seasons, too, with two new animated editions of web series Short Treks.Stephen King’s The Stand Headed to TV (Again)(Photo by ABC/courtesy Everett Collection)The latest Stephen King novel headed television has actually been there before: CBS All Access is producing a 10-episode limited event series based on The Stand. The 1978 novel takes place in a post-apocalyptic world after a deadly flu has decimated a large portion of humanity. Its previous small-screen adaptation took the form of an eight-hour 1994 miniseries (Certified Fresh at 78% on the Tomatometer) that starred Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, and Rob Lowe. The new version will be written by The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone and Ben Cavell (Justified), and directed by Boone. The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’re doing; the scripts are dynamite,” King said in a statement. “The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling. I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen. The Good Fight Season 3 Pays Tribute to PrinceThe second season of The Good Fight was praised for its timely observations about Donald Trump’s presidency, and even named each episode after the day of Trump’s presidency in which it takes place. The third season will continue to tackle politics and current events, but the series made a few fun tweaks. Season 3’s episodes will be named like Friends episodes (“The One Inspired By…”), and the episodes will each contain characters delivering soliloquies “in a Shakespearean fashion talking about what’s in [their] heads,” showrunner Robert King said, along with Schoolhouse Rock-esque cartoons that will explain “something like Russian troll farms or NDAs or Roy Cohn” to the audience. Another fun change: Instead of a musical episode, the series will take advantage of its musically talented stars (including Tony winners Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald) with musical moments. Baranski and McDonald will organically duet on Prince’s “Raspberry Beret,” and new star Michael Sheen will sing the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There.”Will The World’s Best Live Up to Its Title?CBS’ newest reality show entry is promising a lot with its name, The World’s Best. But executive producer Mike Darnell, who used to head up the reality department at Fox, says he’s proud of the title. While most reality shows in the U.S. are based on international formats, this one is homegrown. “It’s new and because it’s made here, it was an enormous amount of work. When I did Idol for Fox or X Factor, or, you know, a myriad of other shows that have been done, they weren’t easy, but you had a template to look at. This is brand new, and it feels it, and it’s a huge swing, and I think you can see it feels appropriate after the Super Bowl.” The talent competition is America’s Got Talent-eque, but features competitors and judges from around the world. The main judging panel is comprised of Drew Barrymore, RuPaul, and Faith Hill. The series premieres after the Super Bowl on CBS.Noah Wyle Returns to Chicago in The Red LineAfter years on E.R., Noah Wyle is returning to Chicago in his new CBS drama, The Red Line. Wyle plays a teacher whose black doctor husband is mistakenly shot by a white cop during a convenience store robbery. The series deals with race relations and loss, and the actor had an “intense” emotional reaction when he read the script. In fact, he began to tear up while discussing it with journalists.“I have never read a piece of material and had it move me like that, and that consistently happened with every single script. I can’t even talk about this show without getting upset,” Wyle said.While E.R. filmed mainly in Los Angeles, The Red Line shot in Chicago with a crew from the city.“It was about leaving a lot of my creature comforts that I’ve enjoyed in the last couple of years in terms of having some authority and some power, wearing different hats and really just doing it differently on almost every single level. And through that, I got to really fall in love with acting again and appreciate good writing, and I was very grateful every day,” the actor said.The Red Line, an eight-episode event series, premieres Sunday, April 28 (8-10 p.m., ET/PT) on CBS, with broadcasts in two-hour installments across four Sundays.