What is the most important thing in a movie or television show? Probably the actors in the center of the frame saying the things that are moving the story forward-- But what do you do with all of the periphery area in that widescreen 16x9 aspect ratio? Sure, you could let it all go to waste, or you can take a moment and hide little in-jokes or secrets for observant viewers (or those quick to hit the pause button.) 

Sometimes it's a pair of filmmaker friends referencing one another's work-- like the case of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas in Star Wars and E.T. Other times it's super heroes being referenced in other characters' movies… long before that became just the standard way to make super hero movies. Other times there isn't a major metatextual element-- just a set designer or director throwing a little joke in the frame to make themselves laugh.

We've collected a bunch of our favorites here! 

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