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While it’s a pretty safe bet that Macs are starring behind the scenes of Hollywood’s greatest creations, Apple’s presence is strong on the other side of the camera, too, as PowerBooks, iPods, Cinema Displays and iPhones appear alongside Academy Award winners, sultry starlets and B-movie hacks. Over the years, Apple’s chic style has caught the eye of more than a few set designers, directors and writers, making for some memorable moments:
10. Meet the Fockers: Just about every character uses a Mac in this flick, but the best setup can be found in Jack Byrnes’ secret RV room, where he has a giant Cinema Display mounted with an iSight. We’re not sure what kind of computer he was using, but it’s probably a dual 2.5 Ghz Power Mac G5 --- the top of the line at the time.
9. Hot Fuzz: When Sgt. Nicholas Angel tours his new digs in Sandford, he is horrified to find a terribly inadequate staff and antiquated equipment, capped off by the chime of a mid-1990s Mac powering up (by pressing a button on an ADB keyboard, no less). It’s tough to pinpoint exactly which Mac family the computer is from, but they stopped making the keyboard in 1998.
8. Monsters, Inc.: Apple has a long history of hiding fun little Easter eggs in its products, and Steve Jobs has continued that tradition as CEO of his other company. Many of Pixar’s films contain scattered Apple references, but the coolest has to be from Monster's Inc. Near the end of the film, Mike is admiring his and Sculley’s picture on the cover of Business Shriek; on the back is an Apple-ish ad with the tagline “Scare Different.” What it’s advertising is anybody’s guess.
7. Jurassic Park: Before all heck breaks loose, the dinosaurs are kept secure by a bank of Macintosh Quadra 700s; you can see a few of them in the control room and even hear a familiar chime when the entire system is rebooted. Remember: it was human error that brought the park down.
6. Final Destination 2: Right after purchasing a brand new Apple computer, lottery winner Evan Lewis sets off a fiery chain reaction by accidentally microwaving a refrigerator magnet with his leftover Chinese food. The scene ends with a fire-escape ladder impaling him through the right eye, but the real tragedy here is the unopened iMac G4 that burns in the fire.