In one of the best-known scenes from The Godfather, Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is visited by his godson, the famous singer Johnny Fontane (a character widely believed to be based on Frank Sinatra). Fontane asks for Vito's help to secure a film role that will boost his fading career. The head of the film studio, has previously refused to give Fontane the part, but Don Corleone promises to make him an offer he can't refuse. The studio head later wakes to find the severed head of his expensive racehorse in his bed, and Fontane is subsequently given the part.
As Thomas and Martha Wayne walk out of a movie theater with their son Bruce, a poster of The Mark of Zorro (1940) can be seen in the background. Most versions of the Batman origin story have the Waynes leaving a screening of the film. This trend is said to have originated because Batman was largely based on the character of Zorro.
After two decades appearing in front of the camera, Poitier made his first foray behind it in 1972 with the western Buck and the Preacher. Poitier's production was one of the first features to be directed by a person of color in America, and co-starred its director and another groundbreaking star, singer and actor Harry Belafonte.