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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Thanksgiving Movies

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it (yes, Thanksgiving, not that other holiday that the stores jump the gun on this time of year), and we thought we'd share a few of our favorite Turkey Day movies and some fun facts you may or may not know about them.

These photos should give them away.




Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween! Halloween (the movie) trivia!

Halloween (the movie) trivia!

Happy Halloween! Here are some interesting things you may or may not have known about one of the most successful independent movies of all time, Halloween.

Shot in 28 days in the spring of 1978 on a budget of $300,000 the movie went on to gross $47 million at the US box office. While everyone worked hard on the movie, no one involved had any idea it would be that successful.

Half the budget was spent on Panavision cameras so that the film would be in 2.35:1 scope.

The original script was titled "The Babysitter Murders".

The script didn't call for any particular mask, and at one point, they were thinking of using a smiling clown mask. The one they ended up using was a one dollar Captain Kirk mask with the eyebrows and sideburns ripped off, painted fish-belly white. They thought it was creepier because it was emotionless.

Michael Myers is listed in the credits not as "Michael Myers", but "The Shape".

Jamie Lee Curtis was so disappointed in her performance after the first day of shooting that she was sure she was going to be fired. John Carpenter called her up that night to tell her how happy he was with the way things were going. Curtis has said in interviews how uncommonly kind that was and that that has never happened to her in her career since.

John Carpenter wrote the score in four days. He also performs it. The main theme is in rarely used 5/4 time, a rhythm Carpenter's father taught him.

There was no money for wardrobe. All the actors wore their own clothes aside from the coveralls and mask for Michael Myers.

Nick Castle, one of Carpenter's friends from USC film school, was originally on set just to watch the filming, but Carpenter liked the way he walked and asked him to don the mask and coveralls for most of the scenes.

The dark lighting comes from a lack of budget for more lights.

One last question for you: How many people played Michael Myers in the movie? Click here for the answer!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Weird Wednesday

Weird Wednesday

With Halloween approaching, we thought you'd be interested to know that some scary movies were cursed in real life. Here are some weird things that happened on the sets of these movies.

Myra Jones (an uncredited body double for Janet Leigh) was murdered – on the set. A handyman working on the film named Kenneth Dean Hunt told police he had done it to impress the director.

Heather O'Rourke, who played Carol Anne, died just before the release of the third film. She was only 12. Dominique Dunne, who played her older sister in the first movie, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend after the movie's release.

Heath Ledger's death was said to have been caused by the abuse of several prescription drugs, but his brilliant portrayal of the Joker (described by Ledger as "a psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy") has often been attributed as the ultimate cause of his demise.

The Crow:

Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, was killed after a prop gun was loaded with a real bullet instead of a blank. It was oddly similar to the way his father had died twenty years earlier.

Twilight Zone: The Movie:
While filming a scene for The Twilight Zone, a helicopter crashed and decapitated Morrow. The crash also killed two child actors.

Click here for more interesting info on these tragic events.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Where are we Wednesday

Where are we Wednesday Trivia

Halloween is coming up soon, so we thought we test your knowledge of spooky movies. Can you tell us which movies these houses appear in? Click here for the answers!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A tough but fun one

Which movie was NOT directed by Stephen Spielberg?

Here are some initials of huge blockbuster movies, all of which were directed by Spielberg but one. Can you name them all and tell us the odd one out?

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Hint: One of these was produced by Spielberg, not directed by him.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Some Back to School (the movie) Trivia

Image result for back to school movieSchool is starting up again for many, and it reminded us of one of our favorite movies, Back to School. Here's some fun trivia:

If you aren't familiar, the movie, it stars Rodney Dangerfield as Thornton Melon, a fun-loving and obnoxious rich businessman who decides to enter college in order to help his discouraged son get through school.

Most of the outdoors scenes at the college were shot on location at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which Dangerfield had once applied to. He said, "It took forty years, but I finally got here!" No respect!

One of the last shots in the opening montage is of Rodney Dangerfield golfing. This was taken directly from his first film, Caddyshack.

In one scene, Thornton hands in a paper about the novels of Kurt Vonnegut. His spiteful professor, recognizing that it's not Thornton's own work, says that "Whoever did write this doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut." The person Thornton hired was Kurt Vonnegut himself, who has a cameo in the movie.

It was the sixth highest grossing film of 1986, and the second highest grossing comedy of that year (Crocodile Dundee was the first).

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Honoring a Legend

Honoring a Legend

In honor of the recent passing of a legendary movie star, here are a few fun facts about him and his career that you may or may not have known. See if you can guess who we're honoring with this quiz.

This movie star had a promising football career at Florida State until a serious knee injury and subsequent car accident ended it.

From 1973 to 1984 he held the top spot on an annual poll of the "Top 10 Money Makers" in movies.

He turned down the roles of James Bond and Han Solo, and the roles of Edward Lewis in Pretty Woman and John McClane in Die Hard.

Another role he turned down and regretted deeply was a lead in Terms of Endearment, which was specifically written for him. According to Esquire, he said, "Taking that role would have been a way to get all the things I wanted." The role went to Jack Nicholson, and the movie took home several Oscars, including one for Nicholson.

His career was rejuvenated in an Oscar-nominated performance in Boogie Nights, in a role he turned down seven times.

Who is this legendary actor?