Check out the video below to learn 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Home Alone.
Not too long ago I posted Harry Houdini’s Secrets Revealed.
It was a very popular post and I’m no fool so today we have 10 Secrets Behind Harry Houdini’s Greatest Illusions.
io9 and Charlie Jane Anders present The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About Star Trek Season Two.
Kate Erbland gives us 22 Things You Might Not Know About The Breakfast Club.
My two favorites…
08. Emilio Estevez was originally slated to play Bender, but Hughes couldn’t find anyone else who was right for the Andrew role, so Estevez ultimately switched and the Bender gig went to Judd Nelson.
10. Other actresses that could have played Claire [Molly Ringwald’s part]? Robin Wright, Jodie Foster, and Laura Dern, who all auditioned for the part.
I took the Whose Brainchild Are You? Quiz at Brain.Mic and you can see my results above.
If you decide to take the quiz, be sure to post your results!
Film School Rejects presents 39 Things We Learned from the Banned “Dr. No” Commentary by Kevin Carr. Here are five of my favorites…
1. The iconic James Bond theme was not in the original picture. The score had “Underneath the Mango Tree” as Bond’s theme, and Young thought “that’s a really stupid idea” because eventually they would make a James Bond movie without mango trees. John Barry was referred to him, and he wrote the recognizable theme without even seeing the film.
7. It took ten takes of Bond tossing his hat onto the coat tree to get the shot. In later films, Connery became good enough to hit the mark on the first try.
23. When the Three Blind Mice try to assassinate Bond in the parking lot, Hunt did not have a shot of the passing car’s headlight that distract them from following through because Young never shot it. In order ot make the shot work, Hunt flared the film on the actors in post production to show the flash of light.
31. Young discovered Ursula Andress in a pile of photographs on the desk of a producer. He asked if he could keep the photo and took it to Cubby Broccoli to find her for the role of Honey Ryder. They cast her primarily because of her looks and never had a formal audition or test of her acting ability.
34. Ursula Andress was overdubbed by actress Nikki Van der Zyl because her accent was too thick and the filmmakers could not understand all of her lines.
BBC.com created a cool page where you enter your birth date, sex, height and weight and they tell you how you and the world have changed since you were born.
Mental Floss has 8 Bizarre Facts About Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone that are worth a read.
One of the great reoccurring treats at JoBlo.com is Movie Easter Eggs. Movie Easter Eggs are hidden messages, jokes and nods to other films that are hidden within a movie.
One of the Movie Easter Eggs covered this week is that in the movie The Departed. Director Martin Scorsese…
…paid tribute to Howard Hawks’ original 1932 version of SCARFACE in which the director included a bunch of Xs in scenes to imply that a character was going to end up dead.
You can see the X’s in The Departed scenes. Click over and you can see the X’s in Scarface as well as Movie Easter Eggs for Kill Bill, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Simpson’s Movie and Back to the Future.
“Did you know that the average person spends four years of his life looking down at his cell phone?…
Kinda ironic ain’t it, how these touch screens can make us lose touch…”
I wonder… Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?
Kevin Carr at Film School Rejects provides 41 Things We Learned from the Dracula commentary.
Here are five of my favorites…
16. Dracula’s infamous line “I never drink wine” was not in the book or the stage play. However, after it became popular from the film, it was added to the dialogue of the stage play.
20. Several scenes in the script described fangs for Dracula, however Lugosi never wears them. Even though the Count in Nosferatu had fangs, the vampires from the early Universal films did not have them.
25. Originally, Stoker planned to call the title character Count Vampyr. However, he stumbled upon the history of Vlad Tepis and his name Dracula (meaning “son of the Devil”).
32. The shot of Renfield crawling at the fainted maid is not as sexual or violent as it first appears. In fact, he is trying to catch a fly that has landed on her. This was edited out of the English-language version but left in the Spanish-language one.
34. Originally, Lugosi was not considered for the role in the film. Trade papers suggested Conrad Veidt (the sleepwalker in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari). The studio wanted Lon Chaney, and they ended up offering him a three-picture deal which included a talkie sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. However, Chaney died before this could be done. After several other considerations, Lugosi got the role with a $500 per week salary.
These are just two of 15 One Sentence Facts That are Beyond Interesting. If you enjoy stuff like this, then click over.
CBR.com recently posted their master list for 75 Memorable Moments in Marvel History.
Normally I’d take their list and give you my top ten moments or I’d pick a nit [like why didn’t Shang-Chi fighting either Razorfist or The Cat make the list] but this time I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the trip down memory lane.