Archive For The “Movies” Category

E.T.’s First Choice Was M&M’s

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E.T.

FACT OF THE DAY: In 1982 Steven Spielberg released a movie that featured one of the most famous extra-terrestrial’s of all time, E.T. In the film E.T. had a liking for Reese’s Pieces. E.T.’s first choice was M&M’s. However, the Mars company passed on the opportunity to have their candy featured. The Hershey’s company did not make that same mistake.

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Film Set Lingo

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filmset

FACT OF THE DAY: A film set has many moving pieces all going on at the same time. Crews set up the next scene while the actors prepare. Walkie Talkies are everywhere with constant back and forth communication. Two frequently heard terms while filming are “10-1” and “10-2”. What do they mean? 10-1 means you are going to the bathroom to go #1 while 10-2 means you are going to go #2.

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Toto Made More Than the Munchkins

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Toto

FACT OF THE DAY: Toto, Dorothy’s dog from The Wizard of Oz made more money than the actors who played the munchkins. Terry (Toto’s real name) made $125 per week while the munchkin actors made $50 per week.

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Was It Blood or Chocolate?

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Psycho Shower Scene

FACT OF THE DAY: “Psycho” is the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic film that features a very popular and well known murder scene. The shower murder of Janet Leigh’s character features blood trickling down a shower drain. But was it blood or was it chocolate? The answer is chocolate syrup.

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It Took Six Days To Write

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off

FACT OF THE DAY: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was the 1986 John Hughes comedy starring Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, and Alan Ruck. Hughes not only directed the film but he also wrote it. Even more astonishing is the fact that it took him only six days to write the entire script.

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Why Movie Trailers Are Called Trailers

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FACT OF THE DAY:  Part of the film watching experience are the movie trailers or previews that are shown. But why are they called trailers when they are shown before the movie? That’s because once upon a time these preview clips were shown AFTER the movie, hence the name “trailer”.

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Toyz In the Hood

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Toy Story

FACT OF THE DAY:  Toy Story was the 1995 smash hit from Pixar films. Featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, this movie led to two sequels and a third coming out in 2019. Before settling on the name Toy Story, there were other title options being considered. No doubt borrowed from the John Singleton film ‘Boyz N the Hood’, one of those options was: Toyz In the Hood.

 

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Salaries for Dumb and Dumber

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Dumb and Dumber

FACT OF THE DAY:  Dumb and Dumber, the 1994 comedy hit film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels , went on to make over $245 million in the box office. The producers started with a budget of $16 million, $7 million of which was the salary for Carrey, who was coming of the success of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. His co-star in the film, made a bit less. Daniels, a known actor in his own right, made a salary of $50,000. Like we said, just a tad bit less than Mr. Pet Detective himself.

 

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The Little Mermaid Turns 29

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The Little Mermaid

FACT OF THE DAY:  Happy Birthday to ‘The Little Mermaid’! The beloved Disney film was released 29 years ago! Twenty nine years and two days to be exact, November 13, 1989.  The animated film follows the story of 16 year old mermaid Ariel, who becomes human for 3 days and then falls in love with a human prince. The Little Mermaid featured such hit songs as Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, and Part of Your World.

 

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The Rock and The Scorpion King

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The Scorpion King

FACT OF THE DAY:  In 2002, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had his first starring role in the film The Scorpion King. It was the first of many starring roles for the full time actor/part-time WWE wrestler. It also marked a Hollywood record. For his acting efforts The Rock earned $5.5 million. That is the most money ever made by an actor in their first starring role.

 

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