... And Trivia Tidbits
Week 44 2017 (31/10/2017)
Two bulldogs, named Tubbs and Tank, shared the role of Spike in The Game Plan (2007).
Week 43 2017 (24/10/2017)
There is a scene in The Darkness (2016) where Kevin Bacon's character opens an email with a link to a video. The clip's ID actually leads to the film's trailer.
Week 42 2017 (17/10/2017)
In The Core (2003) Aaron Eckhart's character Josh uses a peach to demonstrate what will happen to the earth. However, none of the peaches were deemed suitable so an apple had to be painted and used instead.
Week 41 2017 (10/10/2017)
In the movie Eagle Eye (2008) the voice of the autonomous computer system ARIIA is Julianne Moore. The actress chose to go uncredited for the role.
Week 40 2017 (03/10/2017)
The six main actresses in Bad Moms (2016) are all real-life mothers, with Mila Kunis even pregnant with her second child during filming.
Week 39 2017 (26/09/2017)
Joaquin Phoenix was almost seriously burnt while filming a scene for Ladder 49 (2004). It occurred when the factory floor collapsed and a ball of fire was caught below him. Luckily, the crew below were able to use a fire extinguisher as he fell to the pads.
Week 38 2017 (19/09/2017)
The plane that crashes in the first few moments of Rings (2017) was headed towards Seattle, the setting of the original film.
Week 37 2017 (12/09/2017)
There were reportedly a number of bizarre incidents that occurred on the set of The Ring Two (2005), including flooding in the production office on the seventh day of filming, a swarm of bees descending on the prop truck and a rogue deer attack, with all the incidents related to themes from the movie.
Week 36 2017 (05/09/2017)
The tree with the red leaves in The Ring (2002) is a Japanese maple tree whose fruit is ironically known as a 'samara,' the same name as the film's antagonist.
Week 35 2017 (29/08/2017)
The water buffalo that features in Tropic Thunder (2008) was pregnant during filming. The cast and crew discovered this when they came to set one morning and found her nursing her newborn calf.
Week 34 2017 (22/08/2017)
Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997) was the only film in the trilogy not to feature an original song by Michael Jackson. It was also the only film not to feature Jesse's parents Glen and Annie.
Week 33 2017 (15/08/2017)
Each of the kids in Sky High (2005) have their own colour scheme. Will wears red, white and blue, Layla is decked out in green, Gwen in pink, Warren is pictured in red and black, Zack's style is yellow, Magenta opts for purple and Ethan is in orange.
Week 32 2017 (08/08/2017)
Every time the colour grey is shown on screen in Passengers (2008), such as with sheets or clothing, it reveals the truth about the plane crash.
Week 31 2017 (01/08/2017)
The shot of Sarah's medical bag sliding across the floor in Panic Room (2002) proved to be a very laboursome task. It took 103 takes to get it right.
Week 30 2017 (25/07/2017)
Many of the cast of To The Bone (2017) have previously dealt with or played a character who had an eating disorder. Lily Collins and director Marti Noxon both overcame such illnesses, while Ciara Bravo played an anorexic character in Red Band Society (2014) and Leslie Bibb's character on Popular (1999) suffered with bulimia.
Week 29 2017 (18/07/2017)
There are several allusions made to the astronaut's real identity in Zathura (2005) before it is revealed. When he is first seen through the window, Walter's face is reflected in his helmet. And there is also the irony of the line Walter yells at Danny, asking: 'Who's brother are you, his or mine?!'
Week 28 2017 (11/07/2017)
Both actors who portrayed Emma Watson's parents in The Circle (2017) passed away in the year of the film's release. Bill Paxton two months before and Glenne Headly three months after.
Week 27 2017 (04/07/2017)
To ensure she could film some of the complex underwater shots in Into The Blue (2005), Jessica Alba trained with a scuba diving expert, who was located in Oklahoma City.
Week 26 2017 (27/06/2017)
Although Taken 2 (2012) involves many characters who are Albanian mafia or thugs, only one cast member was actually Albanian.
Week 25 2017 (20/06/2017)
Bridget's father in The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants 2 (2008) is played by Blake Lively's real father Ernie.
Week 24 2017 (13/06/2017)
The main characters in Unbreakable (2000) have identified colour schemes, like those of comic book heroes. David often appears in green while Elijah is seen in purple. Aside from their clothes, the colours also show up in wallpapers, bed sheets and personal items.
Week 23 2017 (06/06/2017)
In the film Hancock (2008), the title character is called an asshole 18 times in total. This includes four times by Michael and twice by Red.
Week 22 2017 (30/05/2017)
Twin babies were used in Ella Enchanted (2004) to portray the younger version of the main character. One cried a lot and one was very happy, with the filmmakers strategically using the opening title to cover their faces to hide the switch.
Week 21 2017 (23/05/2017)
As Seth falls in City Of Angels (1998) the music being played is a Polish version of the Hail Mary.
Week 20 2017 (16/05/2017)
The presence of the butterflies in Haunter (2013) is a metaphor for Lisa, her family and the other girls. Just like people collect the insects in jars, leaving them unable to escape, so too was Edgar collecting their souls.
Week 19 2017 (09/05/2017)
In the book and subsequent filmic version of The Light Between Oceans (2016) the two main characters are 9 years apart in age, with Tom 28 years old and Isabel 19 years old. The actors portraying them however were much older at the time of shooting, with Michael Fassbender 37 years old and Alicia Vikander 25 years old.
Week 18 2017 (02/05/2017)
Despite its title, very little of Battle Los Angeles (2011) was actually shot in the film's Californian namesake. Instead, the production took place in Louisiana because of tax incentives.
Week 17 2017 (25/04/2017)
Prom Night (2008) holds the distinction of being the first 'slasher' film in the history of horror films to receive an American PG-13 rating, which fans and critics reviled.
Week 16 2017 (18/04/2017)
Despite its title, the film When a Stranger Calls (2006) does not actually feature any terrorising by cellphone or landline until nearly an hour in, with just the last 30 minutes seeing Jill be harassed.
Week 15 2017 (11/04/2017)
In the scene where the Mayor swears in Nick as the New District Attorney in Law Abiding Citizen (2009), the man who holds the bible was the actual Mayor of Philadelphia at the time of filming, Michael Nutter.
Week 14 2017 (04/04/2017)
Nicolas Cage and John Travolta spent two weeks together before filming Face/Off (1997) to learn how to copy each other, so they could successfully switch roles in the film. During that time they worked out specific gestures and vocal cadences that they could mimic.
Week 13 2017 (28/03/2017)
In Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Christian's childhood bedroom has two notable posters on the wall. These include one of the film The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004) and one for UFC. According to star Jamie Dornan, the latter was picked to create a more masculine image for Grey.
Week 12 2017 (21/03/2017)
The ending to Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) was originally going to be slightly different from the one that made it into the final film. Director Sam Taylor-Johnston wanted to see Ana stop Christian from following her into the elevator by saying her safeword 'red', however writer E.L. James vetoed the idea.
Week 11 2017 (14/03/2017)
There are several illusions in Nocturnal Animals (2016) between the 'real' world and the 'book' world. When Susan first tells Edward she dislikes his book, she is lying on a red velvet couch. The bodies of Laura and India in the book are found on a similar lounge. Likewise, when Edward and Susan break-up he is standing near a green Camaro car, the same type the villains use in the book.
Week 10 2017 (07/03/2017)
Scriptwriter Larry Cohen worked on the screenplay for Cellular (2004) while he was trying to sell his one for Phone Booth (2002). He said that he wrote it to be in direct opposition. Where Phone Booth was about a man trapped on a phone in one location, Cellular was about a man trapped on a phone but who could go anywhere.
Week 9 2017 (28/02/2017)
The chase scene at PNC Park in Abduction (2011) was filmed during an actual game on August 22, 2010. Director John Singleton utilised a small crew and Taylor Lautner did his own stunts. The Pirates beat the Mets in the game 2-1.
Week 8 2017 (21/02/2017)
The scene of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's capture and arrest in Patriots Day (2017) was filmed on the second anniversary of his actual capture and arrest.
Week 7 2017 (14/02/2017)
Mother's Day (2016) marked the third holiday ensemble film directed by Garry Marshall after Valentine's Day (2010) and New Year's Eve (2011). It was also his final film before his death.
Week 6 2017 (07/02/2017)
The theatrical poster for Bad Neighbours 2 (2016) is a parody of the year's biggest superhero film Captain America: Civil War (2016), which also involved two teams fighting against each other.
Week 5 2017 (31/01/2017)
In the fight scene in Stranger Things (2016) between Jonathan and Steve, whoe are played by Charlie Heaton and Joe Keery respectively, Joe Keery was accidentally punched in the face. Twice.
Week 4 2017 (24/01/2017)
In the live-action remake of Pete's Dragon (2016), Pete spends about 85 per cent of the movie barefoot, both in town and in the woods.
Week 3 2017 (17/01/2017)
The basement of the house in which most of the filming took place for Lights Out (2016) mysteriously caught fire just a few months after production wrapped.
Week 2 2017 (10/01/2017)
Stephen Lang, who played the blind antagonist in Don't Breathe (2016) wore contacts for the role, which greatly restricted his vision, particularly in low light. The other actors also wore contact lenses for the scenes that took place in the dark, to make their eyes appear dilated.
Week 1 2017 (03/01/2017)
The film High-Rise (2015) never directly states which time period it is set in; however many elements point to it being the seventies. There are no cell phones, portable electronic devices or access to the internet. The clothes, vehicles and everyday items seem to be dated. And finally, a lot of smoking takes place in areas that nowadays are illegal, such as in doctor's offices and near children.
Week 52 2016 (27/12/2016)
In the book Pay It Forward (2000) is based on, the teacher is a black man named Reuben St. Clair and so the role was originally offered to Denzel Washington. When he turned it down due to other commitments, Kevin Spacey signed on and the character was changed to a white man named Eugene Simonet.
Week 51 2016 (20/12/2016)
A special oil rig was built specifically for Deepwater Horizon (2016) in Chalmette, Louisiana. Because of its size it has been called the largest set piece ever constructed.
Week 50 2016 (13/12/2016)
The iconic Journey song 'Don't Stop Believin' from Glee (2009) is actually sung a total of six times in the series' run, in the Pilot, Sectionals, Journey to Regionals, Sweet Dreams, New Directions and 2009 episodes.
Week 49 2016 (06/12/2016)
The Purge: Election Year (2016) continues the expansion of the series, with the first film taking place in a house, the second taking place in the streets and the third taking place in the government. Similarly the first film follows the rich, the second follows the poor and the third follows the political.
Week 48 2016 (29/11/2016)
When Karen tries to guess B's job in Christmas Eve (2015) she says he is a private detective, in a nod to actor James Roday's previous role Shawn Spencer in Psych (2006).
Week 47 2016 (22/11/2016)
The film Imperium (2016) takes inspiration from the real-life story of FBI Agent Michael German, who actually helped co-write the script.
Week 46 2016 (15/11/2016)
The cast of Fathers & Daughters (2015) includes three Academy Award winners in Russell Crowe, Octavia Spencer and Jane Fonda, as well as two Academy Award nominees in Quvenzhane Wallis and Janet McTeer.
Week 45 2016 (08/11/2016)
Four separate birds shared the title role in The Real Macaw (1998).
Week 44 2016 (01/11/2016)
After the release of the documentary Blackfish (2013), Seaworld reported a wide loss in profits and as of August 2015 the company's earnings had dropped 84% compared to the period before the film's release.
Week 43 2016 (25/10/2016)
Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) is loosely based on the 1988 pirate novel 'On Stranger Tides' by Tim Powers, however despite the book's main protagonist sharing the name Jack, there are actually very few similarities between him and Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow.
Week 42 2016 (18/10/2016)
The pieces of eight, as seen in Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (2007), include Ragetti's wooden eye (Barbossa's), a miniature wine-cup (Ammand the Corsair's), a jack of spades playing card (Capitaine Chevalle's), a cork in a broken rum nottle (Captain Vallenueva's), a pair of glasses (Mistress Ching's), a pair of tobacco shears (Gentleman Jocard's), a tusk fragment (Sri Sumbhajee's), a pendant (Sao Feng / Elizabeth Swann's) and an old coin (Jack Sparrow).
Week 41 2016 (11/10/2016)
As of 2016, Sully (2016) is the shortest film Clint Eastwood has directed out of 35 pictures, clocking in at just 96 minutes.
Week 40 2016 (04/10/2016)
Post production on Disney's real-life tale The Finest Hours (2016) lasted well over a year, with the film requiring almost 1000 visual effects shots.
Week 39 2016 (27/09/2016)
James Watkins' Bastille Day (2016) was released in France the day before their national holiday. After a tragic terrorist attack in Nice on Bastille Day, StudioCanal permanently removed the advertising for the film and left it up to individual theatres to decide whether they would screen it.
Week 38 2016 (20/09/2016)
There were more scenes planned with Black Phillip, the goat in The Witch (2015), however he wasn't as well trained as expected so they had to be scratched. In contrast, the best behaved animal was the hare, with the raven and horse also easy to work with.
Week 37 2016 (13/09/2016)
When Natalie Dormer's character in The Forest (2016) is first searching for information about the Aokigahara forest, the photos she browses through are real, even showing the famous 'half face man' that inspired the film's poster.
Week 36 2016 (06/09/2016)
The Las Vegas SWAT car chase sequence in Jason Bourne (2016) took five weeks to shoot and destroyed more than 170 cars in the process.
Week 35 2016 (30/08/2016)
Almost every cast member of Pretty Little Liars (2010) knew who A was, except for Lucy Hale who plays Aria. They were apparently afraid she would accidentally spill the beans because as she has mentioned before in interviews, she is no good at keeping secrets.
Week 34 2016 (23/08/2016)
Despite it being the fourth film they had teamed up in, due to scheduling conflicts George Clooney and Julia Roberts actually spent very little time filming together on Money Monster (2016). Roberts even ended up shooting all her scenes with 'green screen' monitors, so she never actually saw Clooney that way either.
Week 33 2016 (16/08/2016)
Valak, the name of the demon in The Conjuring 2 (2016), appears multiple times throughout the film, all in the Warren family home. The first is in the colourful bangles hanging from the window in the kitchen. The second, third and fourth time are in the daughters bracelets, which all have the name Valak in them. A fifth time can be noticed in the ornaments on the bookshelf as Lorraine naps, and finally, the name appears once more in the pages of the book after her dream.
Week 32 2016 (09/08/2016)
The Revenant (2015) was shot entirely with natural light, with the exception of one scene. A campfire sequence at night was causing the light to pulse in distracting ways, so cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and his team laid light bulbs around the fire to create a cushion of light.
Week 31 2016 (02/08/2016)
The titular monster's face in Krampus (2015) is never truly seen, instead positioned so it is hidden under a Santa Claus mask. This was a deliberate choice by the filmmakers to allow viewers to draw their own conclusions about his actual appearance, and 'imagine' the worst possibility.
Week 30 2016 (26/07/2016)
The Ozaki 8 as seen in the remake Point Break (2015) are: 1) Emerging Force - Navigate the Inga Falls Rapids, 2) Birth of Sky - Base jump from a high top, 3) Awakening Earth - Land in the Cave of Swallows after skydiving, 4) Life of Water - Surf giant ocean waves 30 metres high, 5) Life of Wind - Fly with a wing-suit after base jumping, 6) Life of Ice - Snowboard from the top of a mountain, 7) Master of Six Lives - Rock climb without safety measures, and 8) Act of Ultimate Trust - Jump from a waterfall.
Week 29 2016 (19/07/2016)
Cabin Fever (2016) is not a sequel or reboot of the original 2002 film, but is instead a shot-by-shot remake, that even uses the same script.
Week 28 2016 (12/07/2016)
The speech Colonel Vosch delivers to the young soldiers in The 5th Wave (2016) is from Corinthians 13:11 and reads 'When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I understood as a child, but when I became an adult I put away childish things.'
Week 27 2016 (05/07/2016)
The film Truth (2015) marks the second time both Robert Redford and Topher Grace have played journalists on screen. Redford portrayed Bob Woodward in All The President's Men (1976) while Grace played Eddie Brock in Spider-Man 3 (2007).
Week 26 2016 (28/06/2016)
Whilst filming a scene involving his character Calvin Candie smashing his hand on the dinner table in Django Unchained (2012), Leonardo DiCaprio accidentally crushed a stemmed wine glass and injured his hand, causing it to bleed. Instead of pausing to get his hand looked at, DiCaprio stayed in character, ignored it, and played out the scene. The whole room erupted in a standing ovation once he was finished, and director Quinton Tarantino was so impressed he used the take in the final cut of the movie.
Week 25 2016 (21/06/2016)
To film the lava destroying part of Los Angeles in Volcano (1997), the crew constructed an elaborate miniaturized portion of Los Angeles in a hangar at San Bernadino International airport.
Week 24 2016 (14/06/2016)
Insurgent (2015) marks the first sequel actress Kate Winslet has been involved with. Interestingly the movie both begins and ends with a scene involving her character Jeanine.
Week 23 2016 (07/06/2016)
There are a few allusions to Stephen King's short story 'Children of the Corn' in the film Sinister 2 (2015). Both the farmhouse and cornfield were chosen because of their relation to the tale, and the character of Milo is loosely based on Isaac from King's work.
Week 22 2016 (31/05/2016)
There is very little blood, swearing, or sex involved in the horror film Sinister (2012), as the filmmakers were hoping to achieve a PG-13 rating. However, upon review they still received an R-Rating, based on the content alone.
Week 21 2016 (24/05/2016)
All three of the main actors in Jonathon Levine's The Night Before (2015) have previously appeared in Superhero movies. Anthony Mackie plays Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt played Officer Blake / Robin in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Seth Rogen portrayed Britt Reid, the titular character in The Green Hornet (2011).
Week 20 2016 (17/05/2016)
Kevin Costner not only starred in, but personally helped finance the film Black Or White (2014). He did so because he was moved by Mike Binder's screenplay, which discussed the emotional context of both family and race.
Week 19 2016 (10/05/2016)
The crew of Jumper (2008) were actually allowed to film within the Colosseum for three days, under strict conditions. They were not allowed to place equipment on the ground, could only shoot from 6:30 to 8:30 am and 3:30 to 5:30 pm to avoid disturbing tourists, and had to rely on only natural sunlight as a means of lighting their shots.
Week 18 2016 (03/05/2016)
The movie How To Be Single (2016) differs greatly from the novel it is set on. In the book the story centres on Julie Jenson, a thirty-eight-year-old book publicist, who travels around the world to see how different cultures deal with being single. In the film, the protagonists name is changed to Alice and her exploits take place only in New York.
Week 17 2016 (26/04/2016)
The character of Tom Lincoln in The Island (2005) bears many similarities with Ewan McGregor, the actor who portrays him. Both are Scottish, and both have a liking for custom sport bikes.
Week 16 2016 (19/04/2016)
The castle featured in The Decoy Bride (2011) is Dumfries and Galloway's long abandoned Caerlaverock Castle. Its moat, twin towered gatehouse, and battlements where given a messy look with CGI for its first appearance, before you see the 'cleaned up' or original version later on.
Week 15 2016 (12/04/2016)
For her role in Miss You Already (2015) playing cancer patient Milly, actress Toni Collette was so dedicated she actually shaved her head. Her performance was so inspiring to Tyson Ritter (who played Ace in the film), that he wrote the song 'There's A Place' to feature in a scene the two share.
Week 14 2016 (05/04/2016)
William Jimeno and John McLoughlin - the real-life Port Authority Police Officers who were part of 9/11 and the men for whom the film World Trade Center (2006) is based upon - both cameo in the movie in the final barbecue scene. You can see Michael Pena, who plays Jimeno, hugging his true-life counterpart.
Week 13 2016 (29/03/2016)
The real Lorraine Warren and Andrea Perron served as special consultants to director James Wan when he was filming The Conjuring (2013), with both claiming that the film is highly accurate to the events that occurred. They are depicted in the movie by Vera Farmiga and Shanley Caswell respectively.
Week 12 2016 (22/03/2016)
During the final meadow scene in The Time Traveler's Wife (2009), there is an allusion to the cover of the Audrey Niffenegger book the film is based on. After Henry disappears, his daughter Alba scoops down to pick up the pair of brown loafers he was wearing, recreating the cover art of a young girl, visible from mid-leg down, standing next to a brown pair of loafers in a field.
Week 11 2016 (15/03/2016)
The thermal vision shots seen in the movie Sicario (2015) were actually filmed with a FLIR SC8300 thermal vision camera, and were not, as many think, added in post-production.
Week 10 2016 (08/03/2016)
There are a number of allusions in The Guest (2014) to filmmaker's Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett's previous movie You're Next (2011). These include a fox mask worn by one of the guests at the party Anna and David attend, as well as the phrase 'You're Next' scrawled in blood in the Halloween maze.
Week 9 2016 (01/03/2016)
The movie A Walk In The Woods (2015) is based on the book of the same name by Bill Bryson. In reality, Bryson and Katz the two main characters were 44 the summer they attempted to hike the Appalachian Trail. In the film they are played by Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, who were both in their 70's at the time of shooting.
Week 8 2016 (23/02/2016)
In the movie Ransom (1996), Tom (Mel Gibson) suggests that 'John Smith' will be a good pseudonym to use. Gibson had only just previously provided the voice of an identically named character in Pocahontas (1995).
Week 7 2016 (16/02/2016)
The movie Chappie (2015) features controversial South African musical group Die Antwoord as two of the lead roles Ninja and Yo-Landi. Despite portraying these pivotal characters, and working with production designers to influence much of the art in the movie, they were rarely featured in promotions for the film.
Week 6 2016 (09/02/2016)
American Ultra (2015) is often described as the 'Stoner Bourne', with the two films sharing similar premises. However, the former film mentions other nods to the Matt Damon movies, with its fictional town Liman, West Virginia denoting The Bourne Identity (2002) director Doug Liman, and Kristen Stewart's character's surname Selburg, potentially referencing The Bourne Identity actor David Selburg.
Week 5 2016 (02/02/2016)
Whilst the film Z for Zachariah (2015) is based on the novel of the same name by Robert C. O'Brien, it deviates majorly with the introduction of the "love triangle". In the book there are only ever two protagonists, Ann and Loomis.
Week 4 2016 (26/01/2016)
None of the four main characters in Terminator Genisys (2015) are American despite playing that nationality. Emilia Clarke is British, Arnold Schwarzenegger is Austrian-American, and Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke are Australian. Additionally, Matt Smith who plays the role of a crucial side character in the film is also not American, he is instead British.
Week 3 2016 (19/01/2016)
The Gift (2015) marks the feature directorial debut of Joel Edgerton. The Australian actor also starred in, and wrote the piece as well.
Week 2 2016 (12/01/2016)
The film Max (2015) is dedicated to the memory of the 26 dogs and 25 handlers who have been killed in the service of America since 2003.
Week 1 2016 (05/01/2016)
The lead protagonist's name in Disney's Tomorrowland (2015) is a nod to one of the most important minds in science, that of Sir Isaac Newton. Her surname is a direct reference being Newton, but her first name, Casey, also alludes to the historical star, as when reversing the pronunciation it forms the name 'Isaac'.
There was only one day of exterior shooting that occurred for Poseidon (2006). This was to get footage of Josh Lucas jogging to be edited into the opening CGI shot of the ship. The rest of the filming took place on sound stages at Warner Bros. Studios, mostly in the water tanks.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) holds the record for the biggest opening weekend for a film that did not reach number one at the US Box Office. It earned $85.8 million, but was beaten by Shrek 2 (2004) which made $95.5 million in its second week run.
To portray Venom in Spider-Man 3 (2007), Topher Grace had to wear a very unpleasent suit. It took an hour to put on, and required a further four hours of prosthetic make-up. It also had to constantly be smeared with black goo to give it a liquid-like appearance, and because it was impossible to use the bathroom whilst in it, Grace had to refrain from drinking water between takes.
The scene in Spider-Man (2002) where Peter Parker catches the lunch tray actually involved no CGI at all. Instead a sticky substance was used to keep the tray planted on actor Tobey Maguire's hand. The stunt did take quite a few scenes to film successfully however.
Whilst filming Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (2009) Michael Sheen who plays werewolf Lucian, was asked by director Ron Howard if he could record a quick snippet of dialogue for his other film Frost / Nixon (2008). Sheen obliged, heading to his trailer after filming wrapped for the day, still covered in the fake blood from his shot. Whilst recording the dialogue, he asked someone to take a photo of him, which he then sent to Howard, who now has the picture framed and displayed.
The final scene in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) features a variety of characters. However due to conflicting filming schedules many of the actors were never actually on set at the same time, and so their images are digitally combined.
The cameo Dustin Hoffman made in The Holiday (2006) was completely unscripted. He happened to be driving by the Blockbuster DVD store and saw all the film cameras so stopped in. Given that he knew director Nancy Meyers, they worked out a scene, and it ultimately made it into the final film.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) marked the first major Muppet production since the death of creator and Kermit the Frog voice artist Jim Henson. The movie is, as such, dedicated to him.
The Thumb Thumbs from family movie Spy Kids (2001) are actually based on drawings director Robert Rodriguez did as a child.
The neurological disease that Lucy suffers from in 50 First Dates (2004) called Goldfield Syndrome is entirely fictional. Falling asleep actually has nothing to do with true anterograde amnesia, with our regular z's actually proven to help with memory retention, intensifying chemical reactions that help solidify our actions.
Each of Christopher Nolan's Batman movies has one central theme. For The Dark Knight Rises (2012) it is 'Pain', whilst for the other two it was 'Fear' and 'Chaos' respectively.
The girl who plays the younger version of Selene in Underworld: Evolution (2006) is actually Lily Mo Sheen, the real-life daughter of Kate Beckinsale (Selene) and Michael Sheen (Lucien).
For the infamous fight scene in Troy (2004) between Brad Pitt's Achilles and Eric Bana's Hector, there were no stunt doubles used. Instead, the actors had a gentlemen's agreement to pay out for each accidental hit. It cost them $50 dollars for every light blow, and $100 for every hard hit. In the end Pitt ended up owing Bana $750 dollars, whilst Bana owed him nothing back.
The name of the lead character Selene in Underworld (2003) was chosen because it means Goddess of the Moon in Greek. This is a rather tongue-in-cheek nod, as the character is a vampire.
Santa Buddies (2009) marks the fourth time actor George Wendt has portrayed the character of Santa Claus. The other time were in the made for TV films; A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All! (2008), Larry The Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular (2007), and Santa Baby (2006). He has since starred again as Mr Claus in Merry In-Laws (2012).
In The Search For Santa Paws (2010), there are a number of animals which 'speak'. However, out of all these only one reindeer (Dancer) is ever heard.
The film Body Of Lies (2008) features a variety of international locations, including; Manchester (United Kingdom), Samarra and Balad (Iraq), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Langley and Washington DC (United States of America), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Incirlik (Turkey), Vienna (Austria), and Dar'a (Syria). The movie was, however, shot only in Morocco and The United States.
The cotton balls which Buddy eats in the Doctor's office scene from Elf (2003), were made from cotton candy that had not been dyed.
The profanity 'f&*k' is used a total of 237 times in the movie The Departed (2006). This works out to be roughly 1.56 times every minute.
The photo which Meredith gives in The Family Stone (2005), which is a picture of young pregnant Sybil, is actually a picture of a young Diane Keaton. However, with the actress never having been pregnant before the picture is in fact doctored to make her look so.
My Life In Ruins (2009) was the first major Hollywood film since Boy On A Dolphin (1957) to be granted permission to shoot at the Acropolis. An exception was granted to them because the Greek government believed that the movie would help promote their culture and history.
Surviving Christmas (2004) tanked so badly at the box office, after having been delayed ten months that it was released onto DVD only 9 weeks after debuting in theatres. From its reported $45 million dollar budget, it made only $4.4 million back on its opening weekend.
The animated film Balto (1995) was based on a real-life tale of a Siberian Husky who ran as part of a relay to deliver Diptheria serum to those in need in Nome, Alaska. In the movie however, the lead character was changed to being part-wolf, part Siberian Husky to add interest, and the dog who ran majority of the distance, Togo, was cut out.
The characters of Norma Jean and Memphis in Happy Feet (2006) are named after real-life stars Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. This is referenced in the fact Norma Jean Mortenson was Marilyn Monroe's real name, and Elvis Presley lived in Memphis, Tennessee.
For the movie Mr Popper's Penguins (2011), certain shots actually utilized real penguins, taking place on refrigerated sets. In the film these six main animals were named Captain, Lovey, Bitey, Stinky, Loudy, and Nimrod.
In Stuart Little (1999), for almost all the scenes featuring the Little family there is a lot of blue and red colours in the shot. Most of the time the characters themselves are wearing it.
To light up Danny DeVito's character's house so spectacularly in Deck The Halls (2006) special LED lights were used. They came from Boston-based Company Color Kinetics, and formed a 'digital skin' around the house, acting like pixels on a TV screen. Despite being so extensive, at their maximum capacity they used only 7150 watts of energy, which is equivalent to four hair dryers.
The film Christmas With The Kranks (2004) is based on the John Grisham novel 'Skipping Christmas'. Its title was changed so as to avoid confusion with another Christmas movie due out at the same time, entitled Surviving Christmas (2004).
Despite showing a clear obsession with Woody's Roundup, given all the memorabilia he has, the character of Al never actually says the name 'Woody' at any point during Toy Story 2 (1999).
When designing Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio (1940) a total of 27 different colours were used.
In Cadet Kelly (2002) the ages of the characters are 13 years (Kelly), and 16 years (Jennifer and Brad). In reality, the actors playing them were 15 years (Hilary Duff - Kelly), 18 years (Christy Carlson - Jennifer), and 23 years (Shawn Ashmore - Brad).
Both the names of the doppelgangers in The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) (Elizabeth and Isabella) are European translations of the Hebrew name Elisheva, meaning 'God is my Oath'.
The script for Wild Child (2008) was written by first-time screenwriter Lucy Dahl, the daughter of famed children's author Roald Dahl.
The crossbow traps seen in The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor (2008) are actually based off reality. The real excavation of the Terracotta Army by Chinese archaeologists is said to have run in to similar traps which slowed down the dig site due to safety reasons.
Out of the main cast of True Blood (2008) who speak with Southern accents, only a few members like Rutina Wesley and Sam Trammell are actually natives of the United States. Instead, Anna Paquin is from New Zealand, Stephen Moyer is from England, Ryan Kwanten is Australian, and Alexander Skarsgard is Swedish.
The Matrix Revolutions (2003) opened with an unprecedented global release, when the film debuted simultaneously around the world at the exact same time on November 5th, 2003. It opened in over 50 countries with start times ranging between 6am in Los Angeles, 9am in New York, 2pm in London, 5pm in Moscow, 11pm in Tokyo, and 1am in Sydney.
The Burly Brawl scene in The Matrix Reloaded (2003), where Neo fights Smith and his clones was an intense shoot. It took 27 days to complete, with Neo battling over 80 Smiths. The clones were portrayed by Hugo Weaving and a number of body doubles, with the finished product included four sections that were entirely CGI with no-live action used at all.
When the bat-like Gremlin in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) crashes through the wall and escapes into the city, it leaves a hole that is the exact shape of the Batman symbol.
The song 'How Do I Live' recorded for Con Air (1997) had the unique honour of being nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the Razzie for Worst Original Song. Ironically, it won neither of these awards.
The song 'The Hanging Tree' from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) comes from lyrics written by Suzanne Collins, and a melody composed by The Lumineers band members Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz. The song was sung by Jennifer Lawrence herself, and went on to become number one on the iTunes sales charts globally.
All five main characters surnames in The World's End (2013) make allusions to royalty. There is (Gary) King, (Andy) Knightly, (Peter) Page, (Steven) Prince, and (Oliver) Chamberlain.
The cast for Definitely, Maybe (2008) features two Oscar Winners in Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda (1988)) and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener (2006)), as well as one Oscar nominee in Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine (2006)).
The title character in the movie Salt (201) is named for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (S.A.L.T.). These talks, which occurred in 1969 and 1979, were between the USA and Soviet Union about the Cold War. Her full Russian name however, is found to be Natasha Alexandrovna Chenkova.
When the show The Nanny (1993) was finally broadcast in the UK, many Britain's wrote in to the show chiding Charles Shaughnessy's (Maxwell Sheffield) 'fake' English accent. They went so far as to suggest that he should practice with co-star Daniel Davis (Niles) to perfect it. The cast found this quite amusing considering Shaughnessy really is an Englishman from London, whilst Davis is an American from Arkansas.
In the film Mirror Mirror (2012) when the characters are in the woods it can be noticed that all the trees are actually birch trees.
The day they shot the French beach scene of Emma and Dex on Holiday in One Day (2011), it was actually raining. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess had to perform under a tarpaulin in their swimsuits and make it seem as if it wasn't cold and wet.
The sharks used in the film The Reef (2010) were actually all real. The footage of them was shot at Port Lincoln in South Australia, a place known for its significantly high number of sharks.
In Divergent (2014) when the five factions are first-mentioned their symbols from the books all appear as well. For Erudite this is the eye looking up from the microscope, for Amity it is the tree in the middle of the field, the Candor scales are seen during a court hearing, the Dauntless flames can be glimpsed on the side of a building, and the Abnegation join hands whilst helping the homeless.
In the movie The Losers (2010), the character Max sometimes wears a white or black glove on his left hand, depending upon the scene. In the film this is because of a bad scar, however it makes allusions to the fact that in the comic Max is actually two agents who are twins.
In Dear John (2010) Amanda Seyfried who plays Savannah, actually wrote and performed the song her character sings to John. It is called Little House, and is available on the soundtrack.
In the movie Oz The Great And Powerful (2013), the title character's full name is given as Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmanuel Ambroise Diggs. If you take the initials this spells out O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D.
Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002) was originally meant to air as three half-an-hour episodes on TV which would close the series out, but after the success of The Rugrats Movie (1998), and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000), Nickelodeon came to an agreement to let it be made as a theatrical film.
In the movie The Purge: Anarchy (2014), Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez play husband and wife. They are in fact married in real life too.
Mila Kunis' character Lily and Natalie Portman's character Nina in Black Swan (2010) are always dressed in juxtaposed colours of black and white, respectively. This is to represent Lily as being the black swan to Nina's pure white Swan.
In WALL-E (2008), the full names of the robot's abbreviations are: Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth class (WALL-E) and Extra-Terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator (EVE).
For Iron Man 2 (2010), Scarlett Johansson died her hair red before she even got the part of Black Widow, because she was that eager for it. She also trained for six weeks before principal photography began, and the entire six-month long shoot of the film, so that she could accurately portray the Russian assassin.
Despite playing one of the back-up singers to Jon Bon Jovi's character in New Year's Eve (2011), in real life Lea Michele almost accidentally hit him with her car once, when she was reversing onto Robertson Boulevard.
In the film Legally Blonde (2001), Reese Witherspoon's character Elle Woods has over 40 different hairstyles.
In the song 'Slipping through my Fingers' in the musical Mamma Mia! (2008), there is a moment when Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried's characters are laughing ferociously on the bed. To achieve this, director Phyllida Lloyd blasted heavy metal music behind the scenes to get them to laugh.
Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Channing Tatum met on the set of Step Up (2006), where they played love interests Nora Clark and Tyler Gage. They ended up marrying each other in July 2009, and now have a daughter together.
The writers of Back To The Future (1985), Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, actually received a fan letter from John DeLorean, the maker of the famous car. This came after the film's release as a means of thanking them for immortalizing the car forever.
Zero, the ghost dog in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) has a nose that is actually a tiny, glowing, Jack-O-Lantern.
During filming of the ferry scene in War Of The Worlds (2005), Steven Spielberg decided to play a prank on actors Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. For the scenes featuring them in the water, he blared the dramatic music from his famous shark film Jaws (1975) through underwater speakers to freak them out.
In the Disney film Maleficient (2014), the two actresses who play the young Maleficient, and the Young Aurora, Isobelle Molloy and Eleanor Worthington-Cox respectively, have both starred together in the West End production of Matilda: The Musical, alternating the title role.
There are a few notable mentions to the Disney film The Lion King (1994) in the DreamWorks picture Mousehunt (1997). Such as the fact that the voice talents behind Timon and Pumbaa (Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella) both appear respectively as Ernie Smuntz and Maury, the pound owner. As well as the mention of the song 'Hakuna Matata' when Ernie bows to a Sheik looking to purchase the home.
The tumbling and falling scenes shot for Lone Survivor (2013) were not done using CGI. They were instead shot with actual stuntmen on location, which resulted in many of the stunt performers subjecting themselves to hard falls. Mark Wahlberg's stunt double even ended up in hospital from his work.
In the movie Creation (2009), Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly play husband and wife Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgewood (who happened to be Darwin's cousin). They are also married in real-life as well though.
Carmen Electra is actually allergic to dogs, but during filming of Cheaper By The Dozen 2 (2005) stuck it out in the scene where the Baker's visit the Murtaugh's and their dog Gunner jumps all over her. You can see the reaction from the scenes shot later, where she is covered in tiny red dots.
Cher performed the song 'You Haven't Seen the Last of Me' live for the film Burlesque (2010).
Whilst filming one of the fight scenes in Bride Wars (2009) where the two main characters slap each other, Kate Hudson accidentally swiped Anne Hathaway very hard in the face with the diamond engagement ring her character wears. She did not know at the time though, because Hathaway kept filming the scene despite the pain, and Hudson only later saw her holding an icepack to her face.
The world premiere of Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) was held in an outdoor screening at Jigalong, the outback community where the girls portrayed in the film were actually taken from, eventually returned to, and where their families still live today.
Almost every dress Amanda wears except for the very last one, in The Best Of Me (2014) is backless or has a partially open back on it.
Hans Zimmer purposefully named the tracks on the score for Batman Begins (2005) after types of bats. The first letters of tracks 4-9 even spell out the word BATMAN (Barbastella, Artibeus, Tadarida, Macrotus, Antrozous, Nycteris).
Despite being a movie about the real-life American soldiers who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu, many of the actors in Black Hawk Down (2001) were not Americans. They include Ewan McGregor (Scottish), Eric Bana (Australian), Ioan Gruffudd (Welsh), Ewen Bremner (Scottish), Jason Isaacs (English), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish), Tom Hardy (English), Orlando Bloom (English), and Hugh Dancy (English).
The film As Above, So Below (2014) managed to secure permission to actually shoot in the Catacombs of France. As such, they were able to film in a real, narrow set of the tunnels, complete with authentic skeletons. For the scenes involving the piano and the car, the crew really did drag the sets underground, before later removing them.
Crew members for Angels & Demons (2009) visited Vatican City disguised as tourists to extensively photograph the city, as they knew they would not be allowed in there to shoot the film. The results are fairly accurate and quite detailed.
Despite being based around the Mayan 'doomsday' theory, there are multiple biblical references in 2012 (2009). Notably Jackson's son is called 'Noah', the cruise ship is named Genesis, and humanity is saved by 'arks' which are loaded with animals. There is also a nod when the Sistine Chapel breaks, and a crack creates a rift in the scene between God and Adam.
In The Big Bang Theory (2007), floors 2, 3, and 4 of Sheldon, Leonard, and Penny's apartment building are the exact same set, just re-dressed for each scene. You can tell by the identical scuff marks on the moulding. This means then that shooting scenes walking up the stairs must be done in at least 3 shots, one for each floor.
Emma Stone, who plays Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), personally wrote her characters Valedictorian speech.
Bambi (1942) is one of only a few Disney movies where each song is sung offscreen. None of the feature's songs were sung by any of the film's characters, instead they are brought to life by a soloist or choir in a more traditional means.
In Limitless (2011) whenever Eddie takes one of the NZT pills, the movie scales up its colour to represent his brain firing at 100%. Whenever he comes off the high, the movie then scales back to its usual colour usage.
When Larry asks Teddy if he can ask him a question and he replies "Yes, but only one," in Night At The Museum (2006), Larry's response "what is this, some kind of three wishes thing?" is a direct nod to Robin Williams other role as the Genie in Aladdin (1992).
There are a number of allusions scattered around pertaining to Jo's real identity in Safe Haven (2013). Notably that Jo understands Lexie's drawing without having to be told what it is. She shares the same hair colour as Josh. She also laments the fact she never made it across the Atlantic Ocean, and cannot be comforted by Katie stating she 'still has time'. She also has the inability to 'disappear' randomly in scenes, such as when she walks behind trees approximately 20 minutes into the film.
In preparation for her role as Rachel in Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015), Olivia Cooke actually shaved her head. She did the promotional tour with short hair, as she was in the early stages of growing it back.
The Tiger Mask killer in You're Next (2011), is Simon Barrett, the film's screenwriter. He has also written for other prominent horror films such as The Guest (2014), V/H/S (2012), and V/H/S/2 (2013).
Despite being the title creature in Gareth Edwards film Godzilla (2014), the Japanese monster does not appear in the film for over an hour, and winds up having only 8 minutes of screen time for the whole 123 minute run-time.
One scene in particular in the film Need For Speed (2014) was quite intense to shoot, the one where Tobey returns to check on Little Pete's crashed car. In the first take, Aaron Paul (who did the driving) skidded 15' short of his mark because he feared he would hit director Scott Waugh who was filming the scene. Waugh told Paul on the next take to try and hit him. Paul came within 2' of hitting the camera in the next take, which is the shot used in the film.
In the scene where the boys look back at their famous alma mater alumni in Bad Neighbours (2014), the actors that feature in the Toga Party and Beer Pong legends are both famous groups. The Toga Party guys are from the band The Lonely Island, and the Beer Pong people are the actors from the TV show Workaholics (2011).
There are numerous references to the devil and such similar themes in the film Horns (2013), outside of the obvious allusions. Lee, Terry and Ig's car license plates all refer to passages of the bible. The tattoo on Ig's arm reads "awake, arise, or be forever fall'n" which is a quote from John Milton's 'Paradise Lost'. Merrin's name is a reference to Father Merrin from The Exorcist (1973). There is a Devil tarot card beneath the letter Merrin leaves for Ig. And lastly, Ig's full name Ignatius translates as 'fiery one' in Latin.
In an ironic twist of fate, just before shooting began on The Amityville Horror (2005), the body of a fisherman who had been murdered actually washed up on the bank of the river right near the main house.
For Prometheus (2012), composer Marc Streitenfeld had the orchestra play his compositions backwards, before digitally reversing them for the final score. He felt that this made the music sound unsettling and unusual, something that fit well with the film's main themes.
There is a recurring chessboard motif in Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (2011). In many of the scenes there is either a reference to the game, and actual chessboard, or black and white checkerboards to be seen somewhere in frame.
Filming for Fool's Gold (2008) took place in Queensland, Australia, which is home to great beaches, but also the marine animals that inhabit them. As such, production on the film had to be delayed at one point because of a swarm of deadly box jellyfish local to the area, which kept the stars from being able to enter the water.
In the children's television show Arthur (1996), the full names of the two siblings are Arthur Timothy Read, and Dora Winifred (D.W.) Read.
The phrase 'second to the right and straight on til morning' was changed to 'second star to the right and straight on til morning' specifically for the Walt Disney version of Peter Pan (1953). Since then, most films or texts which allude to it have used this version.
In Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011), Caesar can be seen assembling a jigsaw puzzle of the Statue of Liberty. This is an allusion to the Taylor and Nova scene from the original Planet of the Apes (1968), where they are riding a horse down the beach, before stumbling upon the Statue of Liberty.
The summary of skinny Steve Rogers past medical issues in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) before he is transformed includes; Asthma, Scarlet Fever, Rheumatic Fever, Epilepsy, Sinusitis, Chronic or frequent colds, High blood pressure, Palpitations, Easy fatigability, Heart trouble, Nervous trouble of any sort, Has had household contact with tuberculosis patient, and Parent / sibling with diabetes, cancer or stroke.
The Green Bay Packers did their own singing for their part in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). They also did not learn their choreography until the night before they filmed their scene.
The Na'vi language in James Cameron's Avatar (2009) was created entirely from scratch by linguist Paul R. Frommer. He was hired to make a language that actors could pronounce easily, but did not resemble any human language. Frommer managed to create over a thousand unique words, and went on to train the actors in how to speak them.
In Hours (2013) Paul Walker's character, Nolan Hayes, is required to charge the battery to his daughter's life-support machine at least 1280 times for it to make it through the night. That means he would have cranked the handle over 5200 times over the course of the movies time-frame.
Director Francis Lawrence decided on the quiet and disconcerting feeling for his film I Am Legend (2007) when he found himself one-day watching The Pianist (2002) without the sound so as not to disturb his sleeping child. He felt the effect was extremely moving, and so sought to replicate the same stark silence and limited ambient sound in his feature.
Jamie Lee Curtis actually learned how to play guitar for her role in Freaky Friday (2003). She was taught how by a member of the band Orgy. As such, in the concert scene Curtis is actually the one performing the solo, not a stand-in.
Some of the flood footage seen on the television screens after the Hoover Dam breaks in San Andreas (2015) is actually from a flood that hit Queensland, Australia in 2011. You can tell by the Channel 7 logo which appears in the bottom corner. Ironically the movie was actually filmed in the region where the floods were, at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.
Kimberly Pierce, the director of Carrie (2013), has said that the production used over 1000 gallons of fake blood during shooting. Chloe Grace Moretz had to sit through 50 tests with the blood, stating in an interview that she ended up working in the blood for about 3 months.
Someone has actually counted, frame-by-frame, the number of black dots that appear in 101 Dalmatians (1961). They reached the total of 6 469 952. This would equate to approximately 72 spots on Pongo, 68 on Perdita, and 32 on each puppy in every scene they are in for the 79 minute runtime.
Because of his portrayal of real-life astronaut Jim Lovell in Apollo 13 (1995), Tom Hanks had an asteroid officially named in his honour. It is called 12818 Tomhanks (1996 GU8).
When auditioning for the role of Pai in Whale Rider (2002), Keisha Castle-Hughes told the casting directors she could swim. However, when it came to filming the swimming scenes, Castle-Hughes admitted she couldn't but performed some of the swimming scenes anyway. Her stand in Waio Parata-Haua then performed the sequences she couldn't.
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson was very specific when creating the looks of both Superman and Clark Kent in Man Of Steel (2013). Whilst Superman's suit highlighted Henry Cavill's muscular physique, in the scenes where he plays Clark Kent, they wanted him to blend in more so they hid him in layers of clothing or baggy jumpers. There is only one scene in the film where Clark himself wears a form fitting t-shirt, and that is with his mother who already knows his identity.
The scene in Final Destination (2000) where Alex's bedside clock fades from 1:00am to 180, in reference to his classes doomed flight number, was one of the hardest scenes to get right. It took the production crew 5 days before they achieved it correctly.
All the scenes in Unfriended (2014), outside of Laura's death, were filmed in one house with each actor in a separate room. The film was therefore also shot in real time with the actors on actual computers, and the single take amounted to the approximate 84 minute run-time.
Bishop Aringarosa's name in The Da Vinci Code (2006) has significant meaning. If taken as the two separate Italian words 'Aringa' and 'Ros(s)a' his name thus translates to 'red herring'. This largely foreshadows then his role in the film.
For 20th Century Fox's theatrical release of Hide And Seek (2005), the studio actually shipped the prints of the film to theatres without the final scene attached. This was done as a security measure to stop anyone from knowing the true ending, right up until the film's actual release date arrived. As a further precaution, security guards hand-delivered the numbered reels which contained the ending to the theatres. Fox VP Richard Myerson labelled the procedure an 'extraordinary measure', but believed it well worth the effort in the end.
There are over 15 000 individual sound effects alone present in the first street race scene of The Fast And The Furious (2001).
In The Little Mermaid (1989) Ariel and her sisters each represent one colour of the rainbow via their tails. Arista is Red, Attina is Orange, Adella is Yellow, Ariel is Green, Aquata is Blue, Andrina is Indigo, and Alana is Violet.
The dream sequence featuring Emily emerging from the tunnel in Brick (2005) was actually shot in reverse. This was because director Rian Johnson wanted to cheaply create the effect of something coming out of the dark and jumping into the observers face. You can tell as the water flows into the tunnel in that scene, whilst every other time it flows out of it.
To better portray an alcoholic in 12 Years A Slave (2013), Michael Fassbender asked his make-up artist to paint his mustache with alcohol. This was so that the other actors could react as naturally as possible to the smell, and respond as they would for a man who had actually been heavily drinking.
The motorbike scene along the beach in the film Now Is Good (2012) takes place at night. However, for budget and safety reasons it was shot in the early morning when it was daylight, and later edited in post-production to make it appear as night.
The film Milk (2008) utilises the operatic music of the Puccini's 'Tosca'. This is because the last public appearance the title character Harvey Milk ever made was attending a San Francisco performance of that opera, on the 25th November, 1978. He died two days later. The filmmakers, wanting to be as authentic to the character as possible, included the scene, and in honour of it decided all the opera music in the film would be from it.
The ten minute tsunami sequence in The Impossible (2012) took over a year to plan and construct. It was then filmed in a single take, because it would have cost too much to rebuild the set.
The hickeys seen on Rizzo's neck in Grease (1978) are all real. Stockard Channing, who played the character, admitted the fact in an interview, telling everyone that Jeff Conaway who played Kenickie insisted on applying them himself.
The music box that is critical to the storyline of Anastasia (1997) actually did exist in real life. The box was given to the real-life Anastasia by Marie Feoderovna on her thirteenth birthday. However, the real music box was silver and had a ballerina on top.
Whilst filming the mid-air bathroom scene in Red Eye (2005), Cillian Murphy accidentally missed his mark for throwing Rachel McAdams, which caused the actress to be knocked out for approximately half an hour. After regaining consciousness, the actress was ready to go for the take again, but Murphy was afraid to do it. In the take used in the film, you can see that Murphy was so over-protective the next time around that his hand is holding the back of McAdams' head to guard it from being hit again.
The scene in Donnie Darko (2001), where Jake Gyllenhaal's titular character corrects Gretchen for mispronouncing the name Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff, was actually improvised because Jena Malone, the actress who played her, could not pronounce the name correctly.
When finishing the final cut on the film The Hurt Locker (2008), Kathryn Bigelow oversaw the whole process, making sure that no scene filmed was discarded from the end product.
In Soul Surfer (2011), the scene where Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) gets attacked by the fourteen foot (4.3.m) tiger shark was filmed on the same beach, and almost in the exact same place, as where the real attack occurred.
Guy Pearce actually worked with real tigers whilst filming Two Brothers (2004). Not only did he insist on filming with the adult tiger in a particular scene that would usually be shot separately, but despite the safety precautions he was also bitten on the shoulder by one of the more temperamental animals. When asked about the incident later he claimed; "It hurt but I thought it was pretty cool to get bitten by a tiger."
The transformation of Cinderella's torn and raggedy dress into the stunning white ball gown as featured in the animated classic Cinderella (1950) was considered to be one of Walt Disney's favourite pieces of animation ever.
The music that plays when Annie / Hallie do the 'secret handshake' with their butler Martin, in The Parent Trap (1998) is the intro to Dusty Springfield's "Am I the same girl". This is obviously a sly reference to the fact that the girls switch without anyone's knowledge, with the lyrics of the song "why don't you stop and look me over... Am I the same girl you used to know" carrying such extra meaning.
Whenever the worlds of the living and the dead crossover in The Sixth Sense (1999) there is always an item, object, or appearance of the colour red. Director M. Night Shyamalan was so adamant about it, that if there was red in a scene that wasn't meant to depict this, he would purposefully change it. For example, the sweater Cole is wearing when he is attacked by the spirit in the closet is red, as is the nail polish of the woman who points out all the white spots or 'ghosts' in the pictures of Cole in the hallway.
As part of the promotional material for Olympus Has Fallen (2013) one trailer, used in television ads, utilized the real American Emergency Alert System tones. The use of these alerts outside of a real emergency broadcast is however illegal, violating federal law. As such, in 2014 the FCC successfully fined ESPN, Viacom and NBC Universal a massive $1.93 million for broadcasting the sounds in a non-emergency situation.
In the movie Million Dollar Arm (2014), Suraj Sharma plays baseball star Rinku Singh, a pitcher who throws with his dominant left hand. Because Sharma is right handed however, they had the actor pitch normally and then flipped the image in post-production to make it appear as if he was throwing left-handed.
Both Brad Pitt and Edward Norton got deeply involved in performing their characters in Fight Club (1999). For example the scene where the characters are drunk and hitting golf balls, both actors were actually drunk and hitting golf balls into the side of the productions catering truck. Also, when Edward Norton's Narrator punches Pitt's Tyler Durden in the ear, Norton actually hit Pitt after being advised to do so by director David Fincher. Pitt did not know the punch would be real, and realistically reacts to the pain, whilst Norton stands around smiling and laughing. Yet another example was that Pitt actually visited a dentist to have his tooth purposefully chipped to look like a boxer for the film.
Edward Norton did many of his character's magic tricks himself in The Illusionist (2006). He received coaching from British magician James Freedman and American magician Ricky Jay to perfect his sleight of hand and stage presence, and Freedman filled in as a hand double where needed.
There are a variety of nods to the theme of time in Interstellar (2014), outside the obvious references within the story. Many of the soundtrack pieces by Hans Zimmer were constructed from a tempo beat of 60 BPM, which precisely match the passage of time. Also, the shape of the space station was designed specifically to look like a clock face. And finally, the space ship enters the wormhole near Saturn, a planet whose mythological namesake was traditionally referred to as the God of Time.
The film Free Willy (1993) not only highlighted the inadequate living conditions for Orca whales in captivity, but spurred on an enormous response from movie-goers towards the Save the Whales foundation upon its release. The number listed at the end of the movie (for the foundation) was called so extensively that over $20 million dollars ended up being donated to the charity.
Many of the characters names in Snowpiercer (2013) were derived as tributes to great filmmakers. For example, Edgar, Jamie Bell's character was named for Edgar Wright, and John Hurt's character Gilliam was named for Terry Gilliam.
Unstoppable (2010) was Tony Scott's final film before his untimely death. It was also the fifth collaboration between the director and actor Denzel Washington, with their other works including; Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Deja Vu (2006), and The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009).
There were only three digital effects used in the entire 146 minutes of War Horse (2011). They lasted a total of three seconds, and were necessary to ensure the safety of the horse involved. Spielberg has said that it is the aspect of the film he is most proud of, given that everything you see on screen actually happened.
Tom Hiddleston received a letter from Woody Allen, along with 15 pages of script, asking him to play the role of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight In Paris (2011). Hiddleston spoke to Entertainment Weekly about it, stating; "It was three sentences long. [It read] Dear Tom, I'm making a movie in Paris this summer. I attached some pages. I'd love for you to play the role of Scott." Hiddleston has since framed the letter, and it hangs in his house.
For such a low budget film, Once (2006) accrued some famous attention by securing both Bob Dylan and Steven Spielberg as fans. Dylan invited both leads to open for him on one of his world tours after seeing the film, and Spielberg said that the film gave him enough inspiration to last the rest of the year out creatively.
8 Mile (2002) was the first film to win an Academy Award for best song with a rap / hip-hop style. Ironically, Eminem was unable to accept the award in person, as he did not attend the event because he was so sure another nominee would win.
According to author Chris Van Allsburg, the title Jumanji (1995) comes from the Zulu word meaning 'many effects', a play on the fact that the game unleashes a variety of exciting consequences for its players, as seen in the film.
Tommy Lee Jones reportedly told Joe Pantoliano during shooting of the film The Fugitive (1993) that, "it's not like anyone is going to win any awards for this film." Rather ironically, Jones went on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film.
The name for J.J. Abrams film Super 8 (2011) is a slick use of double entendre. It refers both to the classic style of film gauge, as well as to the fact that there were originally meant to be eight main 'children' that feature throughout (Alice, Cary, Charles, Donny, Jen, Joe, Martin, and Preston). Even though later versions of the script were not as particular about this, given Donny and Jen are much older, the title was still kept.
The doll portrayed in Annabelle (2014) is a porcelain doll, the same doll used in filming for the The Conjuring (2013). However the real-life doll it is based off is instead a 'Raggedy Ann' doll, similar to the one the camera pans across in the final moments of the film.
Despite filming for only 45 days all up, Boyhood (2014) holds a record for the longest film to finish filming, as those two months cover a span of approximately eleven years between May 2002 and August 2013, which is a total of more than 4000 days.
Before filming a particularly dark moment in the film Foxcatcher (2014), director Bennett Miller made Steve Carell write on a piece of paper the thing he dislikes most about himself and put it in his pocket. His direction to Carell was to, "Have it right there, and know that it is in a place where, if I was a dick, I could just grab it." According to Miller the result of this was his favourite thing he has ever put to film.
The film Buried (2010) was shot with only one actor (Ryan Reynolds) on screen for the entire ninety-five minutes, and takes place inside a single coffin. The whole film was also shot in sequence, and never repeats a single shot.
When Emily Blunt's character is first introduced in Edge Of Tomorrow (2014), she is seen doing a 'planche' hold. Although requiring a wire for help on the long takes, Blunt is actually capable of performing the maneuver in real life without assistance. Whilst the move does not 'appear hard', it requires a deceiving amount of upper body strength, and it is therefore a feat to be able to casually pull it off as Blunt can.
Gravity (2013) is exactly ninety minutes long. This ties in to that fact mentioned in the film that the debris field orbits the earth every ninety minutes. Additionally, the real International Space Station travels at approximately 17 500 miles an hour, meaning that it too circles the earth every ninety minutes.
The code names of all 50 cars to be stolen in Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000) (listed in alphabetical order) are as follows: Alma, Angelina, Anne, Ashley, Barbara, Bernadene, Carol, Cathy, Daniela, Deborah, Denise, Diane, Donna, Dorothy, Eleanor, Ellen, Erin, Gabriela, Gina, Grace, Hillary, Iris, Jessica, Kate, Kimberley, Laura, Lindsey, Lisa, Lynn, Madeline, Marsha, Mary, Megan, Nadine, Natalie, Pamela, Patricia, Rachel, Rose, Samantha, Shannon, Sharon, Stacey, Stefanie, Susan, Tanya, Tina, Tracy, Vanessa, Virginia.
In Independence Day (1996) the line that Will Smith speaks "and what the hell is that smell!?!", whilst dragging the alien's body across the desert was unscripted. The scene was filmed on the salt flats near Great Lake City in Utah, which is home to tiny crustaceans called brine shrimp. When these creatures die, they fall to the bottom of the lake and begin to decompose. When the the wind kicks up the bottom mud however, the horrid stench can travel far, and apparently no one warned Smith of what to expect.
In part of the film The Book Thief (2013), Liesel reads to Max when he is sick. At one point she can actually be heard reading from Markus Zusak's title book itself. Viewers can tell from the lines; "What came to her then was the dustiness of the floor, the feeling that her clothes were more next to her than on her, and the sudden realization that this would all be for nothing", words which appear in chapter 16 of the book.
At the end of the film Twister (1996) the characters remark how the tornado destroyed everything else, but didn't take the house. In 2010, however, a real-life tornado hit the area where filming had taken place, and that same house was actually destroyed.
Breaking Bad (2008) ran for a total of 62 episodes. The 62nd element of the periodic table (something fans will know is integral to the show) is Samarium. An isotope of that element is used to treat cancers, including specifically lung cancer.
About Time (2013) is the third time Rachel McAdams has appeared as the love interest of a time traveller. Her previous movies to do with the same topic were The Time Traveller's Wife (2009) in which she played the wife to Eric Bana's time traveller, and Midnight In Paris (2011), where she played the fiancee of Owen Wilson's time-jumping character.
There are a number of allusions to the number seven in the David Fincher film Se7en (1995). There is the obvious nod to the seven deadly sins (Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Lust, Pride, Envy, and Wrath). Also, all the building numbers in the opening scene begin with the number seven. The climatic delivery at the end was additionally scheduled for 7pm. And finally it is exactly seven minutes into the film that Mills gets the call which starts the murders, and it is at exactly seven minutes remaining in the film that Somerset tells a distraught Mills 'he will win' if he shoots the killer.
The film 127 Hours (2010), and the book it is based off by Aron Ralston, teaches a moral that a hiker should always inform someone of where they are going. However, since the books release and the film's success, Park Rangers have seen an influx of tourists and hiking enthusiasts into the infamous Blue John Canyon, including many who fail to tell people where they are. One noted example was Amos Richards who fell 10 foot to the bottom of a 70 foot ravine, breaking his leg, dislocating his shoulder and spending four days missing in the process. Since Ralston's biography came out in 2005 more than two dozen rescues have been performed there. Between 1998 and Ralston's incident there were none.
In the script for X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014), Logan was originally meant to wake up in 1973 and exit the bed with boxer shorts on. Hugh Jackman actually vetoed the idea, opting to go naked instead because, as he said; "In Australia, if you're next to a really good-looking girl, you're not getting out with boxer shorts on or briefs or anything!"
The Babadook (2014), an Australian horror movie, got its title from it being an anagram of the phrase 'a bad book'.
Anthony Hopkins performance in The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) is to date the second shortest ever to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in a leading role. Hopkins was only on screen for 24 minutes and 52 seconds out of the entire 118 minute run-time. David Niven in Separate Tables (1958) is the current record holder, beating Hopkins by 1 minute less of screen time.
In David Fincher's film The Social Network (2010), the character of Mark Zuckerberg gets bombed on Appletinis in the scene where he first meets Sean Parker. The real Zuckerberg had never even heard of an Appletini before he saw the film. After trying it out, he liked it so much he made the Appletini the official drink of Facebook.
Back when Gremlins (1984) was filmed there was no CGI used, so all the gremlins were animatronic figures. Each individual Gremlin cost approximately USD $30 000- 40 000 to make. Zach Galligan, who played Billy Feltzer in the film, revealed in an interview that because of this security would check every person and car that left the lot, to make sure none of them were stolen.
Anna Wintour, the supposed inspiration for the character of Miranda Priestly in the film The Devil Wears Prada (2006) was not invited to the films premiere (notably her magazine Vogue avoided reviewing the film, or even mentioning the book it was based on.) She did, however, attend a preview screening for the press, and chose, of course, to wear all Prada.
Casting officials saw over 2000 boys audition for the role of Neckbone in Mud (2012). The role eventually went to newcomer Jacob Lofland.
Whilst filming scenes at the Vancouver International Airport for the film Firewall (2006), the crew could not find Harrison Ford. After going into a frenzy trying to track him down, Ford was eventually located sitting on the baggage conveyor immediately outside the set, simply going around and around the track whilst taking a call on his phone.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt actually shaved his head in the bathroom scene in the film 50/50 (2011). The scene was not in the script, and came about only because both Seth Rogen and Levitt were improvising in character, and director Will Reiser decided to keep the cameras rolling.
The budget of Magic Mike (2012) was entirely self-funded by actor Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh and only cost them $6.5 million. To date the film has gone on to make over $167 million worldwide, and spawned a sequel.
The Silver Linings Playbook (2012), took five years, and twenty-five rewrites before David O. Russell was finally able to make the movie. It was then shot in only 33 days.
The title of every episode in the entire 3 seasons of Hannibal (2013) is that of a meal course in another language. In season one they utilise French words, season two features Japanese words, and season three co-opts Italian words.
The film Brave (2012) brought about two firsts in Disney-Pixar history. It was the first film of theirs to be set entirely in the historic past, and was the time they had featured a female protagonist in one of their collaborations.
Joel Edgerton found out he had won the role of Ramses in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014) only when he started receiving congratulatory emails from people who had heard about his casting online.
The movie Locke (2013) was shot in only 6 nights. The film crew utilised 3 cameras, and Tom Hardy filmed twice nightly takes in the car on the same stretch of the English motorway. The remainder of the cast (who are never seen but heard as voices down the line) were in a hotel nearby, recording their parts over the phone in real-time with him.
Stephen King sold the film rights for his novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" for $5000. After it was adapted to be The Shawshank Redemption, and was released in 1994, the author mailed the framed check to Frank Darabont the director of the film with a note reading; 'In case you ever need bail money. Love, Steve.'
Sweet Home Alabama (2002) was the first film allowed to shoot in New York City since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was also the first film to shoot in Tiffany's jewellery shop since the iconic film Breakfast at Tiffany's (1969).
Whilst filming Premium Rush (2012), Joseph Gordon-Levitt who plays Wiley, rode his bike into the back of a cab, smashing into the back windscreen. He cut his arm so severely he required 31 stitches and forced a small rewrite in the script to feature an accident towards the end of the film that sees his arm end up bandaged, thus covering his real-life injuries.
When asked about taking on the role of gay cowboy Ennis in the film Brokeback Mountain (2005), and whether he had any fears or reservations, Heath Ledger replied that he was not afraid of the role, only that he might not be mature enough to do it justice.
In Rise Of The Guardians (2012) the post-film dedication reads "For Mary Katherine Joyce. A Guardian fierce and true." This refers to William Joyce's daughter, who died at 18 from a brain tumour. Joyce was the creator of the Guardians books the film are based on, and were inspired by the stories he used to tell her.
NASA actually shows the film Armageddon (1998) as part of their management training program. The new managers are tasked with spotting as many factual inconsistencies and errors as possible. To date 168 have been found.
At the beginning of World War Z (2013), there is a scene where a rubbish truck crashes through the streets, hitting people and cars in the process. The scene was filmed in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland. Eerily, in December 2014 in the same square, there was a very similar incident involving a rubbish truck careening out of control after the driver had a heart attack, tragically killing 6 people.
In Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby (2013), the Latin phrase 'Ad Finem Fidelis' can be seen on the gates to Gatsby's mansion. This phrase translates as 'faithful to the end', foreshadowing Gatsby's outcome in the film.
According to the commentary on the DVD for Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003), Geoffrey Rush had a theory that people watch the screen from left to right, the same way they read books. Therefore, he tried to stand in the left side of his shots as much as possible. He made particular note to do it in scenes involving either the monkey or Keira Knightley, fearing no-one would notice him otherwise.
Andrew Stanton spent over an hour pitching his idea to Pixar head John Lasseter about Finding Nemo (2003), utilising elaborate visual aids and character voices, only to ask, exhausted by the end of it, what he thought, and receive the reply "You had me at 'fish'"
During the filming of American Sniper (2014), at his peak, Bradley Cooper could deadlift 425 pounds for 5 sets of 10 reps. This was twice his bodyweight. The scene in the film where he is seen deadlifting at the camp, Cooper was actually deadlifting the 425 pounds, despite suggestions from the film-makers that they should use dummy weights instead.
A member of the Green family has died in three of the four mid-season finales in The Walking Dead (2010). Season 2 features walkers Shawn and Arnold Greene being put down by the group. Hershel was decapitated by the Governor using Michonne's katana in season 4. And in season 5, Beth was shot by Dawn, who Daryl then killed in revenge.
In National Treasure (2004), the three men in the Gates family are all named after founding fathers. Ben for Benjamin Franklin, Patrick for Patrick Henry, and John for John Adams. Similarly both Abigail Chase and Ian Howe's names are taken from combinations of real-life historical people, such as Samuel Chase (a signer of the Declaration of Independence) and the Howe brothers, with one a British General and the other an Admiral in the Revolutionary war.
For Catch Me If You Can (2002), in every shot involving roads or concrete surfaces, these are in actual fact wet, despite much of the film occurring in sunny weather. This is because many cinematographers like the look of wet roads better, and it is said to 'pop' on screen.
To date, Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) is the only sequel to win an Academy award off the back of its precursor not even being nominated.
In Sherlock (2010) many of the cast and crew have family connections or are related. Sherlock's parents are played by Benedict Cumberbatch's real-life parents Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton. Amanda Abbington who plays Mary Morstan, is the real-life partner of Martin Freeman, who plays John Watson, her characters partner in the show. The producer of the show Sue Vertue is writer Steven Moffat's wife, and the co-producer Beryl Vertue, is his mother-in-law. Moffat's son plays the young version of Sherlock in the season 3 finale. Writer Mark Gatiss', husband also appears as a barrister in one of the episodes.
Zachary Quinto had to have his fingers glued together by director J.J. Abrams, to form the Vulcan Salute on Star Trek (2009).
The film Whiplash (2014) was shot in only 19 days. From the start of shooting, through to editing, and its submission at Sundance, the whole project was completed in only 10 weeks.
The name of Thor's hammer Mjölnir is actually ancient Norse for 'grinder', and it is said to have been forged from within a dying star.
In Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone (2001), around the Mirror of Erised there is an inscription. The inscription reads 'Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi'. When read backwards this translates as 'I show not your face but your heart's desire'.
In The Town (2010) the scene where the masked bank robber's escape and a police officer notices them but turns away, is based on a real event. Ben Affleck interviewed a real-life bank robber in prison who detailed the events to him, and he then decided to add the story into the film.
Both Leonardo DiCaprio's mother and grandmother appear in his film Blood Diamond (2006). They are the two women standing in front of the airport that Danny Archer passes on his arrival to South Africa.
The four note melody (used by Katniss to signal Rue, mimicked by the mockingjays, and presented as the overall thematic music of the film) in The Hunger Games (2012) is actually the notes G-Bb-A-D.
A recurring motif in the film Looper (2012) is the idea of clouds and rain. The film features real clouds, cigarette smoke, a crop duster, cream swirling in cups of coffee, and the cloud-like appearance of blood when Cid kills Jesse, to emphasize the "rainmaker" plot of the film.
Inception (2010) contains a multitude of references to Edith Piaf's song 'Non, je ne regrette rien'. These include the running time of the film (2 hours and 28 minutes exactly) which is the same as the original recording run time of 2 minutes and 28 seconds. All the music that Hans Zimmer produced for the film is also taken from the song, either sped up or slowed down. Lastly, coincidently, although not planned, Marion Cotillard - who plays Mal in the film - also played Edith Piaf in the film La Vie En Rose (2007) which too, features the song.
In June 2014 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip visited the set of Game Of Thrones (2011) in Belfast. They met the cast and crew. The Queen was offered the chance to sit on the Iron Throne prop, but declined, due to the steadfast rule that the English Monarch is not allowed to sit on a foreign throne, even if it is a fictional one.
Many of the names in Disney's The Lion King (1994) are taken from actual Swahili words.
Simba = Lion
Sarabi = Mirage
Rafiki = Friend
Pumbaa = Simple / Weak-minded
Banzai = Skulk / Lurk
Groot says "I Am Groot" 12 times in the Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) film
Groot says "I Am Groot" 12 times in the Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) film
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