The world's largest film studio is Hengdian Studios, in China. Basically a city of permanent full-scale replicas of palaces, fortresses, and towns from various periods of China's history. Whole populations of nearby towns are often employed to be extras for period dramas & fantasy movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The zany Dan Aykroyd comedy 'My Stepmother Is an Alien' was suppose to be a drama, an allegory about child abuse. The original writer pitched a movie about a child's nightmarish vision of his stepmother as an evil alien. After 3 studios and many rewrites it evolved into the '88 box-office flop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
In 1997, the American medical drama Chicago Hope featured a character named "Lisa Catera", which served as a promotion by Cadillac to promote their then-new Catera sedan ("Lease a Catera") eonline.com/news/35419/ne…
Today I learned of the BBC series Casualty. At 34 seasons and more than 1100 episodes it is the longest-running emergency medical drama television series in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
"kabuki" -- a popular and stylized form of theatrical dance-drama in Japan -- was originally formed by an all-female dance troupe in 1603. Twenty-six years later, however, it became an all-male theatrical form when women were banned from performing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kab…
Dr. Strangelove was originally conceived as a drama about the nature of nuclear warfare, but as Kubrick was writing the screenplay, he felt many of the accurate depictions of nuclear warfare policy were too unbelievable for audiences to take seriously, and so it was turned into a comedy. britannica.com/topic/Dr-S…
Today I learned of Pride, a 1998 Japanese historical drama depicting Japanese prime minister and convicted war criminal Hideki Tojo as a family man who defended Japan and Asia from Western colonialism but was ultimately hanged by a vengeful United States. It was one of the most popular Japanese films of 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
On Halloween night 1991 the BBC broadcast a one-off drama, 'Ghostwatch', which portrayed itself as a live investigative broadcast from a haunted house. 30,000 people complained about being tricked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
The legendary play Oedipus Rex debuted at a city drama competition in which it only took second place en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oed…
Before George Clooney and Mary McDonnell acted in ER, NBC's medical drama set in an emergency room, they acted in E/R, CBS's medical sitcom set in an emergency room en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E/R
The word "Jedi" originated from the Japanese term "Jidaigeki," which refers to a drama set, set during the Edo period of Japanese history, when samurais were still in activity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jed…
'An American Family' is widely considered to be the first reality TV series, first airing on PBS in 1973. Over 300 hours of footage of the Loud family was condensed into 12, one hour episodes documenting family drama resulting from a separation of Bill and Pat Loud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_…
Sting's wife Trudie Styler filmed a 90-minute documentary about the making of "The Emperor's New Groove" and its transformation from drama to comedy by executive fiat. Disney has never officially released the documentary, but it can be found on YouTube io9.gizmodo.com/sweatbox-…
Due to laws enacted following the decades-long Japanese occupation of Korea, It is illegal to broadcast Japanese music and television dramas over terrestrial signals in South Korea to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Robert Blake, star of the 70s detective series "Baretta", was acquitted of his wife's murder in 2005 after a contentious 4-year legal drama. He was, however, found liable by a civil suit brought by his children. foxnews.com/entertainment…
Professional actor John Bradley (who portrayed Samwell Tarley in the TV adaptation of Game Of Thrones) had only graduated from drama school three months before landing his GOT role, which was also his first audition. winteriscoming.net/2011/0…
Soap Operas got their name from radio dramas which were sponsored by soap manufacturers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
The word, β€œRobot” comes from the Czech word for slave, β€œRobotnik”. The word first appeared in a translation of Czech playwright Karel Čapek’s 1920 sci-fi drama titled β€œRUR”. huffpost.com/entry/meanin…
The 1980 comedy "Airplane!" is a remake of the 1957 drama "Zero Hour!" Both are about a guilt-stricken fighter pilot who called upon to land a plane after the crew and several passengers fall ill after eating fish. Many of the lines in "Airplane!" were taken verbatim from "Zero Hour!" youtube.com/watch?v=-BjU-…
The first full-length full-color film was an American historical drama "Becky Sharp", directed by Rouben Mamoulian in 1935. It was shot on 3-strip technicolor cameras that captured separate color records onto three strips of film. youtu.be/wbv_45DYzm0
Actress Ruth Wilson’s grandfather, Alexander Wilson, was a serial bigamist, spy, and MI6 officer. She portrayed her own grandmother, Alison, in a three part drama series about the discovery of his parallel lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
CBS crime drama "Cold Case" takes place in the same fictional universe as the CSI franchise and "Without a Trace". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Morgan Freeman turned down a drama scholarship because he dreamed of being an Air Force fighter pilot. He spent four years as a tracking radar repairman. At age 65, he finally earned his private pilot license. airforce.togetherweserved…
Actor Kit Harington is a direct descendant of Robert Catesby, the mastermind behind the plot to blow up parliament. Kit also plays Catesby in the BBC drama Gunpowder, retelling the story behind the plot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Tovstonogov Great Drama Theatre adapted Anton Chekhov's play - "The Cherry Orchard" in Minecraft informpskov.ru/news/32586…
Ming Dynasty Drama is just a Chinese historical drama with a large number of plots that do not fit the facts of the Ming Dynasty. History majors cannot learn about Ming Dynasty history from this play. mdhist.com/plebeian/4017/
When Gareth Southgate missed a penalty against Germany in the 1996 Euro Cup semi-finals, he went to Bali to clear his mind when he found himself at an isolated Buddhist temple and a monk came by and said: "You Gareth Southgate, you England penalty drama." theguardian.com/football/…
Sean Bean and Tilda Swinton debuted in the same film, the period drama 'Caravaggio' (1986). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Soap Operas are called soap operas because the early drama shows were mainly sponsored by soap manufacturers. wordhistories.net/2017/12…
Michael Caine started acting because the drama classes were full of pretty girls and he wanted to get laid the-talks.com/interview/s…
The term Soap Opera originated with radio dramas that were sponsored by soap manufacturers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
The main beat from β€œAll Caps” by MF DOOM is a sample from the 1967 crime drama β€œIronside” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
George Lucas sold the rights to make radio dramas of the first three Star Wars movies to NPR for only $1 npr.org/2015/12/18/460269…
Although it is commonly shown in medical dramas, you do not shock someone with a flatline. You only use defibrillators on people with ventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia (heart beats out of rhythm or heart beats that are really fast and out of sync) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Def…
James Avery (Uncle Phil) served in the US Navy in Vietnam from 1968-69. He then moved to San Diego to write poetry and TV scripts for PBS and won an Emmy for his effort. He got a scholarship from UC San Diego and graduated there with a Bachelor’s degree in Drama and Literature in 1976. ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/index.p…
Today I Learned there was a show called "Cop Rock" during the 90s which was a cop drama turned into a musical developed by the creator of Hill Street Blues and only lasted 11 episodes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
Today I learned of Ghostwatch, a BBC "found footage" mockumentary released in 1992. Although it was listed as a Drama, many viewers believed the show's events were real. A number of psychological effects were reported, including a teenage boy who committed suicide, believing his house was similarly haunted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
The 1986 comedy-drama "A Great Wall" was the first American feature film shot in the People's Republic of China. It features a Silicon Valley Chinese American executive who goes back to his homeland of China for the first time in 30 years, encountering many culture clashes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_G…
Today I learned about the CSI effect: a belief held primarily among law enforcement personnel and prosecutors that forensic science television dramas, such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, influence American jurors to expect more forensic evidence to convict defendants of crimes. thebalancecareers.com/csi…
Today I learned of "inner drama" - a worry...that we are in danger of failing to conform to the ideals of success laid down by our society...that we are currently occupying too modest a rung, or that we are about to fall to a lower one edbatista.com/2009/03/sta…
Today I learned about "The Trouble with Tracy", the early 70s Canadian sitcom. NGT ordered 130 episodes for a single season. As a result, seven episodes had to be filmed each day, the entire series was shot on a living room set, and the writers had to resort to adapting 1940s radio dramas to come up with plots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
I learned about "Don's Plum," a 2001 black-and-white drama with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire that has never officially been released in North America. Originally intended as a short, it was expanded to a feature, but DiCaprio and Maguire didn't like it and sued to stop its release. ifc.com/shows/the-spoils-…
That George Clooney played the doctor in the South Park movie, who accidentally replaced Kenney's heart with a baked potato. It was a parody of his roll in the TV drama ER. southpark.fandom.com/wiki…
Psychologists recognise "the need for drama" (NFD) as a personality trait. High NFD individuals agree with statements like, "Sometimes it’s fun to get people riled up”. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Ed Bagley Jr., Nia Vardalos, John Lithgow, and Ed Asner were in the radio drama for Return of the Jedi. youtube.com/watch?v=nIsel…
NPR created a 13-episode audio drama of A New Hope which starred Mark Hamill and is believed to have increased a then-struggling NPR's listenership by 40%. lootcrate.com/community/d…
Helen Magill White was the first American woman to earn a PhD. Raised by a Quaker father who believed she have the same education as her brothers, Helen attended Boston University, where in 1877, she earned a doctorate in Greek. Her thesis β€œthe Greek Drama” was discovered at Cornell in 2018 wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_…
John Lithgow played Yoda in the radio drama adaptation of Return of the Jedi en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Before George Clooney starred in the classic medical drama ER he was on a sitcom called E/R en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Kit Harington is a direct descendant of Robert Catesby - the mastermind behind the plot to blow up parliament. Kit also plays Catesby in the BBC drama Gunpowder, retelling the story behind the plot. radiotimes.com/news/2017-…

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