Jurassic Park's visual effects were so groundbreaking to filmmakers that it inspired Peter Jackson to begin work on Lord of the Rings, George Lucas to start on the Star Wars prequels, and Stanley Kubrick to invest in his pet project, A.I (Artificial Intelligence). Jurassic Park (film) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
When Die Hard was finally made, Bruce Willis was mostly known for TV. His $5 million fee was seen as a huge risk. The film ended up taking at least $140 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
Legendary Hollywood director Martin Scorsese, best known for his violent gangster films, has used the same female editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, on every movie he's made since Raging Bull in 1980. theguardian.com/film/2019…
In 1977 while filming Star Wars, George Lucas decided to take a $500,000 pay cut to his salary as director in exchange for full ownership of the franchise's merchandising rights. By 2012, the first six films produced approximately US$20 billion in merchandising revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Spaceballs creator Mel Brooks made a deal with George Lucas, that allowed him to spoof Star Wars in exchange for not selling any merchandise related to the film. The action figures Rick Moranis is seen playing with in the movie are the only official Spaceballs merchandise ever made. magazine.promomarketing.c…
In 1939 a 24 year old Orson Welles attempted to adapt Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' but had to cancel due to budget constraints. The studio asked him for a more conventional project. He suggested a B film of his, an exploration of a newspaper tycoon’s rise and downfall. He called it Citizen Kane. oneroomwithaview.com/2015…
Several people walked out of every screening of Reservoir Dogs at the Sundance film festival because of its graphic violence, including horror movie director Wes Craven best known for his A Nightmare On Elm Street films. ew.com/movies/2017/04/29/…
Mel Gibson could not get any studio to fund 'Passion of the Christ'. Instead of scrapping the film, he chose to finance it all by himself, an action which analysts labelled as "idiotic". He spent $45M on the project and went on to make over $475M because he didn't have to split the profits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When filming the original Borat film, Sacha Baron Cohen never washed Borat's suit or wore deodorant when in character. He said it gave Borat a "kind of dreadful Soviet-bloc smell the moment I walk in". npr.org/templates/story/s…
An Elmo cameo was written for the 2011 Muppets film but was stopped by Children's TV Workshop lawyers. Ironically, the scene featured the Muppets attempting to recruit Elmo but getting stopped by his lawyers. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
The song "Rainbow Connection" sung by Kermit from the 1979 film, The Muppet Movie reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained in the Top 40 for seven weeks. It was also nominated for Best Original Song at the 52nd Academy Awards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Unobtainium, a metal featured in films like "Avatar" and "The Core", was an engineering term coined in the 50's to describe any highly desirable material that is hypothetical, scientifically impossible, extremely rare, costly, or fictional en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uno…
In the β€œThe Wizard Of Oz” movie, the Tin Man cried chocolate syrup instead of actual machine oil as the oil didn’t show up well on film today.com/popculture/wiza…
The actress who played the girl in the red jacket in Schindler's List was 3 at the time of filming. Spielberg asked her not to watch the film until she was 18, but she watched it when she was 11 and said she was "horrified" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
The Japanese film Battle Royale (2000) is banned in South Korea and took 11 years before it was released in the United States and Canada. The film was banned in Germany in 2013, but this was later overturned. Quentin Tarantino considers Battle Royale to be one of his favourite films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The the 1960s was the heyday for the Quicksand trope - almost 3% of films showed characters sinking in clay, mud, or sand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
Film critic Roger Ebert briefly dated Oprah Winfrey, and persuaded her to syndicate The Oprah Winfrey Show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
Ayn Rand's pro-free market novel Atlas Shrugged was adapted into a three part film series in the 2010s. After the first two movies bombed, the producers resorted to Kickstarter to fund the third film. indiewire.com/2013/09/wha…
George A. Romero, legendary horror director of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, got his start directing short films for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood screenrant.com/george-rom…
Mel Gibson and Liam Neeson were largely considered to play James Bond in the movie "Goldeneye". Neeson turned it down because he wasn't interested in action films at the time and Gibson was too busy with his project "Braveheart" despite being recommended by Sean Connery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
BeyoncΓ© assumed she would automatically get the title role of Princess Tiana - Disney's first black princess - in the 2009 film The Princess and the Frog, so she refused to audition. The role went to Anika Noni Rose, who had co-starred with BeyoncΓ© in the 2006 film Dreamgirls cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Lenny Montana, the actor who played Luca Brasi in The Godfather was actually a member of the Colombo crime family sent to monitor the set. Coppola cast him, but due to his nerves, he kept making mistakes and repeating his lines to himself. This was then incorporated into the film as a character en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
Pinot noir became considerably more popular among consumers as a result of the film Sideways. Throughout the film, the main character speaks fondly of Pinot Noir while denigrating Merlot. A study estimated that Sideways cost American Merlot farmers over US$400m in lost revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Before its release in 1993, Jurassic Park was shown to 200 London school children ages 8-11. They overwhelmingly enjoyed the film and no ill effects were reported from schools or parents, earning the film a "PG" rating in Britain. Meanwhile, the American rating for the movie was "PG-13." independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Phil Collins, composer of the soundtrack to Disney's 1999 animated film "Tarzan", performed all the songs not only in English, but French, German, Italian and Spanish as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Today I learned of Orangey, cat actor who appeared in films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Incredible Shrinking Man and the Batman TV series. He was called "the world's meanest cat" by a studio executive, as he scratched and bit actors. Sometimes he would run off and production would have to be shut down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ora…
Steven Speilberg denied a salary for directing Schindler's List and refuses to autograph any materials related to the film. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films) lost so much weight in the three year gap between the fifth and seventh films that he was nearly recast due to being "unrecognizable". He had to wear a fat suit for his final appearance as the character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The Soviet Union loved Bollywood films. The values of Indian society and the USSR were very similar and the socialist country enjoyed the common rags to riches narrative. In fact, the highest grossing film of the Soviet Era was a 1982 Bollywood film called Disco Dancer. varsity.co.uk/film-and-tv…
The scenes of Kazakhstan in Borat, were shot in Glod, a tiny village in Romania. All the extras are villagers of Glod who got paid to be in the film and were told it was a documentary. They felt insulted by their portrayal, tried to sue the producers and threaten to kill Borat for insulting them abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
A 1,500 lb grizzly bear named Bart gave such a moving performance in the 1987 film "The Bear " that a campaign formed to encourage his Oscar nomination. Unfortunately, the academy refused to nominate an animal actor. telegraph.co.uk/films/0/m…
Jim Carrey was the first actor to have three films go straight to number one in the same year. The year was 1994, and the films were The Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and Dumb and Dumber. ew.com/movies/2019/07/29/…
The sounds we hear in nature documentaries,including popular ones like Planet Earth II,are almost always created by Foley artists in studios with commonplace objects.Eg.Magnetic film tape are used to create the sound of a spider walking and a slinky to make the web shooting sounds. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entr…
The bobsled used in the film Cool Runnings was stolen from a bar in Calgary where it sat since the film wrapped. screenrant.com/cool-runni…
An early script for the film Gladiator included the gladiators endorsing products in the arena. While historically accurate, it was removed for being unbelievable to audiences. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
In 2016 the writer of Dragonball Evolution formally apologized to fans of the franchise. He said that he approached the project with no passion and only wanted the money. He accepted full responsibility for the quality of the film and viewed it as a learning experience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Linda Blair fractured her spine whilst filming The Exorcist (1973), later suffering from scoliosis. Linda was rigged to a mechanical bed that shook her so-violently; she broke her back. The shot was used in the final film and her screams of pain were real. hudsonvalleyscoliosis.com…
The character Totoro from Hayao Miyasaki's 1988 film My Neighbour Totoro, makes a cameo appearance in the 2010 Pixar film Toy Story 3. Daisuke Tsutsumi, the art director of Toy Story 3, is married to Miyazaki's niece, who was the original inspiration for the character Mei in My Neighbour Totoro. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
Stanley Kubrick used over 450,000 feet or about 85 miles of film to shoot "A Clockwork Orange" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
Liza Minelli, daughter of Judy Garland, the actress who played Dorothy in the 1939 MGM film, β€œWizard of Oz,” was once married to Jack Haley, Jr., son of Jack Haley, the actor who played the Tin Man in the same film. He was Minnelli’s 2nd husband. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liz…
In Return of the Jedi (1983) for the speeder chase, Garrett Brown walked through the forest shooting at less than one frame per second. By walking at about 5 mph and projecting the footage at 24 frame/s, the motion seen in the film appeared as if it were moving at around 120 mph en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
The 1936 film 'Circus' - Stalin's favourite and the most successful of all time within the Soviet Union - was about an American woman with a Mixed Race son, who finds acceptance in the USSR. The movie's climax had the boy being held and sung to lovingly by various Soviet ethnic groups. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cir…
The camera company, Fujifilm, also makes skincare products because the CEO predicted that sales for their film would decrease with the rise of digital cameras. Chemicals they discovered earlier to prevent color fading in photographs are used to prevent sagging and fading skin now. jpninfo.com/104930
Silent-era film director F. W. Murnau (1888 - 1931, director of Nosferatu) had his grave robbed in 2015. His skull was removed and candle wax found in the grave suggests an occult ritual was performed. The crime is unsolved and his skull remains missing. news.artnet.com/art-world…
When William Gibson wrote about a third of the Neuromancer, he watched 20 minutes of Blade Runner. He felt very discouraged, as he thought people would think he copied from the film. Thus, he rewrote the first two-thirds more than 12 times, and still feared losing the reader's attention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neu…
In 1975, Sean Connery co-wrote a script for a Bond film called "Warhead". It features Spectre, from a secret base in the Statue of Liberty, launching an attack on NYC. Robotic hammerhead sharks, armed with nuclear weapons, are sent into the city’s sewers to wreak destruction as they explode oneroomwithaview.com/2015…
Bruce Willis had to make three movies as a part of a settlement with Disney over its $17.5 million loss due to an abandoned project he had been slated to produce and star in, and those films were Armageddon, The Sixth Sense, and The Kid. throwbacks.com/facts-abou…
When the film "Yesterday" (about a world where the Beatles only existed in one musician's memory) was released, Paul McCartney and his wife crept into a theater, with Paul disguising himself with a hat and sunglasses, and watched it from the back row, trying not to laugh when he was mentioned people.com/music/paul-mcc…
The first British animated film "Animal Farm" was secretly produced and funded by the CIA as anti-Communist propaganda theguardian.com/culture/2…
Will Ferrell once signed on to play Ronald Reagan in a film that focused on Reagan succumbing to Alzheimer’s-induced dementia while in office. He dropped out after outcry from Reagans family and the Alzheimer's Associaton, and the project died variety.com/2016/film/new…

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