To film the scenes of the audience watching the "Ass Movie" in Idiocracy (2006), a theater was rented and extras were paid to watch a buttocks on the screen, which garnered genuine laughter--making Mike Judge consider his own film a waste of time. fastcompany.com/3064328/m…
Actor Danny Trejo has the most on-screen deaths of anyone in Hollywood history, with 65. Followed by Christopher Lee (60), Lance Henriksen (51), Vincent Price (41), Dennis Hopper (41), Boris Karloff (41), and John Hurt (39). foxnews.com/entertainment…
The famous philosopher Voltaire's name is actually a pseudonym that has roots in the French phrase "determined little thing"; acting more like a modern avatar or screen-name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
The first character on screen in Super Mario 64 is Lakitu, Mario's camera operator. Because the 1996 game was the first in the series to have 3D gameplay, the developers needed to teach players that they were controlling both Mario AND the camera. games.avclub.com/super-ma…
In the 90s, video game designer Kenji Eno learned he had blind fans, who played his games with great effort. So he designed a blank-screen game just for them: "Real Sound: Kaze no Regret." He made Sega send 1000 consoles (w/ the game) to blind people. It is still a popular game for the blind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
American Humane - source for "No Animals Were Harmed" disclaimers - were not contractually required to monitor movies until after the release of the 1980 movie "Heaven's Gate". The reports of animal cruelty, including a horse blown up by dynamite, prompted the Screen Actors Guild requirement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
James Cameron sold the rights to his screen play "The Terminator" for $1 on the condition that he would be the director. giantfreakinrobot.com/sci…
After the Sex Pistols said the f-word on the Bill Grundy show in 1976, lorry driver Jason Holmes was so outraged he kicked in the screen of his brand new TV and complained to Thames Television about the damage loudersound.com/features/…
The original Macintosh computers were sold with 9" screens that were 72 pixels per inch. This size was chosen because their printer would print at 144 ppi, exactly double the screen. This way the printed text and the screen text would end up being exactly the same size. photoshopessentials.com/e…
Ronald Reagan was an announcer for the Chicago Cubs in the 1930s until he landed a 7-year movie contract after taking a screen test while traveling with the Cubs in California in 1937 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
In the 1940s-60s, Melbourne's Sun Theatre cinema had a pram room, where babies in their prams were placed and given a number. If a baby started crying, its number was flashed on the screen to alert the parents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
An extra on the set of Star Trek IV ad-libbed a line that made it into the final movie. Since she wasn't an actor, she then had to be registered to the Screen Actors Guild since membership was required for anyone with speaking lines in a movie. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
B.F. Skinner almost convinced the army to use pigeon-guided missiles, where pigeons would sit in the nose of the missile and peck a screen to change the direction. military-history.org/arti…
Robert Downey Jr. was paid $10M for only 8 minutes of screen time in β€˜Spider-Man: Homecoming’. He got paid over $1 million per minute he's in the movie. syfy.com/syfywire/report-…
In the 1980s, the internet-related term "spam" was adopted to describe certain abusive users who frequented BBSs and MUDs, who would repeat "Spam" a huge number of times to scroll other users' text off the screen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Rick Moranis is returning to on-screen acting after a 23 year hiatus bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
A study of deaths on the show Game of Thrones found that the probability of a character dying within the first hour after first appearing on screen was 14%. injepijournal.biomedcentr…
The highest number anyone has counted to, out loud, is 1 million. It took 89 days, 16hr a day, reading numbers of a screen. It took place in 2007. rd.com/article/highest-nu…
Scanimate is an analog computer animation system used until the mid-80's. It was famously used to depict Star Wars' (1977) Death Star war room screen as it closed in on Yavin's moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
It is an annual tradition at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station to screen John Carpenter's 'The Thing'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amu…
James Earl Jones does not appear on screen in his eight movies with the highest domestic box office gross. He provides a voiceover in five Star Wars movies, two Lion King movies, and Adam Sandler’s Click. the-numbers.com/person/12…
On April Fools Day 1965 the BBC aired an interview with the supposed inventor of "SmelloVision" who cut onions and brewed coffee to prove he could transmit scents through a television screen. Viewers called and confirmed that they had received the smells. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sme…
The human eye is capable of seeing the polarity of polarized light. You can teach yourself to look at the light on an overcast day when the sun is hidden and see where the sun is by using Haidingers Brush. The effect is also visible on the white portion of phone and computer screens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
Namco granted a patent in 1995 on the usage of auxiliar minigames in loading screen, in other words, minigames directly or thematically unrelated to the game wired.co.uk/article/namco…
In WW2 they used special smoke screens that were that were half a mile long and hundreds of feet tall to hide ships and blimps from enemies. youtube.com/watch?v=fJr9f…
Bill gates purchased the Leonardo da Vinci's Codex for $30,802,500. Three years later he had its pages scanned into digital image files, some of which were later distributed as screen saver and wallpaper files on a CD-ROM as part of a Microsoft Plus! for Windows so everyone could enjoy them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
Michael Dorn has more on-screen appearances playing the same character (Worf) than any other actor in the Star Trek franchise: 282 episodes and four movies screenrant.com/star-trek-…
A researcher has developed a handheld "lickable screen" device that, when inserted into your mouth, can recreate all taste sensations associated with food. It relies on electrolytes inserted into 5 gels controlling the intensity of the 5 basic flavors: sour, sweet, bitter, salt and umami. techxplore.com/news/2020-…
Charlie Chaplin, an icon through his screen persona, The Tramp, agonised over his future in a new world of film sound. He was still making films with sound but no dialogue when talkies were already wowing audiences. Astonishingly, he even contemplated giving it all up to become a British MP theguardian.com/film/2011…
Between 1976 to 1996 nearly 250 films were released "In 70mm and 6-Track Dolby Stereo". The original 6 channels were reconfigured into a left, center and right screen channel plus a surround channel. Dolby Stereo's breakthrough came with the release of "Star Wars" in 1977. in70mm.com/newsletter/200…
The Nintendo Game Boy's copy/licensing protection simply consisted of requiring the game to load the Nintendo logo that scrolls down the screen at switch on. Something that if not agreed with Nintendo beforehand would give Nintendo open season to sue the developer for trademark infringement. youtube.com/watch?v=ix5yZ…
To avoid confusion, television broadcasts of 'Inception' in Japan include text in the corner of the screen to remind viewers which level of the dream each scene takes place in. famousfix.com/topic/incep…
Sean Connery wasn't the first to portray James Bond on screen. In 1954 a live television adaptation of Casino Royale aired, starring American actor Barry Nelson as Bond. tvobscurities.com/2009/02…
15% of iPhone users use an iPhone with a broken screen. squaretrade.com/press/new…
The original purpose of screensavers was to prevent phosphor burn-in on older computer monitors, by automatically changing the images on the screen during inactivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Stepin Fetchit was the first Black actor to earn $1 million and the first to receive screen credit in a feature film, yet became a pariah and died broke. historycollection.com/thi…
When adapting Jurassic Park from the page to screen, Hammond was changed from a ruthless businessman to a kindly old man, because Spielberg identified with his obsession with showmanship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
There was a full movie theater with a bar, concessions, seats, and movie screen in an underground catacomb of Paris. ( theguardian.com/world/200…
Harry Houdini invited his friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the annual meeting of the Society of American Magicians in 1922. Doyle set up a projector and shocked them all with footage of live dinosaurs on screen. It was actually a clip from the upcoming 1925 film The Lost World based on his novel mcgill.ca/oss/article/his…
After the famous "More Cowbell" SNL sketch with Christopher Walken ended with "RIP Gene Frenkel" on the screen (underneath Will Ferrell's character), fans have often expressed their sympathies to Blue Γ–yster Cult over his death, believing the fictional cowbell-shredding artist was real. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
In 2004 police discovered a movie theater in the Paris Catacombs. It was equipped with a giant cinema screen, seats, projection equipment, film reels, a fully stocked bar and a complete restaurant with tables and chairs. Its power source and the identity of those responsible remain unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Some people experience visual snow, a condition in which they continuously see white or black flickering dots similar to that of a television screen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
"zombies" first appeared on movie screens in a 1919 French film called J’accuse. Director Abel Gance used soldiers on leave from fighting in Verdun to portray β€œan army of the dead.” militaryhistorynow.com/20…
"The Mandalorian" is shot primarily inside 'The Volume', a large array of LED screens that allow the CGI backgrounds to be filmed live, creating realistic settings and shadows. starwars.com/news/the-man…
Warner Bros. allowed Bugs Bunny to appear in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' under the stipulation that he only appear opposite Mickey Mouse, and that the two receive the same amount of screen time. The resulting scene is the only time in film history that the two have shared the screen together hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
β€˜Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry was a pilot for a Pan Am flight that crashed in the Syrian desert in 1947. He took charge of the survivors and even walked to get help from a local village. The crash convinced him to leave the airline to pursue his goal of becoming a screen writer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
The first virtual reality headset was patented in 1960 by inventor Morton Heilig; the head-mounted display had two screens and was known as the β€œTelesphere Maskβ€œ - this device featured stereoscopic (3-D) TV, wide vision and true stereo sound interestingengineering.co…
Research shows that parents who want their children to cut back on screen-time must cut back on screen-time themselves thriveworks.com/blog/pare…
Today I learned of Julian Eltinge. A 'female impersonator', he became a star of stage and screen in the 1920s. The Great Depression ended his career and also led to a backlash against crossdressing - he was finally prevented from even performing onstage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
The first actor to portray Charlie Chan on screen was actually Japanese en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…

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