In the tradition of ScreenCrush series like You Think You Know Movies and You Think You Know TV comes a new YouTube series: Top Five! Every two weeks (or so; we’ve got a lot of other stuff going on), ScreenCrush editor and critic Matt Singer will count down a particular topic from the world of movies (and probably write these introductory posts in the third person).
You might know that early in his career, Harrison Ford was credited as “Harrison J. Ford.” But did you know that the ‘j’ doesn’t stand for anything? Harrison Ford doesn’t even have a middle name. He adopted it to avoid any confusion with another actor named Harrison Ford, who’d had a lengthy career in the silent film era and died in 1957. That’s just one of the incredible Harrson Ford facts featured in the nwest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
You know that the werewolves versus vampires film Underworld has spawned three sequels, with a fourth, Underworld: Blood Wars, coming soon. But did you know that when director Len Wiseman was developing the first Underworld, he got too ambitious with his story? Eventually he realized that his screenplay was getting to dense for one film. Rather than condensing everything to fit into a single movie, he removed whole sections so that they could be used for future sequels. That’s just one of the blood-sucking facts featured in this new episode of You Think You Know Movies!
As the big blockbusters go, so goes the summer movie season. And this summer movie season, the big blockbusters were almost uniformly bad. But the reality is those films represent just a small percentage of the titles released to theaters during the dog days of summer. The vast majority of summer movies have tiny budgets and play only a handful of theaters at a time. And while the focus remains on the tentpoles, most of the summer’s best movies featured absolutely no robots or explosions or superheroes of any kind.
Okay, so it was one of the worst summer movie seasons in recent memory. Trying to find the good blockbusters amongst the last four months releases sometimes felt like trying to find a needle in a stack of s---. But even this year there were diamonds in the rough. Today we’re celebrating the ten best, the summer movies of 2016 that didn’t make us weep for the future of cinema — and note that this list is just movies that got wide releases in at least 500 theaters. We’ll have a separate piece on under-the-radar summer films you might have missed next week on ScreenCrush. In the meantime, let’s celebrate the highlights from a depressing summer before we clear the decks and get ready for the fall.
He’s famous worldwide as the man who created Star Wars. But did you know when George Lucas was a kid he wasn’t interested in becoming a movie director? Instead, Lucas dreamed of becoming a famous race car driver. A massive car wreck as a teenager nearly killed Lucas and ended those plans. Instead, Lucas went to USC to study filmmaking. That’s just one of the facts featured in the last episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Did you know Charlie Cox had a shot at playing the young Han Solo? Unfortunately, Cox had gotten so good at playing blind as the title character of Netflix’s Daredevil that he stopped making eye contact with people. (Eye contact being low on the list of priorities for blind people.) And as a result, he blew his Han Solo audition. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of the ScreenCrush series You Think You Know TV?
The original Deadpool costume was padded with fake muscles. But when Ryan Reynolds showed up to play everyone’s favorite Merc With a Mouth, he had so many actual muscles, that the fake muscles looked ridiculous and made the costume too bulky. So the fake muscles were removed. That Reynolds dude is legitimately jacked. This is just one of the Deadpool facts in the latest installment of You Think You Know Movies!
An audience of children and their parents out for a day of family fun at a movie theater in California were horrified to watch the red-band trailer of Seth Rogen's Sausage Party film before the airing of Finding Dory.
We always knew they were coming back. After all, what epic, era-defining blockbuster doesn’t get a sequel in this day and age? None. And Independence Day truly was one of the biggest movies of the 1990s, both in terms of grosses (it was the top earner of 1996, both home and abroad) and scope, with mile-wide UFOs descending on our planet, wiping out our most treasured landmarks, and trying to eradicate our species.
A few brave heroes fought back and saved our world from extinction and now, 20 years later, most of them return to fight a new alien menace in Independence Day: Resurgence (except for Will Smith, he was busy). A cast of familiar faces (Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman) and newcomers (Liam
Jena Malone never got to make her big screen debut in the DC Cinematic Universe. Her mysterious character was cut from the theatrical version of Zack Snyder‘s ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ but now we have the very first look at her.
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