Of all the celebrity deaths in 2016, Carrie Fisher’s might hurt the worst. At 60 years old, she was still a young woman; she should have had many great performances, books, and scripts ahead of her. And with her recent work in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it seemed like she was finally getting her due as an actor, after years spent in the spotlight as an author and activist.
2016 is almost over! Hallelujah! With everything that’s happened in the last 12 months, we can’t wait to rip the last page of our 2016 Spider-Man wall calendar and hang up our 2017 Spider-Man wall calendar.
Too much time and effort in Cinemaland is wasted turning film into a game of winners and losers; Movie X made Y dollars so it matters more than Movie Z. But a film is way more than its box-office total. Some of the best movies released in 2016 failed to meet their financial expectations.
It’s one of the most famous lines in movie history: “You talkin’ to me?” But did you know that signature dialogue from Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver wasn’t even in Paul Schrader’s original script? Robert De Niro improvised it on set, after hearing Bruce Springsteen of all people say it at a concert a few days before shooting the scene. At the concert, during a particularly loud burst of applause, The Boss feigned humility and joked “You talkin’ to me?” De Niro remembered the moment and used it in the film to make history. That’s just one of the facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
You’ve seen Rogue One. You’ve read our spoiler-free review. Now you’re ready to go deeper. Like the Rebels in the film, you want to smuggle the deepest, darkest secrets out of enemy territory and pass them along to those who need them most. As luck would have it, we’ve got a Rogue One spoiler discussion ready to provide exactly that.
You might know that National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation was written by John Hughes, the guy behind ’80s classics like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But did you know that before Hughes became a filmmaker he was a contributor to the National Lampoon magazine? In fact, he based his Christmas Vacation screenplay on one of his old Lampoon pieces, “Christmas ’59.” That’s just one of the cheerful facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Decades after his death, Alfred Hitchcock is still considered one of the greatest directors of all time. But did you know that in addition to his reputation as the “Master of Suspense,” Hitchcock was also a notorious (no pun intended) prankster? He once bet someone they couldn’t spend the night in a darkened movie studio, chained to a camera. Once the man agreed to the bet, and got into position, Hitchcock offered him some brandy - laced with a laxative. That’s just one of the shocking facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
You’ve seen Doctor Strange. You’ve read our spoiler-free Doctor Strange review. Now you’re ready to go deeper. Like Stephen Strange himself, you’re ready for ultimate knowledge. All you know is a wise Celtic mystic to touch you on the forehead and open your “eye.”
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!
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