Monday, 22 October 2018
Sunday, 21 October 2018
FILM 1853: TRUE LIES
TRIVIA: When Harry tells Gib that Helen is having an affair, Gib tells a story about his second wife taking everything when she left him - he says, "What kind of sick bitch takes the ice cube trays out of the freezer?" This is a reference to Tom Arnold's divorce from Roseanne Barr - she was reported to have taken his ice cube trays when she left him, too.
The set of bra and matching panties worn by Helen Tasker during the striptease scene were Jamie Lee Curtis' own. Additionally, the fall that she takes in the middle of the dance was unscripted, and that is hinted at when Harry sits up in alarm, then relaxes.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's biggest challenge for the movie was not doing all the physical stunts, but dancing a tango. He had to take dancing lessons to realistically perform the dance. He rehearsed the dance scene for about six months. He wanted to make sure he was as good at the tango as Al Pacino was in Scent of a Woman (1992).
Eliza Dushku broke some ribs during the filming of her Harrier jet stunt scenes.
Jamie Lee Curtis called the film "without question, the greatest experience of my professional life so far."
Arnold Schwarzenegger did a lot of his own horseback riding. He says he couldn't have done it without his riding experience on the Conan movies.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records this is the first movie to have a production budget of $100,000,000.
2. SKULLS EMBOSSING ROLLING PIN. PATTERN WITH SKULLS
3. SILVER SKULL AND CROSSBONES COLLAR CHAIN/ CARDIGAN CLIP
5. MEMENTO ENAMEL PIN
Saturday, 20 October 2018
FILM 1852: THE MEG
TRIVIA: In real life, Jason Statham is an expert swimmer. In the 1990 Commonwealth Games, he represented England in diving. Footage of him competing can be found online. Most of the shots of him in the water are real. A stunt double was used for more hazardous shots.
In the book, the megalodons are pure white, almost luminescent, from living in an environment with virtually no light. This coloring proved too difficult to render in CGI while still looking realistic, so the megalodons were colored like great white sharks.
Eli Roth was attached as director before being replaced by Jon Turteltaub. Roth left due to creative differences with the studio, namely that he wanted the film to maintain both its R-rating and a $150 million budget. It was also rumored that Roth, on top of writing and directing, also wanted to play the lead role of Jonas, but the studio believed he did not have the star power.
The film is based on the book "MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror," the first book that author Steve Alten ever published.
The Meg (2018) was filmed in New Zealand.
The name of the boat at the end of the film is "Charlotte." This is also the name of the ship that the character Benjamin Franklin Gates searches for in National Treasure (2004), which was also directed by Jon Turteltaub.
Featured on Episode #196 on the podcast "How Did This Get Made?".
Friday, 19 October 2018
FILM 1851: THE VILLAGE
TRIVIA: Joaquin Phoenix made a wooden walking stick for Bryce Dallas Howard during the 19th-century preparation the actors participated in before the film. He engraved the name of her character, Ivy, on the walking stick.
Director M. Night Shyamalan put the entire cast through a 19th century "boot camp" in order for them to get a good feel for the time period.
The director cast Bryce Dallas Howard without an audition after seeing her perform on stage.
Bryce Dallas Howard and Judy Greer, who played sisters Ivy and Kitty, would later play sisters again in Jurassic World (2015).
The role of Lucius Hunt was written for Joaquin Phoenix.
Kirsten Dunst was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard after dropping out to star in Elizabethtown (2005). Dunst and Howard later appeared together in Spider-Man 3 (2007).
The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list.
Second collaboration between Joaquin Phoenix, Cherry Jones, and M. Night Shyamalan after previously working together on Signs (2002).
Thursday, 18 October 2018
FILM 1850: BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN
Tells the story of two 12-year old girls, who attempted to murder one of their friends in an attempt to appease Slenderman, a fictional monster from a horror website.