Saturday, 31 October 2015

Trivia Round-Up: October 2015

Phew, October is over and I can come out from hiding from all the horror movies around. I'd like to think we've been particularly brave this year at Flick Chicks as horror is definitely not our thing! Am I officially allowed to feel Christmassy now? I have felt Christmassy for 2 weeks already, I think its because it's not raining and it usually rains a LOT in October!!

Anyway, here's some fun trivia we've dug up about the movies we've talked about this month, with links to the original posts:

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
The title is intentionally misspelled, as it also appears as graffiti in a scene in the film. The misspelled phrase is actually taken from an essay written in 1776 that argued that whites and blacks were created equal. The essay, which was written by Lemuel Haynes, a biracial man living in New England during the Revolution, quoted Thomas Jefferson's well-known sentence from the United States Declaration of Independence, but spelled the last word of the sentence with a y. The sentence, as it appears in Lemuel's essay, is as follows: "We hold these truths to be self-Evident, that all men are created Equal, that they are Endowed By their Creator with Ceartain [sic] unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happyness."
A long one I know, but when I was feeling much more awake I found this really interesting!

Ed Helms is the sixth actor to play Rusty Griswold after Anthony Michael Hall (National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)); Jason Lively (National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)); Johnny Galecki (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)); Ethan Embry (Vegas Vacation (1997)); Travis Greer (Hotel Hell Vacation (2010).
If for whatever reason we get another Vacation movie, it's got to follow this trend! *cough*Jason Sudeikis*cough*

The script originally has no back story about Robert, so Denzel Washington contributed much to the character's background and back story including Robert having obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In addition to his daily physical and fight training before filming, Washington met and interviewed several real-life OCD people as to gain insights of how to play that disorder correctly.
Thus proving - Denzel Washington is awesome.

Entourage (2015)
The series and the film are loosely based on Mark Wahlberg's life and the character, Turtle, was based on his real life assistant, Donnie "Donkey" Carroll, who died December 18, 2005 from an asthma attack at age 39.

Stand By Me (1986)
River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O'Connell got up to much mischief in the hotel they were staying in during filming. This included throwing all the pool side furniture into the pool, Wheaton fixing video games in the lobby so they could play them for free and Phoenix (spurred on by the other boys) unknowingly covering Kiefer Sutherland's car in mud; only discovering whose car it was when Sutherland confronted a scared and nervous Phoenix about it later.
I want to see that made into a movie of its own!

Inside Out (2015)
Psychologists and other experts were consulted so the writers could make the way Riley's mind works scientifically accurate. For example, it is believed that short-term memories made during the day are converted into long-term memories during sleep, which is what happens in Riley's mind.
My fascination with psychology is probably another reason as to why I loved this film so much.

Aloha (2015)
Received a great deal of criticism from audiences and reviewers who objected to the fact that although this movie is set in Hawaii, it depicts almost no Asian- or Native-Hawaiian-descended characters, and the one main character who is supposed to be of both Chinese and native Hawaiian descent is played by a white actress, Emma Stone. 
Less 'fun trivia' and more 'proof this movie was a mess!'

Cooties (2015)
Several movie and video game references are in the film. Lord of the Rings, Aliens. Resident Evil, State of Decay, Terminator.
I only spotted a few, drat!

Magic Mike XXL (2015)

Matthew McConaughey was in talks to reprise his character role of Dallas for the sequel which he played in Magic Mike (2012) but talks fell through because of financial reasons. According to the studio, since winning his Academy Award for Best Actor in Dallas Buyers' Club (2013), McConaughey's pay rate had increased which is a tactical procedure for an actor after he just won an Academy Award to capitalize on his acclaimed success. This led to the studio optioning to pass on bringing McConaughey back for the sequel.

The Visit (2015)
According to statements made on Twitter, M. Night Shyamalan prepared three different cuts of the film. One that was "pure comedy", another that was "pure horror", and a final one that "fell somewhere in between."
I want to see the pure comedy cut, just for the 'lols'!

The Final Girls (2015)
This is the second film Alexander Ludwig has starred in that has ''Final Girl'' in the title. Both films are released in 2015.
Sorry, the trivia for The Final Girls isn't the best...

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