Saturday, 28 February 2015

Trivia Round Up - February 2015

Big Hero 6 (2014)
Baymax's movement and posing was modeled after studying the movement of baby penguins.

Mr. Nobody (2009)
Free movement across time is a recurring theme of the film. The central character's name is Nemo, which when spelled backwards is 'omen', a foretelling of the future. Further, his main love interest is Anna and his daughter is Eve, both of which are the same when read in reverse.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
In an interview, Saoirse Ronan admitted that making the hotel's signature confection, the Courtisane au Chocolat, wasn't easy. "Forget the action scenes in Hanna," she said, "these little pastries were the hardest thing I've had to do in a movie." 

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) does not feature in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy because her character was made-up by Peter Jackson. Jackson met Lilly after he finished filming the first Middle Earth trilogy and liked her so much that he promised to include her character in Tolkien's other stories, should they be made into film. When they started filming the Hobbit, Lilly received a phone call from Jackson, bringing Tauriel's character to life.

Hello I Must be Going

The title is a reference to a Groucho Marx song of the same name.
This is the only trivia I could find :-/

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Gwyneth Paltrow admitted that she was very embarrassed and felt uncomfortable during the stripping scene. 


Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead claimed that they went on one real binge drinking night during filming, which was video recorded, so they could see in playback how they would interact while drunk.
I love this!!

Birdman (2014)

There are only sixteen visible cuts in the entire film.
I kind of want to re-watch this to try and spot them all... I only spotted 1!!

Nightcrawler (2014)

Jake Gyllenhaal's character blinks very rarely. Gyllenhaal has used this method in his work before with his role as title character Donnie Darko.

The Imitation Game (2014)

On 27 November 2014, ahead of the film's US release, The New York Times reprinted the original 1942 crossword puzzle from The Daily Telegraph used in recruiting code breakers at Bletchley Park during World War II. Entrants who solve the puzzle can mail in their results for a chance to win a trip for two to London and a tour of the famous Bletchley Park facilities.
Some silly trivia perhaps, but I liked this!

Schindler's List (1993)
It is said that, during the filming, the atmosphere was so grim and depressing that Steven Spielberg asked his friend Robin Williams if he could film some comedy sketches.
There's oodles of amazing trivia for this film, but this in particular struck a chord with me.

The Theory of Everything (2014)

Eddie Redmayne met with Stephen Hawking only once before filming. "In the three hours I spent with him, he said maybe eight sentences," recalls Redmayne. "I just didn't feel like I could ask him intimate things." Therefore, he found other ways to prepare for the role. He lost about 15 pounds and trained for four months with a dancer to learn how to control his body. He met with 40 ALS patients, kept a chart tracking the order in which Hawking's muscles declined, and stood in front of a mirror for hours on end, contorting his face. Lastly, he remained motionless and hunched over between takes, so much so that an osteopath told him he had altered the alignment of his spine. "I fear I'm a bit of a control freak," Redmayne admits. "I was obsessive. I'm not sure it was healthy."
That is commitment!

Whiplash (2014)
For the slapping scene, J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller filmed several takes with Simmons only miming the slap. For the final take, Simmons and Teller decided to film the scene with a real, genuine slap. This is the take that is in the film.

Boyhood (2014)

Had Richard Linklater died during the 12-year shoot, Ethan Hawke would have taken over the directorial duties.
Seems boring but I had wondered what would happen if Linklater could no longer work on the film, whether it would just disappear!

*All trivia pulled from IMDB at


  1. My wife made the Courtesan au Chocolat last week for our Oscar party. There's a video recipe online somewhere. She struggled, but they turned out beautifully, even though she couldn't get the colors quite right.

    I want to try to catch the Birdman cuts as well. I only noticed one myself when I saw it at the theater.

    Cool post!

    1. Oh wow, that sounds amazing! I'm going to have to try and find that video recipe...
      Birdman is definitely worth a second viewing, I need to do it soon :)
      - Allie

  2. Awesome post! I am loving the image of Aaron Paul and his co-star studying that drunk tape. The only thing that appeals to me less than having to suffer through the aftermath of a drunk is having to watch myself in that state. That's dedication!

    1. Haha! Do you know, I never even thought of that. It must be equal parts of funny and awkward!
      - Allie