Friday 31 July 2015

Trivia Round-Up: July 2015

We're over half-way through the Summer Blockbuster season already! I'm actually doing really well this year and haven't missed a single one, yet! Here's hoping I can keep the momentum going. Anyway, as usual, here's a round-up of some fun trivia from the films we've reviewed this month.

The survival of both the Twinkie and the cockroach perpetuates the urban myth that even should the world end, both will survive indefinitely.

For the season two Parks and Recreation DVD (2010), Chris Pratt made a behind the scenes video. In the video he reads a fake text from Steven Spielberg about being cast in Jurassic Park 4. Pratt actually was cast as the lead in the 4th Jurassic Park film (2015).
There's a bajillion pages of trivia for this film, but I loved this!

The British Royal Crown seen being worn by Bob during his 'coronation' scene can briefly be seen in Despicable Me when the Minions are all offering up treasures to help fund Gru's attempt to steal the moon.

Weirdly enough, I couldn't find any trivia on this!

Ant-Man (2015)
Paul Rudd stated in an interview with New York Times columnist Tom Riddle that he purchased a massive ant farm and watched how the ants worked together. He was so inspired by them that he decided to keep the farm after the filming was complete.
Paul, dude, don't get talking to anyone called Tom Riddle...nothing good can come from that...

Tammy (2014)
There is only 24 years difference in age between Melissa McCarthy (Tammy) and Susan Sarandon (Tammy's grandmother, Pearl). Furthermore, there is only 11 years difference between McCarthy and Allison Janney, who plays her mother.

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Differs from the novel where Christine's diary is in the form of a journal / notebook, whereas in the film it is a camera.
There is only limited trivia for this movie, none of which were particularly interesting!

Paddington (2014)
When Paddington is waiting at the train station, he is sitting in front of the Lost & Found. The sign is faulty, and the "Found" is not lit. When Mrs. Brown comes back to speak to him, the "Found" lights up.
There was a lot of trivia for this, but this just made me smile :-)

Chappie (2015)
The scouts' rabbit ear antennae are inspired by the character Briareos from Masamune Shirow's manga Appleseed, of which Neill Blomkamp is a fan.

Casablanca (1942)
Back in the early-to-mid 2000s, Madonna wanted to remake Casablanca with her playing IIsa Lund and Ashton Kutcher in the role of Rick Blaine. Madonna pitched the idea to every studio but was unanimously rejected by every studio with one studio executive telling her "That film is deemed untouchable". The project has since been scrapped by Madonna. 
Probably not the best trivia in the world but it made me and Allie laugh out loud so had to include it!



  1. The WALL-E one is brilliant. The Jurassic World made me giggle. And thank all that is good for that last one. There is no way I want to live in a world where a version of Casablanca starring Madonna and Ashton Kutcher exists. Yeesh.

  2. Chris Pratt created a behind-the-scenes film for the season two Parks and Recreation DVD (2010). In the video, he reads a fictitious text message from Steven Spielberg about being cast in Jurassic Park 4. Pratt was originally cast as the lead in the fourth Jurassic Park film (2015).
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