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Post by Buscemi on Sun May 03, 2009 10:45 pm

Trivia Of The Day (5/3/2009)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Jerry Goldsmith's Academy Award-nominated score featured a special musical instrument called the 'Blaster Beam', an instrument 15 feet long, incorporating artillery shell casings and motorized magnets. It was used as part of any scene featuring V'ger. The instrument was invented by former child star turned New Age musician Craig Hundley who, in his youth, had portrayed Captain Kirk's nephew, Peter Kirk, in the "Star Trek" (1966) episode, 'Operation - Annihilate!'. He appeared in another episode as Tommy Starnes in 'And the Children Shall Lead'.

Because of the need to re-build sets and models when the production switched from a television series to a big-budget feature film, the production was already ten weeks behind schedule before a single frame was shot. Director Robert Wise repeatedly considered quitting the production, and at one point even suggested that Paramount cancel the project altogether.

Persis Khambatta became very emotional about having her head shaved for her role. She kept her shorn hair in a box for a time and asked Gene Roddenberry to take out insurance in case her hair didn't grow back. It did.

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Post by Buscemi on Mon May 04, 2009 11:34 am

Trivia Of The Day (5/4/2009)

Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan

The Enterprise Torpedo Room and Spacelab transporter sets were originally parts of the Klingon bridge built for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). In order to save money, shots of the Enterprise departing from dock, and in space, were taken from the first Star Trek movie. The Spacelab model is that of the orbiting space office turned upside down and with some cosmetic changes from the first Star Trek movie. This movie was produced by the Paramount Television division and released by the feature film division, in order to avoid the then-astronomical $43 million cost of the first feature film.

Due to budget limitations, sets and props were re-used wherever possible. Space Station Regula 1 was the space station from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)... turned upside-down. Terrell and Chekov's environmental suits were also originally used in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).

All of Khan's men were Chippendale dancers at the time.

Kirk and Khan never meet face to face during the movie. All of their interaction is through viewscreens or communicators. In the director's commentary on the special edition DVD, mention was made of the difficulties both William Shatner and Ricardo Montalban had in displaying proper emotions to lines being fed to them by a script girl, so it might be assumed that Shatner and Montalban did not interact face-to-face during the production of the film either.

It has been widely debated that Ricardo Montalban's chest was actually a prosthetic piece that he wore during the film. In the director's commentary in the special edition DVD, Nicholas Meyer is quoted as saying that it was, in fact, Montalban's actual chest and that he was a very muscular man who worked out. During publicity for the movie, during an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962), Montalban explained that he was able to achieve the look seen in the film by doing push-ups. "A lot of push-ups."

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Re: Fun and Random Trivia of the Day

Post by A_Roode on Mon May 04, 2009 4:28 pm

Trivia for the day from 'Hellraiser':

"Doug Bradley was originally offered a choice of roles between one of the mattress movers and the Lead Cenobite. He originally thought it important that, as a new film actor, the audience should be see his face, and nearly turned down the Lead Cenobite role. During a post production party when filming had ended Doug Bradley was dismayed to be ignored by the other members of the crew. He thought to himself that he found it a pity as he though he got on rather well with people. It wasn't till later that he realized that none of the crew had actually ever seen him without his makeup when playing Pinhead and therefore did not recognize him."
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Re: Fun and Random Trivia of the Day

Post by Donte77 on Mon May 04, 2009 11:37 pm

Trivia for Sunday, May 3rd is from Dune.

Number of production crew came to a total of 1,700. Dune required 80 sets built upon 16 sound stages. More than 6 years in the making, it required David Lynch's work for three and a half years.

Two hundred workers spent two months hand-clearing three square miles of Mexican desert for location shooting.

And if that wasn't enough, for the 3 hour television cut, Lynch disowned it entirely.

The name "Judas Booth" that appears as the screenwriter in the extended TV cut, is a combination of Judas, the apostle that betrayed Jesus Christ, and John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's killer. With this in-joke, David Lynch meant that the studio betrayed him and killed the film. The director's credit is the usual in these cases, Alan Smithee.
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Re: Fun and Random Trivia of the Day

Post by Donte77 on Mon May 04, 2009 11:45 pm

Trivia for May 4th is from The Karate Kid. Can you just imagine how different this would have been?

Pat Morita was initially turned-down for the role of Mr. Miyagi because there was a "no comedian" policy when looking for an actor. He was later given the role because he was best for it after reading.

The legendary ToshirĂ´ Mifune auditioned for the role of Mister Myagi. Although he was great in the audition (according to director John G. Avildsen in the DVD Commentary), it was felt that his version of Myagi was "too serious" and played much like the samurai warriors he played in the Kurisowa movies. Because of this, he was turned down.

Daniel-San would have killed the other dudes instead of beating them in a tournament with a crane kick. Smile
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Re: Fun and Random Trivia of the Day

Post by A_Roode on Tue May 05, 2009 5:47 pm

Trivia for the day from 'Tower of London' (1939):

"The battle scenes were an ordeal to film. Principally shot on August 19, 1939 at a ranch in Tarzana, the fog machine proved ineffective in the face of high winds. The 100-degree heat caused the 300 extras to suffer and rain machines caused the soldier's cardboard helmets and shields to disintegrate. Additional battle scenes were shot on August 22 and on September 4, 1939, but the California heat continued to play havoc with the cast, crew and equipment."

If you don't know the film, it is essentially Richard the Third with Basil Rathbone murderously manouvering his way to the throne through the help of the axe-wielding executioner Mord... Boris Karloff. Great stuff!
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Re: Fun and Random Trivia of the Day

Post by Buscemi on Wed May 06, 2009 10:45 am

Trivia Of The Day (5/5/2009)

Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

Production was endangered by the great fire at Paramount. William Shatner helped fight the fire and rescue a crewmember before firefighter reinforcements arrived. Shatner said that his motivation for doing so was purely to save a day on the shooting schedule, as he had a make a deadline to be available for shooting on a new season of "T.J. Hooker" (1982).

The spacedock orbiting Earth is supposed to be five miles tall - making it easily observable from the surface. The actual model itself was 6 feet tall.

Edward James Olmos was Leonard Nimoy's original choice for the role of Kruge. However, executive producer Harve Bennett preferred Christopher Lloyd. Nimoy finally cast Lloyd because he came off more operatic and physically intimidating.

Christopher Lloyd, who played the Klingon Captain Kruge, also played Jim Ignatalski on the classic television show "Taxi" (1978). In one particular episode, a television executive is in his cab and Jim says he loved the show Star Trek. Jim added that he didn't like the leader of the Klingons because the writers had him say things a "real Klingon just wouldn't say."

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Re: Fun and Random Trivia of the Day

Post by Buscemi on Wed May 06, 2009 10:54 am

Trivia Of The Day (5/6/2009)

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Some shots of the whales were in fact four foot long animatronics models. Four models were created, and were so realistic that after release of the film, US fishing authorities publicly criticized the film makers for getting too close to whales in the wild. The scenes involving these whales were shot in a pool underneath a Paramount parking lot. The shot of the whales swimming past the Golden Gate Bridge were filmed on location, and nearly ended in disaster when a cable got snagged on a nuclear submarine and the whales were towed out to sea.

The film was originally supposed to have Eddie Murphy instead of Catherine Hicks. Murphy was supposed to have played a professor concerned with UFO's who spots the de-cloaking Klingon ship at the Super Bowl. Apparently, all others are convinced the ship is a half-time special effect while Murphy believes it is real. Paramount declined this script for two reasons: Paramount didn't want to combine their two most profitable franchises ("Star Trek" (1966) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984)), and Murphy had signed on to do The Golden Child (1986) instead.

During the film's 1 hour 59 minute runtime, there's only a total of about 1 minute 13 seconds worth of shots of the Enterprise--the shortest amount of time the Enterprise is seen on screen in any Star Trek movie. The first 33 seconds of it during the beginning courtroom scene was stock footage of the Enterprise's destruction from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984). The other 40 seconds of it were shots of the Enterprise-A towards the end.

The idea of having Spock give the Vulcan nerve pinch to the punk rocker was inspired by Leonard Nimoy who was walking down the street in New York when a punk came out of a store with his boombox blaring, disturbing everyone around him. Annoyed, Nimoy thought "If I was REALLY Spock, I'd pinch his head off!" (According to Nimoy in the DVD Commentary).

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Re: Fun and Random Trivia of the Day

Post by A_Roode on Wed May 06, 2009 6:13 pm

Trivia for the day from 'Star Trek 5' (just kidding!)

'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' (1954):

"The censors weren't too happy about the line in the song "Lonesome Polecat" where the brothers lament "A man can't sleep when he sleeps with sheep". By not showing any sheep in the same shot as the brothers, the film-makers were able to get away with it."

I'll let you guys make the New Zealand jokes. Surfer, you may want to just skip ahead to the next page (*lol* sorry dude!)

Also:

"On the 2004 DVD commentary, Stanley Donen states that the film was originally shot in two versions, one widescreen and another in normal ratio, because MGM was concerned that not all theatres had the capability to screen it. Despite the fact that it cost more than the widescreen version to make, he says, the other version was never used"
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Re: Fun and Random Trivia of the Day

Post by Buscemi on Thu May 07, 2009 11:31 am

Trivia Of The Day (5/7/2009)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

William Shatner was distressed when he saw how wide his bottom was in the scene where he walks across the bridge (away from the camera). He had them airbrush the entire scene to make his butt look narrower.

Originally conceived as a prequel to the original "Star Trek" (1966) television series. The story was to follow young Kirk and Spock when they met in Starfleet Academy, with Ethan Hawke rumored for the role of Kirk and John Cusack rumored for the role of Spock. However, partially due to poor box office and reviews for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), and because of the strong desire for a future film involving the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), it was decided to do a final film with the original cast, which would end with their retirement, and allude to the new cast taking over the franchise. A prequel series would later appear in the form of the "Enterprise" (2001) television series, and _Star Trek (2008)_ will be a prequel film.

According to Nicholas Meyer, Brock Peters found Admiral Cartwright's words during the briefing scene to be so offensive he needed several takes to get them all out. In a similar vein, Nichelle Nichols refused to speak the line "Guess who's coming to dinner?" -- an intentional reference to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) -- which is heard prior to the Klingons' visit to the Enterprise. The line was instead given to Walter Koenig (Chekov).

Christian Slater wore the trousers made for William Shatner in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982). "It was an honor to get into Shatner's pants," he quipped during a BBC interview.

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Re: Fun and Random Trivia of the Day

Post by W on Thu May 07, 2009 9:59 pm

From Follow That Bird:

Cameo: [George Lucas] in the crowd at the end of the movie after Big Bird returns to Sesame Street. Big Bird arrives on flight number 1138

He has his hand in everything...

When Big Bird is being welcomed home at the end of the movie; you get a quick glimpse at a character in a window that was definitively Elmo. This movie was made before Elmo was even considered a character on the show.

Then Elmo ruined the whole damned thing... or I grew up. One or the other...

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Re: Fun and Random Trivia of the Day

Post by Donte77 on Fri May 08, 2009 1:25 am

Buscemi wrote:Trivia Of The Day (5/7/2009)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

William Shatner was distressed when he saw how wide his bottom was in the scene where he walks across the bridge (away from the camera). He had them airbrush the entire scene to make his butt look narrower.

We didn't need any other trivia than this. Shocked
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Re: Fun and Random Trivia of the Day

Post by A_Roode on Fri May 08, 2009 2:44 am

Donte77 wrote:
Buscemi wrote:Trivia Of The Day (5/7/2009)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

William Shatner was distressed when he saw how wide his bottom was in the scene where he walks across the bridge (away from the camera). He had them airbrush the entire scene to make his butt look narrower.

We didn't need any other trivia than this. Shocked

*lol* He talks about this in his autobiography (I highly recommend the audiobook version which he reads incidentally).
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Post by A_Roode on Fri May 08, 2009 2:51 am

Trivia of the Day for 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' (1988):

"The scene where Steve Martin is posing with the bikini-clad women on the beach was shot twice. For the American release, the women all had their bikini tops on. For the European release, director Frank Oz filmed the same scene with the women topless. Oz states in the DVD commentary that when he commanded the women to remove their tops, he felt like the most powerful man in the world."

I like this one too:

"An entire day was spent shooting the trailer, which does not appear in the film. The trailer shows Freddy and Lawrence walking along the boardwalk, politely moving out of the way of other people, etc, with a voice saying something like "There are numerous distinguished gentlemen in the world... refined, cultured gentlemen... nice men... but nice men finish last". As these last few lines are spoken, Freddy pushes an old lady into the water, and Lawrence shoves a kid's face into his cotton candy."

I see that a remake is scheduled for 2010. Anybody got imdbPro or have any other info about the remake?
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Re: Fun and Random Trivia of the Day

Post by IPKI$$ on Fri May 08, 2009 4:27 am

Yeah, Brett Ratner is set to direct and Matt Lillard, Jim Broadbent and Fairuza Balk are rumored to star...unless they can think of worse.
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Post by silversurfer19 on Fri May 08, 2009 5:08 am

Good news is Ratner is off Conan. They say its scheduling conflicts but you can tell from the studio's wording that they just can't stand the hack!

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Re: Fun and Random Trivia of the Day

Post by Buscemi on Fri May 08, 2009 2:46 pm

Trivia Of The Day (5/8/2009)

Star Trek: Generations

Toys based on the popular "Aliens" toy line are apparently still around and doing well in the 24th century. In the scene where Picard enjoys Christmas with his Nexus family, one of his children is playing with his Christmas gift - a slightly modified Aliens "Evac Fighter."

One of the reasons for destroying the Enterprise-D was that it was designed for the narrow aspect ratio and low resolution of televisions. Destroying the ship allowed the creation of a theater-friendly ship for subsequent movies.

Many of the recording devices used by the news crews on the Enterprise B are actually hand-held video games.

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Although Data is the owner of Spot, the cat, Brent Spiner who plays Data in fact hates cats and objected to the scene where Data finds Spot in the wreckage of the Enterprise, saying "Does he have to find the cat? Can't he find, like, Geordi or something?"

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Post by Donte77 on Fri May 08, 2009 9:24 pm

I have missed a few days from actually being busy at work and with my birthday so I found a great tidbit today.

Trivia for 5-8-09 is from the 80 football comedy Wildcats. It could more apporpriately be titled White Men Can't Play Football.

Debut of Wesley Snipes.

Film debut of Woody Harrelson.
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Post by W on Fri May 08, 2009 9:46 pm

From a film that was won the Academy Award for the best movie ever made. Highlander:

Mickey Rourke was considered for the role of Connor Macleod.

The wrestling match in the beginning of the movie involves the tag team "The Fabulous Freebirds".

Hey, I remember them...

The opening scene was intended to take place during an NHL hockey match, but the NHL refused to allow the crew to film there because, by the crew's own admission, they were intending to emphasize the violence of the hockey match.

Violence? In hockey? Now the NHL is fighting to keep violence.

The opening voice over by Sean Connery has an echo effect because it was recorded in a bathroom. It was played for the producers over the phone, and they approved of it because they could not discern the quality of the recording that way.

That's not a great way to make a movie...

The swords sparking while clashing was accomplished by attaching a wire to each sword that led down the arms of the actors to a car battery. One was connected to the positive terminal and the other to the negative terminal, so when the swords touched there was an arc.

Christopher Lambert had just barely learned to speak English when he took this role. The only other English-speaking film he had been in at that point was Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984), in which he spoke only a few words.

Umm... He was born in New York. What did he speak?

Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert got along so well during filming that they called each other by their characters' names even when they were not filming and it was at Lambert's insistence that Connery and his character returned for the sequel.

That's why you should keep business and personal lives seperate. Friends will get you to do stupid things...

All of Sean Connery's scenes had to be filmed in a week due to Connery's schedule. He had a bet with director Russell Mulcahy that they would not finish in seven days, but Mulcahy won the bet.

They were such great friends... those seven days.

The church scene involving Kurgan (Clancy Brown) was filmed at night time with the permission of the priests in charge. Still, Brown's lines were ad-libbed and were reportedly considered so sacrilegious that the priests off-camera were making the sign of the cross as he said them.

The priest in the church scene was actually an orthodox rabbi.

They let them head churches now?

In the scenes following Connor taking the Kurgan's head, director Russell Mulcahy had originally envisioned an animated dragon with the Kurgan's skull battle helmet emerging from the Kurgan's decapitated body and challenging Connor again. Only after Connor had defeated this Ghost-Dragon would he have received the final quickening and subsequent Prize. This idea was eventually cut due to budget restraints.

That would have been horrible.

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Post by W on Fri May 08, 2009 9:48 pm

The trivia page is very long... as is the goofs page...

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Post by Buscemi on Sat May 09, 2009 12:41 am

Christopher Lambert is French. And he has a very strong accent.

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Post by Donte77 on Sat May 09, 2009 2:02 am

No he is very clearly scottish. No french guy could handle a sword that well. LOL Razz He would have just surrendered to Kurgan instead of fighting him...

I also thought it was odd that a scottish guy was spanish and a french guy was scottish. What a kooky casting job.
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Post by W on Sat May 09, 2009 7:38 am

Donte77 wrote:No he is very clearly scottish. No french guy could handle a sword that well. LOL :P He would have just surrendered to Kurgan instead of fighting him...

I also thought it was odd that a scottish guy was spanish and a french guy was scottish. What a kooky casting job.

Should've just casted Mickey Rourke! LOL.

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Post by Buscemi on Sun May 10, 2009 12:26 pm

Trivia Of The Day (5/9/2009)

Star Trek: First Contact

The Special Collector's Edition DVD trivia track mentions that someone with a sense of humor at ILM slipped the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars (1977) into the battle with the Borg cube.

In an early draft of the screenplay, the character Lt. Hawk (Neal McDonough) was gay, and therefore was to have been the first openly gay character in any Star Trek series or movie; however, any reference to his sexual orientation was excised from later drafts of the screenplay.

Cochrane asks La Forge, "Don't you people in the 24th Century ever pee?" This is a reference to the fact that toilets are never shown in the series.

The film was released on November 22, 1996, the anniversary of the date that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the characters land on Earth on April 4, 2063, the anniversary of the date that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

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Trivia Of The Day (5/10/2009)

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The role of Veronica was intended for Jennifer Connelly who turned it down.

Brad Pitt auditioned for the role of J.D., but was rejected because he was considered "too nice" for the part.

Imagine had they done the film with Jennifer Connelly and Brad Pitt. I bet that the film would be remembered even more and we would have been spared from the awful "remake" Mean Girls.

At the beginning of the film Heather Chandler asks Heather Duke "did you have a brain tumor for breakfast?" The actress who played Heather Chandler, Kim Walker later died of a brain tumor.

The name Heather is said 90 times throughout the film.

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