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The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Saturdays.  When the film first opened, it had a traditional release, playing afternoon and early evening screenings. It bombed. Meat Loaf said he attended an opening week performance with director Jim Sharman in the Midwest where the theater was empty except for them. In the mid-1970s, midnight screenings became popular and word of mouth began to spread that the midnight audience might enjoy this film. It began showing at midnight in a few cities and it became popular, to the point that it has been shown continually in movie theaters since 1975, making it the longest theatrical run in history. MORE >>

Student Sunday Night
Sundays.  With a student ID, all shows after 6 PM are only $7, plus you get a discount on popcorn too, at all Laemmle theaters. MORE >>

$10 Movie Date Night
Wednesdays.  You and a companion get 2 admissions, 2 popcorns and 2 sodas for only...drum roll please...$10! MORE >>

Reel Talk With Stephen Farber
Mondays.  Mon, Mar 24, 2014-Mon, Jun 9, 2014.  See a rich mix of this season's most exciting movies--top offerings from the indie film scene and festival circuit, the best in foreign cinema, even a classy studio film or two. Then meet the filmmakers and stars in revealing discussions after the screenings. Enjoy the extras that make this series the best in town--weekly raffles and possible bonus screenings. MORE >>

Alfred Hitchcock Double Feature
Fridays, Saturdays.  Fri, Apr 11, 2014-Fri, May 16, 2014.  Hitchcock first visited Hollywood in the late 1930s, but was turned down by virtually all major motion picture studios because they thought he could not make a Hollywood-style picture. He was finally offered a seven-year directing contract by producer David O. Selznick. His first project was supposed to be a film about the Titanic, but Selznick scrapped the project because he "couldn't find a boat to sink." Selznick assigned Hitch to direct Rebecca (1940) instead, which won the best picture Oscar. MORE >>

Beverly Hills Film Festival
Wed, Apr 23, 2014-Sun, Apr 27, 2014.  The role of BHFF has grown rich over the years, constantly evolving with the evolution of cinema itself: promoting films and artists, welcoming professionals, implementing new sets of dynamics in support of a word, serving the cinema in all its dimensions. MORE >>

Wed, Apr 23, 2014-Thu, Apr 24, 2014.  All the prom songs performed by the Christian rock band were actually by The Replacements, a rock band from the 1980s. Incidentally, the high school in Heathers, another teen movie, was named Westerberg High after Paul Westerberg, the lead singer of The Replacements. MORE >>

Films at CAAM: More Than a Game
Today.  This documentary tells the story of NBA superstar LeBron James and his four high school classmates nicknamed “The Akron Five.” More Than a Game depicts their dedication, passion, and teamwork that enabled LeBron and his St. Vincent-St. Mary squad champions to go on to win the 2003 State Championship. RSVP preferred at 213.744.2024. MORE >>

Free Screening of The M Word in Santa Monica
Today.  As he did in "EATING," "GOING SHOPPING," "BABYFEVER" and "IRENE IN TIME," Writer-Director Henry Jaglom gives us a bracingly funny, fearless and fast-paced human comedy about yet another vital issue facing all women at a certain critical turning point in their lives. Set in a struggling Los Angeles television station threatened by economic downturn, possible in-house graft and massive job loss, Tanna Frederick plays Moxie, a children's TV show actress who unexpectedly turns into a Joan of Ark (with the passion of Norma Rae) when she finds herself leading an extraordinary band of rebelling women demanding their rights as they anxiously face uncertain futures after their new boss (Michael Imperioli) and his second-in-command (Robert Hallak) arrive from New York on a devastating cost-cutting mission. All of Moxie's personal and professional assumptions and those of her long-time boyfriend (Corey Feldman) are turned upside-down as her mother (Frances Fisher), her two aunts (Mary Crosby and Eliza Roberts), and her stepfather (Gregory Harrison), join with dozens of her fellow female office workers to illuminate the struggles, challenges and joys of what is still, in some circles, referred to as 'The Change Of Life.' And what role will Moxie’s new boss (Mr. Imperioli) play in this unfolding romantic comedy/drama? MORE >>

Newport Beach Film Festival
Today-Thu, May 1, 2014.  Founded in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious multicultural event, attracting over 53,000 attendees to Orange County. Screening over 300 films in 8 days, NBFF prides itself on bringing the best in new, local, international and critically acclaimed cinema to Newport Beach. Since its inception, the Festival has presented many acclaimed films such as the U.S. Premiere of Crash and other notable films including (500) Days of Summer, The Cove, Waitress, Son of Rambow, Paprika, Broken English, American Teen, Fugitive Pieces, Death Note: The Last Name, The King of Kong, Layer Cake, The Illusionist, Art School Confidential, Emmanuel’s Gift, Mad Hot Ballroom, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Spellbound, Castle in the Sky, Born into Brothels, and Pieces of April. Through tributes, special screenings and seminars, the Festival has honored film industry notables, including Aaron Sorkin, Haskell Wexler, Robert Wise, Henry Bumstead, Elmer Bernstein, John Waters, Alan Arkin, Bruce Brown, Richard Sherman, Penelope Spheeris, and McG. MORE >>

Lebowski Fest
Fri, Apr 25, 2014-Sat, Apr 26, 2014.  Lebowski Fest returns to L.A. with a screening of the film along with guest cast appearances, special guests and live music by the Kyle Gass Band (formerly known as Trainwreck) at The Wiltern on Friday followed by the Bowling Party at Fountain Bowl on Saturday. Special guests and other details to be announced. MORE >>

Rock 'n' Roll High School
Fri, Apr 25, 2014.  The high-school was portrayed by the non-operational Mount Carmel High School in South Central Los Angeles which had been closed-down since 1976. The building of the school blown-up at the end is the school which was scheduled for demolition. The explosion was five times bigger than it was supposed to be, and since the filming was at 3am, a lot of frightened neighborhood residents charged out of their homes, not knowing what had happened. At Montebello City Park. MORE >>

Sean Connery Double Feature
Fri, Apr 25, 2014.  With Never Say Never Again and The Rock. MORE >>

The Breakfast Club
Fri, Apr 25, 2014-Sat, Apr 26, 2014.  The theme song, "Don't You (Forget About Me)," was a number one hit for Simple Minds, and both Billy Idol and Bryan Ferry turned down offers to record it first (although in 2001, Billy Idol recorded Don't You (Forget About Me) as a bonus track for his Greatest Hits album). The song was also turned down by Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders who then suggested they offer it to the band fronted by her husband at the time, Simple Minds. MORE >>

Field of Dreams
Sat, Apr 26, 2014.  Then unknown, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are among the thousands of extras in the Fenway Park scene, and are uncredited. Over a decade later, when director Phil Alden Robinson welcomed Affleck to the set of The Sum of All Fears (2002), Affleck said, "Nice working with you again." Robinson asked, "What do you mean 'again'?" and Affleck explained the connection. MORE >>

Sat, Apr 26, 2014.  The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Martin Scorsese, and won one for Joe Pesci in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category. MORE >>

Harold and Maude
Sat, Apr 26, 2014.  In all shots of Ruth Gordon driving the hearse, it is being towed because she never learned how to drive a car. MORE >>

Jurassic Park Trilogy
Sat, Apr 26, 2014.  After Jurassic Park was released to home video, Crichton was pressured from many sources for a sequel novel. Crichton declined all offers until Spielberg himself told him that he would be keen to direct a movie adaptation of the sequel, if one were written. Crichton began work almost immediately. After the novel was published in 1995, The Lost World: Jurassic Park began production in September 1996. Before the production of the second film, Joe Johnston approached Steven Spielberg about directing the project. While Spielberg wanted to direct the first sequel, he agreed that if there was ever a third film, Johnston could direct. MORE >>

Sat, Apr 26, 2014.  The 14-year-old son of Robert Altman, Mike Altman, wrote the lyrics to the theme song "Suicide is Painless". Because of its inclusion in the subsequent TV series, he continued to get residuals throughout its run and syndication. His father was paid $75,000 for directing but his son eventually made over $2,000,000 in song royalties. MORE >>

The Room
Sat, Apr 26, 2014.  In the tradition of Rocky Horror and Showgirls, this black comedy is becoming an L.A. cult fave. Every fourth Saturday of the month. MORE >>

Sun, Apr 27, 2014.  Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

Panelists TBA. MORE >>

Mary Poppins
Sun, Apr 27, 2014.  When she was filming The Princess Diaries in 2001, Julie Andrews discovered that her director Garry Marshall was living in the same house that she did when she was making Mary Poppins. Some of The Princess Diaries was shot on exactly the same sound stage as the 1964 musical. MORE >>

The Matrix
Sun, Apr 27, 2014.  Nicolas Cage turned down the part of Neo because of family commitments. Other actors considered for the role included Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio. Will Smith was also approached to play Neo, but turned down the offer in order to star in Wild Wild West.

At ArcLight Beach Cities and ArcLight Sherman Oaks. MORE >>

Mon, Apr 28, 2014.  The meeting between Robert De Niro and Al Pacino over coffee was shot at Kate Mantilini on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The restaurant now has "heat" spelled in neon above the door and a large poster of the actors in the now famous scene. Diners may request the very table featured in the scene, table #71, which wait staff are familiar with as "The Table" and are happy to seat De Niro and Pacino fans at their famous meeting place. MORE >>

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Mon, Apr 28, 2014.  Given Arnold Schwarzenegger's $15-million salary and his total of 700 words of dialog, he was paid $21,429 per word. "Hasta la vista, baby" cost $85,716. MORE >>

The Big Lebowski
Tue, Apr 29, 2014.  The Dude tells Maude he was a roadie for Metallica on their (fictional) "Speed of Sound" tour and refers to the band members as a "bunch of a**holes." Metallica themselves were flattered to be referred to in a Coen Brothers movie, with guitarist Kirk Hammett once noting in an interview that they'd tried to think of a way to incorporate that scene into their live shows. MORE >>

Mean Girls
Wed, Apr 30, 2014-Thu, May 1, 2014.  Amy Poehler, who plays Mrs. George, is only seven years older than her on-screen daughter Rachel McAdams (Regina George). MORE >>

The M Word
Wed, Apr 30, 2014-Thu, May 8, 2014.  As he did in "EATING," "GOING SHOPPING," "BABYFEVER" and "IRENE IN TIME," Writer-Director Henry Jaglom gives us a bracingly funny, fearless and fast-paced human comedy about yet another vital issue facing all women at a certain critical turning point in their lives. Set in a struggling Los Angeles television station threatened by economic downturn, possible in-house graft and massive job loss, Tanna Frederick plays Moxie, a children's TV show actress who unexpectedly turns into a Joan of Ark (with the passion of Norma Rae) when she finds herself leading an extraordinary band of rebelling women demanding their rights as they anxiously face uncertain futures after their new boss (Michael Imperioli) and his second-in-command (Robert Hallak) arrive from New York on a devastating cost-cutting mission. All of Moxie's personal and professional assumptions and those of her long-time boyfriend (Corey Feldman) are turned upside-down as her mother (Frances Fisher), her two aunts (Mary Crosby and Eliza Roberts), and her stepfather (Gregory Harrison), join with dozens of her fellow female office workers to illuminate the struggles, challenges and joys of what is still, in some circles, referred to as 'The Change Of Life.' And what role will Moxie’s new boss (Mr. Imperioli) play in this unfolding romantic comedy/drama?

Also opens May 2 at Laemmle's Noho 7, Laemmle's Playhouse 7 and Laemmle's Town Center 5. MORE >>

Asian Pacific Film Festival
Thu, May 1, 2014-Sun, May 11, 2014.  Since 1983, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has presented nearly 4,000 films and videos by Asian international and Asian Pacific American artists, and additionally features seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards. The Film Festival continues to be the largest festival of its kind in Southern California and is the premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian American and Asian international cinema. MORE >>

Boogie Nights
Thu, May 1, 2014.  Paul Thomas Anderson used Exhausted: John C. Holmes, the Real Story, a documentary about John Holmes, as a reference for some of the scenes in this film. Many interview scenes, including one where a strung-out Dirk tells the interviewer about how Jack allows him to block and edit his own sex scenes, are exactly identical to the interviews in "Exhausted", especially one where the strung-out John Holmes, for no clear reason, lies about how Bob Chinn allows him to block his own sex scenes. MORE >>

Free Popcorn for The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Thu, May 1, 2014.  Wear Spider-Man gear to a Thursday Sneak or midnight showing at any ArcLight location and get a free regular popcorn. MORE >>

~For No Good Reason~
Fri, May 2, 2014-Thu, May 8, 2014.  Ralph Steadman is the last of the original Gonzo visionaries. Made over the course of fifteen years, “For No Good Reason,” explores the connection between life and art through the eyes of seminal British artist, Ralph Steadman. Insightful, humorous, and visually stunning, this is a study in honesty, friendship and the ambition that drives an artist. Ralph’s rise to prominence began in the early 1970’s during the fallout from the love and hope that had swept the western world during the 1960’s. This legendary time for music, literature, art and philosophy was the catalyst, along with his developing relationship with writer Hunter S Thompson, for Ralph to express and chart the wreckage that followed; a large-scale disintegration of a demoralized counter-culture. His art gained recognition in the press and popular-culture publications, both in the U.K. and U.S., for its bold comment on his fiercely heart-felt politics. “For No Good Reason” is riot of stories and images as we take a trip through the wild and dark days of Steadman’s time with ‘Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas’ writer Hunter S. Thompson, the Rumble in the Jungle; gun fights with literary giant William S. Burroughs and his fiercely heart-felt politics. This is an inventive, energetic, occasionally harrowing, but inspiring and uplifting film with contributions from Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant and music from Slash, All American Rejects, Jason Mraz, James Blake, Ed Harcourt and Crystal Castles, all For No Good Reason. MORE >>

The Neverending Story
Fri, May 2, 2014.  Was the most expensive film ever produced in Germany at the time it was made. MORE >>

The Princess Bride
Fri, May 2, 2014.  In a 2012 interview in New York Magazine, Mandy Patinkin said that his most famous line from The Princess Bride, "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," gets quoted back to him by at least two or three strangers every day of his life. MORE >>

True Romance
Fri, May 2, 2014-Sat, May 3, 2014.  The screenplay of True Romance was originally part of a 500 page screenplay written by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary called The Open Road. The other half of it was used for the film Natural Born Killers. In both films, Tom Sizemore plays a cop. MORE >>

Sat, May 3, 2014.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's role was originally supposed to be played by Pete Rose, but he was playing baseball at the time of the filming, so the part went to Kareem. MORE >>

Godzilla (1954)
Sat, May 3, 2014.  Al C. Ward, who later wrote the entire 171-episode run of "Medical Center," was given a choice of $2500 up front to write the American scenes for the 1956 American version, Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, or five percent of the profits. Ward, thinking the movie would bomb, second-guessed himself and took the money. He later admitted to telling students of his college movie writing classes that he always regretted the decision. It was estimated he could have raked in $5 million in his lifetime from residuals. MORE >>

The Room
Sat, May 3, 2014.  In the tradition of Rocky Horror and Showgirls, this black comedy is becoming an L.A. cult fave. Every first Saturday of the month. MORE >>

Dial M for Murder
Sun, May 4, 2014.  Alfred Hitchcock had chosen a very expensive robe for Grace Kelly to wear when she answered the phone. The actress balked and said that no woman would put a robe on to answer the phone when she was sleeping alone but would answer it in her slip. Hitchcock agreed to do it her way and liked the way the rushes turned out. The director agreed to allow the actress to make all costume decisions for herself in their subsequent films together. MORE >>

Searching for Sugar Man
Sun, May 4, 2014.  Two South African music lovers embark on a mission to uncover the fate of an obscure, 1970s-era U.S. rocker whose debut album became a surprise hit in their home country, and uncover a shocking secret along the way. Sixto Diaz Rodriguez had the kind of musical career that every aspiring rock star fears -- lauded by critics but ignored by the public, he released two albums before unceremoniously disappearing from the spotlight. But while sales of Rodriguez's debut CD "Cold Fact" fell flat in the U.S., overseas in Australia and South Africa, the fans couldn't get enough. In apartheid-torn South Africa in particular, "Cold Fact" became something of an anti-establishment classic, eventually going platinum. Later, rumors began to swirl that Rodriguez had suffered a horrible death. When Rodriguez's second album "Coming From Reality" makes its belated debut in South Africa, a pair of devoted fans take it upon themselves to uncover the facts surrounding the mysterious musician, and get the surprise of a lifetime while attempting to track the profits from his record sales. MORE >>

Blue is the Warmest Color
Mon, May 5, 2014-Thu, May 8, 2014.  The sensation of the Cannes Film Festival and the most controversial film of the year, Blue is the Warmest Color made cinema history as the first film ever awarded the Palme d’Or to both its director and its actresses. In a star-making role, Adèle Exarchopoulos is Adèle, a passionate young woman who has a yearning she doesn’t quite understand until a chance encounter with the blue-haired Emma ignites a flame and brings her to life. Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) gives a fearless performance as Emma, the older woman who excites Adèle’s desire and becomes the love of her life. Abdellatif Kechiche’s (The Secret of the Grain) intimate epic of tenderness and passion charts their relationship over the course of several years, from the ecstasy of a first kiss to the agony of heartbreak. Pulsing with gestures, embraces, furtive exchanges, and arias of joy and devastation, Blue is the Warmest Color is a profoundly moving hymn to both love and life. MORE >>

Mon, May 5, 2014.  Basic training in Stripes takes place at the fictional "Fort Arnold" which was actually a fort in the 18th century. It was named for General Benedict Arnold. After General Arnold was branded a traitor, "Fort Arnold" was renamed "West Point." MORE >>

The Crow
Mon, May 5, 2014.  Paramount Pictures initially developed and financed this film, but after Brandon Lee's tragic death (which caused production to shut down with an incomplete film), they wrote the project off. Entertainment Media Investment Corporation was created for the purpose of buying the film and completing it, using then ground-breaking CGI special effects and body doubles for Brandon Lee's scenes. MORE >>

Wayne's World
Mon, May 5, 2014.  In the early '70s, some British music shops banned or fined patrons for playing "Stairway to Heaven" because it was played so often. Hence the sign: "No 'Stairway to Heaven'" when Wayne plays the guitar in the store. MORE >>

Tue, May 6, 2014.  The films that Christian watches on video with Cher - Some Like It Hot and Spartacus - provide clues to his sexual orientation. The first movie deals with cross-dressing men. The second includes the famous scene where a Roman master (Laurence Olivier) tries to seduce his male servant (Tony Curtis). The book Christian is reading during class, Junky, by William S. Burroughs, is another clue and indication of his sexual orientation - as the author, Burroughs had strong homosexual desires. MORE >>

Con Air
Tue, May 6, 2014.  The Las Vegas scenes were filmed at the legendary Sands Hotel immediately prior to its demolition in late 1996. When the production team heard about the city's intentions to raze the historic landmark, they immediately scheduled a multiple camera setup to take advantage of the rare event, which is what you actually see in the movie. MORE >>

The Exorcist
Tue, May 6, 2014.  It was the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture and was named the scariest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly and MORE >>

Tue, May 6, 2014.  The project was a co-production between Universal and Warner Bros. That is why the drive-in marquee shows Psycho (1960), a Universal release, and The Shining (1980), a Warner Bros. release. MORE >>

Hola Mexico Film Festival
Fri, May 9, 2014-Sun, May 18, 2014.  This year the festival will showcase 13 feature films and four documentaries by Mexican directors and film production companies. The Hola Mexico Film Fest films will screen at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live and all special events will take place at LA Plaza de Cultura y Arte. New this year, a free Mother's Day Event will take place at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Saturday, May 10th, offering food vendors, music by Ceci Bastida & Vanessa Zamora, and an evening outdoor screening of ¿Que Le Dijiste a Dios? (What did you ask God?), a wildly entertaining musical featuring the songs of Mexico's finest singer/songwriter and six-time Grammy nominee, Juan Gabriel. MORE >>

The Double
Fri, May 9, 2014-Thu, May 15, 2014.  Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James (also Jesse Eisenberg), serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. MORE >>

(500) Days of Summer
Sat, May 10, 2014.  The studio never intended to include the documentary about love in the film, even going so far as to tell Marc Webb not to film it. The audience reaction during the first test screening convinced them otherwise.

At Santa Monica High School. MORE >>

Batman / Batman Returns
Sat, May 10, 2014.  The films' producer Michael Uslan will also be on hand to sign copies of his book, "The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir." MORE >>

Citizen Kane
Sat, May 10, 2014.  Despite all the publicity, the film was a box office flop and was quickly consigned to the RKO vaults. At 1941's Academy Awards, the film was booed every time one of its nine nominations was announced. It was only re-released for the public in the mid-1950s. Since then, of course, it has become regarded as one of the consensus best movies of all time. MORE >>

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Sat, May 10, 2014.  During the filming of the sleeping bag scene, director Alfonso Cuarón and Alan Rickman played a practical joke on Daniel Radcliffe by hiding a remote-control-operated Whoopee Cushion in his sleeping bag. According to Cuarón, Daniel tried really hard to stay in character while everyone else was laughing. MORE >>

The Discovery Channel's Head Games: Seeing Is Believing
Sat, May 10, 2014.  Do we see the world as it really is? Each second, we are flooded by colors, sounds, and feelings. Our brains are designed to filter out junk, but that filter may leave us blindsided by our brains. They will use The Discovery Channel's Head Games: Seeing Is Believing episode to guide us as we learn how and why our grasp on the world is not as sound as we may think. This stunning high-definition movie will serve as the springboard for a lively discussion about the science behind the beauty and wonder of nature. MORE >>

The Sound of Music
Sun, May 11, 2014.  Among kids who auditioned to play one of the Von Trapp children were Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Veronica Cartwright and the four oldest Osmond Brothers (Alan, Jay, Merrill and Wayne). MORE >>

The Wizard of Oz
Sun, May 11, 2014.  Margaret Hamilton, a life-long fan of the Oz books, was ecstatic when she learned the producers were considering her for a part in the film. When she phoned her agent to find out what role she was up for, her agent simply replied, "The witch, who else?" Many of her scenes, though, were either trimmed or deleted entirely, as her performance was thought too frightening for audiences. MORE >>

Leon: The Professional
Mon, May 12, 2014.  Natalie Portman was originally turned down for the role for being too young, but she returned to the auditions and performed the scene where Mathilda laments the loss of her brother. Luc Besson was so impressed with the depth of emotion she summoned during the audition that he gave her the role. MORE >>

The Birds
Thu, May 15, 2014.  When the film was aired on NBC in 1968, it became the highest rated film shown on television up to that time. The record held until Love Story overtook it in 1972. MORE >>

Logan's Run
Fri, May 16, 2014-Sat, May 17, 2014.  The movie features dialogue relating to "Termination" like "You are terminated" making this sci-fi film a precursor to the later Terminator film franchise which popularized the "Terminate" phraseology. MORE >>

Pineapple Express
Fri, May 16, 2014.  When Dale (Seth Rogen) asks, "Where should we go?" Saul (James Franco) answers, "I dunno, hotel, motel, Holiday Inn?" These words are part of "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang. MORE >>

School Daze
Fri, May 16, 2014.  Spike Lee was kicked off the campuses of Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark Atlanta University during filming because the colleges' Boards of Directors had concerns on how black colleges were being portrayed in the film. Lee had to finish filming at the neighboring Morris Brown College. MORE >>

A Streetcar Named Desire
Sat, May 17, 2014.  The classic holds the distinction of garnering Academy Award wins for actors in three out of the four acting categories. Oscars were won by Vivien Leigh (Best Actress), Karl Malden (Best Supporting Actor) and Kim Hunter (Best Supporting Actress). Marlon Brando was nominated for his performance as Stanley Kowalski for Best Actor. The film is also noteworthy for being the first film to honor actors in both the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories. MORE >>

Children of Men
Sat, May 17, 2014.  Not only was it nominated for 3 Oscars, but a week after Entertainment Weekly published its 10 Best Movies of the year list, they offered a correction adding that Children of Men was wrongly left off the list the week before. MORE >>

Office Space
Sat, May 17, 2014.  The iconic red stapler coveted by Milton was created for the film by the prop department. They needed a bright enough color to be seen on film and chose red. After the film was released, Swingline began to receive requests from customers for red staplers. Having stopped offering red a number of years before, they made the decision to start offering the color once more.

At Santa Monica High School. MORE >>

Sat, May 17, 2014.  At one point in the film a character is talking to Chris about Roxanne's surname being odd and says "It's Kazanski or something like that". Iceman Kazanski was Val Kilmer's character in Top Gun (1986) which also starred Rick Rossovich. MORE >>

Slavery by Another Name
Sat, May 17, 2014.  A slave owner vanishes, leaving his family, neighbors, and slaves struggling with their perceptions of his disappearance. This eye-opening documentary challenges the common perception that slavery disappeared with the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War. MORE >>

Sun, May 18, 2014.  Terry Gilliam was asked to do a film class at USC during his battle with the studio over this film. Terry agreed, and took advantage of the situation by preparing to bring an "audio visual aid", which was his cut of the film, which would have been allowed. Unfortunately, two days before the event, students advertised a free screening of the film. When he arrived it was announced that Universal would not allow him to show the film. During his speech to the class, he was interrupted by studio executives' phone calls. They eventually allowed him to show a clip of the film. He showed the entire film, and repeated the screenings for over two weeks. It was during one of these screenings that Los Angeles film critics saw the film, and awarded it the Best Picture of the Year award, which was responsible for getting the film released the way Gilliam wanted it. MORE >>

Bad Boys
Mon, May 19, 2014.  The original title for this movie was Bulletproof Hearts, and was written for Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz because they were very popular based on their Saturday Night Live work. But producer Don Simpson arranged a trip for himself and the actors to Las Vegas to celebrate their upcoming work, and Carvey was so horrified by the notoriously wild Simpson that he withdrew from the project altogether, sending the film into turnaround. MORE >>

Mon, May 19, 2014.  John Woo considered casting Jean-Claude Van Damme in one of the lead roles while Mark Wahlberg turned down the role of Pollux Troy. Originally Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone were in mind to play the lead roles, but when John Woo was brought in to direct, he decided that John Travolta and Nicolas Cage would be more suited to the roles. MORE >>

Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Mon, May 19, 2014.  The movie She's Having a Baby (1988) is also on TV in the motel scene, even though the film hadn't been released yet. Both that movie and Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) feature Kevin Bacon and John Candy in them. Plus, at the beginning of the movie, Neal Page (Steve Martin) races a character played by Kevin Bacon for a taxi. Later, Neal phones his wife to tell her that he has been delayed (again), in the background, you can hear the fight from She's Having a Baby (also directed by John Hughes) between Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern, when she screams that she doesn't like his friend's girlfriend. MORE >>

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Mon, May 19, 2014.  According to director Stephan Elliott, he took the three leads out in drag prior to the beginning of filming. None of them were recognized: Guy Pearce took the opportunity to be outrageously rude, Terence Stamp eventually forgot he was in drag and started hitting on girls, and Hugo Weaving got super-drunk and lay under a table for hours, tapping his finger in time to the music. This last detail was incorporated into the film in the hotel room scene. MORE >>

Tropic Thunder
Mon, May 19, 2014.  According to Robert Downey Jr., his character, Kirk Lazarus, is based on a combination of Russell Crowe, Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Farrell. MORE >>

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Tue, May 20, 2014.  Robert Wagner's role in this series is fitting, as he has a connection to two Bond girls. Lana Wood, the sister of his first wife Natalie Wood, appeared in Diamonds Are Forever, along with his present wife, Jill St. John. MORE >>

Tue, May 20, 2014.  GoldenEye was the first completely original James Bond film, without reference to any Ian Fleming novel or short story and it was the first of the James Bond films ever to be released on DVD. MORE >>

Total Recall (1990)
Tue, May 20, 2014.  Arnold Schwarzenegger was so impressed by how much dedication Sharon Stone had in training for her character role that he even referred to her as the "Female Terminator." She was inducted into the Stunt Woman Association as an honorary member. MORE >>

Pan’s Labyrinth
Fri, May 23, 2014.  Stephen King attended a screening of the film and sat next to Guillermo del Toro. According to Del Toro, King squirmed when the Pale Man chased Ofelia. Del Toro compared the experience of seeing King's reaction to winning an Oscar. Meanwhile, Björk was so affected by this film that after seeing it, she went home and wrote the song "Pneumonia." MORE >>

She's All That
Fri, May 23, 2014.  Filmed at the same high school (Torrance High School) as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sarah Michelle Gellar, who plays Buffy in the series and who co-starred with Freddie Prinze Jr. in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), has a small, non-speaking cameo. Torrance High School was also used in Not Another Teen Movie (2001) that parodied this movie, in some cases, line by line. MORE >>

Dazed and Confused
Sat, May 24, 2014.  Unlike in most movies, the beer drunk by most of the cast (excluding minors) was actually real beer. MORE >>

Lawrence of Arabia
Sat, May 24, 2014.  The winner of seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture of 1962, the film has been honored as the No. 7 film on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the "100 Greatest Movies of All Time." MORE >>

Say Anything
Sat, May 24, 2014.  In the famous scene when Lloyd holds up the radio, it is actually playing a song by the group Fishbone. "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel was added post-production. MORE >>

The Big Lebowski
Sat, May 24, 2014.  Before filming a scene, Jeff Bridges would frequently ask the Coen Brothers, "Did the Dude burn one on the way over?" If they said he had, he would rub his knuckles in his eyes before doing a take. MORE >>

The Room
Sat, May 24, 2014.  In the tradition of Rocky Horror and Showgirls, this black comedy is becoming an L.A. cult fave. Every fourth Saturday of the month. MORE >>

Sat, May 24, 2014.  It replaced Citizen Kane as the best film of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll and has appeared repeatedly in best film polls by the American Film Institute. MORE >>

Barry Lyndon
Sun, May 25, 2014.  Warner Bros. would only finance the film on the condition that Stanley Kubrick cast a Top 10 Box Office Star (from the annual Quigley Poll of Top Money-Making Stars) in the lead. Ryan O'Neal was the #2 Box Office Star of 1973, topped only by Clint Eastwood. Ironically, this was his only time in the top 10, as exhibitors - who voted the list - attributed the success of Love Story (1970) (one of the top grossers at the time) to O'Neal's co-star Ali MacGraw, and named her to the list in 1971. The other top 10 stars were 3. Steve McQueen, 4. Burt Reynolds, 5. Robert Redford, 6. Barbra Streisand, 7. Paul Newman, 8. Charles Bronson, 9. John Wayne, and 10. Marlon Brando. Thus, the only actors Kubrick could cast in the role and receive Warners' financial backing for his decidedly noncommercial project were O'Neal and Redford. The other Top 10 stars were too old or inappropriate for the role (particularly in the case of #6, who would not assay a "male" role until Yentl in 1983). Kubrick apparently offered the part to Redford first, but he turned it down, and thus O'Neal was cast. MORE >>

Indiana Jones Double Feature
Sun, May 25, 2014-Tue, May 27, 2014.  With Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. MORE >>

West Side Story
Sun, May 25, 2014.  Was the first film to win a Best Director Oscar for two directors (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins). This would not happen again until 46 years later, when Joel Coen and Ethan Coen shared the award for No Country for Old Men. MORE >>

Tue, May 27, 2014.  The scenes with Steve Buscemi and Cheech Marin had to be shot quickly because they could only afford Buscemi for seven days and Cheech for six. MORE >>

The Wedding Singer
Tue, May 27, 2014.  Robbie tells Linda at one point to "Get out of my Van Halen t-shirt before you jinx the band and they break up." David Lee Roth did leave Van Halen in 1985 (the year in which the movie is set). MORE >>

Run Lola Run
Wed, May 28, 2014.  During shooting, Franka Potente could not wash her hair for seven weeks because the red hair color was very sensitive to water and would have got lighter with every washing. MORE >>

Air Force One
Thu, May 29, 2014.  The lead role was written for Kevin Costner, but he was heavily committed to The Postman (1997), and suggested Harrison Ford for the part. According to the DVD commentary, if Harrison Ford did not want to play the lead role then Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Quaid, Tom Hanks, John Malkovich and Tommy Lee Jones would've have been considered. MORE >>

Happy Gilmore
Thu, May 29, 2014.  Happy Gilmore was the very first winner of the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight. Incidentally, Bob Barker genuinely would have won the fight with Happy. He studied Tang Soo Do Karate for decades under Chuck Norris and his brother Aaron. MORE >>

Sleepaway Camp
Fri, May 30, 2014.  Rescue workers seen carrying away an injured cook in the movie were actual paramedics from the local town. Their jackets proudly display what squad they belong to. MORE >>

We Are The Best!
Fri, May 30, 2014-Thu, Jun 5, 2014.  From Swedish master Lukas Moodysson, We are the Best! revolves around three girls in 1980’s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Based on a graphic novel, We are the Best! is a paean to DIY culture and the power of rebellion. MORE >>

A League of Their Own
Sat, May 31, 2014.  The film portrays the league as initially unpopular and unprofitable, until demeaning gimmicks are used to attract male audiences. In reality, the league was popular and profitable from the start, largely because it played in towns in the upper Midwest that had no way of watching a live baseball game. Eventually, the league grew into a ten-team two-division league. The advent of televised baseball games in the early fifties, however, would lead to the demise in the popularity of the league. MORE >>

Belle de Jour
Sat, May 31, 2014.  In 1995, Catherine Deneuve was ranked #38 by Empire magazine on its list of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history. MORE >>

Sat, May 31, 2014.  The "You think I'm funny?" scene was based on a story that Joe Pesci acted out for Martin Scorsese. While working in a restaurant as a young man, Pesci once told a mobster that he was funny and the mobster became very angry. Scorsese allowed Pesci and Ray Liotta to improvise the scene. He did not tell the other actors in the scene what would happen because he wanted their genuine surprised reactions. MORE >>

Napoleon Dynamite
Sat, May 31, 2014.  Fun fact: Both Jon Heder (Napoleon) and Efren Ramirez (Pedro), who play the lead characters in the movie, have an identical twin in real life.

At Paul Revere Middle School. MORE >>

Sleepaway Camp Blu-ray/DVD Signing
Sat, May 31, 2014.  Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten and others TBA will be signing the DVD/Blu-ray of the slasher classic. MORE >>

The Player
Sat, May 31, 2014.  The film has more Oscar-winning actors in the cast (12) than any other movie in history: Cher, James Coburn, Louise Fletcher, Whoopi Goldberg, Joel Grey, Anjelica Huston, Jack Lemmon, Marlee Matlin, Tim Robbins, Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Rod Steiger; 13 if you count Oscar-winning producer-director Sydney Pollack who also makes a cameo appearance. MORE >>

Greek Film Festival
Wed, Jun 4, 2014-Sun, Jun 8, 2014.  The annual festival showcases cinema from Greece and filmmakers of Greek descent worldwide. The festival offers a diverse program of feature, short and documentary films and industry panels culminating with the festival's red carpet Orpheus Awards. MORE >>

Be Kind, Rewind
Fri, Jun 6, 2014.  The reason for Jack Black's version of the Ghostbusters theme song was simply because the legal department didn't have the rights to Ray Parker Jr.'s song yet. MORE >>

On the Waterfront
Fri, Jun 6, 2014.  Grace Kelly turned down the role of Edie Doyle, deciding to make Rear Window (1954) instead. The role ended up going to Eva Marie Saint. Not only was that her debut role, she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. MORE >>

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Sat, Jun 7, 2014.  Did you know that Mick Jagger wanted to play Dr. Frank N. Furter in the film version? MORE >>

Sat, Jun 7, 2014.  When Bill Murray first read the script, he thought it was so fantastic that he said he wanted to do it so badly he would do it for free. MORE >>

Short Cuts
Sat, Jun 7, 2014.  The notorious bottom nude scene ultimately played by Julianne Moore deterred a lot of other actresses, including Madeleine Stowe, who switched roles in the film. Ironically, Stowe's new part required nudity too, though it was topless, rather than bottomless. MORE >>

The Room
Sat, Jun 7, 2014.  In the tradition of Rocky Horror and Showgirls, this black comedy is becoming an L.A. cult fave. Every first Saturday of the month. MORE >>

Los Angeles Film Festival
Wed, Jun 11, 2014-Thu, Jun 19, 2014.  The LA Film Festival screens nearly 200 features, music videos, and shorts representing over 40 countries and provides the movie-loving public with access to the most critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around ...the world. Widely recognized as a world-class event, the Festival showcases the best in new American and international cinema and will feature 35 World, North American, and U.S. premieres. From outdoor screenings and star-studded galas, to one-of-a-kind panels and signature events, the Los Angeles Film Festival truly has something for everyone. MORE >>

Friday the 13th Mini-Marathon
Fri, Jun 13, 2014.  With Part VI: Jason Lives (director Tom McLoughlin in person!), Part V: A New Beginning and Part IV: The Final Chapter. MORE >>

Bring It On
Sat, Jun 14, 2014.  Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union were both cheerleaders in school. MORE >>

Pulp Fiction
Sat, Jun 14, 2014.  Daniel Day-Lewis (who incidentally shares a birthday with Uma Thurman) wanted the role of Vincent Vega, but Quentin Tarantino turned him down in favor of John Travolta. MORE >>

Pulp Fiction
Sat, Jun 14, 2014.  Pam Grier had tested for the part in Pulp Fiction that eventually went to Rosanna Arquette. Quentin Tarantino didn't forget her however, crafting the part of Jackie Brown specifically for the actress. In the novel, Jackie Brown (originally Jackie Burke) is white. Tarantino changed her race solely for the purpose of getting to work with Grier. MORE >>

Seagalogy: A Steven Seagal Movie Marathon
Sat, Jun 14, 2014.  With Hard To Kill, Out For Justice, On Deadly Ground and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. MORE >>

Sixteen Candles
Sat, Jun 14, 2014.  Jim Carrey auditioned for the role of Ted "The Geek" (Anthony Michael Hall) while Molly Ringwald almost lost the part of Samantha to Ally Sheedy, her future co-star in The Breakfast Club.

At Paul Revere Middle School. MORE >>

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Sat, Jun 14, 2014.  Of all the films made about Jesse James, his descendants have claimed that this is the most accurate. They were especially enthusiastic supporters of Brad Pitt's and Casey Affleck's performances. MORE >>

West Side Story
Sat, Jun 14, 2014.  Since Hollywood was accustomed to dubbing the singing voices of many stars, dozens of non-singing actors and actresses were tested or considered for the leading roles. Among them: Suzanne Pleshette, Jill St. John, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Elizabeth Ashley, Anthony Perkins, Warren Beatty, Bobby Darin, Burt Reynolds, Richard Chamberlain, Troy Donahue and Gary Lockwood. MORE >>

Fight Club
Mon, Jun 16, 2014.  Three detectives in the film are named Detective Andrew, Detective Kevin, and Detective Walker. Andrew Kevin Walker was the writer of the David Fincher film Se7en (also starring Brad Pitt), and did some uncredited work on this movie's script. MORE >>

Pump Up the Volume
Fri, Jun 20, 2014.  Director Allan Moyle will be there in person. MORE >>

Back to the Future
Sat, Jun 21, 2014.  Michael J. Fox was allowed by the producer of Family Ties to film this movie on the condition that he kept his full schedule on the TV show - meaning no write-outs or missing episodes - and filmed most of the movie at night. He was not allowed to go on Back to the Future promotional tours. MORE >>

Dirty Dancing
Sat, Jun 21, 2014.  While the exteriors and cabin scenes were filmed at Mountain Lake in Virginia, the lake scene was filmed at Lake Lure in North Carolina in October. There are no close-ups because the actors were so cold that their lips were blue. MORE >>

Mean Girls
Sat, Jun 21, 2014.  Initially, Lindsay Lohan was cast as Regina, but decided to play the "nice girl" so the public wouldn't base her real personality on Regina's. Rachel McAdams was chosen to play the "mean girl" because "only nice girls can play mean girls" according to the producer. MORE >>

Monsters University
Sat, Jun 21, 2014.  John Ratzenberger makes his traditional Pixar film appearance, reprising his role as Yeti (a.k.a. The Abonimable Snowman) from Monsters, Inc. Yeti's job in the Monsters, Inc. mailroom is a nod to John's famous role as postman Cliff Clavin in Cheers. Yeti warns Mike and Sully that tampering with the mail is punishable by exile to the human world, foreshadowing his exile in Monsters, Inc. MORE >>

When Harry Met Sally
Sat, Jun 21, 2014.  Harry is shown reading Stephen King's Misery, which was the next movie directed by Rob Reiner.

At Santa Monica High School. MORE >>

Do the Right Thing
Fri, Jun 27, 2014.  Both Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez made their feature film debuts in this movie. MORE >>

Citizen Kane
Sat, Jun 28, 2014.  Despite all the publicity, the film was a box office flop and was quickly consigned to the RKO vaults. At 1941's Academy Awards the film was booed every time one of its nine nominations was announced. It was only re-released for the public in the mid-1950s. Of course, it is now considered one of the consensus best movies of all time, topping many "Best Of" lists including AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies. MORE >>

Pitch Perfect
Sat, Jun 28, 2014.  The role of Gail was originally written for Kristen Wiig but she declined due to scheduling conflicts. Elizabeth Banks, one of the film's producers, eventually took the role.

At Paul Revere Middle School. MORE >>

Pitch Perfect
Sat, Jun 28, 2014.  Brittany Snow said that Rebel Wilson improvised most of her lines and would go on 20 minute tangents that would have the whole cast and crew in stitches. MORE >>

The Room
Sat, Jun 28, 2014.  In the tradition of Rocky Horror and Showgirls, this black comedy is becoming an L.A. cult fave. Every fourth Saturday of the month. MORE >>

Tue, Jul 1, 2014.  Alfonso Cuaron had one of the best quotes of the 2014 Golden Globes when he accepted his award for Best Director. "Sandra, you are the most amazing collaborator. I want to thank you for not quitting when you thought that I had told you, 'Sandra, I am going to give you herpes,' when I really meant to say, 'Sandra, I'm going to give you an ear-piece'." MORE >>

Coming to America
Sat, Jul 5, 2014.  When King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones) meets Lisa's father in the restaurant, he warns him to keep his presence secret from Akeem. As King Joffer leaves the restaurant, he says, "Do not alert him to my presence. I'll deal with him myself," similar to lines Jones delivered as Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. At Santa Monica High School. MORE >>

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Sat, Jul 5, 2014.  Steven Spielberg worked simultaneously on both this film and Poltergeist in 1982 (which was directed by Tobe Hooper but produced by Spielberg), and both were made to complement each other. "E.T." represented suburban dreams, and "Poltergeist" represented suburban nightmares. MORE >>

Fight Club
Sat, Jul 5, 2014.  In the short scene when Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are drunk and hitting golf balls, they really are drunk, and the golf balls are sailing directly into the side of the catering truck. MORE >>

Sat, Jul 5, 2014.  In the actual Jersey Beach shark attacks of 1916 (which Hooper mentions in the film), the sequence of attacks is similar to that of the film: a swimmer in the surf; a dog; a boy; and the leg of a man in a tidal slough. MORE >>

Old Pasadena Film Festival
Fridays, Saturdays.  Sat, Jul 5, 2014-Sat, Jul 26, 2014.  A four-week, free movie series showcasing a variety of audience-pleasing movie titles and genres throughout Old Pasadena. With twenty screenings, the Old Pasadena Film Festival is the largest open-air film festival in California. MORE >>

Downtown Film Festival
Wed, Jul 9, 2014-Sat, Jul 19, 2014.  Screenings, events, exhibitions and workshops in venues throughout Downtown. MORE >>

Sat, Jul 12, 2014.  Before he came to Hollywood, Jon Hamm, who plays Ted, was a high school drama teacher at the John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri; one of his acting students was Ellie Kemper, who plays Becca. MORE >>

Mary Poppins
Sat, Jul 12, 2014.  Julie Andrews initially hesitated in taking on the part of Mary Poppins as she was hoping that Jack L. Warner would ask her to star as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (1964). That call never came, prompting Andrews to cheekily thank Warner in her Golden Globe acceptance speech. MORE >>

Monsters University
Sat, Jul 12, 2014.  The Monsters University campus is based largely on the University of California at Berkeley campus, which is very close to Pixar's headquarters in Emeryville, CA. The Monsters University gate is based on UC Berkeley's famous Sather Gate, and the clock tower in the film is based on Berkeley's Campanille clock tower. MORE >>

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Sat, Jul 12, 2014.  In the scene when the police storm into the Griswolds' house, the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" sung by Gene Autry is used for the background music. Randy Quaid (cousin Eddie) is the third cousin of Gene Autry.

At Santa Monica High School. MORE >>

The Dark Knight
Sat, Jul 12, 2014.  Despite endless speculation on which actor had been chosen to portray The Joker, Heath Ledger had always been among Christopher Nolan's foremost choices for the role. Ledger & Nolan had met during the Batman Begins (2005) casting process for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, but both the director and the actor agreed Ledger was wrong for the part. When casting the part of the Joker, Nolan met with several other actors before Ledger but found them reluctant to take the role because of the popularity of Jack Nicholson's performance in the original Batman (1989). Upon meeting with Ledger again, Nolan recognized him as the perfect choice for the part. When asked the reason for this unexpected casting, Nolan simply replied, "Because he's fearless." MORE >>

The Grapes of Wrath
Sat, Jul 12, 2014.  Prior to filming, producer Darryl F. Zanuck sent undercover investigators out to the migrant camps to see if John Steinbeck had been exaggerating about the squalor and unfair treatment meted out there. He was horrified to discover that, if anything, Steinbeck had actually downplayed what went on in the camps. MORE >>

Tue, Jul 15, 2014.  After filming wrapped each day, most of the cast and crew spent the nights partying, which eventually took its toll before the end of filming as cast and crew began to show up late for morning calls, holding up filming for hours at a time. MORE >>

American Psycho
Sat, Jul 19, 2014.  The single biggest cost on the film was purchasing the rights to the various songs used throughout. MORE >>

Sat, Jul 19, 2014.  With the exception of David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, most of the significant characters in the film are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. MORE >>

Pretty in Pink & Weird Science
Sat, Jul 19, 2014.  Pretty in Pink was filmed in the same L.A. high school where parts of Grease (1978) was filmed. MORE >>

Saving Mr. Banks
Sat, Jul 19, 2014.  P.L. Travers never did approve of casting Dick Van Dyke as Bert in the pre-production stages of Mary Poppins (1964). Although he claimed that it was the best film he was in, Van Dyke felt that he was miscast to play Bert and said that either Jim Dale or Ron Moody should have been cast to play Bert. Travers suggested actors like Richard Burton, Alec Guinness, Richard Harris, Rex Harrison, Ron Moody, Laurence Olivier, Peter O'Toole, and Peter Sellers for the role, in keeping with the British nature of her books. Even Travers and Walt Disney both favored Stanley Holloway for Bert, but Halloway had to turn down the role due to his obligation on reprising his stage role of Alfred P. Dolittle for the film version of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady (1964), which became the chief box office competitor to "Mary Poppins" in 1964. MORE >>

Sunset Blvd.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014.  The "Desmond mansion" was located not on Sunset Blvd., but on Wilshire at S. Irving Blvd. Its second owner was Jean Paul Getty, who purchased it for his second wife. Mrs. Getty divorced her millionaire husband and received custody of the house; it was she who rented it to Paramount for the filming. The mansion was torn down in 1957, and an office building now stands on the spot. MORE >>

The Shining
Mon, Jul 21, 2014.  The Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood in Oregon was used for the front exterior, but all the interiors as well as the back of the hotel were specially built at Elstree Studios in London, England. The management of the Timberline requested that Stanley Kubrick not use 217 for a room number (as specified in the book), fearing that nobody would want to stay in that room ever again. Kubrick changed the script to use the nonexistent room number 237. MORE >>

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Tue, Jul 22, 2014.  The Drive-in sequence was filmed at the Studio Drive In, formerly located in Culver City CA. The Studio was built in the 1930s, and was the first Drive-in Theatre constructed in California. It served as a set for several films, including Grease (1978). It was closed in 1993 and demolished in 1998. No trace of this Drive-in remains. MORE >>

Despicable Me 2
Sat, Jul 26, 2014.  At Gru and Lucy's wedding, four minions wearing white suits sing "I Swear" by All-4-One. The band wore white suits in their music video. MORE >>

Super Troopers
Sat, Jul 26, 2014.  In the scene where the troopers are smoking marijuana while watching the Johnny Chimpo cartoon, the redness of their eyes was achieved by the makeup artist blowing menthol in their faces.

At Santa Monica High School. MORE >>

The Wolf of Wall Street
Sat, Jul 26, 2014.  The actors snorted crushed B vitamins for scenes involving cocaine. MORE >>

Sixteen Candles
Tue, Jul 29, 2014.  Samantha says that Caroline 'must have flunked nine grades' because of her mature figure for a high school student. In actuality, Haviland Morris (Caroline) was 25 years old during filming. Michael Schoeffling (Jake Ryan) was 24 while Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were actually 16 years old upon the film's release. MORE >>

9 to 5
Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston both turned down the role of Russell Tinsworthy which went to Sterling Hayden. MORE >>

Blazing Saddles
Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  The world premiere was at the (now gone) Pickwick Drive-In Theater in Burbank. The guests rode horses into the drive-in for the premiere. The Pickwick was also used in Grease as a filming location. MORE >>

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  Has the distinction of being the only non-James Bond film produced by Albert R. Broccoli after the Bond series began. This is because the novel on which the movie is based was written by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond. MORE >>

Dazed and Confused
Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  Matthew McConaughey states that the line "alright, alright, alright!" in the scene at the Top Notch drive-in was his first line ever spoken on camera in the first scene of his entire film career. The infectious line was hence repeated during production by the entire crew and has been one of McConaughey's trademark slogans, even using it during his Academy Award acceptance speech for best actor. He says that he ad-libbed the line, and lifted it from Jim Morrison, who exclaimed it during a performance on the album The Doors Live after the song "Roadhouse Blues." MORE >>

The Goonies
Sat, Aug 2, 2014.  According to Sean Astin, he was allowed to keep the treasure map used in the film. Several years later, his mother discovered it, thought it was just a crinkled piece of paper, and threw it in the trash. MORE >>

The Wizard of Oz
Tue, Aug 5, 2014.  Although it received largely positive reviews, it was initially a box office failure. The film was MGM's most expensive production up to that time, but its initial release failed to recoup the studio's investment. Subsequent re-releases made up for that, however. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It lost that award to Gone with the Wind, but won two others, including Best Original Song for "Over the Rainbow." MORE >>

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Fri, Aug 8, 2014.  The island on which the town of Swallow Falls (later Chewandswallow) is located corresponds to the real-life geographic location of Bermuda. This is implied at the beginning when the island is said to be under the first "A" in Atlantic, as Bermuda is the only island in the West Atlantic north of the tropics. It is later confirmed on a weather map towards the climax of the movie, when the weather storm is clearly seen to originate several hundred miles of the coast of the Carolinas. MORE >>

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Sat, Aug 9, 2014.  In the Las Vegas bar scene where Austin flashes the peace sign and is laughed at, Mike Myers originally wanted Austin to be drinking a Zima to show Powers desperately trying to be cool and failing (in the movie he's drinking a Tab cola). Coors (owners of Zima) were keen on the idea until they realized they were being mocked, and quickly pulled out.

At Paul Revere Middle School. MORE >>

Sat, Aug 9, 2014.  The original premise of Ghostbusters had three main characters: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. They fought ghosts in S.W.A.T. like suits using wands instead of guns. The ghost named Slimer was known as 'Onionhead', and at the end of the movie the Ghostbusters franchise was all over the United States. John Candy also was slated to play Louis. However, with Belushi's death and characters backing out, the script was rewritten and new actors cast. MORE >>

Reservoir Dogs
Sat, Aug 9, 2014.  Madonna - who is the main topic of the opening conversation - really liked the film but refuted Quentin Tarantino's interpretation of her song 'Like a Virgin.' She gave him a copy of her 'Erotica' album, signed, "To Quentin. It's not about dick, it's about love. Madonna." MORE >>

The Wizard of Oz
Sat, Aug 9, 2014.  Judy Garland had to wear a painful corset-style device around her torso so that she would appear younger and flat-chested. MORE >>

The Goonies
Tue, Aug 12, 2014.  The pirate ship was entirely real. All the shots were filmed in the ship. After the film, it was offered to anyone who would take it. No one wanted it, so the ship was scrapped. MORE >>

Back to the Future
Sat, Aug 16, 2014.  The school that served as Hill Valley High was Whittier High School in Whittier while The Twin Pines Mall is, in fact, the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry. MORE >>

Purple Rain
Sat, Aug 16, 2014.  Albert Magnoli filmed a second love scene that was not included in the final cut of the film. This scene has special meaning because it contains the actual illusion of the purple rain. A snippet of this scene is included in the theatrical trailer for the film as well as the When Doves Cry montage. It's rumored that this second love scene almost earned the film an X-rating although it's unclear as to whether this scene was actually included in early edits of the film or actually submitted to the MPAA. Director Albert Magnoli has stated that he never shot anything that could have given the movie an X-rating. MORE >>

The Natural (1984)
Sat, Aug 16, 2014.  Composer Randy Newman was nominated for his third Oscar for the film's score and has earned twenty Oscar nominations in all so far. He eventually won his first Oscar for on his sixteenth nomination, winning for Best Original Song for Monsters Inc. He has since won a second Oscar for Toy Story 3. MORE >>

The Sandlot (1993)
Sat, Aug 16, 2014.  Five of the members of the Sandlot baseball team - Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York, Brandon Quintin Adams, and Grant Gelt - all had roles in different episodes of Boy Meets World. MORE >>

Wayne's World
Sat, Aug 16, 2014.  Not only was this Mike Myers' film debut, but the use of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" propelled the song to #2 on Billboard singles chart nearly 20 years after its first release. MORE >>

Mon, Aug 18, 2014.  When asked to approve use of the theme music for Jaws in a scene, Spielberg saw footage of Vince Vaughn, whom he then hired for The Lost World: Jurassic Park. MORE >>

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Tue, Aug 19, 2014.  After the death of Richard Harris, many actors were considered for the vacant role of Albus Dumbledore. Christopher Lee was in the frame for a while, and there was a rumor (reported in many newspapers) that Ian McKellen was also considered. The Harris family wanted Richard's longtime friend and peer Peter O'Toole for the role but there were studio concerns over insuring O'Toole for the remaining five films. Richard Attenborough also lobbied for the role but was ultimately turned down. The role eventually went to Michael Gambon. MORE >>

Sat, Aug 23, 2014.  Actors who auditioned for the film included Reese Witherspoon for Cher, Terrence Howard for Murray, Zooey Deschanel for Tai, Seth Green for Travis and Lauryn Hill for Dionne. MORE >>

Sat, Aug 23, 2014.  Idina Menzel auditioned for the part of Rapunzel in Disney's previous fairytale, Tangled (2010). Even though Menzel didn't get the part, a Disney casting director recorded her audition and two years later, it got her the part of Elsa. MORE >>

The Princess Bride
Sat, Aug 23, 2014.  Director Rob Reiner left the set during Billy Crystal's scenes because he would laugh so hard that he would feel nauseated while Mandy Patinkin claims that the only injury he sustained during the entire filming of this movie was a bruised rib due to stifling his laughter in his scenes with Billy Crystal.

At La Cienega Park. MORE >>

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Tue, Aug 26, 2014.  Was the highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide until Spielberg's Jurassic Park was released. Adjusted for inflation today, it's still the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time. MORE >>

Sat, Aug 30, 2014.  Many of the actors who played the Nazis in the film were in fact, German Jews who had escaped from Nazi Germany. MORE >>

Django Unchained
Sat, Aug 30, 2014.  Will Smith, Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, Michael K. Williams, and Tyrese Gibson were all considered for the role of Django. Quentin Tarantino actually wrote the role with Smith in mind, and Smith's agents and manager wanted him to accept it, but Smith ultimately decided to pass. Tarantino then offered the part to Jamie Foxx, who accepted. MORE >>

Sat, Aug 30, 2014.  The exterior Rydell scenes, including the basketball, baseball and track segments, were shot at Venice High School while the Rydell interiors, including the high school dance, were filmed at Huntington Park High School. MORE >>

Tue, Sep 2, 2014.  The Millennium Falcon from Star Wars (1977) makes a cameo appearance in this movie. Look closely at the exterior shot of the Space Diner and you can spot it parked there among the other space vehicles. MORE >>

Dirty Dancing
Sat, Sep 6, 2014.  The very famous scene where Johnny and Baby are practicing their dancing and they are crawling towards each other on the floor wasn't intended to be part of the film; they were just messing around and were warming up to do the real scene, but the director liked it so much he kept it in the film.

At Will Rogers State Historic Park. MORE >>

Sat, Sep 6, 2014.  The characters of Hans, Kristof, Anna and Sven are all named after Hans Christian Andersen. Say the names quickly in sequence and hear the similarity. MORE >>

Pineapple Express
Sat, Sep 6, 2014.  As he is handing Dale some guns, Red (Danny McBride) says, "Ted Jones messed with the wrong melon farmers." This is a reference to the common network television practice of dubbing over "swear" words with less "objectionable" words or terms that have a similar sound and length - even if the replacement words don't really make sense in the context of the movie. "Melon Farmers" was used most famously as the dub for "Mother F***ers" in the network television version of the Die Hard series of movies (in which lead character John McClane's famous catchphrase, "Yippie-kai-yay, Mother F***ers!," became "Yippie-kai-yay, Melon Farmers!"). MORE >>

Tue, Sep 9, 2014.  Along with George Lucas’ Star Wars to follow the next summer, Jaws had a seismic impact on the landscape of Hollywood, making the big-budget, summer blockbuster the cornerstone of studio economics for decades to come. MORE >>

Garden State
Sat, Sep 13, 2014.  The movie was released on July 28, 2004 in eight theaters: three in Los Angeles, four in New York City, and the Maplewood Theatre in Maplewood, New Jersey. This was the home theater of Zach Braff (who is from the adjacent town of South Orange). MORE >>

The Goonies
Sat, Sep 13, 2014.  During filming, Martha Plimpton made a bet with director Richard Donner that she would stop biting her nails. Donner paid up several years later, while they were doing the DVD commentary.

At Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall. MORE >>

Cars (2006)
Sun, Sep 14, 2014.  This was the last feature film for Paul Newman before his death of lung cancer in 2008. MORE >>

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
Mon, Sep 15, 2014.  Lisa Kudrow received a Biology degree from Vassar and Mira Sorvino earned a degree in Asian Studies from Harvard, so during production of Romy and Michele, they nicknamed each other "Smart" and "Smarter." MORE >>

Sat, Sep 20, 2014.  When filming the scene with Newt in the duct, Carrie Henn kept deliberately blowing her scene so she could slide down the vent, which she later called a slide three stories tall. James Cameron finally dissuaded her by saying that if she completed the shot, she could play on it as much as she wanted. She did, and he kept his promise. MORE >>

Sound of Music Sing-Along
Sat, Sep 20, 2014.  The Bowl is alive...with the sound of music. After the continued success of the Grease sing-along, now you can sing along with Julie Andrews and the gang. MORE >>

Sat, Sep 27, 2014.  Juliette Lewis auditioned for the role of Lydia. Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Justine Bateman, Molly Ringwald and Jennifer Connelly all turned down the same role. MORE >>



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