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Trivia: Natalie Portman originally exited the MCU due to her being unhappy with the production of "Thor: The Dark World" for various reasons, including the firing of original director Patty Jenkins. After she agreed to do a small voice-over cameo in "Avengers: Endgame" as a favor to the production, she agreed to take a meeting with director Taika Waititi. According to producer Kevin Feige, Waititi quickly won her over and convinced her to return to the MCU by the end of the meeting.

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Trivia: With this movie, Thor will become the first MCU hero to have four stand-alone movies.

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11th Jan 2021

General questions

I remember seeing a haunted-house movie on TV in the early/mid 90's. I don't remember much about it outside of a scene where the family cat is found dead early in the film. (I think it was a black or darker-colored cat, and I seem to remember there's blood on or around it, too, but I'm not 100%.) That's literally all I remember. It may have been a TV movie just from what I recall based on how it looked. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

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11th Jan 2021

General questions

I remember a cartoon we used to have on VHS back when I was a kid. So the cartoon would have been from sometime in the 80's or at very latest the early 90's. I think it might have been Japanese, but I'm not sure. I just remember there was either a light pink or baby-blue creature that I wanna say was a dragon (I can't remember what color it was)... but it would float on the water. The only comparison I can make is that it kind of looked like a "Lapras" from "Pokemon." I wanna say it was a movie, but it honestly could have just been a few back-to-back episodes of a series on the tape we had. Does this ring anyone's bell? I've been curious about it for years, because I have memories of watching it, but can't remember what it's called.

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Answer: Just a suggestion for you to review. "Serendipity the Pink Dragon." It's a Japanese anime show from 1983 and only lasted 1 season. An English dubbed version was released on VHS in 1989. Here's the intro scene. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PbSIsDRiuTw.

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Yeah, I stumbled onto a rip of the movie on YouTube not long after I submitted the question. I also looked at the cover art online, and it seemed a little familiar. I'm a solid 75% sure that's it.

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Answer: I'm about 75% sure it was "Serendipity: The Pink Dragon." But there's a small chance it could be something else, so if there's any other answers that fit the bill, please let me know.

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8th Jan 2021

Thor (2011)

Trivia: Charlie Cox auditioned for the role of Loki. While he didn't get the part, he would later go on to play another Marvel character - "Daredevil" from the MCU Netflix series.

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8th Jan 2021

The Punisher (2004)

Continuity mistake: When Howard is killed, he's set on fire by all the explosions. Yet just a few seconds later in a wideshot, he's no longer on fire.

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8th Jan 2021

Apocalypto (2006)

Trivia: As a bit of an easter-egg, Mel Gibson included a single-frame of an actor dressed as Wally/Waldo from the "Where's Wally/Waldo?" book series in the theatrical version of the film. It was reportedly seen as being in poor taste, so it was removed from the initial DVD release. However, he was allegedly added back into the film for the Blu-Ray release.

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8th Jan 2021

The Punisher (2004)

Revealing mistake: When the car Howard Saint is tied to explodes, watch Howard's body - it's clear that he's been replaced with a hilariously obvious dummy. It's especially comical if you look at his legs, because it appears that the dummy doesn't even have legs inside of its pants given how they "wobble."

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8th Jan 2021

Thor (2011)

Trivia: The final movie in the MCU that was shot entirely on 35mm film. Starting with the next film ("Captain America: The First Avenger"), the series moved into primarily digital photography.

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Trivia: The studio originally wanted Amanda Seyfried for the role of Gamora. But despite loving the screenplay, Seyfried feared that given the obscure nature of the characters and the inherent weirdness of the script, the movie would bomb at the box office. She didn't want to be in the only MCU film to fail commercially. The film ended up going on to be a massive success, and Seyfried has expressed some regret over the decision.

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8th Jan 2021

The Punisher (2004)

Revealing mistake: When Frank kills Howard Saint at the end of the film, pay close attention when the cars start to explode. About a second-and-a-half after the first explosion, the camera cuts to a high-angle shot looking down at the cars exploding. Pay attention and you can see a lot of errors. For example, there are two cars (one red and one blue) on the right side of the screen that are teeny-tiny models and aren't properly blended into the background with blurry edges around them. Additionally, the three cars on the bottom left of the screen also have noticeable black lines around them. (Likely from a poor compositing job.) It appears the show was created with different miniatures layered over a background plate, and the various miniatures weren't properly comped into the shot.

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5th Jan 2021

Doctor Strange (2016)

Trivia: The studio originally wanted Jessica Chastain for the role of Dr. Palmer. However, Chastain turned the supporting role down because she knew taking it would take away any chance of her getting offered the role of a superhero in the MCU in the future. She said she'd rather play a caped hero in a future film.

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Trivia: Some of the dolls from the story "KKK Comeuppance" were reportedly recycled and re-used for the film "Team America: World Police."

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5th Jan 2021

Underwater (2020)

Trivia: The stuffed rabbit was originally meant to be a real rabbit, but this was changed during production for safety reasons and due to the complexity and gruelling nature of the film.

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5th Jan 2021

Underwater (2020)

Trivia: Spoilers: Director William Eubank has confirmed that the enormous monster seen at the end of the film is indeed meant to be Cthulu from the stories of H.P. Lovecraft.

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Trivia: The priest in the story "KKK Comeuppance" is played by director Rusty Cundieff's father. Additionally, the woman who briefly plays Miss Cobbs at the end of the same story is played by Cundieff's mother.

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29th Dec 2020

Underwater (2020)

Trivia: "It" director Andy Muschietti reportedly helped give the production tips and advice on how to put together a horror movie during pre-production.

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29th Dec 2020

Underwater (2020)

Trivia: The final film released under the "20th Century Fox" banner, which was redubbed "20th Century Studios" after Disney bought the studio from Fox.

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15th Dec 2020

Serenity (2005)

Trivia: The man who opens the safe at the beginning of the film was played by Weston Nathanson... however, his voice was provided by director Joss Whedon. As is often the case, Nathanson's lines had to be re-recorded in post-production, but Nathanson wasn't available. Joss stepped in and dubbed the lines himself.

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10th Dec 2020

The Wolverine (2013)

Trivia: Reportedly, both the PG-13 theatrical and unrated cut of the film were screened for test-audiences, but it was ultimately decided that the PG-13 version would be released in theaters. The unrated cut was eventually released on Blu-ray, featuring a bit more violence and more visible bloodshed.

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