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New this week Trivia: Spoilers: Robert Redford briefly appears in a cameo as Alexander Pierce, reprising his role from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Out of a career spanning nearly sixty years, this is the only time Redford has reprised a role in a sequel to one of his films.

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17th Aug 2019

Dr. Dolittle (1998)

New this week Trivia: In the background at the circus, a two-headed llama can briefly be seen walking around. This is a reference to the original Dr. Dolittle story, which featured a two-headed llama called the "Pushmi-Pullyu."

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New this month Trivia: Bradford May, who directed both "Darkman" sequels, originally planned to return to direct more films in the franchise after the second and third films performed well on home-video. And indeed scripts were written for both a "Darkman IV" and a "Darkman V." But after a change in leadership at Universal, plans for any future films were scrapped as the company wanted to shift focus onto other projects. According to a 2017 commentary track with May, there was an endgame planned for the series, and the final film would have concluded with main character Dr. Peyton Westlake perfecting his liquid skin and returning to society after years of exile.

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11th Aug 2019

Daredevil (2003)

New this month Trivia: The film was in production around the same time as 2002's "Spider-Man." "Daredevil" was supposed to be a more modestly budgeted film aimed at a more adult audience, and was given a (relatively small by action-movie standards) $50 million budget. When "Spider-Man" came out and was a massive hit, the studio gave the "Daredevil" production an additional $30 million to make the film bigger and more bombastic in order to compete with Spidey's release.

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11th Aug 2019

Daredevil (2003)

New this month Trivia: The original cut of the film was rejected by the studio, who wanted a trimmed down version of the movie for theaters. This resulted in a theatrical film that was notably tame in comparison to some of the comic storylines that inspired it, and had some noticeable gaps in flow and logic. A few years later, an R-rated Director's Cut of the film was released on DVD that restored a half-hour of deleted scenes and had a harsher tone. The Director's Cut was better received by critics and fans than the the original theatrical edition, and when the film was finally released on Blu-Ray, the Director's Cut became the only version of the film released on the format.

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6th Aug 2019

A Dirty Shame (2004)

New this month Trivia: An edited, R-rated cut of the film was eventually released on DVD in certain much-more conservative retailer stores (such as Wal-Mart) and video-rental establishments when the film hit home media. Dubbed "The Neuter Version," the R-rated cut is infamous for almost comically redubbing virtually all profanities in the film, pixelating obscene material, and replacing shots of nude characters with shots of fully clothed characters. (Thus ruining several jokes.) It also has some of the film's more famous moments removed entirely. Director John Waters, who was utterly mystified at this version of the film, has stated that the Neuter version is only for "brainless people" or "really weird collectors."

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New this month Trivia: The seventh entry in the "View Askewniverse" series created by Kevin Smith. The other entries include "Clerks," "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy," "Dogma," "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" and "Clerks II." The film will serve as a direct sequel to 2001's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," which was initially intended to be the final film in the series. Smith later decided to revisit the series with 2006's "Clerks II" and subsequently decided to continue the franchise in the years that have passed since.

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New this month Trivia: Will be the first Kevin Smith film to feature an appearance by Ben Affleck in thirteen years. Smith and Affleck worked together on several notable films in the 90's and early 2000's before they had a falling out. Smith and Affleck recently patched things up, and Affleck agreed to appear in a cameo in the film.

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2nd Aug 2019

Hannibal (2001)

New this month Revealing mistake: When Pazzi is killed, there's a shot of his cell phone and phone battery slamming into the ground followed by a splatter of his innards. However, there is a (rather obvious and poorly timed) jump-cut in the middle of the shot, right before his innards splatter down from above. His cell phone is still moving about a bit, when suddenly it goes perfect still in an unnatural way. It also moves ever-so-slightly to the left when the cut happens. It's supposed to appear to be one continuous shot, but it's clear they dropped the cell-phone, waited for it to settle, then dropped the innards and tried to edit it so the shot moved faster.

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31st Jul 2019

The Witch (2015)

New this month Trivia: The film's title is often stylized as "The VVitch" with two V's instead of a W. Director Robert Eggers stated that he saw this spelling of the word used in texts about witchcraft from the period the film is set, and thus adopted it for the film's title-card and marketing.

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31st Jul 2019

The Witch (2015)

New this month Trivia: Black Phillip, the goat, was supposed to appear in a several other scenes. But the goat was so poorly behaved on-set, his role in the film was drastically stripped down. The goat often either refused to do what the trainers told it, or in some ugly cases, he would randomly attacked cast and crew members. Co-star Ralph Ineson even had to perform the bulk of the film under heavy painkillers after the goat slammed into his ribs and injured him.

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New this month Deliberate mistake: During the final battle, when Ash is driving around in his car with the giant fan mounted to the front mowing down enemies, some of the evil skeletons he runs into aren't moving at all for several seconds before being hit. This reveals that the were just props designed and set-up to be run over for the effect. Additionally, the first two sets of skeletons he chops up in the fan are the exact same skeletons shot from different angles. (You can tell from the distinct way the one skeleton's arm comes off and ends up on the car's front).

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27th Jul 2019

Shazam! (2019)

New this month Trivia: The researcher working with Dr. Sivana who is burned up in his lab is played by Lotta Losten in a cameo. She is director David F. Sandberg's wife, and he always gives her bit-parts to play in his films.

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New this month Trivia: Despite looking massive and complex, the "wall of fire" traveling down the streets during the initial attack was actually an incredibly simple effect to accomplish. The crew would build models of the streets, mount cameras to them, then simply turn the model 90° so they'd be vertical. They would then set off pyrotechnic charges at the base of the vertical model, and the fire would naturally flow upwards through the model buildings. But from the perspective of the mounted cameras, this created the illusion of the fire moving horizontally.

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25th Jul 2019

Cult of Chucky (2017)

New this month Continuity mistake: When Andy is grappling with the "buzz-cut" Chucky and trying to rip his clothes off, at one point the camera cuts from a medium shot to a closeup as he rips Chucky's overalls down. In the medium shot, Chucky's left arm is reaching for Andy's wrist, but isn't holding it. But in the closeup, suddenly Chucky is grasping Andy's wrist.

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25th Jul 2019

Cult of Chucky (2017)

New this month Continuity mistake: When Carlos is killed by the three Chuckies with different weapons simultaneously, the editing gives away that three different prosthetic chest-pieces were used to accomplish the effect - one for each weapon. The blood and wounds on his chest and stomach are inconsistent from shot to shot as we see the different weapons slashing and stabbing him. His body also wriggles about a bit differently from shot to shot.

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25th Jul 2019

Cult of Chucky (2017)

New this month Trivia: If you listen closely, the last Chucky doll that is brought to life (nicknamed "Buzz-cut" due to his hairstyle) is voiced ever-so-slightly differently than the other dolls. Since he was only just brought to life towards the end of the film, director Don Mancini and Chucky voice-actor Brad Dourif reasoned that he was like a child. Thus Dourif made his voice sound a bit more rambunctious and also made his voice crack a little, like a boy going through puberty.

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25th Jul 2019

Cult of Chucky (2017)

New this month Trivia: The character Malcolm has split-personality disorder, and one of his "alters" is revealed to be Mark Zuckerberg. If you pay close attention, his "version" of Zuckerberg is actually based on Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal of him in the film "The Social Network." Actor Adam Hurtig and director Don Mancini thought it'd make sense and be a fun inside joke for Malcolm to emulate Eisenberg's performance as "The Social Network," reasoning that Malcolm had seen the movie, and that was what inspired his mind to subconsciously create the Zuckerberg "alter."

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24th Jul 2019

Midsommar (2019)

New this month Question: Spoilers: When Simon's corpse is discovered flayed apart and hanging, it looked like some of the organs suspended above him (possibly his lungs?) were still moving a bit. Was he still alive at that moment?

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New this month Answer: Yes, that is the impression that is given. He is still alive.

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New this month Trivia: At one point, Steven Spielberg wasn't sure if he would direct the film. Joe Johnston, a former effects artist who got his start working on Spielberg and George Lucas films becoming a director in his own right, desperately wanted the job. Eventually, Spielberg decided to return to direct this film, but promised Johnston he would get to direct the next film. And true to his word, he let Johnston direct the following film, "Jurassic Park III."

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