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6th Aug 2018

Child's Play 2 (1990)

Trivia: In a 2018 interview, series producer David Kirshner revealed that of all people, Steven Spielberg was instrumental in helping get "Child's Play 2" and the later sequels made. MGM, the studio that made the original, decided not to produce a sequel when a new company president took over who disliked horror movies. Several studios started a bidding war for the "Child's Play" property, but Spielberg called Kirshner and encouraged him to go to Universal. Kirshner contacted Universal, and mentioned that Spielberg suggested them. The executives immediately made Kirshner an offer to make not only "Child's Play 2" but all future films in the series, and even accepted most of Kirshner's demands about the franchise, allowing he and co-creator Don Mancini to be in control of the series - something that likely would not have happened had another studio bought the rights in a bidding war.

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6th Aug 2018

Seed of Chucky (2004)

Trivia: A disclaimer had to be added to some of the trailers and commercials clarifying that "Britney Spears does not appear in this movie," due to a gag in which a lookalike was cast to portray Spears and is killed by Chucky. Spears' management team was worried her fans might go see the movie expecting her to be in it in a larger role, only to be disappointed that it was a lookalike in a short 30-second scene, so they asked the producers to add the disclaimer.

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6th Aug 2018

Seed of Chucky (2004)

Trivia: Chucky's gender-confused child is called either "Glen" or "Glenda" depending on who is addressing him. This is a reference to the docudrama "Glen or Glenda" directed by Ed Wood about cross-dressing and human sexuality. Wood was famously a cross-dresser.

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6th Aug 2018

Seed of Chucky (2004)

Trivia: Redman's part was written for Quentin Tarantino, who turned down the role as he wasn't interested in acting in a major part. (He similarly turned down major roles in a number of notable films in the 2000's).

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6th Aug 2018

Seed of Chucky (2004)

Trivia: The film was being produced by Focus Features. However, as Focus primarily worked in more artsy films at the time, they ended up purchasing and reviving fellow production company "Rogue Pictures" (which had been dropped four years earlier by Universal) to release this film and other similar works. "Seed of Chucky" ended up actually being the second film release under this revived banner, with the first being the American release of the comedy "Shaun of the Dead."

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6th Aug 2018

Seed of Chucky (2004)

Trivia: The gag in which the Tiffany doll accidentally grabs the puppeteer's groin was a bit of an inside joke. During production of "Bride of Chucky", one of the puppeteers kept having the Chucky doll grab Jennifer Tilly's boobs as a joke during takes. (And there is indeed a few shots where this can be seen in the final film.) As a bit of a goofy bid of "vengeance", director Don Mancini added a scene into this film where a puppeteer is similarly grabbed in the groin.

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6th Aug 2018

Seed of Chucky (2004)

Trivia: Cult director John Waters is a massive fan of the Chucky movies - especially Bride of Chucky. He's such a big fan, he even owns a life-sized replica of the Chucky doll, which he keeps in his bathroom on display. As a thank-you from creator Don Mancini, the part of "Pete Peters" the paparazzi was written especially for him. Waters gladly accepted the role.

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6th Aug 2018

Seed of Chucky (2004)

Trivia: The last Chucky/Child's Play movie to be released in theaters. The two more recent films (Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky) were released direct-to-video and Netflix.

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6th Aug 2018

Seed of Chucky (2004)

Trivia: The directorial debut of series creator Don Mancini. Mancini had written or co-written the four prior films. Mancini has continued to serve as series director since this film's release, also solo writing and directing the two subsequent entries as well.

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1st Aug 2018

Child's Play 2 (1990)

Trivia: The film was originally meant to be set during the holiday season, to justify why the toy factory was working overtime and was producing so many dolls, but this aspect of the story was cut out during re-writes.

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1st Aug 2018

Child's Play 2 (1990)

Trivia: The characters Karen Barclay and Detective Norris were meant to be in the film during an opening courtroom scene, but the sequence was cut out to save money. Funnily enough, Karen Barclay's actress Catherine Hicks, despite not being in the movie, was often on-set as she met and married one of the special effects wizards who created the Chucky doll in the original film, and had returned to work on the sequel.

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1st Aug 2018

Child's Play 2 (1990)

Trivia: The other good-guy doll "Tommy" was allegedly named after Tom Holland, director of the first film. Holland and series creator Don Mancini supposedly didn't get on very well behind-the-scenes, and it's been suggested that Chucky breaking and then burying the Tommy doll was a subtle jab at him.

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1st Aug 2018

Child's Play 2 (1990)

Trivia: Even though he offered to return to work on the film, the studio forced series creator Don Mancini to submit a script for approval while several other writers also wrote their own drafts, with no guarantee his script would be used. Thankfully, Mancini's script was chosen, and he's since written every single entry in the series.

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31st Jul 2018

Serenity (2005)

Trivia: In the cargo bay, there are some boxes that are labeled "Reusable Container: Do Not Dispose." This was a bit of an inside-joke by the set-decorators, as the entire set from the TV show "Firefly" had to be rebuilt for this film after being destroyed.

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31st Jul 2018

Serenity (2005)

Trivia: DVD copies of the TV show "Firefly" and this follow-up movie "Serenity" were flown to the international space station in 2007. Several members of NASA are big fans of the show, and had the DVD's (along with some "Firefly" themed gear) sent into space for crew-members to watch. Late on in 2014, astronaut Steve Swanson (who was the one that originally brought along the DVD's seven years prior) also took the first official Instagram photo from space whilst wearing a "Serenity" T-shirt.

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31st Jul 2018

Serenity (2005)

Trivia: In a nice bit of continuity, if you pay close attention, you can see some small scars on Mal's body a few times in the film. Most of them correlate to injuries he received earlier in the series "Firefly." (eg. You can see the scar from when he was shot in the abdomen in the episode "Out of Gas" if you look closely).

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31st Jul 2018

Serenity (2005)

Trivia: Though not stated blatantly in the film, creator Joss Whedon has confirmed that "Serenity" takes place about six months after the final episode of "Firefly."

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31st Jul 2018

Serenity (2005)

Trivia: Despite "Serenity" being the last live-action entry in the "Firefly" franchise, creator Joss Whedon eventually continued the story in a series of comic-books, which are considered canonical with the show and this film. This includes a prequel delving into Shepherd Book's backstory, and two direct sequels ("Serenity: Leaves on the Wind" and "Serenity: No Power in the Verse"), which were released in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

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31st Jul 2018

Men in Black (1997)

Question: I loaded the film up on Netflix, and it seems that the dialogue in one scene was edited. In the standard cut of the film, Jeebs says "You insensitive prick!" to K, but in the version I saw on Netflix, Jeebs says "You insensitive jerk!" What's the deal with the Netflix version changing this one single line? The original "prick" line appears to be on both the VHS and Blu-Ray edition I own.

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Answer: As more films become available online and are accessible to a wider audience, the studios edit mature content that is unacceptable to under-aged viewers. It's the same as movies that are shown on airplanes where the adult content is edited or removed altogether.

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Netflix doesn't censor their movies, though... So this explanation makes no sense.

It just seems odd, as Netflix basically never censors content in other films they host (since they're supposed to be hosting the officially released versions anyways), and the rest of the profanity/violence in this particular film is unedited.

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Trivia: The main villain's name is "Poppy Adams," and she is a sociopath drug-cartel leader. This is appropriate, as the poppy plant and their extracts are used in the production of many illegal street-drugs.

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