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Trivia: Oddly enough, despite actors Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson being highly billed in the opening credits, their characters Specs and Tucker don't appear on-screen in the film until about one hour in.

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9th Jan 2019

Insidious (2010)

Trivia: Josh's mother's name is "Lorraine." This is a reference to real-world paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren. Director James Wan later went on to direct "The Conjuring," a film loosely based on the case-files of Lorraine Warren and her husband Ed.

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Trivia: Count Olaf notably has a tattoo of an eye on his ankle, which is often shown throughout the series. Actor Neil Patrick Harris actually ended up getting the tattoo done for real to celebrate after the series was picked up for a second season. So whenever the tattoo is visible in seasons two and three, it's not makeup... it's real.

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The Reptile Room: Part One - S1-E3

Trivia: Count Olaf dismisses the movie theater, referring to it as a "god forsaken nickelodeon" and stating repeatedly that it's more convenient to watch entertainment from "the comfort of your own home." (Even once quickly glancing directly into the camera with a smirk as he says this.) This is a bit of a swipe at the prior 2004 film adaptation, which was released theatrically and distributed by Nickelodeon Films, as well as a clear reference to this series being released via Netflix for home viewing.

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Season 1 generally

Trivia: Catherine O'Hara portrays the villainous Dr. Orwell in this series adaptations. Somewhat ironically, she also appeared in the prior 2004 film adaptation as the much kinder character Justice Strauss.

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Trivia: A sequel was planned for some time. However, due to the first film not making quite as much as expected at the box office and because of corporate shakeups at the studio, it was repeatedly delayed. At one point, the sequel was going to be retooled into a stop-motion animated film so the original actors could provide their voices (as they grew up too much after this film came out to be able to reprise their roles on-screen), but the film was eventually cancelled before this could happen. Finally, 13 years after this film's release, the Netflix series premiered, which managed to adapt all 13 novels over the course of three seasons.

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9th Jan 2019

Oldboy (2003)

Trivia: The one-shot fight sequence was a nightmare to film. The director wanted to actually film the scene in one take (as opposed to multiple takes being cleverly edited together), using as little CG as possible. It ended up taking three days to film to get it just right, and was exhausting for star Choi Min-sik. The only CGI used in the scene is the knife sticking out of Oh Dae-su's back, and a few small tweaks to mask missed punches.

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9th Jan 2019

Oldboy (2003)

Trivia: Choi Min-sik had to eat four live octopuses for the infamous scene in which his character Oh Dae-su wants to "eat something alive." Min-sik is a Buddhist, and would pray before each take and profusely apologize to the octopuses before eating them. The director later personally thanked the octopuses during an acceptance speech for an award he got for the film.

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9th Jan 2019

Oldboy (2003)

Trivia: The film is based loosely on a Japanese manga of the same name. The filmmakers used the manga (which was unfinished at the time of filming) more as a "jumping off point," and used the basic set-up (a man is imprisoned for many years and then released), while taking creative liberties for the bulk of the story.

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9th Jan 2019

Oldboy (2003)

Trivia: Actor Cho Min-sik lost over 20lbs and worked out for many weeks to get into shape for the film for the scenes set in the present. The sequences set in the past were filmed later towards the end of production. Min-sik simply stopped working out and regained the weight he'd lost so he'd look more like a burnt-out slob in order to show his character's physical changes.

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9th Jan 2019

Oldboy (2003)

Trivia: The second entry in the "Vengeance Trilogy" by director Park Chan-wook. The three films are not directly related, but are connected by similar visual styles and themes of revenge and retribution. The first film was "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," while the final film was "Lady Vengeance." All three films have been optioned for American remakes, although as of 2019, only "Oldboy" has been successfully remade.

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9th Jan 2019

Oldboy (2003)

Trivia: In addition to the American remake in 2013, "Oldboy" was also unofficially remade in Bollywood as "Zinda" in 2006. The Bollywood remake was completely unauthorized, causing Show East (the distributor of "Oldboy") to threaten legal action. However, the studio that produced "Zinda" went out of business, and thus no legal action was taken.

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6th Jan 2019

Wild Wild West (1999)

Question: During the big fight scene near the end, one of the henchman Will Smith fights lifts a wrench to strike, only to randomly die for seemingly no reason. He screams, some sparks shoot out of his ears, and he's dead. What killed him? I've seen some people say he electrocuted himself on the equipment around him, but that's not true - the wrench is nowhere near hitting anything. Did he just... randomly blow a fuse or something?

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Answer: He's some sort of robot or cyborg, and he's shorted out from the damage he received in the brawl.

Brian Katcher

Answer: In the original script, Jim West simply sidestepped the menacing MetalHead henchman, who plunged through the doorway, falling to his death. Apparently, this wasn't a spectacular enough way to end the brawl, so the scene was revised to add the huge machine wrench and electrical sparking effects. West intentionally hands the wrench to MetalHead, who grabs it with both hands and raises it to strike; he then shorts-out with electrical sparking effects before falling out the door. I believe the implication is that, when MetalHead grabbed the wrench with both hands, it completed an exposed electrical circuit that caused him to quickly short-out.

Charles Austin Miller

Trivia: After a slew of disastrous test-screenings, Sony reportedly attempted to sell the film to Netflix, who declined the offer.

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Trivia: According to numerous news outlets, movie theaters throughout the US reported an "astonishing" number of walk-outs during the film's opening weekend.

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Trivia: Making a film based on P.T. Barnum had been a passion project for star Hugh Jackman for some years before it was finally made. Reportedly, what kept the film from being made sooner was the fact that most major studios were apprehensive about producing an original musical not based on a pre-existing film or stageplay.

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27th Dec 2018

Deep Rising (1998)

Trivia: Spoilers. Originally, the character Pantucci was indeed meant to die in the film. However, test audiences liked the character so much and were so disappointed when he was killed off, that his death scene was dropped and the ending was slightly re-shot to show him surviving in the final theatrical cut of the film.

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27th Dec 2018

Deep Rising (1998)

Trivia: The original script was titled "Tentacle." It was written in the mid-90's by Stephen Sommers, with some uncredited re-writes by "Karate Kid" writer Robert Mark Kamen. The ambiguous ending was meant to serve as a lead-in to a sequel, with rumors that it would have been either a loose adaptation of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" or a "King Kong" remake, given the Island resembles "Skull Island."

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27th Dec 2018

Deep Rising (1998)

Trivia: Howard Atherton, the director of photography, had a lot of issues working on the film. When director Stephen Sommers asked him why he was having trouble, Atherton explained that he usually worked with directors who he didn't get along with, and their mutual animosity made him try extra hard to compensate. Atherton actually really, really liked working with the friendly, easy-going Sommers, which was a pleasant change of pace for him - but he also felt like he wasn't being challenged as he usually was.

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27th Dec 2018

Deep Rising (1998)

Trivia: Footage of the party scene from the ship has since been re-used as stock footage in a number of low-budget films. Director Stephen Sommers has stated that he's not sure exactly how that works legally, but that he suspects the footage was licensed out by the studio in order to help recoup the budget, as "Deep Rising" didn't do well on initial release.

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