Category: movies

Monty Python and the Holy Grail’s $319,000 budget was bankrolled by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Elton John, and Jethro Tull.  

Tom Hanks intentionally gained 50 pounds to film the first half of Cast Away. He then took a year off to lose weight and grow out his hair before filming the second half. During the break, the director and most of the crew went off to film What Lies Beneath.

Multiple Star Wars lead actors have struggled with a habit of making their own sound effects for fight scenes – to the point where numerous takes needed to be re-shot because you could see the actors making lightsaber noises.

An art historian watching the movie Stuart Little in 2009 recognized a prop in the background as a lost painting by the Hungarian artist Róbert Berény. The film’s set designer had found the work at a California antique store for $500; it eventually sold at auction for about $250,000.

In 2011 two Hollywood films opened just five months apart from each other that had the same runtime, same plot, and the same ending. “No Strings Attached” with Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman and “Friends With Benefits” with Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis. They both grossed 150 million dollars.

Dying of laughter is an actual cause of death. The last notable case was when a man died of laughter because his pulse hit an estimated 250-500 bpm while watching ‘A Fish Called Wanda’.

Real bees were used during the making of the 90s horror trilogy CANDYMAN. Over the course of the three films, actor Tony Todd got stung 23 times. He was paid $1,000 per sting.

As the production of Toy Story wrapped up in 1994, Pixar writer Andrew Stanton asked his coworkers during a brainstorming session, “What if mankind had to leave Earth and somebody forgot to turn off the last robot?” Fourteen years later, he answered his question with the movie WALL-E in 2008.

In his famous scene in ‘The Shining,’ the crew made a fake door for Jack Nicholson to break through but had to replace it with a real door as the fake one broke too quickly due to Jack previously being a Fire Marshall.

Forty years before James Cameron’s “Avatar” was released, the “Noon Universe” Russian sci-fi novels were published, set on a forest planet called Pandora in the 22nd century, inhabited by humanoids called Nave (compared to the “Na’vi” in Avatar).