Category: movies

The films The Hunger Games and Brave helped boost the popularity…

The films The Hunger Games and Brave helped boost the popularity of archery among women. Since the movies’ release in 2012, women’s participation rose by 105% in the US.

Photo : U.S. Navy / Gabrielle Joyner

Brad Pitt was paid a single cup of coffee for his Deadpool 2…

Brad Pitt was paid a single cup of coffee for his Deadpool 2 cameo. Ryan Reynolds thought it would be funny to cast a high profile actor for a character that is invisible and worthless throughout the movie and then show up for eight frames of footage. 

Marlon Brando was the last person to reject an Oscar award. It…

Marlon Brando was the last person to reject an Oscar award. It was the 1973 Best Actor Oscar for his role in The Godfather. He did it to protest the film industry’s poor treatment of Native Americans. When a young Native American woman gave her speech in Brando’s place, part of the crowd booed.

In test screenings, Willy Wonka had a scene with a hiker seeking…

In test screenings, Willy Wonka had a scene with a hiker seeking a guru, asking him the meaning of life. The guru requests a Wonka Bar. Finding no golden ticket, he says, “Life is a disappointment.” The director loved it, but few laughed. A psychologist told him that the message was too real.

Charlie Chaplin, while directing his movie “City…

Charlie Chaplin, while directing his movie “City Lights”, made actress Virginia Cherrill re-do a scene where she says “Flower Sir”? 342 times. The movie was a silent film. 

The movie “Paranormal Activity” had a budget of only…

The movie “Paranormal Activity” had a budget of only $15,000 but made $194 million. During the screening, people began walking out; one studio executive thought the film was bombing. They later learned that the viewers were actually leaving because they were too frightened.

The author of Forrest Gump had a deal to receive a lump sum and…

The author of Forrest Gump had a deal to receive a lump sum and a cut of the film’s net profits, but Paramount reported a loss and refused to pay him the cut. He settled with Paramount and they bought the rights to the sequel, which has been stuck in development for over a decade.

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After Jean-Claude Van Damme’s biggest movie hit (Timecop…

After Jean-Claude Van Damme’s biggest movie hit (Timecop 1994), he was offered a 3 picture deal at $12M per picture. He turned it down and demanded he get the same deal as Jim Carrey – $20M per movie. He was rejected and his career never recovered. He later admitted he “acted like an idiot”.

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After Bruce Willis’ stunt double was injured during the…

After Bruce Willis’ stunt double was injured during the filming of Die Hard 4, Willis personally paid the hotel bills of the stuntman’s family during his recovery and visited him in the hospital.

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While filming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, actor…

While filming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, actor Oscar Isaac specifically requested that his character Poe Dameron be a native of the planet Yavin 4. This is because the scenes on Yavin 4 in the original trilogy were filmed in Guatemala, where Isaac is actually from.

I was born in Guatemala, and one of Guatemala’s biggest claims to fame is that Guatemala is featured in the end of ‘A New Hope,’ At the medal ceremony, that was filmed … in Tikal, Guatemala, said Isaac. “So I said, ‘How cool would it be if that’s where Poe was from?!’ You know, he’s a Rebel fighter, that’s where the Rebel base is, why wouldn’t he be there? That’s an incredible idea.”

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