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Today’s fun movie fact: Michael Eisner, who was head of Paramount Pictures, came up with the film's concept in 1975. Whi...
02/22/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Michael Eisner, who was head of Paramount Pictures, came up with the film's concept in 1975. While driving an old station wagon that he first owned in New York City, Eisner was stopped for speeding on the freeway. The police officer treated him with condescension due to the condition of his vehicle. Eisner realized how much status in Los Angeles, CA, was driven by materialism, and reportedly exchanged the station wagon for a Mercedes Benz the following day. However, he became dedicated to enshrining the event in a film about a Beverly Hills policeman. In the coming years, Eisner remained dissatisfied with potential scripts until Daniel Petrie, Jr., who had never been credited as a feature film writer, submitted his screenplay in September 1983.

Today’s fun movie fact: Richard Gere and Julia Roberts had obvious chemistry upon their first meeting. However, Gere was...
02/21/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Richard Gere and Julia Roberts had obvious chemistry upon their first meeting. However, Gere was not planning on taking the role. He was on the phone ready to turn down the part when Roberts slid him a Post-it note with the words "please say yes" written on it. He accepted the role right then.

Today’s fun movie fact: All songs were the last complete works for a movie by Academy Award winner Howard Ashman. Ashman...
02/20/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: All songs were the last complete works for a movie by Academy Award winner Howard Ashman. Ashman died eight months prior to the release of this movie. This movie is dedicated to Ashman; at the end of the final credits, you can read the dedication: "To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful."

Today’s fun movie fact: The character of Harry was somewhat based on director Rob Reiner. Reiner was depressed, cynical,...
02/19/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: The character of Harry was somewhat based on director Rob Reiner. Reiner was depressed, cynical, and neurotic, but with a big heart underneath, like Harry Burns in the film. The character of Sally was somewhat based on screenwriter Nora Ephron. Ephron was optimistic, cheerful, loved control, and was the type of person who was "just fine" with everything, like Sally Albright.

Today’s fun movie fact: In order to create the Greatest Swordfight in Modern Times, Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin traine...
02/16/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: In order to create the Greatest Swordfight in Modern Times, Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin trained for months with Peter Diamond and Bob Anderson, who between them had been in the Olympics; worked on Bond, Lord of the Rings, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and Star Wars films; and coached Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster. Every spare moment on set was spent practicing. Eventually, when they showed Rob Reiner the swordfight for the movie, he was underwhelmed and requested that it be at least three minutes long rather than the current one minute. They added steps to the set, watched more swashbuckling movies for inspiration, re-choreographed the scene, and ended up with a three minute and 10 second fight which took the better part of a week to film from all angles.

Today’s fun movie fact: Edward Zwick claimed that, for the flogging scene, Denzel Washington was lashed at full contact,...
02/15/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Edward Zwick claimed that, for the flogging scene, Denzel Washington was lashed at full contact, with a special whip, that would not cut his back, but still stung. For the final take of the scene, Zwick hesitated calling "Cut!" to signal the flogging to stop, and the result was Washington's spontaneous tear down his cheek.

Today’s fun movie fact: Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin wanted Patrick Swayze to play Sam Wheat after he saw an interview ...
02/14/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin wanted Patrick Swayze to play Sam Wheat after he saw an interview Swayze gave. When he brought up his father, Swayze burst into tears. Rubin thought if a macho guy like Patrick Swayze could cry over a loved one, he'd be perfect for this movie.

Today’s fun movie fact: Sidney Poitier insisted that the movie be filmed in the North because of an incident in which he...
02/12/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Sidney Poitier insisted that the movie be filmed in the North because of an incident in which he and Harry Belafonte were almost killed by Ku Klux Klansmen during a visit to Mississippi. That's why Sparta, IL, was chosen for location filming. Nevertheless, the filmmakers and actors did venture briefly into Tennessee for the outdoor scenes at the cotton plantation, because there was no similar cotton plantation in Illinois that could be used. Poitier slept with a gun under his pillow during production in Tennessee. He did receive threats from local racist thugs, so the shoot was cut short and production returned to Illinois.

Today’s fun movie fact: Louis Gossett, Jr. was originally cast as Gale Sayers. A few days before shooting began, Gossett...
02/11/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Louis Gossett, Jr. was originally cast as Gale Sayers. A few days before shooting began, Gossett tore his Achilles' tendon while working out. Studio executives quickly hired Billy Dee Williams as a replacement, leaving Gossett depressed over missing his "shot". Producer David L. Wolper promised Gossett the first great role that came along. Wolper cast Gossett as "Fiddler" in Roots (1977), the Emmy-winning role that made him a star.

Today’s fun movie fact: James Cameron instructed the actors playing the officers to keep order amongst the extras in the...
02/10/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: James Cameron instructed the actors playing the officers to keep order amongst the extras in the sinking scenes. Jonny Phillips ad-libbed the moment when he whips around with the gun and shouts "keep back, or I'll shoot you all like dogs!" After the take, James Cameron ran up to him and told him it was great and to do it again, and Phillips asked "What did I say?", having been too caught up in the moment to realize what he was doing.

We just got our chairs and our Silver Screen is up!  Things are moving along!!!
02/08/2020

We just got our chairs and our Silver Screen is up! Things are moving along!!!

Today’s fun movie fact: It was the director's original concept to have the two grown characters play the entire film in ...
02/05/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: It was the director's original concept to have the two grown characters play the entire film in the nude, which scared off many actors (including Jennifer Jason Leigh, who was the first choice for the female lead). After Leigh passed on the project, the producers offered Diane Lane and Willie Aames the film after screen-testing them together in Mexico, where Lane was shooting a Western...but the pair discussed the nudity together after the crew left and called a few days later to say they wouldn't do the film, either. With shooting set to begin in a matter of days, the desperate director agreed to let Shields make the film predominantly clothed, with a body double employed for the nude scenes. With that settled, the casting director returned to the thousands of audition tapes they had made over the course of a year, and decided Christopher Atkins would be all right if he permed his hair to look more savage.

Today’s fun movie fact: The McDowell's restaurant was actually a Wendy's on Queens Boulevard that was scheduled to be cl...
02/04/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: The McDowell's restaurant was actually a Wendy's on Queens Boulevard that was scheduled to be closed for renovation. The production had approval from McDonald's corporate headquarters, which apparently didn't pass the word down to their local outlets. On the day the McDowell's sign went up, the manager of the McDonald's one half mile up the road arrived with his lawyer and took photographs, telling the set dressing crew they were going to be sued for everything they were worth. The restaurant remained in business until early 2013. The building has since been demolished.

Today’s fun movie fact: The film's opening sequence, in which Darling unwraps a hat box on Christmas morning and finds L...
02/03/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: The film's opening sequence, in which Darling unwraps a hat box on Christmas morning and finds Lady inside, is reportedly based upon an actual incident in Walt Disney's life. After he'd forgotten a dinner date with his wife, he offered her the puppy-in-the-hat box surprise and was immediately forgiven.

Today’s fun movie fact: Before production, Steven Spielberg felt very insecure about being director of the film. In fact...
02/02/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Before production, Steven Spielberg felt very insecure about being director of the film. In fact, his initial response to Quincy Jones' request was no. Spielberg felt that his knowledge of the deep South was inadequate, and that the film should've been directed by someone of color, who could've at least related to the struggles faced by many blacks living in the old south. Jones then argued, "No, I want you to do it, and besides, did you have to be an alien to direct E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)?" Spielberg appreciated his friend's logic, and decided to take the role as director of the film. Alice Walker (the novel’s writer) may have had doubts about Steven Spielberg directing as well, but was at least partially convinced when she saw E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). After seeing the film, she felt that E.T. was treated like "a person of color".

Today’s fun movie fact: The most famous line from Love Story “Love means never having to say you're sorry", was actually...
02/01/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: The most famous line from Love Story “Love means never having to say you're sorry", was actually misspoken from the script. Originally the line was supposed to be: "Love means not ever having to say you're sorry." The movie's line was voted as the #13 movie quote by the American Film Institute.

Today’s fun movie fact: The dog, Old Yeller, although described in the dialogue as a mongrel, is portrayed by a Yellow L...
01/31/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: The dog, Old Yeller, although described in the dialogue as a mongrel, is portrayed by a Yellow Labrador Retriever and, in the book by Fred Gipson, is a Black-Mouthed Cur, a similar looking but less bulky breed.

Today’s fun movie fact: Director Sir Alfred Hitchcock was so pleased with the score written by Bernard Herrmann, that he...
01/29/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Director Sir Alfred Hitchcock was so pleased with the score written by Bernard Herrmann, that he doubled the composer's salary to $34,501. Hitchcock later said, "Thirty-three percent of the effect of Psycho was due to the music. The score is played entirely by only stringed instruments.

Today’s fun movie fact: On lunch break one day, W.C. Fields went to his dressing room to start on a new bottle of whiske...
01/28/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: On lunch break one day, W.C. Fields went to his dressing room to start on a new bottle of whiskey he had saved for that purpose. Apparently someone beat him to it, as the bottle had been opened and about half of it had been drunk. Fields immediately ran outside and roared to the crew, "Who took the cork out of my lunch?"

Today’s fun movie fact: Mark Lester (Oliver) was not allowed to run around playing with the other children on set as he ...
01/27/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Mark Lester (Oliver) was not allowed to run around playing with the other children on set as he would invariably get rosy cheeked from his exertions. It would then take up to 10 or 15 minutes for his complexion to return to normal.

Today’s fun movie fact: Bill Murray's scene in the waiting room was filmed as scripted, but there was virtually no writt...
01/25/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Bill Murray's scene in the waiting room was filmed as scripted, but there was virtually no written dialogue when his character got into the dentist's chair, except for ecstatic cries of pleasure . Over the course of the two days that he filmed, Murray kept riffing various ad-libs, which presented a challenge for the editor to assemble a coherent version of the scene.

Today’s fun movie fact: For the most famous sequence in the film, Mickey Mouse was originally meant to be the dance part...
01/24/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: For the most famous sequence in the film, Mickey Mouse was originally meant to be the dance partner of Gene Kelly. However, when Walt Disney refused to have his most famous character appear in an MGM film, Kelly turned to MGM's own animation studio and used Jerry Mouse of "Tom and Jerry" fame. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera--the writer/directors of MGM's "Tom and Jerry" cartoons--supervised the animation for the sequence. The scene initially didn't work: in Jerry's dances with Kelly, the animators had forgotten to add shadows for Jerry. Additional moneys had to be allocated to cover the 10,000 new drawings that would be required.

Today’s fun movie fact:  Charles Chaplin's first film made during the sound era. He faced extreme pressure to make the f...
01/23/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Charles Chaplin's first film made during the sound era. He faced extreme pressure to make the film as a talkie, but such was his popularity and power in Hollywood that he was able to complete and release the film as a silent (albeit with recorded music) at a time when the rest of the American motion picture industry had converted to sound.

01/22/2020

So here are a few titles we’re looking to open with. Which one would you like to seen on the big screen again or for the first time?

😀 The Neverending Story (w/ Q&A with Noah Hathaway)

🤡 The Wizard of Oz

🥶 Raiders of the Lost Ark

🦈 Jaws

👻 Ghostbusters

✈️ Casablanca

Today’s fun movie fact: A silver screen, also known as a silver lenticular screen, is a type of projection screen that w...
01/22/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: A silver screen, also known as a silver lenticular screen, is a type of projection screen that was popular in the early years of the motion picture industry and passed into popular usage as a metonym for the cinema industry. ... Actual metallic screens are needed in projecting 35mm 3-D films.

Our “Silver Screen” is 21 ft long and 9 ft high! One of only a hand full of real silver screens on the west coast!

Today’s fun movie fact: Shirley Temple memorized every line of dialogue in this movie, and while filming a scene with Li...
01/20/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Shirley Temple memorized every line of dialogue in this movie, and while filming a scene with Lionel Barrymore, the veteran actor forgot a line. When Temple prompted him, Barrymore flew into a such a rage that one crew member took Temple away for fear that Barrymore might harm her. He later apologized to her, and they remained friends for many years.

01/20/2020

Here it is... Our GRAND OPENING Will Be...
FRIDAY MARCH 13th!!!

In fabulous Las Vegas!

Today’s fun movie fact: Surprisingly, according to Variety, "Viva Las Vegas" earned more in distributors rentals than "A...
01/19/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Surprisingly, according to Variety, "Viva Las Vegas" earned more in distributors rentals than "A Hard Day's Night" despite both films being released in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania. "Viva Las Vegas" grossed $9,442,967 compared to $6,165,000 for the Beatles' debut feature.

01/18/2020
Today’s fun movie fact: Fritz Lang reported that "the film was born from my first sight of the skyscrapers in New York i...
01/18/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: Fritz Lang reported that "the film was born from my first sight of the skyscrapers in New York in October 1924". He had visited New York for the first time and remarked "I looked into the streets - the glaring lights and the tall buildings - and there I conceived Metropolis (1927)." Describing his first impressions of the city, Lang said that "the buildings seemed to be a vertical sail, scintillating and very light, a luxurious backdrop, suspended in the dark sky to dazzle, distract and hypnotize". He added "The sight of Neuyork [sic] alone should be enough to turn this beacon of beauty into the centre of a film".

Today’s fun movie fact: "Hopelessly Devoted to You" was written and recorded after the movie had wrapped. The producers ...
01/15/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: "Hopelessly Devoted to You" was written and recorded after the movie had wrapped. The producers felt they needed a strong ballad and had Olivia Newton-John come back to film her singing this song. This song ended up receiving an Academy Award nomination.

Today’s fun movie fact: The off-screen chemistry between Charles Chaplin and Jackie Coogan was just as strong as their o...
01/14/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: The off-screen chemistry between Charles Chaplin and Jackie Coogan was just as strong as their onscreen relationship. Every Sunday, during the first few weeks of filming, Chaplin would take Jackie to amusement parks and pony rides and other activities. Some have seen Chaplin's relationship with Coogan as an attempt for Chaplin to reclaim his own unhappy childhood, while others have interpreted Chaplin's attention toward the boy as recasting Coogan into the child he had just lost.

Today’s fun movie fact: The film was originally to be filmed in black and white, as was the standard practice with "arti...
01/12/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: The film was originally to be filmed in black and white, as was the standard practice with "artistic" films in the 1950s. (Virtually all film adaptations of the plays of Tennessee Williams had been in B&W up to that time.) However, once Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor were cast in the leads, director Richard Brooks insisted on shooting in color, in deference to the public's well known enthusiasm for Taylor's violet and Newman's strikingly blue eyes.

Today’s fun movie fact: While filming Vertigo (1958), Sir Alfred Hitchcock described some of the plot of this project to...
01/11/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: While filming Vertigo (1958), Sir Alfred Hitchcock described some of the plot of this project to frequent Hitchcock leading man and "Vertigo" star James Stewart, who naturally assumed that Hitchcock meant to cast him in the Roger Thornhill role, and was eager to play it. Actually, Hitchcock wanted Cary Grant to play the role. By the time Hitchcock realized the misunderstanding, Stewart was so anxious to play Thornhill that rejecting him would have caused a great deal of disappointment. So Hitchcock delayed production on this movie until Stewart was already safely committed to filming Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder (1959) before "officially" offering him the role in this movie. Stewart had no choice. He had to turn down the offer, allowing Hitchcock to cast Grant, the actor he had wanted all along.

Today’s fun movie fact: This movie is widely regarded as one of the biggest flops of all time. It was actually the highe...
01/10/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: This movie is widely regarded as one of the biggest flops of all time. It was actually the highest-grossing movies of 1963, making it and The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966) the only two movies to be the highest-grossing of their respective years, yet still run at a loss. Once it opened, it was sold out for the next four months. In 1966, ABC paid Twentieth Century Fox a record five million dollars for two showings of the movie, a deal that put the movie in the black. If if hadn't suffered all of its false starts, re-shoots and delays, the movie could have been brought in for less than half of what the studio ended up spending. If its final cost had been in the fifteen million dollar to twenty-four million dollar range (which would have bought all the production value that did end up on-screen), it would have been enormously profitable. In the end, production was a debacle because the studio, under the leadership of Spyros P. Skouras, was inept and unprepared. Television and home video revenue finally allowed the movie to turn a profit.

Today’s fun movie fact:  When Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon first put on the female make-up and costumes, they walked arou...
01/09/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: When Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon first put on the female make-up and costumes, they walked around the Goldwyn Studios lot to see if they could "pass" as women. Then they tried using mirrors in public ladies rooms to fix their makeup, and when none of the women using it complained, they knew they could be convincing as women. There is a scene on the train recreating this moment.

Today’s movie fun fact:  Although the first film to have synchronized audio and speech, much of the film is still presen...
01/08/2020

Today’s movie fun fact: Although the first film to have synchronized audio and speech, much of the film is still presented using title cards, most likely due to sound disks lacking enough memory to show the entire film with sound. During the original release, many cinemas showed it as a fully silent film, due to not having the equipment for the Vitaphone Sound Disk System.

Today’s fun movie fact: In the scene on the roof before the musical number "America", when the girls are mocking Bernard...
01/07/2020

Today’s fun movie fact: In the scene on the roof before the musical number "America", when the girls are mocking Bernardo's speech, one of the girls say ,"We came with our hearts open", one of the Sharks says, "You came with your pants open!" This line had to be changed to "You came with your mouth open," for the movie because of censorship standards.

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