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15th Jan 2019

Kick-Ass (2010)

New this week Trivia: The film oddly enough features two actors who played the character "Quicksilver" in Marvel movies. Star Aaron Taylor-Johnson went on to play Quicksilver in the film "Avengers: Age of Ultron", while co-star Evan Peters played a different version of the character in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "X-Men: Apocalypse."

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15th Jan 2019

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

New this week Trivia: Kick-Ass' girlfriend Katie was written out of the script due to actress Lyndsy Fonseca being tied up with other projects. She was only able to free up enough time to film a brief cameo.

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15th Jan 2019

The Faculty (1998)

New this week Trivia: The film's cover of "Another Brick in the Wall" (Parts 1 and 2) were performed by a band called "Class of '99." The band was a super-group made up of members from prominent 80's and 90's rock bands. (Including members of Alice in Chains, Rage Against the Machine, and Jane's Addiction.) The band was formed exclusively to record the covers for the soundtrack, and disbanded immediately after the film's release.

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15th Jan 2019

The Faculty (1998)

New this week Trivia: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" co-star Charisma Carpenter was approached for the role of head cheerleader Delilah. Carpenter turned down the role, feeling it was too similar to her "mean-girl" "Buffy" character Cordelia.

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12th Jan 2019

Mimic (1997)

New this month Trivia: According to director Guillermo del Toro, the instant he knew he was going to have problems making the film was when he submitted a test shot of the monsters, which are giant insects. The studio then contacted him and complained that the giant insects... looked too much like giant insects.

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New this month 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)

New this month 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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New this month 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

New this month 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

New this month 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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New this month 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)

New this month 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)

New this month 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)

New this month 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)

New this month 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)

New this month 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)

New this month 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)

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

Brian Katcher

New this month 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

New this month 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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New this month 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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