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14th Jun 2019

Deadpool 2 (2018)

New this week Question: Why is the man's groin blurred out in the fight-scene at the Japanese sauna? It's an R-rated movie (or unrated, depending on the cut of the film you watch), so it's not like they couldn't have shown it. The best I can figure is that it's a reference to the fact that genitals are blurred out in Japanese media due to "decency" laws. Is that what the joke was?

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New this week Answer: It is a possibility. In Japan, the showing of a person's genital area and/or pubic hair is considered obscene.

New this month Trivia: The original title for the film was "Goosebumps: HorrorLand," which was based on the original script, which would have been a different story set in a haunted theme-park populated by "Goosebumps" monsters. The script was eventually re-written to be a smaller, lower-budgeted story. The film was then retitled "Goosebumps: Slappy's Revenge." Finally, it was retitled again to its current title "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween." (Although oddly enough, home video releases for the movie have dropped "Haunted Halloween" from the title and simply market the film under a much simpler fourth title - "Goosebumps 2").

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New this month Trivia: During episode two, Chloe can open a cabinet in Frank's RV. Inside is a stash of dozens of cans of baked beans, which Chloe observes as an "insane amount of beans." This is an inside joke referencing a moment in the original game, in which the character Max can dump a plate of beans Frank is eating on the floor, causing Frank to have a complete meltdown. The moment subsequently became an internet meme, so the developers of this prequel threw in a nod to Frank's love for beans.

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30th May 2019

Sicario (2015)

New this month Trivia: Originally, Alejandro was meant to have much more dialogue, and his tragic origin would have been revealed earlier in the film. Actor Benicio Del Toro and director Denis Villeneuve ended up agreeing that the character worked better as a silent, mysterious type and that the revelation of his origin should occur late in the film. It is estimated that as much as 90% of his dialogue was deleted during rewrites.

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26th May 2019

Dark Phoenix (2019)

New this month Trivia: "Dark Phoenix" is set to be the final main-series entry in Fox's "X-Men" film series. (The spin-off film "The New Mutants" will be the last official entry in the saga, though it will be a stand-alone story with little connection to the main series.) Disney acquired Fox's movie rights during post-production, and after this film's release, the X-Men are planned to be rebooted as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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26th May 2019

Dark Phoenix (2019)

New this month Trivia: The directorial debut of Simon Kinberg. Kinberg was chosen due to his history with the series - he was a co-writer on "X-Men: The Last Stand," "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "X-Men: Apocalypse" and worked as a producer on several other entries.

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26th May 2019

Dark Phoenix (2019)

New this month Trivia: Originally scheduled to be released in November, 2018. The film was pushed back repeatedly for reshoots, eventually landing with a June, 2019 release date.

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New this month Trivia: The scene in which John pieces together a custom revolver using parts from various 19th century guns is a reference to the classic western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." There's a scene in that film where the character Tuco does the exact same thing in a gun shop.

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New this month Trivia: Despite being released over a five-year period, the events of the three "John Wick" films transpire over the course of only roughly one month.

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New this month Trivia: Despite appearing in all three films, this is the first movie in the series where the Continental's receptionist Charon is referred to by name on-screen.

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New this month Trivia: Somewhat ironically, the actor who plays "The Elder," the man who sits above the high table, is younger than most of the other actors in the film. He's about 10 years younger than Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Jerome Flynn, about twenty years younger than Anjelica Huston and about thirty years younger than Ian McShane.

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Trivia: There's a reference to the artificially-created Pokemon Mewtwo having escaped "twenty years ago." This is a bit of an inside joke, as the film was in production exactly twenty years after the release of the animated movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back," and that film deals with what happens after Mewtwo was created and escaped captivity.

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Trivia: The "old gangster movie" that's on the TV in Harry's apartment is the fictional movie "Angels with Filthy Souls," which was seen in the movie "Home Alone." The director wanted a detective movie for the scene, and said: "We needed something and I hadn’t figured out what I was going to put on that TV yet...Just as a laugh, we got the movie that they shot for Home Alone off of YouTube...We could never beat it!"

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Trivia: There are around 60 different types of Pokemon visible throughout the film.

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11th May 2019

Dark City (1998)

Trivia: Part of the inspiration for the Stranger altering the city every night came from director Alex Proyas' time working on the film "The Crow." Proyas would often watch the set-decorators moving around props and pieces of the set between takes, which gave him the idea for a place that could be changed at will.

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11th May 2019

Dark City (1998)

Trivia: Roger Ebert was a massive admirer of the film - so much so, that he even agreed to record a commentary track for the movie's DVD release, in which he analyzed the film. Ebert only ever did this a handful of times, mostly for films that were considered classics.

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11th May 2019

Dark City (1998)

Trivia: The opening narration in the theatrical version of the film was included at the insistence of the studio, who feared the audience might not understand the film. Director Alex Proyas hated the narration, and had it entirely removed from the film when his director's cut was released several years later.

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11th May 2019

Dark City (1998)

Trivia: Many deliberate anachronisms were included in the film to hint that something wasn't quite right.

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Season 1 generally

Trivia: Samara Weaving, whom co-starred in season one as backpacker Heather, became the subject of minor controversy after her episodes aired. Photos of Weaving covered in fake blood for the series were circulated by several Conservative social media accounts, with the false claims she was an American woman who was attacked by Liberals for being a Trump supporter. Weaving (who is actually from Australia) was disgusted by the experience, while series star Bruce Campbell called out the fake reports online.

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Trivia: "Ash vs Evil Dead" originally began its life as a fourth film in the original "Evil Dead" series. However, so much potential material was written, that instead of a movie, producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert began shopping the project around as a potential TV-series. It was finally picked up by Starz and ran for three seasons.

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