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24th Sep 2021

Scream (1996)

Trivia: A scene near the end required Skeet Ulrich to throw a phone receiver in frustration, and he wound up accidentally hitting Matthew Lillard in the back of the head with it, prompting Lillard to yell at him, "You hit me with the phone, dick!" Wes Craven found this so hilarious that he decided to use that take in the film.

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Trivia: For many years, the UCLA library has held a tape for a black and white 1982 sci-fi film titled "Pisces Project." That is a code name: it is in fact an early rough cut version of 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan' featuring many deleted scenes that cannot be seen anywhere else. It's been sitting there since possibly the 1980s. It is available for public viewing via appointment, but the tape is prohibited from leaving the building.

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Trivia: For the opening credits, composer Leonard Rosenmann had recorded an orchestral rendition of Alexander Courage's theme music from the original TV show, but the final film opened with its own theme instead. The original series theme is only heard sparingly throughout the films and it wouldn't be until 'Star Trek' (2009) that it would be played in full (over the end credits in that case). Rosenmann's take on the Courage theme can be heard on the 'Star Trek IV' soundtrack.

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Trivia: Outside of the US, the title was modified to 'The Voyage Home: Star Trek IV' on promotional materials as well the film itself: the opening credits briefly faded into a completely new, custom-made animated title screen, in fact. The first PAL VHS releases in 1987 carried this title, but subsequent video releases reverted to 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.'.

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Father Lamont: It was horrible. Utterly horrible. And fascinating.

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21st May 2021

Blade Runner (1982)

Trivia: Rutger Hauer was never convinced that Replicants were truly people, as he said in 2015 about the movie's ending: "Frankly, I thought Deckard was a little sick, because he ran away with a vibrator that looked like a woman."

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20th May 2021

Blade Runner (1982)

Trivia: Daryl Hannah is a skilled gymnast (check out the casual ease with which she does a backflip while talking to Sebastian) and under normal conditions was perfectly capable of performing the rapid flips seen during her fight scene with Deckard, but by then she was too sore and exhausted to pull them off perfectly. This is partly why they resorted to using a male stunt double in this scene, he was the only one immediately available who could do those flips exactly as needed.

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20th May 2021

Blade Runner (1982)

Trivia: When filming the scene where Roy confronts Tyrell, Rutger Hauer surprised Joe Turkel by kissing him on the lips, an unscripted action. Ever the professional, Turkel rolled with it and even gave Hauer a surprise of his own: by slipping in his tongue.

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25th Apr 2021

Blade Runner (1982)

Trivia: Harrison Ford has said that director Ridley Scott used "psychological manipulation" on Sean Young. While he refused to get specific, some of Young's complaints that the cast and crew (Ford especially) seemed to hate her for no apparent reason echo Sigourney Weaver's experience on Alien, in which Ridley Scott instructed the other cast members to act rude to her in order to affect her performance. Young has said she felt her treatment on set was tantamount to abuse and hated working on the film.

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Stupidity: Dr. Tuskin says Regan's exorcism has made her psychological problems worse. Not only would Dr. Tuskin have to be grossly misinformed about Regan's condition prior to the exorcism to hold such an opinion, Regan's current "problems" appear to consist entirely of nightmares and absent parents, and she is otherwise shown to be a healthy, well-adjusted teenager.

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Plot hole: Dr. Tuskin warns that if Regan were to remember the events of her possession it could be so traumatic for her it could lead to suicide, even though Regan's therapy seems to be based almost entirely on what she can remember about the events of her possession.

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19th Apr 2021

Aliens (1986)

Trivia: Walter Hill and David Giler's initial story outline given to Cameron as a rough basis to write the script from was written in an amusingly casual and irreverent style, at one point jokingly referring to the space jockey from the first film as "the dental patient." Cameron recalls of their treatment, "I'll never forget this - the outline concluded with the sentence; 'And then some other bullshit happens.'"

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Factual error: Father Lamont tears out the Regan doppelganger's heart from where her stomach should be. Even allowing that she's a manifestation of a demon and may not conform to human anatomy, it isn't plausible that Lamont would know to grab for her heart through her abdomen.

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Stupidity: I won't begrudge Father Lamont for instinctively grabbing for the first thing in reach to try to smother the box on fire (even if it is a pair of wooden crutches), but you'd think at some point he'd notice that he's just spreading the fire and making it much, much worse, but he keeps at it until the doctor finally returns with the extinguisher.

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2nd Apr 2021

Aliens (1986)

Trivia: Early marketing research ahead of the film's release showed that a significant number of people mistook 'Aliens' for the original movie 'Alien.' To address this, the studio made sure commercials referred to the film as "Aliens: the new movie" and gave the film a logo visually distinct from the one for 'Alien.' To this day, 'Alien' and 'Aliens' are treated almost as separate brands; merchandise and tie-in media tend to evoke one or the other, rarely both.

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30th Mar 2021

Alien (1979)

Trivia: After first seeing the film, Stanley Kubrick called up Ridley Scott to ask how they did the chestburster scene. Scott not being used to fame at the time and Kubrick being one of his career idols, Scott assumed he was speaking with an imposter playing a prank, and promptly told Kubrick to "fuck off."

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Plot hole: The aliens provide coordinates for a place to make a rendezvous with humans but do not specify a time. It's possible they're monitoring and will arrive when they see enough humans gathering at Devil's Tower, but the humans seem to expect the aliens to come more or less exactly when they actually do, somehow.

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Suggested correction: Scientists were prepared for the aliens and knew when and where they would arrive, as seen by the extensive complex built at Devil's Tower. However, as Claude Lacombe, the French scientist, speculates towards the end, hundreds of humans may have had the Devil's Tower image recently implanted in their minds, saying they were "invited" but never made the connection. Neery figured it out and was compelled to go there at that time. Neery was then allowed to join a group of trained volunteers that were already prepared to go on the ship, while the previous "abductees" were being returned to Earth.

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The aliens had not given a time to meet. The scientists may be taking it on faith that the aliens will know that they've arrived at Devil's Tower and are ready, but the way the subject of timing is left unaddressed on screen feels like an oversight.

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We don't know for certain if the scientists were given a specific time, but it appears they were, or at least a general window. The long-lost objects, like the ship and the military aircraft, suddenly showing up in the desert, is an indication the process has started. If humans were given the precise location where the alien ship would arrive (Devil's Tower), then, logically, the aliens would also communicate when. The scientists were communicating with the aliens using tonal sounds. Early on, the scientists received map coordinates through dish satellites as repeating pulses. They would likely receive time information the same way. As often happens in movies, this info may be something that got edited out of the film, causing an inconsistency.

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This might be one of those edge cases. Under most circumstances I'd agree we could assume arrangements were made off-screen by virtue of the fact that the rendezvous occurs successfully in the first place; but in the context of this movie, in which any and all forms of contact with the aliens is treated as profound and significant, leaving it unaddressed (not even with a line of dialogue) comes off like a plot hole. I suppose we'll just have to let our fellow website readers decide.

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24th Mar 2021

Alien 3 (1992)

Trivia: James Cameron, who directed Aliens, said David Fincher was a "bastard" for killing off Hicks and Newt, and he wanted to "wring his neck." Though he said he eventually got over it and he and Fincher became pals.

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16th Mar 2021

Alien (1979)

Trivia: For the landing sequence the crew rigged paint mixers beneath the seats on the bridge set so that they would vibrate to simulate turbulence. One effects supervisor noted wryly that when they turned them on Sigourney Weaver would get "a little smile on her face."

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