Tag Archives: just bee-cause

17 Fun Facts about George Carlin

George Carlin did more than make people laugh – he made them think. Over the course of his long career, this legendary comedian released several albums, published a handful of books, recorded more than a dozen comedy specials, and even appeared in a few TV shows. He often challenged American thinking and way of life, as well as other hot-button topics like religion, parenthood, and death.

fun-facts-about-george-carlin

Carlin would have been 81 this year…and lord knows he would have PLENTY to say about today’s world! Let me give you a taste…

Image result for george carlin quotes

Image result for george carlin quotes

Way ahead of his time, right?!

To help celebrate this smart, yet satirical man, here are 17 fun facts about George Carlin!

17 Fun Facts about George Carlin

Carlin’s love of language stemmed from his father, who was an advertising manager for the New York newspaper, The Sun. Carlin’s grandfather, a NYC police officer, wrote out Shakespeare’s tragedies in longhand for fun.

Image result for george carlin

Growing up, Carlin’s hero was actor/singer/dancer/comedian, Danny Kaye.

Image result for george carlin danny kaye

Carlin went to the same high school as Martin Scorsese and Regis Philbin…however he did not officially graduate because he was expelled. He would steal money from visiting sports teams and joked about having drugs on school property.

Image result for george carlin expelled

In the 1950’s, Carlin worked as a radar technician on B-47s at Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base. He was court-martialed once after celebrating the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers winning the World Series by getting drunk on wine and telling off his tech sergeant.

Image result for george carlin quotes

His love of language naturally evolved to a love of curse words, as well. He would write down the “most colorful” profanities he heard in his neighborhood and keep them in his pocket.

Image result for george carlin quotes

Carlin was arrested in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1970’s for obscenity after giving a stand-up performance at Summerfest. However it was almost much worse. He happened to have cocaine in his pocket, which he handed off to a band member before exiting the stage where cops were waiting for him.

Image result for george carlin quotes

Carlin was the first-ever host of Saturday Night Live. He was also the first host of Fridays (1980-1982), ABC’s attempted version of SNL.

Image result for george carlin quotes

Carlin was almost aborted as a baby. His mother had a change of heart after seeing a painting on the wall of the doctor’s office.

Image result for george carlin quotes

When Carlin was just 2 months old, his mom, brother and him escaped his abusive father by climbing down the fire escape. Carlin never saw his father again.

Image result for george carlin quotes

When Carlin was 9, he and his friend Dave Wilson, would do stand-up routines at summer camp. Wilson would go on to become the longtime director of Saturday Night Live.

Image result for george carlin quotes

Carlin’s breakthrough album, 1972’s FM & AM, earned him a Grammy Award.

Image result for george carlin quotes

Carlin kept extensive files of material…about 1,300 separate files encompassing 44 years worth of collecting thoughts, notions, ideas, pieces of data, and material.

Image result for george carlin quotes

Carlin was a great supporter of young musicians and performers. He actually called Eminem “a brilliant poetic artist”.

Image result for george carlin quotes

Despite his cynicism regarding pop culture, Carlin was a big fan of the TV show, Survivor.

Image result for george carlin quotes

Carlin also refused to vote.

Image result for george carlin quotes

He may have come across as a harsh critic, but Carlin was actually a very sweet romantic. He was only married twice, the first one (which lasted 37 years) ending in his wife’s death, the second one ending in his.

Related image

Carlin died on June 22, 2008 of heart failure. He was 71. His death occurred one week after his last performance at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated and the ashes were scattered in front of various nightclubs he played in NYC, as well as over Spofford Lake in New Hampshire, where he attended summer camp.

Image result for george carlin quotes

Sometimes you just need a little fun in your life! Check back every week for a new “Just Bee-cause” post, where I discuss everything from celebrity news to favorite videos and websites!

 

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under fun facts

18 Fun Facts about WALL-E

Just about 10 years ago (June 27, 2008) a little robot rolled his way into the hearts of Earth-lovers the world over. With his loveable personality and deep desire to form a true emotional connection, WALL-E found his cozy little spot in everyone’s heart.

One of Pixar’s more successful films, WALL-E tells the story of a little trash compactor trying his best to clean up a deserted garbage-ridden planet. Told mostly using visual storytelling, WALL-E combines various sounds and effects with Pixar’s innate ability to showcase expression through body language for a story that speaks to humankind about the importance of protecting our planet.

To celebrate its near 10-year anniversary, here are 18 Fun Facts about WALL-E!

WALLE

18 Fun Facts about WALL-E

WALL-E and R2-D2 are played by the same actor…legendary sound designer, Ben Burtt. He’s also worked on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Indiana Jones series.

I Want Them Wall-E GIF

He created a library of 2,400 unique sounds for the film, the largest of all his films by far.

Writer-director Andrew Stanton was inspired by Alien while working on WALL-E. As a matter of fact, Alien actress Sigourney Weaver voiced the main computer on the starliner Axiom.

Image result for Sigourney Weaver, wall-e

Not surprisingly, WALL-E’s distinct look was inspired by a pair of binoculars.

Wall E GIF

The Hello, Dolly references are all in the family. Thomas Newman, who composed WALL-E’s score, is the nephew of composer Lionel Newman, who was the co-composer for Hello, Dolly.

Wall E Disney GIF

Though he’s never named in the film, WALL-E’s cockroach friend is named Hal, a reference to 1920’s producer Hal Roach and the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Image result for wall-e cockroach

Legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins helped producers and designers make WALL-E look like it was filmed with an actual camera, rather than existing in some “computer space”.

Like any great Pixar film, there are Easter eggs galore! Keep an eye out for Hamm and Rex from Toy Story, Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc., the Pizza Planet truck, and many more.

Image result for wall-e pizza planet truck

The Pixar team watched Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton films during lunch every day for about a hear and a half to inspire the possibility of visual storytelling.

wall e disney GIF

WALL-E is the first Pixar film to be nominated for 6 Academy Awards.

The last piece of debris that clears away from WALL-E as he leaves Earth’s atmosphere is the Russian satellite Sputnik I, which was the first man-made object to be placed in Earth orbit.

Image result for wall-e Sputnik I

WALL-E stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter: Earth Class. EVE stands for Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator.

The name of the ship where the human race lives, Axiom, translates into something unquestionable or taken for granted.

At the end of the DVD, WALL-E fixes a broken lightbulb in Luxo with a newer energy-friendly spiral tube fluorescent light bulb.

wall-e disney GIF

WALL-E boasted near 125,000 storyboards. The average for a Pixar film is 75,000. Not very Earth-friendly, guys!

Image result for wall-e  storyboards

EVE was co-designed by Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Jonathan Ive, the man responsible for the design of Apple devices.

Wall-E GIF

EVE takes about 4 seconds to solve a scrambled Rubik’s Cube. That’s slightly better than the human record (4.9 seconds) held by Lucas Etter.

Image result for rubik's cube, wall-e

The Axiom Starship was heavily inspired by huge ocean liners, like the Disney Cruise Liner.

Image result for Disney Cruise Line

Sometimes you just need a little fun in your life! Check back every week for a new “Just Bee-cause” post, where I discuss everything from celebrity news to favorite videos and websites!

 

Leave a comment

Filed under fun facts

The Cast of Breaking Bad: Where are They Now?

Yo, bitches! Can you believe it’s been 10 years…10 YEARS…since Breaking Bad started?

Say What Breaking Bad GIF

Widely thought to be one of the best TV shows EVER, Breaking Bad starred Bryan Cranston as a chemistry teacher-turned-drug dealer and Aaron Paul as his loyal sidekick, Jesse Pinkman. Part of AMC’s amazing 2000’s era line-up (Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead), this show broke records left and right, wracking up 16 Emmy Awards, 8 Satellite Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards, 2 Critics’ Choice Awards, and so, so, so many more. By the time the series finale aired, Breaking Bad was among the most-watched cable shows on American television and in 2013 entered the Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed show of all time.

Damn Right Walter White GIF by Breaking Bad

Not surprisingly, a show with that many accolades has to have a slammin’ cast. Let’s take a look and see what Walter, Jesse and the rest of the gang has been up to since the heartbreaking and emotional finale of Breaking Bad.

breaking bad

Can’t get enough Breaking Bad? Check out 45 Fun Facts about Breaking Bad for even more awesome info about Mr. White and company!

The Cast of Breaking Bad: Where Are They Now?

Bryan Cranston
(Walter White)

Walter White Danger GIF by Breaking Bad

Cranston is one of the few actors actually born and raised in Hollywood, CA. A member of the high school chemistry club at Canoga Park High School, Cranston actually ended up earning an associate’s degree in political science from Los Angeles Valley College in 1976. A regular on TV before landing his breakout role in Breaking Bad, Cranston appeared in several other projects post-Walter White. He appeared in a handful of films, including The Lincoln Lawyer, Drive, and Argo before being cast as Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway production of All the Way. His performance earned him critical acclaim and he later won a Tony Award for the performance for Best Actor in a Play. Following his Tony win, Cranston went on to star in the Dalton Trumbo biopic, Trumbo, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. His New York Times best-selling autobiography, A Life in Parts, his shelves a year later (2016). Most recently, Cranston can be heard voicing one of the adorable dogs in Wes Anderson’s film, Isle of Dogs.

Aaron Paul
(Jesse Pinkman)

Silly Breaking Bad GIF

Prior to being cast on Breaking Bad, Paul – a former The Price is Life contestant – appeared in several music videos, TV shows, and films.  His role as Scott Quittman on HBO’s Big Love gave him the most publicity before being cast in 2008 as the lovable Jesse Pinkman. Originally Paul’s character was supposed to be killed off Breaking Bad during the first season, but his chemistry with creator Vince Gilligan and Cranston was so strong that Gilligan changed his mind (thankfully!). For his role as Jesse Pinkman, Paul was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He took home the award three times (2010, 2012, 2014). After Breaking Bad, Paul starred in the film Smashed, which was one of the official selections for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, Paul played Eddie Lane in the Hulu series, The Path, which was recently cancelled (boo!). He has two 2018 films in development and one additional project in the works as of now.

Anna Gunn
(Skylar White)

Breaking Bad Wine GIF

No stranger to New Mexico, Gunn was raised in Santa Fe, NM before attending Northwestern University, where she majored in theater. Maybe best known for her portrayal as Skylar White in Breaking Bad, Gunn has also appeared in several other well-known TV shows, including Deadwood and The Practice. After Breaking Bad, Gunn went on to star in an off-Broadway production of Sex with Strangers, directed by David Schwimmer. She starred in the 2016 film, Equity, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was billed as the first female-driven Wall Street movie. She also starred in Sully alongside Tom Hanks.

Dean Norris
(Hank Schrader)

so i never lose you again hahahaha breaking bad GIF

An Indiana native who would grow up to become his high school’s valedictorian, Norris appeared in several high-grossing films before being cast as the loveable DEA agent, Hank Schrader, in Breaking Bad. Often playing a cop or burly man of the law, Norris made his mark in Lethal Weapon 2, Total Recall, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Starship Troopers, and The Cell before being cast in Breaking Bad.  While filming Breaking Bad, Norris made a small cameo, alongside Bryan Cranston, in the beloved film Little Miss Sunshine, which was also filming in and around Albuquerque, NM. After Breaking Bad, Norris starred in the CBS series, Under the Dome, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. He also appeared in the 2015 film Sons of Liberty and the 2018 films Beirut and Death Wish.

R.J. Mitte
(Walter “Flynn” White Jr.)

Breaking Bad Bullshit GIF

This breakfast-loving actor and model was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He was delivered via emergency caesarian and was not breathing at the time of his birth, which resulted in permeant brain damage. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 3 and was fitted with leg braces to help him walk. He actually strengthened his body to the point where he didn’t need crutches to walk and he had to re-learn how to use them for his role on Breaking Bad. Before being cast as Walter’s son, Mitte had several roles as extras in various TV shows, including Hannah Montana. After his amazing role on Breaking Bad, Mitte was asked by the Screen Actor’s Guild to be the spokesman for actors with disabilities and he is currently the representative of “Inclusion in the Arts and Media of Performers with Disabilities”.  Mitte is currently producing and will star in the film Wildflowers, alongside his sister, Lacianne Carriere. He is also working as a producer on the documentary, The Kids of Widney High, about a music group composed of mentally disabled students from J.P. Widney High School in LA.

Betsy Brandt
(Marie Schrader)

Breaking Bad Crying GIF

Before being cast as the purple-loving wife of Hank Schrader, Brandt received her BFA in acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. Before moving to LA, she was very active in the local theater scene of Seattle, WA. After her role in Breaking Bad, Brandt was cast as a lead character in the ABC series, Members Only, but the series did not go forward. Her most recent projects include the TV films, FANatic and Flint, as well as the 2018 film, We the Coyotes. She can also be seen in the CBS series, Life in Pieces.

Bob Odenkirk
(Saul Goodman)

you suck breaking bad GIF

Though Odenkirk is more recently known for his portrayal of Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Jimmy McGill in the spinoff, Better Call Saul, Odenkirk has been around forever. With a resume that includes work on Mr. Show with Bob and David, SNL, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Larry Sanders Show, Odenkirk is no stranger to acting and writing. Born and raised near Naperville, IL, Odenkirk was cast as Saul Goodman after plans to have him star as Michael Scott in the US version of The Office fell through (he would later go on to make a guest-appearance on the show, anyway). After Breaking Bad, Odenkirk was offered the starring role in the BB spinoff, Better Call Saul, which takes place before the events of Breaking Bad. He’s also appeared in other successful films recently, including The Post, The Disaster Artist, The Spectacular Now, and Nebraska. He voices a character in the upcoming Pixar film, Incredibles 2, and has a 2019 film, Flarsky, currently in post-production.

Jonathan Banks
(Mike Ehrmantraut)

Breaking Bad Eye Roll GIF

Often cast as a wise guy or burly bad boy, Banks is actually a “cupcake”, according to his post Breaking Bad interview. Before starring as Saul’s go-to cleanup guy, Mike Ehrmantraut, Banks had very similar roles in 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop, and Wiseguy. After his leave of Breaking Bad, Banks had a recurring role in the NBC sitcom, Community. He would later to go on to reprise his role as Mike in Better Call Saul. Banks’ recent projects include the 2018 films The Commuter, Incredibles 2, and Redbad.

Giancarlo Esposito
(Gustavo “Gus” Fring)

breaking bad come at me bro GIF

No stranger to acting, Esposito made his Broadway debut at the age of 8 opposite the one and only Shirley Jones in the musical, Maggie Flynn. He continued acting in several TV shows and movies before being cast as the villain, Gus Fring, on Breaking Bad. After he lost his FACE in the explosive fourth season finale, Esposito went on to appear in a few TV shows, including Community, and voiced characters in video games. Most recently, Esposito has joined the DC comic universe, appearing in Son of Batman and Batman: Assult on Arkham. In 2017, he also reprised his role as Gus Fring in Better Call Saul. Currently, Esposito has two 2018 movie projects: Maze Runner: The Death Cure and The Long Home. He’s currently starring in Better Call Saul and is the narrator in the show, Dear White People. He also appeared in the “Reunion” episode of the 2018 show, Westworld.

Matt Jones
(Brandon “Badger” Mayhew)

breaking bad badger GIF

A California kid through and through, Jones got his start doing improv and was the singer/songwriter for the ska band, Faculty Four. After booking nearly 20 commercials in 2 years, Jones’ first theatrical audition was for Breaking Bad. After the show wrapped, Jones had appearances in How I met Your Mother, Reno 911!, and Community, as well as several MORE commercials. He had four appearances in The Office and was cast as a series regular in The Farm, a spinoff of The Office that was ultimately cancelled. Currently Jones has a leading role in Pig Goat Banana Cricket and Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh. He also appeared in a handful of episodes of Let’s Get Physical.

Charles Baker
(Skinny Pete)

Breaking Bad GIF

The son of an army colonel, Baker traveled all over the world by the time he was 17 years old. He attended many schools and received a vocal scholarship to attend Tarrant County College in Texas, where he studied music. An amazingly gifted musician (you can actually hear him playing in Breaking Bad), Baker was cast as Jesse Pinkman’s friend, Skinny Pete in BB. Though his character is a drug-loving skinny stoner who spent time in prison, Baker himself has never done drugs or alcohol. After BB, Baker appeared in The Blacklist and was cast in Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, in 2014.

Sometimes you just need a little fun in your life! Check back every week for a new “Just Bee-cause” post, where I discuss everything from celebrity news to favorite videos and websites!

 

Leave a comment

Filed under where are they now

21 Fun Facts about Grease

40 years later, grease is still the word.

fun facts about grease

Hey you cool cats! It’s been 40 years since Grease hit theaters and I’m here to bring you 21 jiving facts about this top-grossing movie musical…despite it’s now quite sexist and sketchy undertones…

From 116 degree dance offs to Spandex pants so tight they involved a daily sewing session, here are 21 fun facts about Grease!

21 Fun Facts about Grease

Henry Winkler turned down the part of Danny Zuko. He was first choice for the role, but Winkler felt the character was too close to The Fonz, a role he was already playing on Happy Days.

sexy happy days GIF

Both Marie Osmond and Linda Ronstadt were in consideration for playing Sandy.

Image result for linda ronstadt, 1978

When producer Allan Carr met Olivia Newton-John at a party, he was “completely smitten” with her and begged her to sign on for Sandy. She insisted on a screen test with John Travolta, who had already been cast as Danny, to make sure they had chemistry.

John Travolta Grease GIF

Not surprisingly, most of the main actors were nearly 2x the age of normal high school kids. Stockard Channing (Rizzo) was 34, Newton-John was 29, Jeff Conaway (Kenickie) was 27, and Travolta was 24. Jamie Donnelly (Jan) was 30 and had to color her hair nearly every day because her premature greys were peeking through her dark black hair.

Oh Yeah Flirting GIF

Conaway’s hickey’s on Channing’s neck were real. He wanted them to be authentic.

Stockard Channing Grease GIF

Conaway was also so infatuated with Newton-John that he got tongue-tied whenever she was around. He later married her sister, Rona.

Image result for jeff conaway, rona

Travolta’s two conditions for taking on the role of Danny were he wanted to sing “Greased Lightnin’”, even though it’s technically Kenickie’s song to sing, and he wanted “blue black hair like Elvis Presley.”

Greased Lightning Grease GIF by Paramount Movies

Travolta actually played the role of Doody more than 100 times in Grease on Broadway.

Image result for grease, broadway, john travolta

Travolta wasn’t the only one to transition from stage to screen. Jeff Conaway played Danny on Broadway, Barry Pearl played Sonny on Broadway (Doody in the movie), and Jamie Donnelly also played Jan on Broadway.

Image result for grease, broadway, jeff conaway

The “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” scene was shot the day Elvis died, August 16, 1977. What makes this extra creepy is the Elvis-themed line in the song: “Elvis, Elvis, let me be! Keep that pelvis far from me!”

stockard channing grease GIF

Elvis was actually offered the role of the Teen Angel, but refused. Frankie Avalon took the part instead.

Image result for grease, teen angel

Newton-John had to be sewn into those sexy Spandex pants. It was 106 degrees on the set for that carnival finale seen. Woof.

John Travolta Grease GIF

During the movie shoot, the cast reportedly chewed 100,000 pieces of bubble gum.

sitting randal kleiser GIF

Grease only cost $6 million to make, but has taken in more than $400 million internationally, making it one of the highest-grossing movie musicals of all time.

John Travolta Grease GIF

Grease 2 was given double the budget of the first film, but only earned $15 million at the box office, basically breaking even.

Betty Rizzo Grease GIF

John Travolta’s sister, Ellen Travolta, plays a diner waitress with a single line: “Oh, there’s Danny and Sandy!” while watching the dance on TV.

Image result for ellen travolta

Rydell High was actually made up of 3 different LA high schools. The façade is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School, and the field is John Marshall High School.

Image result for Huntington Park High School, grease

Grease won every People’s Choice Award for which it was nominated: Favorite Motion Picture Actress (Newton-John), Favorite Motion Picture Supporting Actress (Channing), Favorite Musical Motion Picture and Favorite Overall Motion Picture.

Burger Grease GIF

The romantic ballad, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” was nominated for an Academy Award, however it almost wasn’t in the movie. It was written after filming had wrapped because producers felt Sandy needed a ballad.

olivia newton-john grease GIF

The awesome dance contest scene took a week to shoot in a gymnasium that was about 116 degrees during filming. Several extras suffered heat-related illness.

John Travolta Love GIF

Conaway injured his back while filming “Greased Lightning”. Fellow cast members accidentally dropped him while dancing on top of a car. The injury eventually ignited his pain killer addiction, which led to his death in 2011.

Image result for jeff conaway

Sometimes you just need a little fun in your life! Check back every week for a new “Just Bee-cause” post, where I discuss everything from celebrity news to favorite videos and websites!

 

Leave a comment

Filed under fun facts

16 Fun Facts about John Candy

It’s hard not to have a sweet spot for John Candy.

john candy lol GIF

Commonly known as one of the nicest guys in showbiz, John Candy was a powerhouse comedian, starring in some of the most classic films of the 1980s and 90s. I’m talkin’ Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Space Balls, Home Alone, Uncle Buck, and several more.

A big man with a big personality and an even bigger heart, Candy was a loyal, generous and caring friend…paling around with such goofs as Eugene Levy, Bill Murray, Catherine O’Hara, and of course, John Hughes.

john candy

While working on Wagons East in 1994, Candy suffered a fatal heart attack in his sleep. His death was a major loss to the world, and we were robbed of so much light and laughter the night he died.

I simply adore Candy’s movies and I wish his life wasn’t cut so short (he was only 43 when he died). Not surprisingly, Candy was a somewhat quiet man, but could easily light up any room he entered. Every time I watch a John Candy movie, I’m instantly in a better mood and it sucks to think of all the stuff that will just never be :(…

…but we can all relish in what once was with these 16 Fun Facts about John Candy!

16 Fun Facts about John Candy

Not surprisingly, John Candy was thought to be one of the nicest guys in showbiz.

John Candy 80S Movies GIF

Part of Candy’s “trademark”, so to speak, was his size. A big guy for most of his life, Candy usually weighed between 275 and 300 pounds for the vast majority of his life.

Image result for john candy

Director John Hughes had a sweet tooth for Candy (hahahaha). In fact, Candy appeared in more Hughes’ films than any other actor, including Uncle Buck, Home Alone, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and The Great Outdoors.

Image result for john candy, john hughes

Candy was part-owner of the CFL team, The Toronto Argonauts, alongside Wayne Gretzky and Bruce Mcnall.

Image result for The Toronto Argonauts, john candy

He would often turn down roles if he thought one of his friends would be better in it. He said no to both Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Ghostbusters because he thought his friend, Rick Moranis, would be a better fit.

Image result for john candy, rick moranis

Despite his amazing sense of humor, Candy was never a member of Saturday Night Live, though he was offered the option to join several times. Candy was a member of the Canadian comedy show, SCTV and didn’t want to appear disloyal to his cast mates.

Image result for john candy, SCTV

He was however a member of the Chicago-based comedy troupe, Second City, alongside Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy, Bill Murray and Rick Moranis.

Image result for john candy, second city

Longtime friend Catherine O’Hara delivered a eulogy at his funeral.

Image result for john candy funeral

After Candy’s passing, Steve Martin – who appeared alongside Candy in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – moved in with Candy’s family to comfort them during their mourning. That’s true friendship right there.

steve martin bedtime GIF

Like many before and after him, Candy sensed bad fortune before his death. Before flying to Mexico to start work on Wagons East, Candy called a close friend saying he didn’t want to go due to a strong feeling that something bad was going to happen. He died in his sleep of a heart attack just days later.

Image result for john candy wagons east

In 2006 Candy was pictured on one of four 51-cent Canadian commemorative postage stamps honoring “Canadians in Hollywood”.

Image result for john candy stamp

Candy also launched his own radio show in 1989. The show appeared on Los Angeles station KNX-FM and was called Radio Kandy. The two-hour show featured Second City comedians, as well as musical guests.

Image result for radio kandy, john candy

According to one chef who tried to do the math, in order to make the huge pancakes that Candy made in his beloved film, Uncle Buck, you’ll need: 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 2 cups milk, 9 medium eggs, 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter, and about 1 tablespoon vegetable oil…PER PANCAKE.

Macaulay Culkin 80S GIF

Candy’s kids, Chris and Jen, have said their favorite character their dad has played was half of the Schmenge brothers (alongside Eugene Levy).

Candy’s kids also look just like him…I mean JUST like him.

Candy’s final meal was a late lasagna dinner.

mel brooks dancing GIF by IFC

Sometimes you just need a little fun in your life! Check back every week for a new “Just Bee-cause” post, where I discuss everything from celebrity news to favorite videos and websites!

 

Leave a comment

Filed under fun facts

32 Fun Facts about Sex and the City

Are you a Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte or Miranda? Whether you’re a die-hard fan of this classic HBO rom-com or you’re just coming into the TV series because of the recent (and less classic) feature films, there’s no denying that Sex and the City has serious style.

sex and the city

Filled with fabulous fashion, delicious brunches, and actually pretty helpful – albeit strange – sex advice, Sex and the City was a love letter to New York and its people. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall, SATC was based on a book of the same name, written by columnist Candace Bushnell.

It ran for six seasons (1998 – 2004) and was nominated for a slew of awards and accolades. If you were lucky enough as a little girl to have HBO growing up, there’s no denying you saw at least some of these episodes at a sleepover or after your parents fell asleep, ami right?

sex and the city eyebrow GIF

I, however, was not lucky enough to have HBO, so I was a late fan of SATC…but I have seen all the episodes (and the movies – meh) and I genuinely love how they make no apologizes for being a serious guilty pleasure.

This summer (June 6th to be exact), Sex and the City will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first episode. If you loved Carrie’s witty love advice, her loooong list of romantic suitors (and recognizing them in other things – I’m looking at you, John Slattery), or her amazing sense of fashion, you’re going to love these 32 Fun Facts about Sex and the City!

Sex And The City Gossip GIF

32 Fun Facts about Sex and the City

Sex and the City is based on a weekly column that appeared in The Observer. Writer Candace Bushnell created Carrie Bradshaw as her alter ego when she published the book, Sex and the City, which is a compilation of her columns.

Image result for candace bushnell

Though Carrie Bradshaw “knows good sex”, she was the only girl with a clause in her contract stating she would never appear nude on screen.

Mr. Big was inspired by Bushnell’s ex and former magazine executive, Ron Galotti.

Image result for Ron Galotti

Show creator Darren Star only paid Bushnell $60,000 for the rights to her columns.

Confused Sex And The City GIF

In 2012, the apartment where Carrie Bradshaw “lived” sold for $9.65 million.

Image result for carrie bradshaw's apartment

The famous tutu Sarah Jessica Parker wears in the opening credits of the show cost a whopping $5.00 and was plucked out of a bargain bin. It now hangs framed in Micheal Patrick King’s office.

Sex And The City Ugh GIF

Kim Cattrall turned down the role of Samantha twice before finally being convinced to take the part.

Sex And The City Girl Please GIF

Before working on SATC, Darren Star also worked on Beverly Hills, 90210 (the O.G.) and Melrose Place.

Image result for Darren Star

Natasha, Mr. Big’s wife, was almost always shown wearing white. That was to specifically convey that her personality was very “vanilla”.

Image result for Natasha, Mr. Big’s wife

After Carrie and Miranda share a cupcake outside Magnolia Bakery, the small cupcakery had to hire bouncers to control the daily crowds that would swamp them with orders day after day.

Image result for magnolia bakery, sex and the city

Not surprisingly, all the cocktails were fake. The famous Cosmos were just water and food coloring and the wine was either ginger ale or grape juice.

Sex And The City Drinking GIF

Mr. Big’s real name was never revealed throughout the entire TV series. Carrie never called Mr. Big “Big” to his face…actually she never called him anything! It wasn’t until the first SATC movie was released that it was revealed that his name was John.

Sex And The City GIF

Sarah Jessica Parker got to keep about 70% of the clothes she wore on the show. This one was one of my fave’s!

Sex And The City Things GIF

None of the four main girls in SATC repeated an outfit throughout the entire duration of the show…that is except that fur jacket in the last scene, which also appeared in the very first episode.

Image result for fur jacket, sex and the city

SATC was the first cable series to win the Emmy for Best Comedy Series.

Image result for sex and the city emmy

The most expensive dress Carrie wore was the Atelier Versace Couture ‘Mille Feuille’ gown, which she wore when she was in Paris awaiting her date with Aleksandr Petrovsky. The dress cost $80,000.

Image result for Atelier Versace Couture ‘Mille Feuille’ gown

Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) does not have pierced ears. She wore clip-on earrings for almost every episode.

Carrie’s address, 245 East 73rd Street, is fake and does not exist. Actually every address given for any of the women is fake. There is, however, a tour you can take to see all the filming locations.

Sex And The City What GIF

Kristen Davis (Charlotte York) was the only actress of the main four not to win a solo award for her performance on SATC.

Disgusted Sex And The City GIF

Matthew McConaughey’s role in the episode, “Escape from New York”, was originally written for Alec Baldwin…but he turned it down…as did George Clooney and Warren Beatty. McConaughey was next on the list.

Image result for matthew mcconaughey sex and the city

Alec Baldwin was also the first choice for Mr. Big.

A lot of the artwork in Aleksandr Petrovsky’s home actually belonged to the actor who played him, Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Baryshnikov is actually a ballet legend and has been dubbed the one of the greatest ballet dancers in history.

Image result for Mikhail Baryshnikov

SATC won 7 of its 54 Emmy nominations, 8 of its 24 Golden Globe nominations and 3 of its 11 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Sex And The City Squad GIF by CraveTV

The young red-headed boy who plays Brady in the TV series is the same boy who ended up playing Brady in the SATC film.

Image result for brady, sex and the city

All the ladies lobbied for more diversity on the show, no one more than SJP herself.

Sex And The City Wink GIF

When Carrie bumps into Aidan carrying his baby in season 6, the baby was actually Parker’s child.

Image result for Carrie bumps into Aidan, sex and the city

At the beginning of Charlotte’s wedding to Trey, a Scottish funeral dirge is played. This is to symbolize Charlotte entering a bad marriage.

Image result for charlotte marries trey

In 2001, SJP became an executive producer of the show, bumping up her paycheck to $3 million an episode.

Oh My God Omg GIF

Did you hate that Bradshaw and Mr. Big ended up together at the end? Well, maybe you can get some comfort in the fact that even Bushnell admits that Carrie and Big wouldn’t have ended up together in real life. As a matter of fact, they weren’t supposed to on the show, either…but fickle romance got in the way…

mr big youre the one GIF

Carrie asks 92 questions in her columns throughout the series. Her final question appears in the third to last episode of the series when she moves to Paris. In this episode, she asks, “is it time to stop questioning?” The final two episodes are void of any questions.

The final episode of the series didn’t finish filming until four days before it was scheduled to air.

Image result for sex and the city, final episode

Sometimes you just need a little fun in your life! Check back every week for a new “Just Bee-cause” post, where I discuss everything from celebrity news to favorite videos and websites!

Leave a comment

Filed under fun facts

22 Fun Facts about Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay. You either love him or you hate him.

gordon ramsay GIF

The host of Hotel Hell, Kitchen Nightmares, and Hell’s Kitchen, as well as the chef behind more than 20 restaurants, Ramsay has been labeled one of the wealthiest celebrity chefs in the world today.

fun-facts-about-gordon-ramsay

Often known for his fiery temper and hilarious insults,

Angry James Corden GIF by The Late Late Show with James Corden

Ramsay has been in the public eye for more than 20 years now, cooking his way to the top – and earning 14 Michelin stars along the way. He delights, he entertains, and he’s not scared to call people out on their B.S.

As a lover of food and just eating in general, I LOVE Gordon Ramsay. Sure, his shows are a bit over the top, but honestly he’s just entertaining to watch. I mean, imagine watching Kitchen Nightmares and taking a drink every time he does his signature face rub:

Gordon Ramsay Cooking GIF by Hell's Kitchen

Actually, I can tell you from experience, this is not a fun game.

Regardless of how you feel about the Ram-man, you can’t deny this guy’s got skills. Here are 22 legit and impressive facts about the one and only Gordon Ramsay.

22 Fun Facts about Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay has a mobile game called “Gordon Ramsay Dash” that allows you to build your own restaurant empire. If you make a mistake, you might even hear him yell a famous insult at you!

Ramsay and his wife, Tana, have a foundation (The Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation) that partners with a UK children’s hospital to raise money for thousands of patients.

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling

By the time he was 27, Ramsay became the head chef of a restaurant in England called Aubergine, where he led the restaurant to earn two Michelin stars in three years.

Image result for Aubergine restaurant, gordon ramsay

He thinks the five things everyone should know how to cook are burgers, poached eggs, beef short ribs, sautéed chicken, and brownies.

Image result for gordon ramsay, burger

Ramsay’s biggest food allergies are to these three four words: “gluten free”, “paleo”, and “vegan”.

Come On C'Mon GIF by Masterchef

If he could cook dinner for one celebrity, it would be Hillary Clinton. He’d make something authentic and rich, like braised short rib doused with red wine. Um, I’d like in on that dinner, please…

Gordon Ramsay Yes GIF by Masterchef

The only person that has made Ramsay cry in the kitchen was his daughter, Matilda. But don’t worry, they were tears of pride!

Image result for gordon ramsay, matilda

The chef Ramsay looks up to is Michael Voltaggio of ink.well.

Image result for michael voltaggio

The one culinary trend he wishes would die a slow and painful death?…FOAMS.

Gordon Ramsay Smh GIF by Fox TV

His favorite midnight snack is grilled Sourdough bread, topped with baked beans, Chili flakes, garlic, Tabasco sauce, and a duck egg. That’s quite the effort there, Ramsay!

Delicious Gordon Ramsay GIF by Masterchef

Before becoming a chef, Ramsay actually wanted to be a professional soccer player. He was chosen to play for the under 14 team for Warwickshire at age 12 and wanted to continue playing, but had to stop due to injuries.

Image result for gordon ramsay, soccer

He was fired from his first job at Wickham Arms for having an affair with the owner’s wife…ooooooooh daaaammmnn…

Angry Gordon Ramsay GIF by Hell's Kitchen

Between all his restaurants (about 30 world-wide), Ramsay has 14 Michelin stars to his name.

ufc 205 hello GIF

No matter where he is in the world, if Ramsay sees beef Wellington on the menu, he orders it.

Image result for beef wellington

Ramsay is a black belt in karate.

Gordon Ramsay GIF

He’s been asking Bobby Flay to compete against him on Iron Chef for several years now.  Flay refuses to sign the contract…hmm, wonder why…

gordon ramsay GIF by Hell's Kitchen

Ramsay does not watch his own TV shows out of fear of watching himself screw up or say something stupid. “I’d rather watch Deadliest Catch or go out for dinner,” he said.

Gordon Ramsay Cooking GIF by Masterchef

If he was granted a last meal, it would be a pan-fried sea bass with a light sorrel sauce (a cream sauce with sorrel or spinach, white wine, shallots and lime juice).

Gordon Ramsay Internet GIF

Not surprisingly, he’s one of the wealthiest celebrity chefs in the world, ranking in about $60 million a year according to Forbes magazine.

foxbroadcasting GIF by Hell's Kitchen

Ramsay is fluent in French.

Image result for gordon ramsay, french

He also studied hotel management in college…NOOOOW Hotel Hell makes so much more sense to me!

gordon ramsay bath GIF by Fox TV

His favorite guilty pleasure is In-N-Out Burger. He’s even brought a Double Double into first class flights if he’s heading back to England.

Image result for double double in n out

Sometimes you just need a little fun in your life! Check back every week for a new “Just Bee-cause” post, where I discuss everything from celebrity news to favorite videos and websites!

Leave a comment

Filed under fun facts