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53 Facts You Should Know: MOVIE EDITION

The movie industry literally titillates with wonderful fun facts about production, budget, casting and more.  If you love movies and weird random factoids, check out this collection of 53 Fun Facts You Should Know:  MOVIE EDITION!

Also, check out the collection of book facts here:  25 Fun Facts You Should Know:  BOOK EDITION

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53 Facts You Should Know:  MOVIE EDITION

First movie to be released on DVD:  Twister (1996)

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First movie made in color:  Cupid Angling (1918), though some of the first movies made in Technicolor include The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Gone with the Wind (1939).

When the movie Clue was shown in theaters in 1985, each theater was given 1 of 3 possible endings.

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The film Saving Private Ryan (1998) was so realistic, it triggered PTSD in some WW2 veterans.

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First movie to be released on VHS:  The Young Teacher (1976)

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More than 90% of American movies made before 1929 are lost.  No copies are known to exist.

The first animated film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture was Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991).  It lost to The Silence of the Lambs.

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The script for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) took just 6 days to write.

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Will Smith, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, and Leonardo DiCaprio were all offered the part of Neo in The Matrix (1999) before Keanu Reeves.
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In the original Psycho (1960), chocolate syrup was used to show the blood in the shower scene.

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Talk about an epic movie hop…in October 1994, Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, and The Shawshank Redemption were all in theaters at the same time.

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The man who inspired the 2004 Tom Hanks movie, The Terminal, spent 18 years living at the departure lounge of Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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Movie with the most Oscar nominations:  Titanic (1997) and La La Land (2016) are tied with 17 nominations each.  Titanic won 11 awards, while La La Land only won 6.

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When adjusted for inflation, Gone with the Wind (1939) is the highest grossing movie of all time.

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Sandra Bullock won her Oscar for The Blind Side (2010) and a Golden Raspberry for Worst Film for All About Steve in the same weekend.  She collected them both.

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Movie with the most Oscar wins:  Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) are all tied with 11 Oscar wins.

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In the US, movie theater popcorn costs more per ounce than a filet mignon.

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Despite smoking in numerous films, Clint Eastwood has never smoked habitually.

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The word “mafia” is never mentioned in the film version of The Godfather (1972) because the actual mafia demanded it that way.

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When Charlie Chaplin received his honorary Oscar in 1972, he got a 12-minute standing ovation, the longest in Oscar history.

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More than 500 girls have been named Hermione since the first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001.

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Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) has the highest body count of any movie ever made with 836 on-screen deaths.

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There’s a Starbucks coffee cup in every scene of Fight Club (1999).

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The film Rocky (1976) was shot in 28 days.

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From Dr. No (1963) to Quantum of Solace (2008), James Bond has killed about 352 people and slept with 52 women.

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There’s a hotline filmmakers can call for science advice with the goal of helping filmmakers incorporate accurate science into their films.

The movie Titanic (1997) cost more to make than the actual ship cost to build.

It also won 11 Oscars, but none for acting.

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Actor with the most movie roles:  Christopher Lee with 276 credited roles/appearances

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The parody national anthem of Kazakhstan from the movie Borat (2006) was accidentally downloaded and played in 2012 for a Kazakh gold medalist.

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Joe Ranft, co-writer and co-director on the Pixar film Cars (2006), died in a car accident while the movie was still in production.

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Leonardo DiCaprio improvised the line, “I’m king of the world!” in the film, Titanic (1997).

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Actor John Hurt holds the record for dying in more than 40 different movies.

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Morgan Freeman didn’t appear in a movie until age 34 and didn’t get a big role until he was 52 with Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Glory (1989).
And now…
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Men account for 74% of lead roles in Hollywood movies.

However, in the 1920’s and 1930’s, women dominated the screenwriting profession in Hollywood movies.

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) has the longest car chase in movie history, at 40 minutes long.  It wrecked and destroyed 93 cars in the process.

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Charlie Chaplin’s daughter played Charlie Chaplin’s mother in the 1992 biopic, Chaplin.

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India’s movie industry, Bollywood, is the largest in the world – producing more than 800 movies a year.  Hollywood only produces half of this number a year.

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Last movie to be released on VHS:  A History of Violence (2006)

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A 2-hour movie, plus 5 minutes of previews, uses 2.1 miles of 35mm film.

Best-selling DVD of all time:  Frozen (2014)

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According to a study on Academy Award speeches, Steven Spielberg has been thanked more times than God.

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The first ever 3D movie was The Power of Love, a silent film released in 1922.

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The stunt doubles for Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy in the movie Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) fell in love on set and got married.

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There is statistical evidence that the number of archaeology students increased after the release of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

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Liam Neeson declined the role of James Bond in 1994 because he “wasn’t interested in starring in action movies.”

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Apollo 13 (1970), Armageddon (1998), and Around the World in 80 Days (1956) are a few movies NASA keeps aboard the International Space Station.

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The movie Paranormal Activity (2009) cost less than $15,000 to make but grossed more than $193,000,000.

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Best-selling VHS of all time:  The Lion King (1994)

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Samuel L. Jackson has said “motherfucker” more than 170 times in 27 different movies.

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Actor Sean Bean has died in 32% of the movies he’s made…the highest percentage of any living actor of note.

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Most expensive movie ever made:  Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), with a budget of $378.5 million.  You could buy a lot of rum with that dough…

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34 Fun Facts About The Office

The Office is one of the first shows I remember watching religiously when it was on TV.  Every Thursday night, I’d make dinner, turn my phone on silent, and tune into NBC to catch The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Outsourced (remember that one!?).

After the seasons came out on DVD, I bought them all (Black Friday Deal!) and I’ve easily watched the series a good three or four times now.  I still laugh at the stapler in the Jell-O…still cry when Jim and Pam get married…and my heart still breaks for Dwight after he kills Angela’s cat.

The thing I loved the most about The Office was that the characters were real…they were relatable and flawed.  I loved Michael Scott because I had a boss just like him.  I had friends who had a relationship very similar to Jim and Pam…and of course, every office has at least one Creed!

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The actors on the show were so invested in its success that several went on to be writers, directors, and producers for later Office episodes…and if you follow the cast on Instagram or Twitter, you can tell how much they STILL love each other (can we just talk about the fact that Jenna Fisher and Angela Kinsey are real-life BFF’s and Jenna still wears the ring that Jim got for Pam!!  OMG WITH THIS, YOU GUYS!!).

If you miss the Dunder Mifflin crew as much as I do, here are 34 Fun Facts about The Office that will make you feel all the warm fuzzies!

 

34 Fun Facts About The Office

Though Ricky Gervais made fun of the American version of The Office time and time again, he and fellow The Office UK creator Stephen Merchant actually helped creator Greg Daniels write the pilot of the American version.  Gervais also played one of the people interviewing for Michael Scott’s job after Michael leaves.

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The initial team of writers for The Office included four cast members:  Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor), B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard), Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson), Mike Schur (Dwight’s cousin, Mose) and Greg Daniels.

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Mindy Kaling was hired on for The Office after Greg Daniels saw her perform her two-woman show, Matt & Ben (about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck) with her roommate.  You can read all about this amazing experience in Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?.

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Mindy’s roommate, Brenda Withers, actually made a cameo in the “Booze Cruise” episode as corporate representative, Brenda Matlowe.

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Producers originally wanted John Krasinski to read for Dwight…but Krasinski felt Jim Halpert was a better fit for him.  He turned down the option to read for Dwight and told producers, “If you can’t find a Jim, I’ll come in and read for that.”  THANK GOD!

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YOU GUYS – When Krasinski got the part of Jim, the first thing he asked was if Jenna Fisher got the part of Pam.  When Fisher got the part of Pam, the first thing she asked was if Krazinski got the part of Jim.  MY HEART!!

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Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad) actually auditioned for the part of Michael Scott.  He was originally cast, but was obviously beat out by Steve Carell when Carell’s other project fell apart, but Odenkirk would make a guest appearance later on in season 9 as the “Michael Scott” of the office where Pam interviews.

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Krasinski and Novak played little league together as kids and also knew each other in high school.

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Ed Helms (Andy Bernard) and Brian Baumgartner (Kevin Malone) also attended high school together in Georgia.

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Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Lapin-Vance) was actually working as a casting associate on the show and would read lines with actors.  At one point, producers asked her to do some more reading and she had no idea she was actually auditioning for the part that was created specifically for her.

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Creed Bratton’s name is actually Creed Bratton IRL.  He was also a musician in the band, The Grass Roots.

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Steve Carell has written two episodes of The Office: “Casino Night” and “Survivor Man”.

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Carell actually won a Writer’s Guild of America Award for “Casino Night” (also known as the one where Pam and Jim kiss!).

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Michael Scott’s kiss with Oscar in “Gay Witch Hunt” was actually improvised by Carell.  The shocked faces of the cast were real reactions.

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Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin) was working at 1-800-DENTIST when she was cast on the show.  Anything is possible, you guys!

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Not only are Fisher and Martin BFF’s in real life and have Target shopping dates together, Fisher is also godmother of Kinsey’s daughter, Isabel.

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Paul Giamatti was NBC’s first choice to play Michael Scott; he turned down the role.  Good thing, or else we wouldn’t have this magical moment:

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The paper that is highlighted during the opening credits of The Office is actually a Los Angeles Department of City Planning document.

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After season 1 of The Office, reviews were mixed and the show was facing cancellation.  It was Carell’s film, The 40-Year-Old Virgin that shot Carell into stardom and ended up saving the show.

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Jenna Fisher was really pregnant during Pam’s pregnancy story line.

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In the episode “The Launch Party”, Krasinski accidentally signs his real name on Meredith’s pelvic cast instead of Jim’s.

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Although Dunder Mifflin is a fictitious company, it is recognized by the Scranton Chamber of Commerce because of all the tourism it has given to the city.  Quill.com also sells Dunder Mifflin-branded paper.

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Steve Carell’s real-life wife, Nancy Walls, guest-starred on The Office as Michael’s realtor, Carol Stills.

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In the episode, “Basketball”, Daryl mentioned that the winner of the basketball game gets “dinner at Farley’s”.  Farley’s was an actual restaurant in Scranton and had a Michael Scott burger on their menu.

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The Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin is located at 1725 Slough Avenue.  That’s not a real street in Scranton, PA, though it is a reference to the UK version of the show, which takes place in Slough, England.  CLEVER!

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The computers on set really worked.  Cast members would surf the web and play games during filming, which helped the cast feel like they were in a real office.

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Originally, Parks and Recreation was supposed to be a spin-off of The Office, with Rashida Jones’ character, Karen, bridging the gap between the two shows.  That idea was ultimately scrapped.

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The character of Jim Halpert was also originally supposed to be played by Adam Scott, who would go on to star in Parks and Recreation as Ben Wyatt.  Amy Pohler was also set to play Jan Levenson-Gould before she was cast as Leslie Knope on P&R.  #JimFace

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The opening shots of Scranton in The Office credits were actually shot by John Krasinski.  He visited Scranton for research after landing the part of Jim and filmed various areas around town, as well as interviewed people who worked at paper companies.

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Pam’s lactation consultant after she gives birth in “The Delivery” is actually Fisher’s real-life husband, Lee Kirk.

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Krasinski, Kaling, and Ellie Kemper (Erin) were all previously interns at Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

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Fischer has never revealed what Steve Carell whispered to her during Pam and Michael’s airport farewell, but the sentiments they shared were real, as Fischer was told to just “say goodbye to Steve”.

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Amy Adams was a relatively unknown actress when she played the purse girl in “Hot Girl”.

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Steve Carell’s return in the series finale was kept a secret from network executives to avoid any possibility of spoilers.

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Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something – Part 2

The sole reason I love Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is Gildroy Lockhart.  He’s one of my favorite Harry Potter characters…you guys, I even got his card in my chocolate frog from Harry Potter World…this is not a joke.

So I was super pumped to dive back into Chamber of Secrets…and, per usual, Lockhart did not disappoint!

And since my random thoughts about Sorcerer’s Stone was so well-received (thanks, guys!!), I decided to continue tracking my thoughts of randomness as I dived into Chamber of Secrets.  If you missed Part 1, be sure to check out my article on thoughts I’ve had reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Now, without further ado…

Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something

Part 2:  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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I wonder if Dudley ever got his pink tail removed…oh to be a fly on the wall during that examination…

How do Quidditch players practice Quiddich outside of school?

There is such beauty in the words used to describe the Dursley’s.

Dobby is like the Jar-Jar Binks of Harry Potter.  Yes, yes he is.
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Does the Weasley house look different to Muggles?  Cuz if I came across this house on a jog…I’d have some questions…

But I have to say…the first visit to the Burrow makes me wanna be a Weasley…

WHY WAS THIS DEGNOMING SCENE NOT IN THE MOVIE?

“Arthur Weasley, you made sure there was a loophole when you wrote that law…just so you could carry on tinkering with all that Muggle rubbish in your shed!”  Seems the Wizarding World is just as corrupt as the Muggle world!
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GILDROY LOCKHART!

What did Hermione do on the train when Harry and Ron were flying the car to Hogwarts?  Did she go compartment to compartment looking for them?

So what exactly happens when you ignore a Howler?
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“Why,” demanded Ron, seizing her timetable, “have you outlined all Lockhart’s lessons in little hearts?”
I still love this line and chuckle every time I read it.

Can we just stop for a minute and really consider how terrifying mandrakes are?  Like, really…
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So there’s no amazing spell that Hermione can do to fix Ron’s wand?  Nothing?  Could he at least pull a Hagrid and put the pieces of his wand into a cane or an umbrella or something?

So how do families with non-wizard blood, like Hermione’s for example, know about Hogwarts?  How did she know her letter from Hogwarts wasn’t just junk mail?

I wonder what else Hagrid has used his Engorgement charm on…
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“What’s that funny clicking noise?” called Fred, as they hurtled around the corner.
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So food appears out of nowhere in the Great Hall…but they still need Filch to clean and polish everything?  I mean, even Molly Weasley has cleaning spells in her house!
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I wanna go to a Death Day Party!

HOW DID GILDROY LOCKHART GET THIS JOB?

So Harry finds out he’s a Parselmouth and all the professors are just gonna let this go?  No one’s gonna say anything?  No?  OK, moving on…

Oh the innuendos in this book…
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So what are the rules with this Polyjuice potion?  How much of you REALLY changes?  Like, if Hermione wanted to turn into Harry, would she grow a penis?  And if she did, would she be able to…use it?  Would she have sperm?  Could she get someone pregnant?  Also, how much do you need for a full transformation?  What’s the equivalent of “1 cup” in the Wizarding World?  A goblet?  A toadstool?  A pically?  A flibbityjibbit?  Though, they are British so they probably use the metric system…ugh so many questions!

FURTHERMORE, since Harry and Ron had Crabbe and Goyle’s voice when they changed, wouldn’t Hermione have the voice of a cat after her transformation?
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Also, these kids had a MONTH to brew this potion…it never occurred to them to MAYBE investigate where the Slytherin common room was ahead of time?

“The moment their acne clears up, they’ll be ready for repotting again,” Harry heard her telling Filch kindly one afternoon.  “And after that, it won’t be long until we’re cutting them up and stewing them.”
But seriously…these mandrakes!  Messed. Up.

ARAGOG – AND THIS ENTIRE SCENE – IS LITERALLY THE WORST.
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How did NO ONE see the basilisk just slithering around the hallways of Hogwarts?  I know it moved around in the pipes…but it attacked people IN THE HALLWAYS OF THE SCHOOL.  How does this happen??

So…clearly these professors knew about the Chamber of Secrets – therefore knew about the basilisk – so why not just fill the school with roosters since their call is deadly to the snake?

OK, I know it’s revealed later that Percy was just making out with a girl, but can we talk about the phrasing here?  I mean…this certainly implies he was by himself…stroking his wand or whatever euphemism they have for masturbating in the Wizarding World:
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OOOOH SO THE FACE IN THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS IS SALAZAR SLYTHERIN’S FACE!!!  Don’t know how I missed that the first go-around.

“It’s our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Smartest quote in this book.

 

 

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18 Fun Facts About Arrested Development

This is Michael Bluth.

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As the brains behind his dysfunctional family, Michael is tasked with keeping his mother from spending all the family money, keeping his dad in (or out) of jail, and preventing his sister and two brothers from completely destroying everything the family has built.

Besides dealing with the failing family business, Michael – a recent widower – is also raising a son by the name of George Michael.  Together, they navigate their way through the maze of insanity the Bluth family has created…and so begins Fox’s Arrested Development.

A cult classic in every way, shape, and form, Arrested Development was a beacon in the realm of amazing TV writing and producing.  Starring Jessica Walter, Michael Cera, Ron Howard, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambour, and many more, Arrested Development was cancelled after just three seasons.  After backlash from fans, showrunners decided to release a fourth season exclusively on Netflix (which was OK) and the crew is looking to continue with season five in the near future.

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The thing I love the most about AD is that I catch new things every time I watch it.  Subtle jokes, hilarious gags and simple word play easily make this one of the best-written shows I’ve ever seen…and I continue to find little gems even after watching seasons 1-3 a good handful of times.

I’m sure I’m not alone in finding new things every time I watch this show, as that was intended when the show was in production.  Showrunners wanted a sitcom that encouraged rewatching and boy did they deliver!  And for all you never-nudes, banana grabbers, and Bluth-lovers out there, here are 18 more Fun Facts About Arrested Development!

 

18 Fun Facts About Arrested Development

Ron Howard is to thank for the unique shooting concept of Arrested Development.  He wanted a sitcom that had the documentary style of reality TV, but with a sharp script riddled with clever jokes and gags.

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His voice as the narrator was also an accident.  He was filling in for the narrator part when filming the pilot, but his voice just “worked”…and he was cast.

Part of the “riches to rags” storyline of the Bluth family was inspired by the Enron scandal.

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Originally George Sr. was only supposed to appear in the pilot.  He was supposed to be locked up and be out of the show, which urged producers to go after big-name celebrities to play the part…namely Robert DeNiro.  However, Jeffrey Tambor was ultimately cast and the crew liked him so much that they bumped him up to a series regular.

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Comedians Andy Kindler and Rainn Wilson were both up for the part of GOB Bluth before Will Arnett was cast.

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Producers were having a hard time casting the part of Lucille 2…when Howard asked his childhood babysitter, Liza Minelli, to do it, she agreed.

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David Cross (Tobias Funke) was originally offered the role of Buster Bluth, which he turned down because he preferred the role of Tobias.  Tobias was also supposed to be a minor character, but audiences loved him so much that he was promoted to the regular cast.

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The real life inspiration for the frozen banana stand was a chocolate chip cookie business that showrunner Mitch Hurwitz and his brother Michael started in 1976.  They renovated a former taco stand on Newport Beach, CA…where Arrested Development takes place.

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While the cut-offs may be a bit of a stretch, Tobias’s fear of being naked is a real thing…it’s called gymnophobia.

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The hip hop group of the same named used Arrested Development producers over “confusion of brand dilution”.  The case settled out of court and was later referenced in the episode “Motherboy XXX” where the narrator explains the Motherboy show was “legally required to make a distinction” from the band of the same name.

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Ricky Gervais, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Christopher Walken all wanted to be on the show, but Arrested Development was canceled before producers could find roles for them.

Alia Shawkat’s (Maeby Funke) first kiss was on-screen with co-star, Michael Cera (George Michael Bluth).

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As a Canadian, Cera had issues getting a work visa to shoot the pilot.  As a backup, producers brought in Michael Angarano to play George Michael if Cera’s complications couldn’t be worked out in time.

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Every character on the show has a different impression of what a chicken sounds and looks like.

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Whenever GOB approaches someone on his Segway, he always segues the conversation to what he wants to talk about.

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There are SEVERAL clues throughout the series that Buster would lose his hand to a seal.

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When GOB hastily marries a seal seller, the roll of his new bride was played by his then-wife, Amy Poehler.  Jason Bateman’s (Michael Bluth) sister also played Michael’s possible sister, Nellie.

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Recurring Fox 6 anchorman John Beard is actually a real news anchor.  He has also played a newscaster on the Spider-Man animated series.

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41 Fun Facts About FRIENDS

Whether they’ve been there for you from the beginning or just during a recent Netflix binge, there’s no denying that the cast of FRIENDS holds a special place in the hearts of 90’s and 00’s kids the world over.

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Throughout the series, the crew of six misfits who occupied a rather spacious and amazing Manhattan apartment go through it all…heartbreak, love, kids, and everything in between.

NBC’s FRIENDS was a monster sitcom during its day…bringing in ratings that broke records and introducing the world to catch phrases our generation would reference time and time again:

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Could we BE any more emotional right now?

On a recent Netflix binge of FRIENDS, while sitting on my couch enjoying “The Joey Special” from my local pizza place, I decided to do some research and see what there was to learn about Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross. From who REALLY owned that redonkulous white dog statue to the expert negotiation skills the crew used to secure their spots as some of the best-paid TV stars of all time, here are 41 Fun Facts About the Cast and Production of FRIENDS.

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41 Things You Didn’t Know About FRIENDS

Both Kathy Griffin and Jane Lynch auditioned for the part of Phoebe and Jon Favreau and Jon Cryer were also considered for Chandler before it went to Matthew Perry, who almost didn’t get the role, either.  Perry was actually filming a pilot at the same time as FRIENDS, however it was not picked up…so he was able to take the FRIENDS role.

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Ironically Jane Lynch and Jon Favreau would make guest appearances on the show later on in the series.

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The role of Ross was written for David Schwimmer…and he was the first person cast on the show.

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The last person cast was Jennifer Aniston.

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Before the first episode aired, the director, James Burrows, took the cast on a Vegas trip…telling them it was their “last shot at anonymity” before they were shot into stardom.  The crew would take a trip back there later on for Ross and Rachel’s marriage.

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Almost every episode was filmed in front of a live audience of up to 300 fans.  Cliffhangers, however, like Ross’s wedding, were filmed on a closed set to avoid spoilers.

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Several people, including Lisa Kudrow, thought Chandler’s character was gay.

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The entire cast stuck together when it came to negotiating.  At the beginning of the series, they were all making about $22,000 an episode.  But, by the second season, salaries were very different.  The cast bonded together and said they’d refuse to work until they all earned the same salary.  By the end of the series, they were each earning $1 million an episode.

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Lisa Kudrow’s pregnancy was written into the show, but in the final season, Courteney Cox got pregnant, something they couldn’t write into the show as Monica was unable to have children.  They tried to hide her pregnancy to the best of their abilities with costumes and props.

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Paul Swain, the best boy on the electric crew, was responsible for the Magna Doodle drawings in Joey’s apartment.

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Bruce Willis appeared on the show for free after losing a bet to Matthew Perry regarding their film, The Whole Nine Yards.  Perry believed the film would be number one at the box office on its opening weekend, but Willis disagreed.  The movie actually did reach number one and Willis had to donate his earnings for his guest appearance to charity.

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The cast would have a little huddle before every show.

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Want to visit Central Perk?  You can if you head over to Beijing or Liverpool!

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Courteney Cox was the only regular cast member to never get an Emmy nomination for her work on FRIENDS.

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James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, really did work as a barista when he was cast.  He continued both jobs until about half way through the series.

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Jennifer Aniston hated her iconic “Rachel” haircut.

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If you include all off-screen moments and hypothetical “what if?” episodes, the only two characters who haven’t kissed each other are Monica and Phoebe.

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Hank Azaria, who played Phoebe’s love interest, David, actually auditioned twice for the part of Joey.

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Courteney Cox was originally offered the role of Rachel, but she asked to play Monica instead.

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David Schwimmer directed a handful of FRIENDS episodes.

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Rachel’s boyfriend Joshua’s father was played by Matthew Perry’s real-life father, John Bennett Perry.

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The fountain in the opening credits of the series is actually not in New York…it’s all the way on the other coast in Burbank, California.  Here’s what you can say to all those lying tour guides!

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The main love interest of the show was supposed to be Monica and Joey, not Ross and Rachel.

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Rachel is a huge Days of Our Lives fan girl…but in real  life, Jennifer Aniston’s father, John Aniston, actually starred in the real version of the soap opera.

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Every episode of FRIENDS mentions the word ‘friends’ at least once.

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Joey’s white dog statue actually belonged to Jennifer Aniston.  Someone gave it to her as a good luck gift.

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Just like her character, Courteney Cox was a neat freak and would clean other people’s dressing rooms.

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The writers used a pie chart to track how many lines and jokes each character said to help make sure each actor had a similar amount.

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All her co-workers have named Lisa Kudrow the smartest of all of them, despite her ditzy portrayal of Phoebe.

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Even before they became a couple on the show, Courteney Cox said that if she had to “do” one of the other friends, she would choose Chandler.

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Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon were both on Ross’s “celebrity list”.  They both would go on to guest-star on the series.

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An average episode of FRIENDS took 5 hours to film.

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When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role of Joey, he had $11 to his name.  After his first paycheck, he bought himself a hot dinner.

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Throughout the course of the series, all 6 friends change their jobs at least once.  However, Chandler is the only one who never involuntarily left his job.

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The main characters from the show are named after All My Children characters (Ross Chandler, Joey Martin, Monique Cortland, Janet Green, and Phoebe Tyler Wallingford).

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Matthew Perry often sat in on screen writing sessions for the show to help the writers come up with jokes and one-liners.

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Phoebe’s wedding was not attended by any of her relatives, including her twin sister, her father, her birth mother, her brother, or the triplets she had.

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Like Monica, Courteney Cox and her then husband, David Arquette, had trouble getting pregnant.  Cox actually had to film the scene in which Rachel has Emma just after having a miscarriage.

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When Rachel is trying to find a new officiate for Chandler and Monica’s wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis/Papasifakis wedding.  Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston’s family name.

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All six characters have lived in both Monica and Joey’s apartments at one time.

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For the size of the apartment and the location in Manhattan, Monica’s apartment would probably run somewhere between $5,000 and $14,000 a MONTH for rent.  Joey and Chandler’s apartment, as well as Ross’s eventual apartment across the street, would probably run between $4,000 and $6,000 a month.

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24 Fun Facts About Pixar Studios

Ask any animator, illustrator, cartoon lover, or storyteller where there dream job would be…chances are most, if not all, of them would have Pixar Studios on their list.

Located in Emeryville, California, Pixar Studios is the genius behind such classics as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, and much more. Known for inspiring creativity and a super positive work environment, Pixar has become a beacon in the corporate hemisphere…treating their employees with respect and encouraging animators to think outside of the box – so much so that many animators decorate their workspaces to look like castles, tiny homes, tiki houses, and playrooms!

With a sprawling campus that includes a basketball court, several game rooms, and even a secret speakeasy hidden behind a bookcase, Pixar Studios is a playground for creative minds. Though it may have been more open to visitors back in the day, it currently does not offer tours of the campus…but you can take a little digital ride through the history of Pixar with these 24 Fun Facts About Pixar Studios!

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Also, don’t forget to check out this collection of 51 Fun Facts About Your Favorite Pixar Movies or decorate your home with your favorite Pixar characters with this collection of Adorable Pixar Decorations You Need In Your Home.  Finally, you can learn more about Pixar and the start of this amazing company by reading Ed Catmull’s book, Creativity Inc.

24 Fun Facts About Pixar Studios 

Pixar was formed in 1979 and soon after became the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm.

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As part of Lucasfilm, they produced computer animation sequences for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983), and Young Sherlock Holmes (1985).

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Steve Jobs bought Pixar for $5 million in February 1986.  In today’s money, that’s roughly $11 million.

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Luxo Jr. was the first Pixar film to be nominated for an Academy Award.  It was a defining film for the company and involved a young, energetic lamp that struggles to play with a ball as an older lamp looks on.  The little lamp, Luxo Jr., would go on to become part of the iconic Pixar logo in later years.

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The first Toy Story film was the first full-length feature film to be made entirely using CGI.  It had a production budget of only $30 million, less than half of Disney’s The Lion King, made only the year before, which cost almost $80 million.

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Toy Story 2 made almost $245 million domestically, making it the first sequel to make more than the original.

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In 2006, Disney bought Pixar for $7.4 billion.

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As a way to both market its animation software and generate money, Pixar once produced commercials for various companies, including Tropicana, Listerine, and Lifesavers.

“A-113” is an Easter egg that appears in all Pixar films.  It is a tribute to a classroom number at California Institute of the Arts that was used by many animation students, including John Lasseter and Brad Bird.

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There is a secret speakeasy at Pixar called The Lucky 7 Lounge – it is hidden behind a bookcase.

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Cars is Pixar’s most profitable film.  It has generated $10 billion (!!!) in just merchandise sales alone.

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John Ratzenberger has been a voice actor in every single Pixar film.

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Collectively, as of 2015, Pixar has won 26 Academy Awards, 5 Golden Globes, and 3 Grammys…I mean, NBD.

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The entire staff of Finding Nemo had to take a graduate course on Ichthyology (the study of fish) before making the movie.

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Pixar Studios has more than 1,200 employees.

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A typical Pixar employee only animates about 3 minutes of film per year.

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Toy Story 3 was the first Pixar film to gross more than $1 billion.

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There is an annual event called “Pixarpalooza”, complete with a Battle of the Bands competition.

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Animators at Pixar Studios go crazy with their workspaces.

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Pixar has an ergonomist come in on a weekly basis to make adjustments to the animators’ workstations.

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The name Pixar came about as a result of a mashup between two ideas.  Co-founder Alvy Ray Smith though the name should be “Pixer”, since it sounded like a fake Spanish verb for “to make pictures”…but another co-founder, Loren Carpender, liked “Radar”, since that sounded futuristic.  So, they combined the two into Pixar.

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Pixar has a school, titled Pixar University, where employees can take free classes in sculpting, painting, ballet, and live-action filmmaking.

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When a Pixar movie succeeds at the box office, the leadership team hands out bonus checks by hand to congratulate everyone on the team.

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Pixar names the babies born during the making of each production in the credits.

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The Cast of Pushing Daisies…Where Are They Now?

Whenever I need a little pick-me-up or something to do on a rainy day, I almost always pop in an episode or three of ABC’s Pushing Daisies.  A whimsical and delicious wonderland of a TV show, Pushing Daisies was the story of a pie maker named Ned who had the ability to bring the dead back to life with a single touch.  Of course, this came with a catch…he could only keep the dead alive for one minute before he had to touch them again and make them dead forever.  If he kept something alive for longer than a minute, something else would have to die.  To make matters worse, once Ned touched a dead thing once, he could never touch it again.

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I know it sounds confusing, but it’s quite simple…and Jim Dale is there to narrate your way through it!  I mean, that alone is pretty awesome!  But just in case, here’s an example pulled right from episode 1:

Ned’s dog, Digby, gets hit by a car and is instantly killed.  Ned touches Digby and brings him back to life.  Now, he can touch him again and Digby will be dead forever, OR he can let Digby live and something else would then drop dead (in this case, it was a squirrel).  However, Ned can never touch or pet Digby because if he does, Digby will instantly die.  Make sense?  OK, off we go!

So in between baking pies, Ned works alongside Emerson Cod, a hilarious detective who uses Ned’s power to ask murdered victims “who dun it” before Ned touches them again and they go back to being dead.  Then they both collect – and split – the monetary reward.  I know this sounds SUPER morbid, but it’s so enjoyable and whimsy!

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Now, all that’s well and good, but when Ned discovers his childhood sweetheart was killed on a cruise and he has the ability to bring her back to life, he’s faced with a tough choice…he can do it, but in doing so, he’d certainly kill someone else and he’d never be able to touch, hug, kiss, or embrace his sweetheart ever again…

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So begins Pushing Daisies.

Also starring Swoosie Kurtz and Kristin Chenowith, alongside a whole slew of guest stars (including David Arquette, Diana Scarwid, Raul Esparza, Paul Reubens, Carlos Alazraqui, Mo Collins, Molly Shannon and SO MANY MORE), Pushing Daisies not only has magical storylines with hilarious death scenarios (death by scratch-n-sniff, death by taffy, death by hugging machine, death by deep fryer…you get the picture), it also includes fantastic makeup and visual effects – and don’t even get me started on the costumes!

Even though this show only lasted a short two seasons before it was cancelled, many of the cast members were nominated for awards for their work on the show and the show itself won an Emmy and several other accolades during its short time on air.  There have been whisperings about giving the show closure in the form of a movie or comic book, but nothing concrete has been mentioned as of yet.

If you were a fan of Pushing Daisies and wanted nothing more than to jump through your screen into The Pie Hole with Olive and the gang, here’s a little update as to what the cast has been up to since Pushing Daisies wrapped in 2009.

 

The Cast of Pushing Daisies…Where Are They Now?

Lee Pace
Ned the Pie Maker
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A graduate of the Julliard School Drama program, Lee Pace is a classically trained theater actor, having performed in a variety of Shakespearean plays, including Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Richard III (Richard III), and Julius Caesar (Cassius).  After his time in Julliard, Pace made his Broadway debut in 2011 in the play The Normal Heart.  His first movie role came in the film, Soldier’s Girl, a true story about a transsexual soldier who falls in love with a military man.  He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work on the film.  Pace went on to act in a few other movies, including Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and When in Rome, before his work on Pushing Daisies.  For his role as Ned, Pace was nominated for several awards, including:  Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series, and a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Television Series.  After Pushing Daisies, Pace went back to the big screen and has done several great movies, including Lincoln (2012), The Hobbit (2013), and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).  Currently Pace can be seen in the TV show, Halt and Catch Fire on AMC.

Anna Friel
Charlotte “Chuck” Charles
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Born in Greater Manchester, Anna Friel is a gift given to us by our friends across the Pond.  An actress since the age of 13, Friel got her start on TV in British soap operas.  She was one half of the first on-air lesbian kiss in British soap history (on the program, Brookside) and won a National Television Award for her work on the series.  Friel gained even greater exposure when she appeared in the TV film, The Tribe, which included nudity and a controversial menage a trois scene between two of her male co-stars.  After her work on Pushing Daisies, Friel was offered six pilots following the cancellation of the show, but she declined all of them to focus on expanding her film career.  Unfortunately, the films she was in were a series of flops, including Land of the Lost (2009).  In 2011, she decided to do a few TV appearances and has done mainly TV work ever since.  She was most recently seen in the 2016 film, I.T., alongside Pierce Brosnan.

Kristin Chenoweth
Olive Snook
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A star in her own right, Kristin Chenoweth continues to impress with her amazing talent.  With a slew of awards under her tiny little belt, Chenoweth has not slowed down one bit since leaving The Pie Hole.  Her role as Olive Snook earned her two Emmy nominations, one of which she won in 2009.  After her work on Pushing Daisies wrapped, Chenoweth went on to guest-star as April Rhodes in FOX’s, Glee, a role she’d rehash several times throughout the run of the series.  She’s also since appeared in three Broadway shows, about 30 TV shows and movies, and a variety of other specials and theatrical performances.  Chenoweth is currently touring her new album, “The Art of Elegance”, and has recently signed on to star in a new CBS pilot titled Perfect Citizen.

Chi McBride
Emerson Cod
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Kenneth “Chi” McBride was born in Chicago, IL, which is how he got his nickname he goes by today.  Originally wanting to pursue a career in music, McBride studied several instruments and joined a gospel choir in Chicago before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia to work as a billing clerk.  His first success in show business came with the hit song, “He’s a Champ”, written about boxer Mike Tyson and actress Robin Givens.  Convinced he should try his hand in front of the camera, McBride moved to LA and landed guest spots in In Living Color and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  Typically typecast as “the right hand man” or “the crass detective”, McBride delighted viewers with his portrayal of Emerson Cod in Pushing Daisies.  Since retiring from undercover work with The Pie Maker, McBride has done lots of TV and movie roles, most very similar to his role as Detective Cod.  He’s currently starring as Captain Lou Grover in Hawaii Five-O and has also appeared recently in Gone in 60 Seconds, The Terminal, and Draft Day.

Ellen Greene
Vivian Charles
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Similar to her character on Pushing Daisies, Ellen Greene is a true lover of music, theater, and entertainment.  A singer and actress by trade, Greene was in several Broadway shows and performances before landing her role as the artsy and whimsical Vivian Charles.  After Pushing Daisies ended, Greene starred as Miss Adelaide in the Broadway musical, Guys and Dolls and had a small story arch in the soap opera, The Young and the Restless.  Greene’s more recent work has included a handful of voiceover opportunities, as well as appearances in The Walking Dead web series.

Swoosie Kurtz
Lily Charles
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Named after her father’s military Boeing Flying Fortress bomber, Swoosie Kurtz is no stranger to TV, film, or stage.  Perhaps best known for her role as Alex Reed Halsey on the NBC drama, Sisters, Kurtz acted in a handful of television shows before landing the role of the tough but sweet one-eyed foil to Vivian, Lily Charles.  Kurtz’s recent work has included guest spots in ER, LOST, Desperate Housewives, Nurse Jackie, and Mike & Molly.

Jim Dale
Narrator
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There’s no denying that Pushing Daisies wouldn’t be the wonderful show it is without the voice of the narrator.  Voiced by none other than Jim Dale (the same man who narrated the Harry Potter audiobooks – a role that got him two Grammy Awards), the narrator provides whimsy banter that’s only occasionally topped with Emerson’s clever one-liners.  Dale recently had an off-Broadway one man show, titled Just Jim Dale, which one him the 2015 Outer Critics Award and the Drama Desk Award.  He’s also provided narration for a handful of audiobooks, including The Night Circus, The Emerald Atlas, and The Fire Chronicle.

 

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