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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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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…

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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.

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All About that Bass

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“Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top!”
-Meghan Trainor (All About that Bass)

Come back every Tuesday for “The Bees Knees”, where I post the best quotes from my favorite movies, TV shows, songs, and books.

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22 Fun Facts about Gordon Ramsay

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

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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.

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Often known for his fiery temper and hilarious insults,

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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:

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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…

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

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

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

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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!

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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.

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

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

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

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Ramsay is a black belt in karate.

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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…

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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.

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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).

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

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Ramsay is fluent in French.

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

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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.

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Your Face is Like Sunshine!

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“You’re more beautiful than Cinderella, you smell like pine needles, and your face is like sunshine!”
Bridesmaids

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23 Fun Facts about Fargo

My movie taste is all over the damn place. I seem to love the stuff people hate and hate the stuff people love. I have yet to see any superhero movie that’s come out since Wonder Woman, I haven’t seen Black Panther, and I haven’t even seen any of the new Star Wars movies…yet I’ll watch movies like Fargo and Rushmore over and over and over again…I know, I know…what the F with myself?

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It’s not that I don’t LIKE those movies, it’s just I prefer the weird, awkward, dark humor of a classic Coen Brothers film. I always laugh when I’m not supposed to, but I love that. I love movies that make me think and maybe even make me a little uncomfortable. If I’m going to sit still for 2½ hours and stare at a screen, I want it to be worth my time.

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That being said, when I first saw Fargo, I hated it. Granted I was probably 10 or 11 and that wood chipper scene basically scared me for life…but after having lived in the Midwest and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for several years, I have to say that Fargo is maybe one of my absolute favorite films.

The attention to detail is amazing. The music is amazing. The cast is amazing. Even the costumes are so darn-tootin’ amazing.

I literally laugh out loud every time I watch this movie and my husband and I quote it all the time (it’s embarrassing how many times we’ve said, “Where is pancakes house?” when going out for breakfast).

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Since I love learning all about the movies I love, I thought I’d share some fun facts I’ve found about the movie, Fargo. And before you ask, no, I haven’t seen the show, but it’s certainly in the ol’ queue!  Just have to find the time to squeeze it in between re-watching SVU and finishing The Mindy Project. NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY, GOSH DARN IT!

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23 Fun Facts about Fargo

Before it became a TV show on FX, Fargo was originally meant to be a TV show back in 1997. The pilot, directed by Kathy Bates (yup, that Kathy Bates), starred a pre-Sopranos Edie Falco as Marge Gunderson. It was passed on by the major networks.

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The 2014 independent film Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is loosely based on the urban legend of Takako Konishi, a woman who had trekked from Tokyo to Fargo in search of the fictitious money hidden by Steve Buscemi’s Fargo character, Carl. According to legend, she ended up freezing in the cold. This story proved to be false, made up by a police officer craving an interesting story. However, Konishi was a real person and she did indeed travel from Japan to Fargo…however she did so to commit suicide in her ex-lover’s hometown.

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Famed movie duo Siskel and Ebert gave Fargo way more than “two thumbs up”. Ebert called Fargo “one of the best films [he’s] ever seen” and added that “films like Fargo are why [he] loves movies”.

At the 1997 Oscars, Fargo took home two Oscars: Best Original Screenplay (Coen Brothers) and Best Actress (Frances McDormand). Though nominated for several others, it lost the other major categories to The English Patient.

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Fargo KILLED at the box office. The Coen Brothers worked with a small $7 million budget, but made a return investment of $60 million at the box office. Fargo is still their highest percentage return on investment at the box office to date.

The film’s infamously lethal wood chipper is currently housed in the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center.

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William H. Macy was so certain he was the man to play Jerry Lundegaard that he (jokingly) threatened to shoot the Coen Brother’s dogs if they didn’t cast him. He ended up getting an Academy Award nomination for the role, but lost to Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire).

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Despite the title, the only scene that actually takes place in Fargo is the opening scene, where Jerry meets with Carl and Gaear to reveal the plan to kidnap his wife. The rest of the movie takes place in either Brainerd or the Twin Cities area. Indecently, none of the filming was actually done in Fargo, MN.

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Any fan of The Coen Brothers may notice that they are obsessed with missing money and kidnapping. These two plot devices appear in Fargo, as well as several of their other films (Blood Simple, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn’t There, The Ladykillers, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading and Raising Arizona).

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Every single one of Jerry Lundegaard’s nervous stutters was carefully scripted. The simple inflections and stuttering that really made Macy’s performance were mapped out by the brothers in the script.

To play pregnant Marge Gunderson, Frances McDormand sported prosthetic breasts and a faux-pregnant belly full of birdseed.

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The picturesque scene at the opening of the movie with the bird in flight was unscripted, as were the other bird cameos in Barton Fink and Blood Simple.

Both Frances McDormand and William H. Macy had intense vocal coaching to get their accents just right. The actors were given copies of the scripts with extensive pronunciation notes. According to dialect coach, Larissa Kokernot, the “musicality” of the Minnesota accent comes from a place of “wanting people to agree with each other and get along”, which is a dark and hilarious contrast to the ugly crimes committed throughout the movie.

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Not surprisingly, Fargo, MN has been voted the toughest weather city in America by the Weather Channel.

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The Canadian Goose painting was borrowed from Jim and Bob Hautman, two of the US’s most renowned painters of ducks. The Hautman’s are childhood friends of the Coen’s and their paintings have been featured on several Federal Duck Stamps.

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The scene where the couple tries to make a deal with Jerry on their new car was from an actual experience Ethan Coen had at a dealership. It was “an almost verbatim transcript of my experience,” he said.

The pin Jerry wears in that scene is for service to the dealership. Apparently Macy wouldn’t do the scene without it.

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The film’s Paul Bunyan statue was made by production designer, Rick Heinrichs. The real statue (at least the one in MN) is located at an amusement park in Brainerd called “Paul Bunyan Land”.

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There are several scenes where Jerry is in front of a window with cars racing back and forth behind him. This theme was created for the audience to think about the people coming in and out of the area and how you never know if one of those cars holds a couple of serial killers. Jerry is also seen behind vertical blinds many times to give the illusion of him behind bars.

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The music in Fargo is based on a Norwegian folk song, Den Bortkomne Sauen (The Lost Sheep).

There is an entire website – AN ENTIRE WEBSITE – dedicated to the question of whether those two girls picked up by Carl and Gaear were actual prostitutes. Never mind that they’re listed as “Hooker 1” and “Hooker 2” in the credits.

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Ironically, “Hooker 1” (Larissa Kokernot) was the dialect coach for McDormand and Macy.

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The show Jean Lundergaard is watching before her kidnapping (Good Company) was an actual afternoon talk show that aired in the 1980’s and 1990’s. It was hosted by Sharon Anderson and Steve Edelman.

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40 Fun Facts about 20 Movies Turning 20 in 2018

You ready to feel really old? We’re about to celebrate the 20th anniversary of some of our favorite childhood movies, including The Truman Show, Mulan, The Big Lebowski, The Prince of Egypt, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, and so many more.

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To honor these classic films on their 20th birthdays, here are 40 fun facts about 20 movies that will be turning 20 this year!

40 Fun Facts about 20 Movies Turning 20 in 2018

Saving Private Ryan

Director Steven Spielberg cast Matt Damon as Private Ryan because he wanted an “unknown actor with an All-American look”. He had no idea that Damon would win an Oscar the year before the movie’s release for his blockbuster, Good Will Hunting.

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The Omaha Beach scene cost $11 million to shoot and involved more than 1,000 extras, some of which were amputees with prosthetic limbs to simulate soldiers having their limbs blown off.

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Mulan

Mulan was the first Disney movie to be released on DVD.

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When Mulan sings “Reflection” in her father’s shrine, the writing on the stones is the names of the Disney animators who worked on the film, written in ancient Chinese.

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The Truman Show

Though they were the two biggest stars of the film, Jim Carrey and Ed Harris never actually met during the filming of The Truman Show.

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The Truman Show was Carrey’s first take on a serious dramatic leading role. He said, “It was one of the best scripts I ever read. It works on so many levels.”

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The Big Lebowski

Every “man” and “dude” in The Big Lebowski was scripted. In fact, the only improvised line in the entire film was Jeff Bridges’ line about the “human paraquat”.

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A lot of the Dude’s clothes in the movie were Jeff Bridges’ own clothes, including his Jellies sandals, which he still owns and wears to this day.

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The Parent Trap

For her split screen scenes, Lindsay Lohan wore an earpiece, which would play back the dialogue of the other sister.

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The lost boy who shows up at the girls’ camp is played by Michael Lohan, Lindsay Lohan’s real  brother. Her siblings regularly appear as extras in her movies.

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The Prince of Egypt

The production team conferred with roughly six hundred religious experts to make the film as accurate and faithful to the original story as possible. They all praised the studio for listening and responding to their ideas.

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The only five actors who do both singing and speaking parts were Ralph Fiennes (Rameses), Michelle Pfeiffer (Tzipporah), Martin Short (Huy), Steve Martin (Hotep), and Ofra Haza (Yocheved). All other parts had different singers.

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Armageddon

NASA shows Armageddon during their management training program. New managers are given the task of trying to spot as many errors as possible. At least 168 have been found so far.

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Billy Bob Thorton and Ben Afflick have both openly discussed their hate for Armageddon. This movie was also included in Roger Ebert’s “Most Hated” list of 1998.

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A Bug’s Life

The two mosquitoes trapped in the bugzapper are the voices of the co-directors, John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton.

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A Bug’s Life was the first Pixar movie to have outtakes at the end and was the first to feature a short at the beginning of the film (Geri’s Game).

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Much of the clothing that Johnny Depp wore in the movie were actual pieces of clothing that the real Hunter S. Thompson wore in the 70’s.  Depp and Thompson formed a friendship after Thompson let Depp hang with him for four months, learning his mannerisms and vocal inflection.

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Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone each tried to get the film off the ground but were unsuccessful.

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Drew Barrymore has stated that this is her favorite of all her films so far.

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In the scene where Rodmilla (Angelica Huston) receives the invitation to the masque ball, it can be seen on the invite that the ball takes place on the feast of St. Jude. This means the ball takes places on October 28th.

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There’s Something About Mary

The dialogue between Mary and Ted about how there aren’t enough meats on sticks was originally written for an episode of Seinfeld that never aired. The Farrelly Brothers liked it and bought it for use in the movie.

Matt Dillon and Cameron Diaz were dating in real life during the filming of There’s Something About Mary. They’d been together three years but broke up almost immediately after the film was released.

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Pleasantville

During the publicity campaign surrounding the film’s release, there was a contest for a trip to Pleasantville, Iowa – the smallest Pleasantville in the US.

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Since every scene from the middle of the movie to the end had to be digitally changed to have black and white characters interacting with characters in color, this film technically had the most digital effect shots ever until Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which came out the following year.

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The Mask of Zorro

Legendary sword trainer Bob Anderson remarked that Antonio Banderas was the most gifted swordsman he had worked with since Errol Flynn.

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In order to accomplish the effect of Elena’s dress falling off from being sliced up by Zorro, a wire was attached to the dress to help pull it off.

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Rush Hour

Jackie Chan was almost killed filming the scene where he is almost crushed by metal boxes. They slammed together about a quarter of a second after his head was clear.

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Chris Tucker improvised much of his dialogue, as he normally does in his films. There are several continuity errors in the dialogue for this reason.

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The Wedding Singer

Carrie Fisher, Judd Apatow, and Adam Sandler worked uncredited on the movie script.

The role of Glenn Gulia was originally written with Jim Carrey in mind, however he declined the part.

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You’ve Got Mail

The location of Fox Books in the movie is actually the location of a real Barnes & Noble (on Broadway and 83rd Street). Ironically, the opening of Barnes and Noble drove the local bookstore on 81st Street, Shakespeare & Co., out of business.

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All of the emails Joe and Kathleen sent back and forth to each other were put on the movie’s official website, which Warner Bros. has kept active (click on the photo – you’re welcome!).

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The Thin Red Line

Director Terrence Malick commanded such respect from his actors that both Woddy Harrelson and John Savage stayed on set for an extra month after wrapping just to watch him work.

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Before settling on the final cast, Malick met with and considered several of Hollywood’s leading men at the time, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, Kevin Costner, Ethan Hawke, Dermot Mulroney and William Baldwin.

Shakespeare in Love

Dame Judi Dench won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as Queen Elizabeth, although she is on-screen for only about six minutes in four scenes.

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Although long portions of Romeo and Juliet are used in the film, along with famous lines from many of Shakespeare’s plays, William Shakespeare is not credited in the film.

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The Rugrats Movie

The Rugrats Movie was not only Nickelodeon’s first animated theatrical release, but it was the first non-Disney animated movie to gross more than $100 million at the box office.

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The role of Dil was originally going to be voied by Madonna. However, Tara Strong won the part because her impression of a baby crying was so accurate that a woman in the room who had just had a baby started lactating!

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Rushmore

Jason Schwartzman came to his audition wearing a prep-school blazer which sported a Rushmore patch he made himself.

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When Bill Murray first read the script, he thought it was so fantastic that he said he would do it for free.

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Hermione’s Library Tote Bag

All us bookworms know there’s a little Hermione in all of us…

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I mean…

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We love to read, we love studying, and there’s just that TIIIINY little piece of us that’s just slightly judgmental…

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And when you’re feeling your inner Hermione come out, what better way to show her off than with this cute library tote bag?

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Featuring a little book and owl charm, as well as a striped pattern in Hermione’s house colors, this tote bag is great for running off to potions class, a study session at the library, or just storing your copy of The Monster Book of Monsters because every smart girl knows not to carry that one around in the open…

I’ve included instructions on how to make this tote, but if you love it and just have to have this one, it’ll be for sale soon in my Etsy store, so stay tuned!

Hermione’s Library Tote Bag

Materials:

  • Canvas Tote
  • Maroon Fabric Paint
  • Gold Fabric Paint
  • Black Fabric Marker
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Iron-on Letters
  • Red Ribbon
  • Book and Owl Charm, if desired

Instructions:

  1. Follow the instructions for caring for your canvas tote (this might involve a quick pre-wash before you begin).
  2. Using a ruler, mark 1 in. marks along both side straps of bag. Lightly draw pencil lines to divide side straps into 11 squares. Repeat on both sides of tote.
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  3. Starting with gold paint, fill in every other square on tote. I did about 2 coats of gold paint. Let dry and repeat on other side. Repeat with maroon paint.

    If you get some splatters, just let them dry and paint over them!

  4. Once your paint has dried, separate the squares with your black fabric marker. Let dry.
  5. Follow the instructions for ironing the letters onto your tote. You’ll need letters in the following quantities:

    a-1; b-2; d-1; e-2; g-1; h-2; i-2; l-1; n-2; o-3; r-2; t-3; u-1; w-1; y-1

    I was able to make the tote with 2 sheets of iron-on letters.
    tote bag quote

  6. If you want to attach charms, feel free! I think they add a nice touch and I’m a sucker for bows so I had to tie a bow on the handle!
    tote bag charms

This tote is a fun gift for any bookworm or Harry Potter fan! If you love this tote but don’t want to make it yourself, stay tuned! It’ll be up for sale on my Etsy store soon!

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