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27 Fun Facts about The Holiday

Get ready for Mr. Napkin Head!

The Holiday is one of those Christmas movies I could watch anytime of year and still love. Starring Jack Black, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law, this movie is the epitome of holiday rom-com.

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If you haven’t seen this holiday treasure, do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s got heart, humor and a dash of real-life, everything you need to get you in the holiday spirit. If you’re still on the fence, check out these 27 fun facts about the making of The Holiday!

27 Fun Facts about The Holiday

The “boob graze” line came about because Jack Black accidentally boob grazed director Nancy Meyers and then apologized. She found it so funny that she wrote their interaction into the script the next day.

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Meyers wrote Black’s part for him, after she fell in love with his performance in School Of Rock.

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By the time she’d finished writing the script, Meyers knew she wanted to cast Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Winslet too.

At first Black was skeptical about doing a rom com, but then Meyer told him he’d get to be in a movie with Winslet and he said yes.

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After filming, Winslet said “Trust me, it was not difficult to fall in love with Jack Black. At all.”

The website that Amanda and Iris use to swap houses is real.

But Iris’s house Rose Hill Cottage is not (booo). It was built as part of the film set.

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Amanda’s mansion is a real place in San Marino, California.

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The English village scenes were filmed in Godalming and Shere in Surrey.

And the pub featured is real: It’s The White Horse in Shere.

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In the week of making the film it snowed three times in Surrey, even though the crew had hired a snow machine because they thought it wasn’t going to.

Meyers knows Lindsay Lohan because she directed The Parent Trap. She convinced Lohan to film a fake movie trailer for The Holiday by telling her she owed her. Lohan was immediately up for it.

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Eli Wallach turned 90 during filming.

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Diaz kept her character’s clothes after filming.

In the film Jude Law plays Iris’s brother. In real life, he has a daughter called Iris.

Law’s favorite part of the film was working with the girls who played his daughters, Sophie and Olivia.

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When Iris first arrives at Amanda’s LA house she picks out a film to watch. The movie she selects is Punch-Drunk Love, a film about an American man who dates a British woman.

Rufus Sewell plays the guy who Kate Winslet’s character is in love with. In real life, they dated for three months in the mid-’90s.

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At one point in the film, Winslet and Wallach’s characters talk about how Cary Grant was from Surrey. He was actually from Bristol.

Winslet’s video shop scene with Black was largely improvised.

The crew removed all of Winslet and Black’s films from the video shop so it wouldn’t be distracting.

Dustin Hoffman was never supposed to have a cameo in the popular movie shop scene. He was having lunch near the film shop’s set, stopped because there were lots of cameras, and ended up appearing in the movie because he knows Meyers.

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An unspoiled cottage like the one Iris owns easily be worth a million pounds, not far off two million dollars. She’s far from slumming it, no matter how basic the kitchen.

The house used for Arthur Abbot’s (Eli Wallach’s) house belonged to Phyllis Diller at the time of shooting, and is located in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, California.

Cameron Diaz has claimed that this movie is her most physical due to all of the running she had to do.

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The example Arthur uses to explain a “Meet Cute” was used in Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife (1938). Strangers Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper meet while shopping. She buys the bottoms and he buys the tops of the same suit of pajamas.

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A young John Krasinski has a part in this film, too as part of Amanda’s film crew.

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They’re Burning All the Witches

BURNING ALL THE WITCHES

“If a man talks shit then I owe him nothing.”
–Taylor Swift, “I Did Something Bad”

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19 Fun Facts about How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Bleeding hearts of the world unite!

Whether you’re a fan of the original TV special or the newer 2000 movie starring Jim Carrey, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without The Grinch.

A story with a sweet message and a curmudgeon you can’t help but love, both versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas have become beloved classics in homes all over the world. And with the recent release of the 2018 version starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The Grinch as seen a resurgence in popularity…

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If you are a fan of the original, the remake or both, you’re going to love this collection of 19 Fun Facts about How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

19 Fun Facts about How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

The original Grinch from the Dr. Seuss book was black and white with pink eyes. The decision to make him green came from animator and director Chuck Jones when he created the original animated film.

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Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel and Jones actually worked together previously on Army training videos. They created an instructional cartoon called Private Snafu, featuring a bumbling protagonist who helped illustrate the dos and don’ts of Army safety protocols.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas almost didn’t get made because it didn’t have a sponsor. However, it finally found support from The Foundation for Commercial Banks…despite the popular line: “Perhaps Christmas doesn’t come from a store”.

The budget for HTGSC was massive, about $300,000 ($2.2 million in today’s dollars). That was almost unheard of for a TV cartoon, especially compared to the popular special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, which had a budget of $96,000 (or $722,000 today).

Though they don’t appear in the book, Geisel also wrote the lyrics to “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”.

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Narrator Boris Karloff is often credited with singing the title song; however, it was actually the voice behind Tony the Tiger, Thurl Ravenscroft. Geisel did not give Ravenscroft credit in the film (which supposedly was an oversight) and wrote a letter to him to apologize.

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Geisel thought the illustration of Grinch had a striking resemblance to Jones himself.

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The voice of Cindy Lou was provided by June Foray, a legendary voice actress who also voiced Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Lucifer the Cat in Disney’s Cinderella, and Grandmother Fa in Disney’s Mulan.

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Karloff also won a Grammy for his narration of the HTGSC story on the vinyl record.

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Towards the end of the special, the Grinch’s eyes change from red to blue to match his change of personality from evil to good.

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Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson were both considered for the role of the Grinch before Jim Carrey was cast in role.

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It took Carrey almost three hours to get all the Grinch makeup on, and about an hour to take it off. He spent a total of 92 days in full makeup.

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It was worth it, though. The film took home the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

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The film was almost directed by Tim Burton, however it conflicted with Burton’s then project, Sleepy Hollow.

Cindy Lou Who is played by Taylor Momsen, who would go on to be Jenny Humphrey in Gossip Girl.

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The actors who played Whos also had to go to Who School to learn movement and facial expressions.

The movie also included a fair number of Cirque de Soleil performers for the acrobatic stunts.

The man who played the young Grinch was Josh Ryan Evans, who was 18 at the time. He had a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia.

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Carrey’s Grinch suit was made with yak hair, dyed green, and sewn onto a spandex suit.

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Do You Ever Wonder What We Could Have Been?

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“But your mind plays tricks with distance
Always makes things feel unfinished.
I miss you more than I loved you.”
Katy Perry, “Miss You More”

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You Will Be Found

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“Even when the dark comes crashing through
When you need a friend to carry you
When you’re broken on on the ground
You will be found.”
–Dear Evan Hansen

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30 Things Turning 30 in 2019

1989 really was the best of times. You guys, it’s time to get your party hats ready…here are 30 things that will be turning 30 in 2019.

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30 Things Turning 30 in 2019

The World Wide Web

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The Simpsons

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The Game Boy

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Daniel Radcliffe

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Saved by the Bell

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Seinfeld

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin, Jr.

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Sega Genesis

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid

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Tim Burton’s Batman (aka the GREATEST Batman)

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Taylor Swift

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The Joan Rivers Show

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Michael Jordan’s 10,000th NBA point

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Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings”

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The inauguration of George H.W. Bush

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Weird Al Yankovic’s UHF soundtrack

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Baywatch

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P.J. Sparkles

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The final episode of Family Ties

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Disney’s MGM Studio

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

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“Love Shack” by the B-52’s

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Dustin Hoffman’s Oscar for Rain Man

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey

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The 100th episode of Miami Vice

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Madonna’s Like a Prayer album

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Dead Poet’s Society

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HDTV

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The first “New Kids on the Block Day” in Massachusetts (April 24th)

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When Harry Met Sally

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20 Facts about 20 Movies Turning 10 in 2018

It’s always a bit of a shock when you realize a movie you loved as a kid is already 10 years old…I mean Iron ManThe WrestlerWall-E?! These movies, and many more, have already hit the decade mark which, of course, is all the more reason to watch them again!

To better your movie-watching experience, here are 20 fun facts about 20 movies that hit the double digits in 2018.

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20 Facts about 20 Movies Turning 10 in 2018

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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Brad Pitt stated that it took five hours each day to complete the makeup required for the role.

Doubt
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Meryl Streep knitted the shawl she wears in this film.

Iron Man
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Roughly 450 separate pieces make up the Iron Man suit worn by Robert Downy, Jr.

In Bruges
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The ‘F-word’, and its derivatives, are said 126 times in this film, averaging about 1.18 ‘F-bombs’ per minute.

Milk
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Thousands of people agreed to be extras in this film for free.

Pineapple Express
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Seth Rogen rolled every joint and cross-joint in the film himself.

Quantum of Solace
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This is the only film to show James Bond inebriated, after drinking six Vesper martini cocktails of course.

Cloverfield
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This film has no musical score and the music for the end credits doesn’t begin until about 2 minutes after the credits start rolling.

Revolutionary Road
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About an hour into the movie, a fallen painting of the Titanic can be seen at the bottom of the screen. Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kathy Bates, who all appear in Revolutionary Road, also starred in Titanic (1997).

Definitely, Maybe
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Many of the bar scenes in this movie were filmed in the upper west-side bar, Jake’s Dilemma, which is located at 81st and Amsterdam.

Kung Fu Panda
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The animators for this film took a 6-hour kung fu class to get an idea of the movie’s actions.

The Dark Knight
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This was the first comic book movie to reach the one billion dollar mark.

Twilight
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Robert Pattinson is actually playing the piano in the scene where Edward is playing “Bella’s Lullaby”.

Slumdog Millionaire
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The pile of excrement that young Jamal jumps into was made from a combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

Step Brothers
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Both Jon Hamm and Thomas Lennon auditioned for the role of Derek (eventually played by Adam Scott).

Vicky Christina Barcelona
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Though Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz play a divorced couple in the film, they actually started dating in real life while working on the film, marrying in 2010.

Tropic Thunder
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According to Robert Downey, Jr., the character of Kirk Lazarus was based on a combination of Russell Crowe, Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Farrell.

The Wrestler
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Due to the film’s low budget, Axl Rose donated the use of the Guns N’ Roses song, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” free of charge for the final match.

Burn After Reading
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J.K. Simmons is never shown standing throughout the entire film.

Wall-E
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Wall-E was the first Pixar film to be nominated for six Academy Awards. This is a record tied with only one other animated film to earn the same amount of nominations: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991).

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