Because of “The 4400” (2004-2007) being the first major science-fiction miniseries since Steven Spielberg’s “Taken” (2002), and because of its nearly opposite premise, it is jokingly renamed by sci-fans as “Put Back”.
At one point in the 2014 “The Judge”, a character mentions that everyone wants Atticus Finch to be their lawyer. This is a reference to the 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird “, based on the 1960 novel of the same name by author Harper Lee. This reference is more of a reference than many know. Lead actor Robert Duvall, who plays the character Judge Joseph Palmer in “The Judge”, made his screen debut in “To Kill a Mockingbird” as the character Arthur “Boo” Radley.
“Whatever has or has not happened in my past, I am going to be the hero of my own story.”
– Vera Farmiga, “The Judge”
“Friday the 13th: The Series” (1987-1990) was created by Frank Mancuso, Jr. and Larry B. Williams originally under the title of “The 13th Hour” although Mancuso, Jr. never intended to link the television show directly to the “Friday the 13th” film series. Instead the idea was to utilize, as quoted, “the idea of Friday the 13th, which is that it symbolizes bad luck and curses”. The creators did want to tie-in Jason’s trademark hockey mask to the series, but the idea was discarded so that the show could have a chance to exist on its own. However, Mancuso, Jr. was afraid that mentioning any events from the films would take the audience away from, as he put it, “the new world that we were trying to create”.
Director John Carpenter’s direction in 1978’s “Halloween” for actor Nick Castle, who played the killer Michael Myers, was minimal. For example, when Castle asked what Myers’ motivation was for a particular scene, Carpenter replied that his motivation was to walk from one set marker to another which the documentary titled “Halloween Un-masked”, featured in the 22nd anniversary DVD of “Halloween”, expanded on. An example given was John Carpenter stating he also instructed Castle to tilt his head a couple of times as if he was observing the corpse, particularly in the scene when Myers impaled one of his victims against a wall. And to think, that created a horror character icon. It really is the simple things that count.
“If we went to a Halloween party dressed as Batman and Robin, I’d go as Robin. That’s how much you mean to me.”
– Will Ferrell, “Blades of Glory”
“Freaks and Geeks” (1999-2000) series producer Judd Apatow told Vanity Fair in 2012 that whenever he sees an opportunity to use anyone from the show he does. He says it is his way of refusing to accept that the show was canceled, and that all of his subsequent movies are the continuous adventures of those characters. I guess never letting go sometimes is good for inspiration to other works.
In addition to there being only one actor in the 2013 film “All Is Lost”, actor Robert Redford, who played the only character who is nameless, also stated that the film has no dialogue, however there are a few spoken lines. Interestingly, because of these aspects, the shooting script was only 31 pages long.
“When you dream too much of the sun, you forget the trees.”
– Clark Middleton, “Snowpiercer”
Many shows can say they are the best, but only few can say they are the first of something. “I Love Lucy” (1951-1957) was the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience and also was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings. This accomplishment was later matched by “The Andy Griffith Show” (1960-1968) and “Seinfeld” (1989-1998). Still, “I Love Lucy” will always be the first.