Movie Fact #719 – December 31st, 2014:

This whole month is about family, being together after the trials and wonders that each year has to bring. As the year closes let us listen to how a director believed in this with his own work. Director Frank Capra revealed that his 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life” was his personal favorite among the films he directed and that he screened it for his family every Christmas season. He’s not the only one.

That film has gone on to be considered one of the greatest films of all time and a stable of the Christmas season. But let’s be honest. It’s a stable of life. It’s a film that reminds us that every action we do has an effect. That none of us are insignificant. It’s a reminder that are lives are blessed if we choose to let them be. It really is a wonderful life.

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Quote #719 – December 31st, 2014:

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”

– Freya Stafford, “Predestination”

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TV Fact #079 – December 30th, 2014:

Look forward to a few cameos in the show “Outlander” (2014-Present), based on the “Outlander” series of novels by author Diana Gabaldon. Gabaldon herself had a cameo as Iona MacTavish in the 4th episode “The Gathering”.

It was also announced that actor Frazer Hines had been cast in the role of a prison warden in an episode to air in 2015. An interesting side note, from 1966 to 1969, Hines had portrayed the character Jamie McCrimmon in “Doctor Who” (1963-Present). Gabaldon has said this character inspired the setting of the “Outlander” series and the lead character Jamie Fraser (Played by Sam Heughan).

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Movie Fact #718 – December 30th, 2014:

Time magazine provided some production details once about the 1961 film “El Cid”. They quoted, “Inevitably, the picture is colossal—it runs three hours and 15 minutes (including intermission), cost $6,200,000, employs an extra-wide widescreen, a special color process, 7,000 extras, 10,000 costumes, 35 ships, 50 outsize engines of medieval war, and four of the noblest old castles in Spain: Ampudia, Belmonte, Peñíscola and Torrelobatón.”

A grand film that starred legendary actor Charlton Heston as the titular character, although, the film shot mostly on location in Spain but a few studio scenes were shot in Rome to purely to achieve the financial gains of co-production status, an Iberia airplane is allegedly seen in the background during the Valencia battle scenes. No film is perfect.

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Quote #717 – December 30th, 2014:

“Live long and prosper.”

– Zachary Quinto, “Star Trek”

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TV Fact #078 – December 29th, 2014:

Actress Toni Collette, who played the lead character Tara Gregson, was pregnant with her second child while shooting the final season of “United States of Tara” (2009-2011). By the end of the season she was 5 months pregnant showing her commitment and determination to finish the show.

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Movie Fact #716 – December 29th, 2014:

For the lead role of Muriel Heslop, actress Toni Collette gained 40 pounds in seven weeks for the 1994 film “Muriel’s Wedding”.

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Quote #716 – December 29th, 2014:

“It’s time to stop singing that old song and write a new one.”

– Toni Collette, “Lucky Them”

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TV Fact #077 – December 28th, 2014:

Prior to the launch of the first season of “NCIS” (2003-Present), advertisements on CBS identified the show as “Naval CIS”, but by the time of the launch of the first episode, “NCIS” was airing under the name “Navy NCIS”. It held this name for the entire first season although since the “N” in NCIS stands for “Naval”, the name “Navy NCIS” was redundant and changed permanently to “NCIS”.

The decision to use this name was reportedly made by CBS, over the objections of co-creator Donald P. Bellisario. This was done to attract new viewers, particularly those of “JAG” (1995-2005) which is the show that “NCIS” is spun off of, who might not know the “NCIS” abbreviation. Also, this disambiguate between “NCIS” and the similarly themed and similarly spelled CBS series “CSI” (2000-Present) and its spinoffs.

In fact, the original title was often misquoted and parodied as “Navy CSI”, something “NCIS” itself referenced in the first episode. “NCIS” has now eclipsed “JAG” with 11 seasons, going on 12. I’d say the move worked.

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Movie Fact #715 – December 28th, 2014:

The 2010 film “Jack Goes Boating” was actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut where he reprises the lead role of Jack. In fact, the film’s script was written by Robert Glaudini, who wrote the 2007 play of the same name and the film’s cast was mostly the same as the cast of the play’s premiere at The Public Theater, although actress Amy Ryan replaced actress Beth Cole as Connie.

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