TV Fact #138 – February 27th, 2015:

Extensive research was done to portray the 1946 period of “Agent Carter” (2015-Present) including the slang of the 1940’s. Speaking about the series use of 1940s slang, executive producer Michele Fazekas, who also wrote the season finale with fellow executive producer Tara Butters, stated that terms like “broad” and “dame” were preferably avoided, while research was done to ensure terms that were used in the series were actually in use during that time. Fazekas gave the example, “You know what didn’t exist in 1946? Smart ass. I looked up the etymology on that, didn’t exist in 1946. Turns out it was a term that came around in the 60s. But for instance, I wrote a line that said, ‘Oh I think someone’s yanking your chain.’ And I had to look it up, did that exist in 1946? And actually it did; it’s a mining term that exists from a long time ago. That’s our research that we do.”

To further depict the era, research was also done on radio shows of the time to ensure realism when creating the fictional “Captain America Adventure Program”, with details discovered and replicated on the series including the use of lobsters and ham to create sound effects for the radio show. Finally, the Griffith Hotel, the all-women boarding house where Agent Peggy Carter (Played by Hayley Atwell) lives, is based on the real-life Barbizon Hotel for Women.

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Movie Fact #777 – February 27th, 2015:

The 2014 film “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” gets it’s title from the English band The Beatles’ song “Eleanor Rigby”.

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Quote #777 – February 27th, 2015:

“I hear that being a cougar is a big thing but I can’t find anyone who wants to be ‘couged’.”

– Olga Merediz, “Top Five”

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TV Fact #137 – February 26th, 2015:

The 2012 miniseries “Game Change” chronicles the real life 2008 presidential campaign of presidential candidate John McCain (Played by Ed Harris), albeit slightly humorously, and so to enhance the cutting-in of actual newscast footage, the production carefully placed background actors in the audience scenes to resemble actual audience members in convention and town-hall scenes. It’s all about the little details.

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Movie Fact #776 – February 26th, 2015:

Director Richard Glatzer, co-director of the 2014 film “Still Alice” along with director Wash Westmoreland, suffers from ALS and can’t speak. He directed the film using a text to speech app on an iPad. Both actress Julianne Moore, who plays the lead character Dr. Alice Howland, and actress Kristen Stewart, who plays the character Lydia Howland, dedicated their “Ice Bucket Challenge” to Glatzer.

On a rather humorous side note, Moore previously was featured in the 2011 film “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” as the character Sarah Weaver in which she remarks that she saw the latest “Twilight” film and that it was, as she quoted, “So bad”. The Twilight franchise starred Kristen Stewart as the character Bella Swan who appears in “Still Alice” with Moore. I wonder if Moore apologized.

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Quote #776 – February 26th, 2015:

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

– Colin Firth, “Kingsman: The Secret Service”

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TV Fact #136 – February 25th, 2015:

“Moonlighting” (1985-1989) featured an episode in it’s second second titled “The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice”. It featured several interesting aspects.

The episode featured two lengthy and elaborately produced black-and-white dream sequences, following a fourteen minute set-up about a murder that had occurred in the 1940’s that David Addison (Played by Bruce Willis) and Maddie Hayes (Played by Cybill Shepherd) are told about by the inheritor of the then-famous nightclub where the murder had taken place. Maddie and David feud over the details of the crime, which involve a man and woman who were executed for the death of the woman’s husband. Maddie and David both claim the other was the real killer and had implicated the other out of spite. The show switched to two black-and-white dream sequences where the two dreamed their version of how the murder took place.

On a technical level, the two sequences were filmed on different black-and-white film stock so that they would look like true period films. Although, on the commentary on the DVD, it is said that they used black-and-white film instead of color so that the network wouldn’t later use the color film.

In fact, ABC was still displeased with the episode and fearing fan reaction to a popular show being shown in black and white, demanded a disclaimer be made at the beginning of the episode to inform viewers of the “black-and-white” gimmick for the episode. That didn’t stop the show’s producers from hiring legendary actor Orson Welles to deliver the introduction. The episode actually aired a few days after the actor’s death.

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Movie Fact #775 – February 25th, 2015:

Actor Bruce Willis has an uncredited background appearance as an extra in 1982’s “The Verdict”, in one of his first film appearances. After the verdict is read for the plaintiff, Willis can be seen, smiling, to the left of the head of the main character Frank Galvin (Played by Paul Newman). Actor Tobin Bell also appears to Newman’s right. Both Willis and Bell are listed as “Courtroom Observer” in the credits. They all got to start somewhere.

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Quote #775 – February 25th, 2015:

“Making comparisons can spoil your happiness.”

– Simon Pegg, “Hector and the Search for Happiness”

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TV Fact #135 – February 24th, 2015:

“The Glades” (2010-2013) was cancelled after four seasons, leaving itself on a cliffhanger without a fifth season to address it. Show creator Clifton Campbell later mentioned how the fifth season would have focused on the question “Who shot Jim Longworth?”, adding that the lead character Jim Longworth (Played by Matt Passmore) would have survived. Campbell also said, “The cancellation took us all by surprise.” One of many shows that left questions hanging and the ever endearing question, “What might have been?

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