The now-cancelled show “Monster House” (2003-2006) should not confused with the 2006 animated film “Monster House”. It is interesting though that a movie about a house possessed by an evil spirit would come out the same year that a show about remodeling houses to extreme themes as set by the home owners would be killed off. Was the movie the true final episode? No…it wasn’t…but the coincidence is hilarious!
The shoot for the 1990 film “The Grifters”, based on author Jim Thompson’s 1963 pulp novel of the same name.was emotionally challenging for actress Anjelica Huston, who played the character Lilly Dillon.
After completing the final scene between characters Lilly and Roy Dillon (Played by John Cusack), she was so drained from the experience that she ran from the set and the studio where it took her hours to recover. Then there was the scene where the character Bobo Justus (Played by Pat Hingle) tortures Lilly for information. After shooting the scene, Huston was so affected by the rough quality of the scene (which did not make the final cut of the film) that she spent that night throwing up.
Probably best that scene did not make the final cut of the film otherwise poor Huston might have switched to it accidentally on cable one night and relived a great trauma that is still a testament to her emotional connection to the film.
“You will never do something as hard as staring someone in the eye and telling them the truth.”
– Oscar Isaac, “A Most Violent Year”
The musical comedy-drama miniseries “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” (2008) was written by writer/director Joss Whedon, his brothers Zack Whedon (a television writer) and Jed Whedon (a composer), and writer/actress Maurissa Tancharoen (Wife of Jed Whedon). The team wrote the musical during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike with the idea being to create something small and inexpensive, yet professionally done, in a way that would circumvent the issues that were being protested during the strike. This was easier than you think.
Joss Whedon funded the project himself at just over $200,000 and the songs were recorded in a small studio set up in Joss Whedon’s loft. The film itself was shot in Los Angeles, with five locations on one soundstage, and one day of filming at the Universal Studios backlot street set, including the scenes of the van heist, and the giant Dr. Horrible (Played by Neil Patrick Harris) crushing people beneath his feet. Dr. Horrible’s home, which was used for blogging scenes as well as the final party scene, is the house featured in the “Mad Scientist House” episode of “Monster House” (2003-2006).
As filmmaking is showing, it’s becoming increasingly easier and filmmakers are becoming far more clever in finding ways to make projects happen. As this now-very-popular miniseries shows…that can be a very good thing that can rise above the problems that the direct channels in the industry unfortunately do create sometimes.
An uncredited Jeff Bridges sang his own song “Lost In Space” on soundtrack of the 1969 film “John and Mary”.
“Can we conclude that humans are more concerned with ‘having’ than ‘being’?”
– Morgan Freeman, “Lucy”
The character Deb Dopkins (Played by Brooke D’Orsay) on the show “Drop Dead Diva” (2009-2014) was named after the show’s creator Josh Berman’s grandmother, who according to him, “inspired the entire series.”
The health and safety team on the 2015 film “Far From the Madding Crowd”, an adaptation of the 1874 novel of the same name by author Thomas Hardy, were concerned about the cast filming with sheep, but let actress Carey Mulligan, who plays the lead character Bathsheba Everdene, ride a horse and she had a concussion after coming off. It got worse.
When Mulligan and co-star Matthias Schoenaerts, who played the character Gabriel Oak, shot the last scene of the film, she came racing round the corner and got thrown off and landed on her head. Ten minutes later, they were filming the big declaration scene where Mulligan just dropped to her knees. Schoenaerts thought she was acting and just carried on, but then she slumped over. Mulligan revealed that she was genuinely concussed for about six weeks of the filming…and there are parts that she doesn’t remember.
Mulligan went through a lot to finish this film. Let’s just chalk it up to impressive commitment and call it a day.
“You have no idea now what you will become. Don’t try to control it. Let go. That’s where the fun begins.”
– Maggie Smith, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
The new Marvel show on Netflix “Daredevil” (2015-Present), based off the popular Marvel comic book character, has gained quite acclaim as of late. Lead actor Charlie Cox, who plays the lead character Matt Murdock/Daredevil, felt this way from the first time he auditioned for the film. In fact, Cox wanted to be involved with the series after reading the first two scripts for the series, telling his agent “These are two of the best TV scripts I’ve read”. Good instinct on his part…or good senses I suppose.