Movie Fact #733 – April 26th, 2015:

The 1966 film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, an adaptation of the play of the same title by playwright Edward Albee, became the first motion picture in Academy Awards and cinema history to be nominated for every Academy Award category in which it was eligible since the 1931 film “Cimarron”. These nominations included Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriter/producer Ernest Lehman, Best Director for Mike Nichols, along with all the acting categories and Picture of the Year for Ernest Lehman. Although that wasn’t nearly what it’s known for in terms of pushing the envelope.

The film was the first movie to be given the MPAA tag: “No one under 18 will be admitted unless accompanied by his parent.” This was because the MPAA insisted on the removal of the term “screw you” from the film where it was replaced with the term “God damn you” but allowed the terms “screw” and “hump the hostess” to remain in the film which is what kept the MPAA tag. Also, this was the first film in which the BBFC allowed use of the word “bugger” in its dialogue. The probable biggest example of this film’s infamy, as well as it’s fame as being a good movie was, on the 18th of July in 1966, police seized this film and arrested the manager of a local Nashville cinema for contravening a municipal order that banned films, as this, for contents of an obscene nature.
Heck, when the film was shown on network television for the first time, some local television affiliates bumped the broadcast from 9:00 P.M. to 11:30 P.M., because a film with such adult language had never been shown on network TV.
Most of the dialogue now is considered tame in comparison to what is said on TV and in films, but it just goes to show how more relaxed we are in terms of profanity. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
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Quote #733 – April 26th, 2015:

“A drowning man takes down those nearest.”

– Elizabeth Taylor, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

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TV Fact #183 – April 25th, 2015:

The pilot for “Father Dowling Mysteries” (1987-1991) was a TV movie entitled “Fatal Confession”, which originally aired on NBC on November 30, 1987. The character Father Prestwick (Played by James Stephens) did not appear in this pilot although he does in the first episode of the series, titled “The Missing Body Mystery”, where he was brought in to evaluate the parish of lead character Father Dowling (Played by Tom Bosley), and was initially appointed to replace Dowling. At the end of the episode, he was supposedly sent to a parish in Alaska. Yet, the character was brought back later.

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Movie Fact #732 – April 25th, 2015:

The 1942 film “Woman of the Year” was originally shot with a different ending, but it proved unpopular at test screenings so the decision was made to change it. With that, the final fifteen minutes of the film were re-written and shot.

The original ending of the film saw the lead character Sam Craig (Played by Spencer Tracy) go missing (after he had left the child at the orphanage) while he was meant to be writing an article about an upcoming boxing match. Because of this, the character Tess Harding (Played by Katharine Hepburn) decides to take over for him, and visits the gym to learn about the fight.

Sam is found in a language school trying to learn French and Spanish, to “be important”, and is shocked when he sees the article so he goes to the fight where he meets Tess. She insists that she did it to be a “good wife,” and that she will change and do everything expected of her. Sam says that he doesn’t want either extreme; he just wants her to be “Tess Harding Craig” (the same as in the released ending.)

I don’t understand what would have made the ending so bad, but perhaps it was this very extreme nature, which lead character Sam Craig would have disagreed with, that led it to be replaced with the final theatrical ending.

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Quote #732 – April 25th, 2015:

“Instinct is the nose of the mind.”

– Dev Patel, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

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TV Fact #182 – April 24th, 2015:

A real live criminal, on the run from the Baltimore Police Department, entered the set of “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1993-1999) and surrendered to the actors in uniform. This incident was later spoofed in an episode where the actors in the show chased a suspect onto the set of “Homicide” and encountered the director of the episode, Barry Levinson, and several of their favorite actors from the show.

In a Movie Fact a couple days ago I noted the line between reality and fiction. I mentioned how terrible it was when the drama of fiction blurs into reality. However, as this shows, every once and awhile fiction makes reality better. The back and forth of good and bad…that is one thing reality and fiction definitely have in common.

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Movie Fact #731 – April 24th, 2015:

The 1967 “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” was an important film for actor Spencer Tracy, who played the lead character Matt Drayton, and his long-time collaboration with actress Katharine Hepburn, who played his wife Christina Drayton. It is notable for being the ninth and final on-screen pairing of Tracy and Hepburn, with filming ending just 17 days before Tracy’s death. Hepburn said the memories of Tracy were too painful and she never saw the completed film because of it. For Hepburn, the film was an eternal, unopened love letter to her good friend Tracy. We all opened the letter for her as fans. She probably knew, deep down, the memories were the letter…and Tracy received it.

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Quote #731 – April 24th, 2015:

“A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.”

– Gloria Stuart, “Titanic”

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TV Fact #181 – April 23rd, 2015:

In the opening credits of each episode, the credit for composing the title theme music of “Early Edition” (1996-2000) title is given to W.G. Snuffy Walden. Walden later wrote the theme song to “Friday Night Lights” (2006-2011. Both shows star actor Kyle Chandler who played Gary Hobson in “Early Edition” and Coach Eric Taylor in “Friday Night Lights”.

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Movie Fact #730 – April 23rd, 2015:

Screenwriters Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon were friends with actress Katharine Hepburn and actor Spencer Tracy. They had the idea of writing the 1952 film “Pat and Mike” to showcase Hepburn’s athletic abilities as the lead character Patricia ‘Pat’ Pemberton. Hepburn was an avid golfer and tennis player, and indeed performed all the sports footage in the film herself.

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