Stephen King fans know the number 237 from its appearance in The Shining, where it was the room number of a particularly dangerous corner of the Overlook Hotel. But did you know 237 also appears in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shawshank Redemption. Morgan Freeman’s Red resides in Cell #237 in the Shawshank Prison. That’s just one of the facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
It’s one of the most famous and important horror movies of all time: Night of the Living Dead. But did you know that wasn’t always the title? The film was originally going to be called Night of the Flesh Eaters, until it was discovered that a movie called The Flesh Eaters already existed. Director George A. Romero preferred the title Night of Anubis, in reference to the Egyptian god of embalming, but with so few people knowing who Anubis was (much less praying to him), the title was eventually changed to the one that became synonymous with movie zombies. That’s just one of the facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
The full list of nominees for the 2017 Academy Awards are out, and while there’s plenty to celebrate about this year’s batch of Oscars contenders, there are also plenty of surprises. And some of those surprises are of the not-so-good kind that involved leaving out our favorite movies or filmmakers of 2016. Below, the staff of ScreenCrush picked out the biggest Oscar snubs of 2017, along with a few of the most pleasant shockers from this year’s list of nominees. The winners of all the awards will be announced on Sunday February 26 at the 89th Academy Awards.
It’s always exciting to see the latest work from a beloved director, or to watch a great actor return to a classic role. But one of the most underrated pleasures of going to the movies is discovery; watching an actor you’d never heard of before surprise you with their incredible range or charisma, or realizing, in real time, that you’re witnessing the work of a major new artist. It really doesn’t get much better than that.
You probably know that HBO’s hit new series Westworld is based on an old movie, also named Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton. But did you know there already was a Westworld TV show? After Westworld became a hit in theaters (and after a sequel, Futureworld, a few years later), CBS aired a series called Beyond Westworld. The show wasn’t nearly as successful as the new Westworld; only five episodes were produced, and just three aired on television. So with its first season finale days away, the new Westworld is already much more successful than the last one. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of the ScreenCrush series You Think You Know TV?
Decades after his death, Alfred Hitchcock is still considered one of the greatest directors of all time. But did you know that in addition to his reputation as the “Master of Suspense,” Hitchcock was also a notorious (no pun intended) prankster? He once bet someone they couldn’t spend the night in a darkened movie studio, chained to a camera. Once the man agreed to the bet, and got into position, Hitchcock offered him some brandy - laced with a laxative. That’s just one of the shocking facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
‘Game of Thrones’ is a show known for its spectacular visuals, especially when it comes to the eye-catching costumes. There’s stunning, detail-laden armor, there’s wispy, flowing gowns, there’s gorgeous, intricate robes, and a good amount of fur we’d kill for when that infamous winter finally arrives.
Alan Rickman, the tremendously talented British actor behind such iconic roles as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 69 following a bout with cancer.
Whether it’s Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead or The Hunger Games, you’ve surely seen one of the Bad Lip Reading videos on YouTube. They take a movie or TV show (or footage from football games) and re-record the dialogue with hilarious results. Today they’ve finally set their sights on the original Star Wars trilogy and they’ve brought along some famous friends for the ride.
Home Alone was released in theaters on November 16, 1990. It was the #1 movie at the box office for an incredible 12 straight weeks. It stayed in the Top 10 until April. It played in theaters for nine months and earned over $477 million making it the highest grossing live-action comedy of all-time. (At least until The Hangover Part 2 came along). This is just one of the Home Alone facts in the latest installment of You Think You Know Movies!
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