Friday, January 20, 2012

Angry Birds and Movie Trivia

In a previous post, I shared some of the bulletin boards I've created while working as a CA. I promised to post a picture of an Angry Birds one I created, so here's that picture, as well as one of the bulletin board I just hung up last night/this morning (I finished at about 2 AM. When you're 5'2", it's difficult to single-handedly hang up background paper by yourself. But I digress...)

Angry Birds: Finals week board

Because who doesn't love bad puns?
As an added bonus to you, dear readers, I've typed up the movie trivia tidbits too! Enjoy!

- The little girl in the lake flashback scene in Click is Kate Beckinsale's daughter, Lily Mo Sheen.
- Melissa McCarthy (Megan) and Ben Falcone (Air Marshall Jon) from Bridesmaids are married in real life.
- In the movie Up, a Lotso Hugging Bear from Toy Story 3 can be seen in the little girl's room when Carl goes up.
- The only actor from The Muppets whose appearance was never announced or rumored was Jim Parsons.
- Mariska Hargitay, best known for her role in Law and Order: SVU, turned down the role of Miss Honey in Matilda.
- The first letters of the main characters' names in Inception spells "dreams": Dom, Robert, Eames, Arthur/Ariadne, Mal, and Sato.
- In Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Scott is 22 and Stacy is 18. In real life, Michael Cera is younger than Anna Kendrick and Ellen Wong (Knives Chao).
- Juno was the highest grossing film of all five Best Picture Oscar nominees in 2008.
- David Krumholtz and Peter MacNicol starred together in Addams Family Values and later in the TV show NUMB3RS.
- In (500) Days of Summer, the narrator states that Tom meets summer on January 8; therefore, Tom meets Autumn on May 23.
- The Doors have the most songs in the movie Forrest Gump: "Soul Kitchen," "Hello, I Love You," "People are Strange," "Peace Frog," "Break on Through," and "Love Her Madly."
- Lisa Edelstein, Cuddy from TV's House, can be seen in the background of the break-up scene in Legally Blonde.
- To make sure she didn't hear Alan Arkin swearing, Abigail Breslin did listen to music during various scenes in Little Miss Sunshine.
- In The Proposal, Sandra Bullock's character is Canadian. In real life, Ryan Reynolds is actually from Canada.
- Betty White provided the voice of Grandma Sophie in the TV movie The Wild Thorneberrys Movie: The Origin of Donnie.
- Amy Poehler is only 8 years older than Rachel McAdams, even though they are mother and daughter in Mean Girls.
- Each frame (1/24 of a second) of the CGI scenes in Avatar took an average of 47 hours to render.
- In 10 Things I Hate About You, Kat gets into Sarah Lawrence College. Larisa Oleynik, who plays Bianca, attended school there.
- The logo of the bank in The da Vinci Code incorporates phi, whose value can be derived from the Fibonacci Sequence.
- Jim Carrey and Josh Harnett were considered for the role of Loki in Thor. The role went to Tom Hiddleston instead.
- Julia Stiles auditioned for the role of Pam in Meet the Parents, but had to drop out due to filming 10 Things I Hate About You.
- In Robin Hood: Men in Tights, there is a scene of guards coming out of a hallway that is similar to the credits of Hogan's Heroes.
- Jean Stapleton was the first choice to play Mrs. TeeVee in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but went on to star in All in the Family instead.
- The Japanese version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail is translated as The Holy Sake Cup.
- The battle scene at the end of Alice in Wonderland resembles a chess set from afar, in tribute to "Through the Looking Glass."
- The names of the boats in Finding Nemo are Sea Monkey, Major Plot Point, Bow Movement, iBoat,  KKnottie Buoy, For the Birds, Pier Pressure, Skiff-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, and The Surly Mermaid.
- Sully from Monsters, Inc. had 2,320,413 total animated hair strands. It took 11-12 hours to render a frame of him.
- The real Lionel Logue's diary was found 9 weeks before the principal photography on The King's Speech began. Quotes from the clinical notes were worked into the film.
- Rose McGowan and Claire Danes both auditioned for the role of Lisa in Girl, Interrupted, which went to Angelina Jolie.
- In the Frisbee scene in Good Luck Chuck, Dane Cook is wearing a Super Club hat, where his character worked in Employee of the Month.
- Peter Billingsley, who played Ralph in A Christmas Story, has a small role in the movie Elf.
- In the baseball game scene in Employee of the Month, Super Club wears red and Maxi Mart wears blue, a spoof of the Red Sox vs. Yankees rivalry.

...Coming next month:  life lessons from Pixar!


  1. I had no idea Juno was so successful, I thought it was an indie film... or did the other nominees barely make anything?

    1. According to IMDB (where I do the majority of my movie research), this is what the gross amount each movie made in the US:
      - Juno: $143,492,840
      - Atonement: $129,266,061 (gross worldwide)
      - No Country for Old Men: $74,273,505
      - Michael Clayton: $49,024,969
      - There Will Be Blood: $40,218,903

  2. Your bulletin boards make me proud to say that I dragged you into this job :D I'm loving the movie trivia...although, as you may have detected from my rant last night, Angry Birds caused more stress than it could ever destroy.

    11 PM: Just one round...
    1:30 AM: $!%&!@ING PIGS!!