Category Archives: Movies

Daily Trivia – 10/27/11

Question: How did Jennifer die in Nightmare On Elm Street Part 3″?

A. An asthma attack
B. Sliced and diced
C. Freddy put her head through a tv
D. She was blown up

Last Question: Whose long-dead corpse, stabbed repeatedly by a fencepost, is reanimated by a lucky lightening bolt, in a 1986 movie?

Answer: Jason’s

Jason was brought back to life in the 1986 movie Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. Tommy Jarvis, who survived parts IV and V went to the cemetery with his friend so they could cremate Jason’s body. After they exhumed the body, Tommy went nuts and stabbed the body with a steel fence post. Apparently he didn’t think this through very well, as there was a lightning storm going on while he was doing this. Of course, the fence post acted as a conductor when lightning hit the post, and brought Jason back to life a-la Frankenstein.
Of course, Jason would go on to another killing rampage through this and 5 more movies (including Freddy vs. Jason), before the Friday the 13th franchise itself got brought back to life in 2009 with a reboot.

Here is the scene with Jason being brought back to life. This is graphic and contains bad language:

If that is too graphic for you, here is the movie trailer instead:

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Daily Trivia – 10/26/11

Question: Whose long-dead corpse, stabbed repeatedly by a fencepost, is reanimated by a lucky lightening bolt, in a 1986 movie?

Last Question: What Matthew Broderick movie starred chimp actors named Willie, Okko and Lulu?

Answer: Project X

Project X was a 1987 movie that put Matthew Broderick in his “War Games” comedy-sci-fi-thriller mode. The movie also starred a pre-Mad About You Helen Hunt.

Helen Hunt played grad student Teri MacDonald, who was teaching a chimpanzee named Virgil to use American Sign Language. Her research grant was not renewed, and Virgil was taken away. Teri was told that Virgil was being sent to a zoo. Instead, he was taken to an Air Force base to be used in a top-secret research project involving platforms designed to simulate the operation of aircraft.

Matthew Broderick’s Airman Jimmy Garrett got in trouble for “having relations” in an aircraft cockpit, and was sent to the same chimp project to which Virgil was sent. Jimmy and Virgil bonded, and Jimmy found out that Virgil has been taught sign language.

What Jimmy and Virgil didn’t know was that the chimps trained on the flight simulators will be killed by radiation poisoning. Once they reach a certain level in operating the flight simulator, the chimps will be exposed to a lethal pulse of radiation in the simulator chamber, to determine how long a pilot may survive after a nuclear exchange known as the second-strike scenario.

Virgil found out what had happened, and screeched to the other caged chimps, letting them know what happened. Then Jimmy found out what was going on, and got Teri to join him at the base.

Jimmy and Teri rescued Virgil when he was about to be put in the flight simulator. Jimmy punched holes in the theories about the project to the assembled military guests, and assorted politicians, much to the chagrin of Dr. Carroll (William Sadler), who was running the project. In the meantime all the other chimps were staging an escape.

Jimmy and Teri steal a military plane to help the chimps escape, but they are stopped by military police. While the police held Jimmy and Teri at gunpoint, Virgil piloted the plane, and flew the chimps away. They eventually crash landed in the nearby Everglades and evaded a search. Just as the search was being abandoned, Jimmy and Teri saw Virgil hiding in the bush with his chimpanzee girlfriend. Teri signs to Virgil that he and the others are now “free”. The chimps disappeared into the Everglades.

Here is the movie trailer:

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Daily Trivia – 10/20/11

Question: Who sat beside Vin Scully in the broadcast booth for the last time during the 1988 World Series?

Last Question: What movie opened with the Yogi Berra quote: “In baseball, you don’t know nothing”?

Answer: Bull Durham

Bull Durham is many people’s favorite baseball movie of all time. The 1988 movie grossed $50 million on a $9 million budget, so it was a commercial success as well as a critical success. Kevin Costner, back in the days when he was in good movies, played “Crash” Davis, a veteran catcher brought in to teach rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) about the game in preparation for reaching the Major Leagues.

Here is one of my favorite scenes of the movie:

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Daily Trivia – 10/18/11

Question: What sitcom did James Burrows, Glen Charles and Les Charles leave in 1981, to start up Cheers?

Last Question: Who played the mystery writer offering Paulina Porizkova’s character an alibi in the film Her Alibi?

Answer: Tom Selleck

Her Alibi was a 1989 movie starring Tom Selleck and Paulina Porizkova. Porizkova was nominated for a Golden Raspberry award for Worst Actress for her role as Nina in this movie.

Tom Selleck had just finished his Magnum P.I. run when Her Alibi came out. He had decent success in movies, also starring in Runaway, Three Men and a Baby, Quigley Down Under, and High Road to China. He return to television in the ’90s in a recurring role on Friends as Richard, Monica’s older boyfriend. Then he replaced James Caan in the last season of Las Vegas in 2007-2008.
Now he stars as the patriarch Frank Reagan in Blue Bloods.

Paulina Porizkova did not star in too many notable movies. She was more popular for her modeling career and being married to The Cars’ Ric Ocasek.

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Daily Trivia – 10/17/11

Question: Who played the mystery writer offering Paulina Porizkova’s character an alibi in the film Her Alibi?

Last Question: In Footloose, what does Ariel give Ren as a gift?

Answer: A music box

The music box Ariel gives Ren plays the music from “Almost Paradise”

Has anybody seen the remake yet?

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Daily Trivia – 9/29/11

Question: What show featuring the exploits of everyday folks was hosted by luminaries like Byron Allen, Mark Russell and Fred Willard?

Last Question: What two Matt Dillon films did Francis Ford Coppola shoot back-to-back in Tulsa?

Answer: The Outsiders and Rumble Fish

Francis Ford Coppola had not intended to make a film about teen angst until middle-school students from Lone Star Elementary School in Fresno, California, great fans of The Godfather, wrote to him about adapting The Outsiders. When Coppola read the book, he was moved not only to adapt and direct “The Outsiders”, but to follow it the next year by adapting another S.E. Hinton novel, Rumble Fish. The latter film’s cast included Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, and Glenn Withrow from “The Outsiders”.

The film was shot on location in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Coppola filmed The Outsiders and Rumble Fish back-to-back in 1982.

The Outsiders

Rumble Fish

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Daily Trivia – 9/20/11

Question: What beer ran U.S. ads with a slogan mistranslated into Spanish as “filling, and less delicious”?

Last Question: What Eddie Murphy movie was originally slated to star Sylvester Stallone?

Answer: Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop was almost a totally different movie. Actaully, before Sylvester Stallone, the part of Axel Foley was first offered to Mickey Rourke. But, the project was taking a long time to unfold, and Rourke’s contract expired, so he left to do another movie.

The part of Axel Foley was then offered to Sylvester Stallone. The screenplay was rewritten, and it had a harder edge to it.
The following is from a Question and Answer session on the Ain’t It Cool News site:

Hi Sly!

How different was the version of Beverly Hills Cop that you were going to make, from the version we all ended up seeing??

Andrew Sharp
Llandeilo, Wales, United Kingdom

When I read the script for BEVERLY HILLS COP, I thought they’d sent it to the wrong house. Somehow, me trying to comically terrorize Beverly Hills is not the stuff that great yuk-festivals are made from. So I re-wrote the script to suit what I do best, and by the time I was done, it looked like the opening scene from SAVING PRIVATE RYAN on the beaches of Normandy. Believe it or not, the finale was me in a stolen Lamborghini playing chicken with an oncoming freight train being driven by the ultra-slimy bad guy. Needless to say, they dropkicked me and my script out of the office, and the rest is history.

Stallone was out two weeks before filming was to start, and in a great move, he was replaced by Eddie Murphy. And the rest is indeed history.

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Daily Trivia – 9/6/11

Question: What were the 3 Chipettes names on Alvin and the Chipmunks?

Last Question: In The Breakfast Club, what is the janitor’s name?

Answer: Carl

Uh, Carl?


Can I ask you a question?


How does one become a janitor?

You wanna be a janitor?

No I just wanna know how one becomes
a janitor because Andrew here, is
very interested in pursuing a
career in the custodial arts…

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Daily Trivia – 8/24/11

Question: What sports announcer was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his coverage that began: “I’ll tell you what, we’re having an earth—-“?

Last Question: What teen flick gave Anthony Michael Hall the line: “We have seventy dollars and a pair of girls’ underpants. We’re safe as kittens”?

Answer: Sixteen Candles

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