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Although he always refuses such collaborations, Moby did the film's score because he was such a big Donnie Darko (2001) fan that he couldn't resist Richard Kelly's offer.
The first film for Dwayne Johnson to drop "The Rock" in his billing.
The police cruisers in the film have a Latin quote "oderint dum metuant" inscribed on them. It was a famous saying of Roman emperor Caligula: "Let them hate so long as they fear."
As of 2013, Richard Kelly still considers this his proudest accomplishment, calling it his "misunderstood child"
Justin Timberlake shot his part in one day.
Wallace Shawn told film critic Nathan Rabin he did not understand the film after initially reading the screenplay, but signed on as he was impressed by Richard Kelly and flattered that the part was written specifically for him; ultimately, he said that he still found the film mostly incomprehensible after three viewings, but "liked it very much".
Sarah Michelle Gellar admitted in an interview that when Seann William Scott introduced Justin Timberlake to her on set, she couldn't recognize him right away because of the heavy makeup.
Scored the lowest reviews for the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, averaging 1.1 out of 5 in all the dailies.
In Boxer's screenplay about the end of the world, his character is named 'Jericho Cane'. This is also the name of Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in End of Days (1999).
Simon Theory, the heavyset, camouflage wearing man in the Marx Suite, is designed after Karl Marx himself, straight down to the raggly beard.
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Richard Kelly said the film's biggest influences are Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Pulp Fiction (1994), Brazil (1985), and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).
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In addition to the feature film, an expanded version of Southland Tales will be presented as a six-part interactive experience with the prequel saga to be published as three separate 90-130 page graphic novels, each written by Kelly. The graphic novels will be released over a six month period early in 2007 leading up to the film's release with the feature film comprised of the story's final three chapters. In addition, the film's official website will be one of the largest and most elaborate ever designed for a feature film. Richard Kelly describes the graphic novels as a "work in tandem with the website, creating a more epic multimedia experience for those interested in taking the plunge."
Justin Timberlake's lines were re-dubbed for the new cut because, according to the director, he "misdirected Justin. It was a little too sarcastic."
The line "We saw shadows of the morning light/shadows of the evening sun/till the shadows and the light were one" is from Jane's Addiction's song "Three Days", which is featured on the soundtrack of the film.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar sang the song "Teen Horniness Is Not a Crime" with the help from Abbey McBride, Clarkent & Greasy Beats.
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Richard Kelly wrote the script shortly before the September 11 attacks. The original script involved blackmail, a porn star, and two cops. After the attacks, Kelly revised the script. He said, "[The original script] was more about making fun of Hollywood. But now it's about, I hope, creating a piece of science fiction that's about a really important problem we're facing, about civil liberties and homeland security and needing to sustain both those things and balance them." He described the film as a "tapestry of ideas all related to some of the biggest issues that I think we're facing right now . . . alternative fuel or the increasing obsession with celebrity and how celebrity now intertwines with politics". With the film's premise of a nuclear attack on Texas, Kelly wanted to take a look at how the United States would respond and survive while constructing a "great black comedy."
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Richard Kelly has claimed on his MySpace blog that he had very little time for the DVD as he was starting shooting on his next feature, The Box (2009). However, he has stated several times that if Sony commissioned one (based on the sales of the current DVD), he would happily be involved in a "Director's Cut" DVD in the future with more special features and deleted scenes from the Cannes cut.
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Richard Kelly consciously sought out actors that he felt had been pigeonholed and wanted to showcase their "undiscovered talents."
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A scene that never even made it into the Cannes cut involves Boxer, right after Starla gets shot, 'bleeding' back in time to the 1920s and meeting Inga von Westphalen as a young fortune teller. Pilot Abilene's cryptic reference to black umbrellas is an orphaned reference to this.
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The Fluid Karma energy system bears a striking resemblance, in principle, to plans drawn up by Nikola Tesla (never fully realised).
In a 2011 interview, Justin Timberlake himself confessed, "To me, Southland Tales is performance art. I still don't know what that movie is about [laughs]."
After the film was bought by Sony, director Richard Kelly added special effects which cost an estimated $1 million.
The translation for the film title in Mexico was: "Las Horas Perdidas" (The Lost Hours).
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There are three chapters in the movie, each sharing its name with a song by an alternative music artist. "Temptation Waits" is a song by Garbage ; "Memory Gospel" is a song by Moby (who also composed the film's score); and "Wave of Mutilation" is a song by Pixies.
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Richard Kelly sent the organizers of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival a rough cut of the film on DVD assuming that it would not be accepted. Much to his surprise, they loved it and wanted the film entered in competition for the Palme d'Or. He stopped editing the film and was also unable to complete all of the visual effects in time for the screening. Kelly's film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2006 with a length of 160 minutes. Kelly describes the negative reaction at Cannes as a "very painful experience on a lot of levels" but ultimately felt that the film "was better off because of it". After the film's festival release, it was purchased by Sony Pictures.
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The film makes various literary references: T.S. Eliot (The Hollow Men), Philip K. Dick (Flow my Tears the Policeman Said) and Robert Frost (Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening).
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When the Prime Minister of Japan got his hand chopped off, he claims that it only should be the finger. Baron von Westphalen answers that he had probably missed the 6 inch deviation clause in his contract. The German dubbing of the movie obviously got confused about the US customary units and translated 6 inches with 1.80 meters, which is actually 6 feet.
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Writer/director, Richard Kelly said that the film is going to be a "strange hybrid" of the sensibilities of Andy Warhol and Philip K. Dick.
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Universal Studios had originally optioned the U.S. rights, but after the Cannes screening, it was sold to Sony, although Universal still retained some international rights. Richard Kelly sought more financing to finish visual effects for the film, and he negotiated a deal with Sony to cut down on the film's length in exchange for funds to complete the visual effects.
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Richard Kelly felt that the musical number was the heart and soul of the film.
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Jason Lee, Tim Blake Nelson and Ali Larter were offered parts.
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Richard Kelly wrote the tie-in graphic novels while making the film and found it very difficult as it pushed him "to the edge of my own sanity", as he remarked in an interview.
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In the animated CAR sequence the mirror reads "IT REALLY IS AS BIG AS IT APPEARS"
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Amy Poehler's character's name is Veronica Mung aka Dream. In Mandarin Chinese, one of the meanings of ''Meng'' is Dream.
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Filming was slated to begin in July 2004, but after a year, it had not begun.
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The policeman who says "flow my tears" is called Bookman. In Philip K. Dick's novel 'Flow My Tears The Policeman Said', one of the central characters is called General Buckman.
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The film is set in 2008.
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The Doomsday Scenario Interface in the beginning of the movie resembles the TV interface in Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers (1997). Verhoeven's next film after "Troopers" was to be Hollow Man (2000), a title pretty close to T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men", from where Justin Timberlake's lines "This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. This is the way the worlds end. Not with a bang, but with a whimper." with the last line reversed so it reads, "not with a whimper, but with a bang."
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UPU stands for Urban Pacification Unit.
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Jonathon Ross dismissed Southland Tales as being "like a bad, overlong student film".
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The film did not receive a cinematic release in Australia.
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At 1:48:52, when Jehrico is in the Elevator and swipes and ID card, the screen distorts and flashes to white on blue Alphanumeric characters. During the first flash at the bottom of the screen set apart from the rest of the characters by spaces is the name Priscilla Elliott. In Southland Tales Priscilla Elliott is the Assistant Art Director, later working with the director Richard Kelly once more as Art Director in the movie "The Box".
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Although the character of General Teena MacArthur, played by (Janeane Garofalo) is largely absent from the theatrical cut of the film, she can be briefly seen at the end of the film at the party where Pilot Abilene and others are celebrating.
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Christopher Lambert is once again in a plot about a futuristic corporation that devises a planetary energy shield, with undesirable side-effects. The first; Highlander II: The Quickening (1991).
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Warning: contains spoilers for other titles - read on at your own risk). Marks the 4th time Sarah Michelle Gellar has played a character who dies after falling from a height having previously done so in The Grudge 2 (2006), Scream 2 (1997) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) (although subsequently resurrected).
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