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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.
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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.
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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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The Fluid Karma energy system bears a striking resemblance, in principle, to plans drawn up by Nikola Tesla (never fully realised).
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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."
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Scored the lowest reviews for the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, averaging 1.1 out of 5 in all the dailies.
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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."
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The first film for Dwayne Johnson to drop "The Rock" in his billing.
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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."
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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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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).
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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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Justin Timberlake shot his part in one day.
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After the film was bought by Sony, director Richard Kelly added special effects which cost an estimated $1 million.
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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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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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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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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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Tara Reid, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jessica Biel were considered for Sarah Michelle Geller's role.
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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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UPU stands for Urban Pacification Unit.
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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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The translation for the film title in Mexico was: "Las Horas Perdidas" (The Lost Hours).
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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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The film is set in 2008.
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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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