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Gorilla suits in Batman & Robin were made from old Santa wigs. And that cape swoosh? It was some old tarp...
It’s less of a thing now, but in the 1980s and 1990s, major blockbusters were sometimes accompanied by a making-of book. Sure, these tended to be quite glossy and promotional, but they also had to fill 100-200 pages with something. And in the case of Batman & Robin, one of 1997’s two notorious blockbuster flops (Speed 2 being the other), Michael Singer penned a 128 page guide to what was supposed to be the biggest film of the year.
It’s interesting, too, digging in far more detail than you might expect into the technical details. Here are 25 of the things that we found out from reading it…
1. Bob Kane was involved with the script
We immediately knew why Chris Hemsworth was casted to play hammer-wielding Thor when his older brother, Luke, shared a group photo that put Chris' huge bicep on display, but now we know the truth behind that now-famous photo arm. Chris made our jaws drop with the size of his bicep—it really was that enormous—but in an interview with Australia's The Project, the Aussie actor revealed it was nothing more than a bit of trickery; he thanked "Photoshop, lighting and certain angles" for bestowing him with muscle mania. The show's co-host jokingly asked if there was a "new filter" to get those looks, but we doubt your average Mayfair or Valencia filters are going to get you Chris' »
Here’s a concept even more out-there than the fringe science at the center of The X-Files‘ latest episode: We’re a third of the way through the revival… and it just started yesterday!
Sadly, the six episodes of Season 10 will be done before the leprechauns slide down their rainbows this St. Patrick’s Day (which, incidentally, would make a great casefile for Season 11. Chris Carter, Dm me). But rather than focus on how our post-revival lives will be sadder than C.G.B. Spender without his Morleys, let’s instead train our attention on what we do get in »
There’s been a fun theory bouncing around the internet for a while which surmises that all of Quentin Tarantino’s movies are part of a single continuity. The theory states that all of the characters that the writer has created inhabit the same world, or at least did throughout time. Now the writer and director has been directly asked about the theory and he’s confirmed that it’s true. Mostly. Quentin Tarantino was in Australia doing promotional work for The Hateful Eight alongside two of the film’s stars Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell. On the television show The Project, he was asked about the "Tarantino Cinematic Universe" and confirmed that most of his films do take place in the same world; the only exception being the movies that are too over the top, even for Tarantino’s hyperrealistic »
His decorated body of work has long been the subject of intense scrutiny, praise and adulation, whether it’s his genre-mashing Pulp Fiction or, more recently, a barnstorming Civil War thriller in the vein of The Hateful Eight. But do all of Quentin Tarantino‘s movies exist in the same universe? The answer to that question is a resounding yes, according to the director himself.
Speculation that the Tarantino-verse was real first came to light when Vic Vega from Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction‘s Vincent Vega shared a surname, only for the filmmaker to confirm later that the pair are actually brothers. But the connections – subtle though they may be – run deeper than that.
When quizzed about the possibility by The Project, Tarantino confirmed that there lies a “realer than real” universe underpinning his film catalog. “So From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, they all take place in this special movie universe, »
- Michael Briers
For decades, dozens of fan theories have circulated on the connectivity of Quentin Tarantino’s movies, suggesting that the master filmmakers movies are all part of a bigger tapestry. Many believe all his movies, and not just those that he has directed, inhabit the same universe with disparate characters been revealed to be connected to each other in some way, most famously Vic Vega from Reservoir and Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction being brothers. Tarantino himself has pretty much kept away from the debate until, but now, speaking on Australian news show The Project yesterday, he has revealed that those theories weren’t exactly wrong, they were just thinking a bit too small. You see, the man hasn’t cultivated just one universe in his movies, he has cultivated two. We’ll let him explain: There is actually two separate universes. There is the realer than real universe, alright. And »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
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