In the tradition of ScreenCrush series like You Think You Know Movies, You Think You Know TV, and Post Credits comes a brand new YouTube series: Top Five! Each week (or so; we’ve got a lot of other stuff going on), ScreenCrush editor and critic Matt Singer will count down a particular topic from the world of movies (and probably write these introductory posts in the third person).
Warner Bros. purchased the rights to the Harry Potter movies in 1999 for $2 million. That may sound like a lot, but here’s the part where we remind you that the Harry Potter movies have made over $10 BILLION at the box-office, which is a pretty good return on investment. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which takes you behind the scenes of the first film in the Harry Potter movies!
Before Mike Myers became synonymous with the green ogre named Shrek, his fellow SNL castmate Chris Farley was actually cast in the role and had recorded about 80-90% of his dialogue. Then, in 1997, Farley tragically died of a drug overdose, DreamWorks was forced to recast the role and, in doing so, radically rethink their version of Shrek. Today, the first footage of Farley as Shrek has popped up online and shows a very different character than the one we have come to know and love.
While Cars would eventually come to be about hotshot racing car Lightning McQueen, Cars was originally titled “The Yellow Car” and was going to be about an electric car living in a gas-guzzling world. This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which speeds off with Cars!
Marvel’s Ant-Man opens in theaters today and to this point we’ve seen no shortage of trailers, clips and TV spots showing off all kinds of footage. But, on the last stop on his promotional tour for the movie, Paul Rudd stopped by to visit Conan O’Brien and brought something extra special.
Did you know that Marvel has been working on an Ant-Man movie since the late-1980s? Stan Lee originally pitched the concept to New World Entertainment (then Marvel’s parent company), but they turned the idea down because Disney had just released Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. This is just one of the little facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which proves size matters with Ant-Man!
There are so many minions serving Gru in the Despicable Me movies, it would be impossible to actually stop and count each individual one. But, if you had to, you wound find out that there are actually 899 minions. This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which gets happy with Despicable Me 2!
Here’s how fast motion-capture technology is evolving: On Rise of the Planet of the Apes, all the motion-capture work had to be completed after principal photography had been completed, but on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, just a few years later, the ape actors shot alongside the human actors on set, even in exterior locations. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which gets into some serious monkey business with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!
There are a lot of highly complicated moves in Magic Mike. But, despite the degree of difficulty, Channing Tatum never once used a stunt double. All those backflips, grinds and spins were all his moves. Not bad, but when you consider Tatum himself used to be a male stripper, it all makes sense. This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which backs up on ya with Magic Mike.
Like all of Pixar’s films, Finding Nemo has a lot of references to other movies, past and present. If you look closely you can spot characters from The Incredibles, Toy Story and Cars, plus lots of other fun references from the Pixar team. This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which just keeps swimming with Finding Nemo!
If you keep your eyes peeled during Tangled you can catch a glimpse of some other Disney classics. In the background, there are nods to Pinocchio, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen, plus other references from classic Disney fairy tales. This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which lets it hair down with Tangled!
Jurassic World recently set the record for the biggest opening weekend at the box office with $209 million. But, did you know that Return of the Jedi once held that record in 1983 with just $23 million. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which looks at the finale of the original Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi!
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