here's a meme I got from the lovely karaokegal:
List 10 movies you love and cut and paste a trivia fact from IMDB about each one.
1. Kill Bill
Michael Parks plays Sheriff Earl McGraw, the same character that the Gecko brothers killed at the beginning of the Quentin Tarantino-written From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). Also, Parks' real son, 'James Parks', reprises his own role of Deputy McGraw ("Son #1") from From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999) (V). Both also appear in Tarantino's Death Proof (2007).
2. A Fish Called Wanda
The poem Archie Leach recites in Russian for Wanda Gershwitz is Molitva (1839) by Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841).
(what IMDB didn't mention is that this is a Socialist poem praising the workers that all Russian elementary school kids had to memorize).
"As Time Goes By" was written by lifelong bachelor Herman Hupfeld and debuted in 1931's Broadway show "Everybody's Welcome", sung by Frances Williams, It had been a personal favorite of playwright and high school teacher Murray Burnett who, seven years later, visited Vienna just after the Nazis had entered. Later, after visiting a cafe in south France where a black pianist had entertained a mixed crowd of Nazis, French and refugees, Burnett was inspired to write the melodrama "Everybody Comes to Rick's", which was optioned for production by Martin Gabel and Carly Wharton, and later, Warners. After the film's release, "As Time Goes By" stayed on radio's "Hit Parade" for 21 weeks. However, because of the coincidental musicians' union recording ban, the 1931 Rudy Vallee version became the smash hit. (It contains the rarely-sung introductory verse, not heard in the film.) Max Steiner, in a 1943 interview, admitted that the song "must have had something to attract so much attention".
When Sacha Baron Cohen speaks Kazakh it is mostly Hebrew disguised by a heavy fake Eastern European accent. The Hebrew is quite understandable and contains many in-jokes. Baron Cohen admitted this in a rare "out of character" radio interview on National Public Radio in the USA.
5. Napoleon Dynamite
The name "Napoleon Dynamite" is a pseudonym used by Elvis Costello for his 1986 album, "Blood and Chocolate". Executive producer Jeremy Coon has stated that the similarity is a coincidence and that the producers were unaware of Costello's usage of the name until the film was in production.
6. Waking Life
A clip from the Monkey's lecture film shows Kurt Cobain in concert spinning his guitar over his head and throwing it into an amplifier. This was taken from the documentary he conceived in 1993 called "Live, Tonight, Sold Out".
7. Velvet Goldmine
The name of Brian Slade's rock persona, "Maxwell Demon," and that of his band, "The Venus In Furs", are references to two of the key artists in the original Glam Rock movement: Maxwell Demon was the name of a band in which Brian Eno performed in England in the mid 60s, and "Venus In Furs" is the name of a song by Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground. Songs by both artists are featured on the film's soundtrack.
When George warns everyone about the "fiendish thingy," he accidentally touches the breasts of the woman standing behind him. She does not look happy about it.
According to the screenplay, the scene in which Madame Tetrallini introduces the wandering land-owner to the performers frolicking in the woods ran quite a bit longer. It included additional dialog that endeavored to humanize the so-called freaks. She tells him they are "always in hot, stuffy tents - strange eyes always staring at them - never allowed to forget what they are." Duval responds sympathetically (clearly the stand-in for the viewing audience), "When I go to the circus again, Madame, I'll remember," to which she adds, "I know, M'sieu - you will remember seeing them playing - playing like children... Among all the thousands who come to stare - to laugh - to shudder - you will be one who understands."
(for another interesting bit of trivia about this movie not on IMDB, read House's dialogue in my fic, "Infinitesimal".)
IMDB had almost no trivia on this movie for some reason so I will supply one I happen to know about. Sir George Alexander was a Victorian era theatrical director and producer who sometimes worked with Oscar Wilde. He is a distant relative of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry joked that that was the real reason he'd gotten the part.