June 29, 2015

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
H. G. Wells

Phoenix:[showing up for their date] " You're a very strange person."
Griffin: "That maybe true, but you're here."
— Phoenix (Amanda Peet), Griffin (Dermot Mulroney) Griffin & Phoenix (2006)

I don't drink. I don't like it. It makes me feel good.
Oscar Levant

Heaven's Gate (1980) (part 5 of 13)
  • There really was a Johnson County War in Wyoming and James Averill, Nathan Champion and Ella Watson were actual historical figures. In the real war, however, the U.S. Army arrested the cattlemen for hiring the killers and did not threaten to arrest the homesteaders for defending themselves, as happens in the film.
  • While doing press for Desperate Hours (1990) in the fall of 1990, Michael Cimino, in a TV interview, claimed full responsibility for what had happened during the making of this film.
  • The production shoot for this picture ran for 165 days
  • At the time, it was the biggest and most expensive Hollywood flop ever. Its failure resulted in the sale of the United Artists studio to MGM.
  • Real horses' entrails were used to add realism to the gorier scenes.
  • At one point, the head of United Artists along with fellow executives proposed selling the movie to producer Barry Spikings in order to rid themselves of the financial burden and also allow Michael Cimino to finish the film any way he liked, as long as it was not under the banner and scrutiny of United Artists. Under the proposed deal, Cimino would have complete control of the finished product with Spikings overseeing everything. United Artists would have looked after the distribution rights for the film in the U.S. and abroad. After looking at all the financial records for the film at that point which had reached approximately $15 million, Spikings instantly refused to take over the project.

  • Free enterprise is essentially a formula not just for wealth creation, but for life satisfaction.
    Arthur C. Brooks

  • The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters.
  • Someone paid $14,000 for the bra worn by Marilyn Monroe in the film ‘Some Like It Hot’.
  • A fierce gust of wind blew 45 year old Vittorio Luise’s car into a rover near Naples, Italy, in 1980. He managed to break a window, climb out and swim to shore–where a tree blew over and killed him.
  • There are approximately 100 million acts of sexual intercourse each day.
  • Entomophobia is the fear of insects.

  • A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, an attractive girl named Sarah. The bus driver had to go on a long bustrip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Sarah seven apples. Why?

    Yogi Berra
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
    Yogi Berra

    “Democracy is the road to socialism.”

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