Monday, August 16, 2010

Universal Truth Of The Day: Dog Butts

There is dog, and there is carpet. The result is inevitable; poetry in motion.

-Liz Tee

8 Things You Never Noticed In The Breakfast Club

Or you noticed and just forgot. Or you never noticed and didn't forget, since it's difficult to forget something you never noticed. Or you noticed and didn't give a shit. Link from TheMovieGuru and, where you can see the rest.

1. John Hughes Is Mr. Johnson

At the end of the movie Anthony Michael Hall gets into a car being driven by the reclusive late director.

4. Torched Locker

While it's easy to notice this, you probably didn't realize what it was at the time. During the opening montage, we see a locker that's been completely decimated by fire. Almost like a flare gun went of in it, right? (Yes, it did. That's Brian Johnson's locker.)

5. Carl Was Once The Big Man On Campus

The wise and sassy janitor was Man of the Year in 1969. Now, 15 years later, he's picking up after bratty little punks. Makes you wonder if one of the students in detention is also on the fast-track to a career in the custodial arts. (Bender is the obvious pick, but our guess is wrestler Andrew Clark. The scenario: His knee blows out during his freshman year of college, he loses his ride, and is forced to return home. With his glory days behind him and no discernible future--his dad disowned him for not being a winner--he's greeted with open arms by Shermer High School and offered the job after Carl is fired for drinking on the job and blackmailing teachers.)

8. Getting Streaky With It

Bender (Judd Nelson) has a bluish-silver streak in his hair, which is quite noticeable on Blu-ray.

A few more trivia tidbits I lifted from IMDb:

Emilio Estevez was originally going to play Bender, but Hughes couldn't find someone to play Andrew Clark, so Emilio agreed to play Clark.

Molly Ringwald really wanted to play Allison but Ally Sheedy had already been promised the part.

Anthony Michael Hall's mother and younger sister play his character Brian's mother and sister in the movie.

Director John Hughes insisted that the entire cast and crew eat their meals on location in the high school cafeteria.

Nicolas Cage was originally considered for the role of John Bender but the production couldn't afford his salary at the time. John Cusack was originally cast as John Bender, but John Hughes decided to replace him with Judd Nelson before shooting began.

Rick Moranis was originally cast as the janitor; he left due to creative differences and was replaced by John Kapelos.

Director Trademark: [John Hughes] [Beatles] Principal Richard Vernon is named after Richard Vernon, the actor who played the gentleman in the train compartment scene in A Hard Day's Night (1964). When the principal asks the janitor what he wanted to be when he grew up, the janitor replies that he wanted to be John Lennon.

The dandruff that Allison shakes onto her penciled drawing for snow was achieved by sprinkling Parmesan cheese.

John Hughes almost fired Judd Nelson because of his negative attitude towards Molly Ringwald off camera. Paul Gleason convinced Hughes that Nelson was a great actor and was merely trying to stay in character.

It was originally suggested that there would be several sequels to The Breakfast Club, occurring every ten years, in which the group would get back together.

Judd Nelson made up many of the terms used in the movie, including 'Neo-Maxi Zoomdweebie'.

Any hope of a sequel to The Breakfast Club was dashed due to the volatile relationship between John Hughes and Judd Nelson. John Hughes has stated that he would never work with Nelson again.

At the time of shooting, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were the only Breakfast Club members of high school age, both being 16. Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy both were 22, and Judd Nelson was 25.

Jodie Foster was considered to play Claire and Brooke Shields was considered to play Allison.

Movie Star Bitchery Of The Day

I'm amused when old men act like little bitches.

This article from Yahoo! Movie Talk discusses why Jean-Claude Van Damme didn't join other washed-up action stars in Sly Stallone's
The Expendables.

Van Damme, it turns out, did get a call from Stallone to join his team of Expendables, but he wasn't thrilled with the pitch.

He told TotalFilm, "Stallone gave me a part in his next movie. [He] said, 'You're gonna make lots of money.' I don't want to hear that, I want to hear what was my character. He was unable to tell what it's going to be." So Van Damme, showing admirable dedication to the purity of his craft, passed.

In a 2009 press conference, Van Damme recounted pretty much the same story, adding that he'd advised Stallone that, instead of doing
The Expendables, Stallone should make a movie where Sly plays a "tough priest." According to Van Damme, Stallone found this "insulting."

If nothing else, Van Damme does do a pretty nifty Stallone impression.

At this year's Comic-Con, Stallone addressed the casting offers, including two other high-profile no-shows that were not meant to be. His take differs slightly.

"I talked to Van Damme. I talked to [Steven] Seagal. I even talked to Chuck Norris."

Sly then added, "But there are certain considerations, like insanity."


Here's JC showing some of that dedication to his acting craft. The good stuff starts at :55, so stay with it.

He can also RTFO!

Bar Bands Of The 70s

Captions unnecessary. A great link from Seth and

(Lots more here)


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