USAWeekend was able to compile a list of 27 things that you may or may not know about 27 of this year’s upcoming movie releases and we have brought to you the 15 best ones, check them out below:
THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY Sam Rockwell based his portrayal of the two-headed president of the galaxy (one head is usually hidden) on three models: Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury and Bill Clinton.
CRASH In this story about the intersecting lives of a racially diverse cast of Angelenos, Sandra Bullock’s character takes a painful fall. When recording audio for the scene, director Paul Haggis had Bullock lie on her stomach. Then he climbed onto her back. Bullock nailed the scream.
THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS (June 3) To help the film’s four young actresses get into their roles, director Ken Kwapis took them to a thrift shop, handed each $75 and instructed them to (in character) pick out clothes for themselves and their friends.
BATMAN BEGINS (June 17) The Batmobile has had a makeover. Director Chris Nolan and production designer Nathan Crowley came up with the new ride by combining parts from toy cars and planes. Then they asked engineers, “Can you make this?”
BEWITCHED (June 24) Samantha’s trademark nose twitch is no cinch; Nicole Kidman really had to practice it. During filming, the cast and crew were taped trying to wiggle their noses. Besides Kidman, two out of 120 were gifted at it.
WAR OF THE WORLDS (June 29) Tom Cruise and young co-stars Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin were in a tank filming underwater shots when director Steven Spielberg was inspired to add a little mood music. It was one of his personal favorites: the theme from “Jaws.”
DARK WATER (July 8) In this psychological thriller, Jennifer Connelly is plagued by leaks in her apartment — lots of them. More than 100,000 gallons of water were used during filming.
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (July 15) The candy-making squirrels in Willy Wonka’s factory are real squirrels, trained from birth for their parts.
THE ISLAND (July 22) White Puma tennis shoes should spike in popularity after audiences realize that’s what Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson and the thousands of other residents are wearing in the film’s mysterious facility.
STEALTH (July 29) When a picture of the Talon (a fighter plane invented for the film) on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was circulated online, the Navy received a flood of calls from military personnel and civilians asking about this “new” aircraft.
DOOM (Aug. 5) About to shoot this film in Prague, The Rock heard about a young Iraqi named Muthana whose dreams of attending film school had been shattered by the war. The actor got him a job as a production assistant on the movie and ultimately paid for him to attend the London Film Academy.
GRIZZLY MAN (Aug. 5) This film is about bear advocate Timothy Treadwell, who was killed by grizzlies in 2003. Treadwell nearly had a vastly different fate: He auditioned for the role Woody Harrelson made famous on “Cheers.”
THE DUKES OF HAZZARD (Aug. 5) So badly did Jessica Simpson want to be cast as Daisy Duke that, while being considered for the role, she named her dog Daisy, hoping it would bring her luck.
DEUCE BIGALOW: EUROPEAN GIGOLO (Aug. 12) After boasting about his skill at making shrimp scampi, Rob Schneider was invited by an Amsterdam restaurant to take over its kitchen and prepare the dish. Schneider made dinner for the cast and crew, and earned a permanent place on the menu. Diners at the Palladio can now order Scampi Ã la Bigalow.
RED EYE (Aug. 19) While shooting this thriller about a kidnapped woman, director Wes Craven took a weekend off and eloped.
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