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Movie Trivia for Universal’s 100th Anniversary

The Universal Film Manufacturing Company was officially incorporated in New York on this date in 1912. According to company legend, Carl Laemmle named his company Universal after seeing “Universal Pipe Fittings” written on a passing delivery wagon. To commemorate the 100th anniversary, we asked the good people at Universal to share some of their [...]

First Surreal Animation

LinkScroll down for today’s pictures & links. First Surreal Animation This inspired trip is “Fantasmagorie” from 1908, made by Emile Cohl. Some of the old cartoons were very bizarre… for example, Russian scientist Ladislas Starevitch used to create animated films using dead insects with wire limbs. Another very strange cartoon is this one… “You wanna be a [...]

The Late Movies: 8 Character Actors Who Always Steal the Scene

Obviously, these are some of my favorites, and I’ve certainly left lots of worthy actors off this list. If there’s anyone else you wish had made the list, let me know in the comments! Dan Hedaya Best known for his role as Frances McDormand’s vengeful, cuckolded husband in the Coen Brothers’ 1984 classic Blood Simple, Hedaya’s one [...]

The Quick 10: The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame celebrates its 50-year anniversary this week. Although a big block-party-style bash is scheduled for later this summer after some much-needed renovations are complete, the actual construction kickoff happened on February 8, 1960, with the star ceremony taking place the following day. Since Hollywood’s celebration is still a few months away, [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Movies Shot on Location

There’s a movie filming in town right now – it’s called Smitty and stars Mira Sorvino and Peter Fonda. I’m sure you Manhattanites and Los Angeleans are quite unimpressed, but it’s pretty unusual here in Des Moines. But not as unusual as it used to be – a couple of years ago Iowa approved legislation [...]

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1951) Trailer

(YouTube link) YouTube member whoiseyevan, the creator of Ghost Busters 1954 puts together a trailer for the 1951 version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, featuring Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, and Peter Lorre. -via Metafilter