Star Wars is not exactly synonymous with the Oscars. Those two words, forever known as the most famous film franchise in the world, have more in common with terms like “box office,” “special effects,” “sold-out tickets,” and many other things which are usually at the other end of the spectrum of awards season fodder. But what if J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens actually turned out to be a an Oscar sleeper? Before you roll your eyes, stop reading this and go back to analyzing those new Force Awakens photos, hear me out, for the sake of the Force.
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FX’s Louie auteur Louis C.K. famously handles most aspects of the Emmy-winning series himself on a minuscule budget, but did you know the comedian even provides his own cameras? Or that it only shoots three days a week, to accommodate custody of his real kids? Reload your morning misery with the 31st episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?’ which hits the Comedy Cellar for ten misanthropic facts of FX’s Louie.
As Season 2 of The Leftovers continues to be one of the best dramas on television, each week gives us a few answers, but adds double the mysteries. Is Miracle really a place of miracles? Is a second Departure responsible for the disappearance of Evie and her friends?
One of the most famous scenes in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs is the opening diner sequence, where the group of gangsters debate the meaning of Madonna’s 1986 hit “True Blue.” After watching the film, Madonna sent Tarantino a signed copy of her album Erotica with the note, “To Quentin, It’s about love, not dicks.” That’s just one of the surprising facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, so turn up K-Billy’s Super Sounds of the 70s and get to know more about Reservoir Dogs!
SNL's decision to have Donald Trump host this week's episode has definitely stirred some pots, inspiring many to mock the venerated series and some to march down to 30 Rock in protest, while others have chosen to simply ignore this week's show, as if we can will it into non-existence. Is it as bad as we feared? Almost. Is it hilariously awful? Nope. It's just...not good.
By now, we know all about Finn, Rey and Kylo Ren. OK, we don’t really know much about them at all, but in the highly secretive world of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we at least know who they are. While you’ll see a lot of them in the trailers...
What qualities signify the best movie of the year? Could it be one that thoughtfully examines the human condition in the most striking way? Perhaps one that makes you laugh as much as it makes you cry and introspect over hard-to-swallow truths. Maybe even a movie that’s so visually dynamic its detailed beauty elevates the wonder of its evocative story. Now here’s the kicker: what if that movie was animated?
Before Steven Spielberg and George Lucas figured out the plot for what would eventually be Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the prequel almost brought back Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood and her father Abner Ravenwood as major characters. The film, originally titled The Temple of Death, was about Indy riding a motorcycle across the Great Wall of China and finding a lost colony of dinosaurs. Need more Indiana Jones facts? No time for love, just start watching the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Charlie Brown has given us enough specials for all the best holidays, but did you know the very first Christmas episode came together in a record six months? Or that it served as inspiration for The Grinch and Frosty the Snowman? Grab a blanket and brush off that dirt, as the 30th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?’ pulls the football right out from under you with some holiday facts from Charlie Brown!
Although SPECTRE were the bad guys behind all of James Bond’s most famous adventures, including Dr. No and From Russia With Love, the criminal organization hasn’t been seen onscreen for almost 45 years, since 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever. That’s just one of the many facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which explores James Bond’s old haunts for a look at Spectre.