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Betty White

Author Michael McWilliams said “If Lucille Ball is the Queen of Television, then its Princess is Betty White.” 

Betty White, everyone’s favorite leading lady, recently turned 99 years old. Just a few weeks ago, I watched a documentary on Netflix titled Betty White, First Lady of Television. It was a nice overview of Betty’s career and I did learn a few new things about her.  

Betty Marion White was born on January 17, 1922  in Oak Park, Illinois. She was an only child and admits that she was quite spoiled rotton.  In 1923 her family moved from Illinois to California.  She graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1939.  In the documentary she discussed how every summer she and her parents would hike into the Sierra Nevada’s for 3 weeks. They were a family that loved animals and wildlife. 

Growing up, Betty idolized singer and actress Jeanette Macdonald who was famous during the 1930s and 1940s.  Just a few months after graduating from high school, Betty White did her first test for television where she sang a Jeanette Macdonald song. 

In the 1940s, Betty had some work in radio.  It all started when she played a young orphan in the 1930s radio drama Empire Builders.   She also had roles in other radio shows during that decade. In 1949, Al Jarvis, a radio DJ started a television talk show called Hollywood on Television.  He asked Betty to join him as part of the show, a show that was live and aired six days a week.  It’s hard to believe but the show was around five hours long each day and and a lot of improvisation took place. Betty would also sing on the show. It was a great opportunity for her to showcase her array of skills.  She started out making $50 a week for her work. In 1951 Al Jarvis left the show and film star Eddie Albert became Betty’s co-host.  Eddie Albert only stayed for six months and then Betty took on the hosting role alone in 1952. This makes Betty White the first female daytime television talk show host. 

That same year, Betty co-founded Bandy Productions along with writer George Tibbles and producer Don Fedderson.  They created the television comedy Life With Elizabeth where Betty had the lead role and won a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her role.  Up against Betty White for that Emmy was Zsa Zsa Gabor.  In a People magazine article, Betty White says, “Zsa Zsa Gabor was also nominated and was at my table. When they came around to our award, Zsa Zsa got her purse out and powdered her nose and put her lipstick on. I didn’t think there was a prayer. I was just interested in seeing how it came out, but they announced my name instead of Zsa Zsa’s. I was just in shock. I could not believe it. And I don’t think Zsa Zsa could either.”

In 1954, Betty hosted the Betty White show, a variety show with a live band and live commercials. In the documentary, she said this was before there was tape. Everything was live.  Imagine that coordination it must have taken to have a live show and no saying “we’ll edit that out later.” In the documentary they interviewed singer and tap dancer Arthur Duncan.  He was the first African-American regular on variety television programs.  Unfortunately, there was some controversy surrounding his appearances.  Viewers in the south did not like having a black man on their television sets and people wanted the show cancelled. Thankfully, Betty White said “I’m sorry. Live with it.” Arthur Duncan credits Betty White for getting him into television.

In the 1970s, Betty had a much loved role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show where she played Sue Ann Nivens, the Happy Homemaker. The Mary Tyler Moore show had already been on the air for a few years before Betty White joined the cast. Her first appearance was on episode one of season four.  For her role, Betty White won two Emmy Awards in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category. The women that made up the show were Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, and Georgia Engel. Their final time all together on a television program was when Katie Couric interviewed them on her talk show Katie in 2013.  While on the show, the ladies all sang the Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song together. It was great to see them all together one last time.

Betty White always seems to be coming up with something new to keep her name in the spotlight. In 2010 she starred in a Super Bowl commercial that had everyone talking. That same year she made history when she became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live. And she’s not done yet. Next week, Betty White’s Pet Set, a series created 50 years ago will make its debut on digital platforms and DVD on February 23, 2021.

Betty White definitely is the “Princess of Television.” I hope you will listen to this week’s Trivia Rewind episode about Betty White. How many people can say at 99 years old, they still have work in Hollywood!

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Trivia Rewind Episode 37 – Betty White

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hello Trivia Rewind  listeners, I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll be talking about everyone’s favorite leading lady, Betty White. She just turned 99 years old.  Author Michael McWilliams said, “If Lucille Ball is the queen of television, then its princess is Betty White.”

[00:00:36] Recently I watched a documentary on Netflix titled Betty White, First Lady of Television. It was a nice overview of Betty’s career and I did learn a few new things about her. Betty Marion White was born on January 17th, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois. She was an only child and admits that she was quite spoiled rotten. In [00:01:00] 1923 her family moved to California. She graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1939. In the documentary she discussed how every summer she and her parents would hike into the Sierra Nevada’s for three weeks. They were a family that loved animals and wildlife.

[00:01:20] Growing up Betty idolized singer and actress Jeanette MacDonald, who was famous during the 1930s and 1940s. Just a few months after graduating from high school, Betty White did her first test for television where she sang a Janette McDonald song. In the 1940s, Betty had some work in radio.  It all started when she played a young orphan in the 1930s radio drama, Empire Builders.  [RADIO DRAMA CLIP: Oh, how are you today hon? I’m a lot better, thank you.”] She also had roles in other radio shows during that decade.

[00:01:56] In 1949, Al Jarvis, a radio [00:02:00] DJ started a television talk show called Hollywood On Television. He asked Betty White to join him as part of the show. The show was live and aired six days a week. It’s hard to believe, but the show was around five hours long each day and a lot of improvisation took place. Betty would also sing on the show. It was a great opportunity for her to showcase her huge array of skills. She started out making $50 a week for her work. In 1951, Al Jarvis left the show and film star Eddie Albert became Betty’s co-host. He only stayed for six months and then Betty White took on the hosting role alone in 1952. This makes her the first female daytime television talk show host.

[00:02:51] That same year, Betty White co-founded Bandy Productions along with writer George Tibbles and producer Don Fetterson.  [00:03:00] They created the television comedy Life With Elizabeth where Betty had the lead role and won a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her role.

[00:03:09] [TV SHOW CLIP: “Betty White in Life With  Elizabeth, featuring Del Moore”]

[00:03:25] Up against Betty White for that Emmy was Zsa Zsa Gabor. In a People Magazine article, Betty White says, “Zsa Zsa Gabor was also nominated and was at my table. When they came around to our award, Zsa Zsa got her purse out and powdered her nose and put her lipstick on. I didn’t think there was a prayer. I was just interested in seeing how it came out, but they announced my name instead of Zsa Zsa’s. I was just in shock. I could not believe it. And I don’t think Zsa Zsa could either.”

[00:03:59] In [00:04:00] 1954, Betty hosted the Betty White Show, a variety show with a live band and live commercials. In the documentary she said this was before there was tape. Everything was live. In the documentary they interviewed singer and tap dancer Arthur Duncan. He was the first African-American regular on variety television programs. Unfortunately, there were some controversy. Viewers in the South did not like having a black man on their television sets and people wanted the show canceled. Well, Betty White said, “I’m sorry. Live with it.” He credits Betty White for getting him into television. It was now the end of the 1950s and Betty White’s career was off to a great start.

[00:04:47] In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you 10 trivia questions about Betty White. After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some [00:05:00] more fun facts about the princess of television. Stick around to the very end because I’ll tell you what Betty White’s newest projects are. Just because she’s 99 doesn’t mean she’s done with the entertainment business yet.

[00:05:15] So are you ready for question one? Here it is. On which game show did Betty White appear numerous times where she fell in love with her future husband, the host of the show?

[00:05:31] Question two. On The Mary Tyler Moore show, what was the name of Betty White’s character?

[00:05:40] Question three. From what 1980s game show did Betty White become the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Game Show Host?

[00:05:56] Question four. On the TV series The [00:06:00] Golden Girls, what is the name of the character portrayed by Betty White?

[00:06:06] Question five. What is the name of the TV Land original sitcom where Betty White played the character Elka?

[00:06:17] Question six. During the 2010 Super Bowl, Betty White starred in a popular commercial whose slogan was “you’re not you when you’re hungry.” What product was the commercial advertising?

[00:06:34] Question seven. On May 8th, 2010, what popular show did Betty White host and at the same time become the oldest person to host that show?

[00:06:48] Question eight. In what 2019 animated movie did Betty White provide the voice for the character Bitey White?

[00:07:00] [00:06:59] Question nine. In what 2009 film starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds did Betty White appear in?

[00:07:11] And question 10. What is the name of the 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that Betty White appeared in with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt?

[00:07:24] Well, those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts.

[00:07:31] Question one. On which game show did Betty White appear numerous times where she fell in love with her future husband, the host of the show? That show was Password and the host was Allen Ludden. Betty White first appeared on Password in 1961 as a celebrity guest. In 2013 Password ranked number eight on TV Guide’s list of The 60 Greatest [00:08:00] Game Shows Ever.

[00:08:02] One thing I learned in the documentary about Betty White is that Betty loves word games. She’s a huge fan of playing the board game Scrabble. She also loves doing crossword puzzles. During her career she has appeared on a lot of game shows and is known to love games in general. Some have called her the first lady of game shows. In her book titled, “Here We Go Again. My Life in Television,” she wrote, “Mom and dad and I had always played games since as far back as I can remember. Some we made up as we went along – at the table, in the car, wherever – so playing on TV was a bonus. Where else can you spend a couple of hours playing games with nice people and get paid for it?”

[00:08:54] Question two. On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, what was the name of [00:09:00] Betty White’s character? Her character was Sue Ann Nivens, the Happy Homemaker. The Mary Tyler Moore Show had already been on the air for a few years before Betty joined the cast. Her first appearance was on episode one of season four. For her role, Betty won two Emmy Awards in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.

[00:09:25] The women that made up the show were Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Georgia Engel. Their final time all together on a television program was when Katie Couric interviewed them on her talk show Katie in 2013. While on the show, the ladies all sang The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song together. To find out more about that last appearance together, I’ll post a link to the story on triviarewind.com. In 2007, Time [00:10:00] Magazine put The Mary Tyler Moore Show on its list of The 17 Shows That Changed TV.

[00:10:07] Question three. From what 1980s game show did Betty White become the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Game Show Host? Well, the name of that game show was Just Men. Just Men aired on NBC. The basic object of the game was for the contestants, two women, to correctly predict answers to questions asked previously to a panel of seven celebrity men. Each correct answer would earn the lady a key. In the bonus round, the winner could see if one of the keys started a car that they could win. The announcer of the show Steve Day said “It’s the most unusual show in daytime and talk.” [00:11:00] Unfortunately, the show didn’t make it long. After 13 weeks of being on the air, it was canceled. Betty White did however make history with her Daytime Emmy win.

[00:11:13] Question four. On the TV series The Golden Girls, what is the name of the character portrayed by Betty White? Well, she played the role of Rose. Betty almost didn’t play the role of Rose. She was supposedly cast to play the character Blanche who was a similar character to her Sue Ann Nivens role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

[00:11:40] Actress Rue McClanahan was offered the role of Rose, a character similar to her role in Maude. In order not to be typecast, she and Rue McClanahan switched roles at the last minute. This hit show was nominated for 68 Emmy Awards and [00:12:00] won 11. On their 2013 list of The 60 Best Series of All Time, TV Guide ranked The Golden Girls number 54.

[00:12:12] Question five. What is the name of the TV Land original sitcom where Betty White played the character Elka? That show was Hot in Cleveland. Some people called the show a modern twist on The Golden Girls. Hot in Cleveland was TV Land’s first original series and it ran for six seasons.

[00:12:38] Originally Betty White agreed to do just one episode but ended up liking it so much that when they offered her a permanent role, she took it. She went on to appear in 128 episodes of the series. Betty White earned an Emmy nomination for her role on the show. In 2012, it won the People’s [00:13:00] Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy.

[00:13:04] Question six. During the 2010 Super Bowl, Betty White starred in a popular commercial whose slogan was “your not you when you’re hungry.” What product was the commercial advertising? Well, that highly popular commercial was for Snickers candy bars. I’m sure you remember this commercial. Betty White is playing football and gets tackled hard to the ground by one of the players.

[00:13:34] One of the players says, “Mike, you’re playing like Betty White out there.” After eating a bit of a Snickers bar, Betty White disappears and turns into the character Mike. This commercial was a huge hit during the Super Bowl. If you haven’t seen it, check out triviarewind.com where I will post a link so you can watch this commercial.  Way back in the 1940s Betty had her [00:14:00] debut in a radio commercial where she said the single word “Parkay” as in butter. This was on the radio show called The Great Gildersleeve.

[00:14:12] Question seven. On May 8th, 2010, what popular show did Betty White host and at the same time become the oldest person to host the show? She hosted Saturday Night Live and she was 88 years old when she hosted it. How this all came about was actually pretty amazing. A fan in Texas named David Matthews started a grassroots Facebook petition wanting Betty White to host SNL. Within a few months, several hundred thousand people signed the petition and this got the attention of the people at Saturday Night Live. Not long after that she was signed on to host the Mother’s Day weekend episode of Saturday Night Live.

[00:15:00] [00:14:59] In part of her opening monologue she said she didn’t know what Facebook was and she said, now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. She got a lot of laughs for that. This was such a loved episode that it even won her her seventh Emmy Award, where at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards, she took home an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

[00:15:29] Question eight. In what 2019 animated movie did Betty White provide the voice for the character Bitey White? That movie was Toy Story 4.  In the film, Bitey White is a toy tiger teething ring and belonged to the character Bonnie when she was a baby. In an Entertainment Weekly article, it quotes Betty White saying, “I’m just lucky they asked me to be a part of it.” She was able to work with some [00:16:00] lifelong friends in this movie. Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner participated as one of Bonnie’s old baby toys as well. In the article Betty went on to say, “It’s a lovely group and they’re all friends of mine. It doesn’t get any better.” Playing a tiger was right up Betty White’s alley. Known to be an animal advocate, she said this about her Toy Story tiger role. “I’ve had the privilege of cuddling with lots of different animals and I’ll play with any animal” she says. “A current friend is a grizzly bear named Bam-Bam. So I’m delighted to be able to give a voice to a toy tiger.” Betty loves being an animal advocate.

[00:16:47] Question nine. In what 2009 film starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds did Betty White appear in? That movie was The [00:17:00] Proposal. In this romantic comedy, Betty White played the character Grandma Annie. The cast had a great working relationship. So much so that when asked who she’s starstruck by, other than Robert Redford, Betty White says Sandra Bullock. She’s quoted as saying, “Very close to the top of that one is Sandra Bullock. She’s the epitome of what a movie star should be. She’s not only gorgeous and talented, but she’s the most down to earth human being. I just can’t say enough about her.” At the 36th People’s Choice Awards, the film won the Favorite Comedy Movie Award.

[00:17:44] And question 10. What is the name of the 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that Betty White appeared in with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt? That movie was called The Lost Valentine. For her performance [00:18:00] in this movie, Betty received a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie.

[00:18:12] Speaking of Valentines, Betty White has been married three times. Betty’s first husband was Dick Barker, a United States Army Air Forces aircraft pilot who she met while volunteering with the American Women’s Voluntary Services. They were married in 1945 and moved to her new husband’s chicken farm in Ohio. A People Magazine article quotes her as saying, “It was a nightmare.” That marriage didn’t last long. Before the year was over they were divorced.

[00:18:45] Betty’s second husband was Hollywood talent agent Lane Allen. They were married in 1947. Lane Allen wanted her to become a housewife and give up her career. So as you can imagine, that marriage [00:19:00] didn’t last long either. They were divorced in 1949.

[00:19:04] Her final marriage was to Allen Ludden, the love of her life. They met in 1961 when she was a celebrity player on the game show Password. Sadly, Ludden’s first wife had recently died of cancer. Ludden had three children with his first wife. In the Betty White documentary she talks about how Allen proposed multiple times and she kept turning him down over and over again.

[00:19:31] When she turned down the diamond wedding ring he proposed with, Allen wore it around his neck on a chain. He would not give up. She said that on Easter of 1963, he sent her a bunny stuffed animal that had gold leaves with a ruby, diamond and sapphire earrings hanging from its ears. She finally accepted his proposal. She joked about how it wasn’t the jewelry that won her over. It was the stuffed bunny. In the documentary [00:20:00] she said how she felt bad that she wasted so much time saying no to his proposals because that was a year longer that they could have been together.

[00:20:08] The two were married in 1963 and in June of 1981, Allen Ludden died at the age of 63. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer the year prior. In an interview with Larry King, she was asked if she would ever remarry and her answer was “Once you’ve had the best, who needs the rest.”

[00:20:32] So what does Betty White have going on right now at the young age of 99? According to PR Newswire, “Betty White’s Pet Set, a long unseen series created by and starring the sitcom legend will make its debut on digital platforms and DVD on February 23rd, 2021. [TV SHOW CLIP: Welcome to The Pet Set, starring Betty White.”] [00:21:00] This celebrates the 50th anniversary of this show. They quote Betty White sayin, “If I haven’t told you already, I will now. The Pet Set is one of my favorite shows. I’m thrilled it’s going to be seen again after all these years.” The show was executive produced by her late husband Allen Ludden. The show features celebrity guests and their pets. Betty is also working on a Christmas movie with the Lifetime Network where she plays the character called Santa Whisperer.

[00:21:34] Well, that is it for this week’s episode about Betty White. If you have Netflix check out the documentary about her. I’d love to hear what your favorite Betty White role is. Visit Trivia Rewind on Instagram and share with me there. Also don’t forget to visit triviarewind.com, where you can find the links mentioned in this episode.

[00:21:58] Thank you so much for [00:22:00] listening and I will be back next week with another new episode of Trivia Rewind.

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TV Commercial Slogans

Well, we just checked another Super Bowl off the list and for a lot of people, the game isn’t the only thing they tune in for. It’s the commercials. So what did you think of the commercials during this year’s Super Bowl?

How about that one for Frito-Lay. I loved the whole “Twas the Night Before Super Bowl.” My favorite probably was the Doritos commercial featuring everybody’s favorite nice guy, Matthew McConaughey, as a flat 2-D version of himself. That was genius.

Then there was the Cheetos #ItWasn’tMe commercial featuring Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Shaggy. Good stuff there. It seems like the chip companies were on top of their game this year.

In the week preceding up to the Super Bowl the talk was all about John Travolta and his daughter Ella dancing together in the Scott’s Miracle Grow commercial. Was that one all you hoped it would be?

This is the one time of year I love watching commercials. You may or may not have noticed, but during this year’s 2021 Super Bowl, some of the usual big spenders on Super Bowl ads opted out, instead donating money to COVID-19 relief efforts. One advertiser to do this was Anheuser-Busch. For the first time in 37 years, there was not a Super Bowl commercial about Budweiser. No clydesdales or chirping frogs this year.
According to NASDAQ, even though Budweiser was dropped from the roster Anheuser-Busch did plug several other brands during the game. For those ads, they purchased four minutes of advertising time.

Coca-Cola and Pepsi also chose not to run ads for their flagship products according to NASDAQ. Pepsi did however sponsor the halftime show. Companies like Coca-Cola have been hit hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to US News and World Report, “Coca-Cola has been hit hard since half of its sales come from stadiums, movie theaters and other usually crowded places that have been closed during the pandemic. It announced layoffs in December and said it wouldn’t advertise this year to ensure it’s investing in the right resources during these unprecedented times.”

One company made its Super Bowl debut this year. That was Chipotle Mexican Grill and its ad titled “Can a Burrito Change the World.” This ad focused on the role of farmers. A few other smaller brands made their debut at this year’s big game as well.


Have you ever wondered how much a 30 second ad costs to run during the Super Bowl? Well, this year that price tag was around $5.5 million. Anheuser-Busch donated part of what they would have spent on a 30 second ad instead on Coronavirus vaccination awareness efforts.


So do you know what the very first television commercial was? Well, this year marks the 80 year anniversary of the very first television commercial. It all happened on July 1st, 1941 on NBC’s WNBT TV and the ad only lasted 10 seconds. The ad aired before the beginning of a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The ad was for the watch brand Bulova and the ad only costs $9. $4 of that went to the airtime charges and the remaining $5 went to station charges. Wow have time’s changed in 80 years.

On this week’s episode of the Trivia Rewind podcast, it’s all about television commercials.  I’ll give you ten slogans or taglines and you will have to guess which product it goes with. As I promised in the podcast, I’m going to list the taglines here with links to videos of each of the commercials.

SLOGAN 1. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?Watch the commercial

SLOGAN 2. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT ITWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 3: THINK DIFFERENTWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 4:  BECAUSE YOU’RE WORTH ITWatch the commercial/History about it

SLOGAN 5: THE BEST PART OF WAKING UPWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 6: I CAN’T BELIEVE I ATE THE WHOLE THINGWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 7: YOU DESERVE A BREAK TODAYWatch the Behind the Scenes story

SLOGAN 8: GREAT TASTE, LESS FILLINGWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 9: 15 MINUTES CAN SAVE YOU 15% OR MOREWatch the commercial

QUESTION 10: THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINEWatch the commercial

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 35 – Super Bowl and TV Commercial Slogans

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins : [00:00:00] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners. It’s Debi here with another new episode. Well, we just checked another Super Bowl off the list and for a lot of people, the game isn’t the only thing they tune in for. It’s the commercials. So what did you think of the commercials this year?

[00:00:29] How about that one for Frito-Lay. I loved the whole “Twas the Night Before Super Bowl.” Another one I loved was the Doritos commercial featuring everybody’s favorite nice guy, Matthew McConaughey, as a flat 2-D version of himself. That was genius. Then there was the Cheetos #ItWasn’tMe commercial featuring Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Shaggy. Good stuff there. It seems like the chip companies were on [00:01:00] top of their game this year.

[00:01:02] In the week preceeding up to the Super Bowl the talk was all about John Travolta and his daughter Ella dancing together in the Scott’s Miracle Grow commercial. This is the one time of year I love watching commercials. You may or may not have noticed, but during this year’s 2021 Super Bowl, some of the usual big spenders on Super Bowl ads opted out, instead donating money to COVID-19 relief efforts.

[00:01:30] One advertiser to do this was Anheuser-Busch. For the first time in 37 years, there was not a Super Bowl commercial about Budweiser. No clydesdales or chirping frogs this year. According to NASDAQ, even though Budweiser has been dropped from the roster Anheuser-Busch will continue to plug several other brands during the game. For those ads, they purchased four minutes of advertising time.

[00:02:00] [00:01:59] Coca-Cola and Pepsi also chose not to run ads for their flagship products, according to NASDAQ. Pepsi did however sponsor the halftime show. Companies like Coca-Cola have been hit hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to US News and World Report, Coca-Cola has been hit hard since half of it’s sales come from stadiums, movie theaters, and other usually crowded places that have been closed during the pandemic. It announced layoffs in December and said it wouldn’t advertise this year to ensure it’s investing in the right resources during these unprecedented times.

[00:02:40] One company made its Super Bowl debut this year. That was Chipotle Mexican Grill and its ad titled “Can a Burrito Change the World.” This ad focused on the role of farmers. A few other smaller brands made their debut at this year’s big game as well.

[00:03:00] [00:02:59] Have you ever wondered how much a 30 second ad costs to run during the Super Bowl? Well, this year that price tag was around $5.5 million. Anheuser-Busch donated part of what they would have spent on a 30 second ad, instead on Coronavirus vaccination awareness efforts.

[00:03:22] So do you know what the very first television commercial was? Well, this year marks the 80 year anniversary of the very first television commercial. It all happened on July 1st, 1941 on NBC’s WNBT  TV and the ad only lasted 10 seconds. The ad aired before the beginning of a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The ad was for the watch brand Bulova and the ad only costs $9. $4 of that went to the airtime charges and the remaining [00:04:00] $5 went to station charges. Wow have time’s changed in 80 years.

[00:04:06] Well, on this episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about television commercials. I’ll give you 10 slogans or taglines and you will have to guess which product it goes with. After each slogan I’ll pause a few seconds and then give you the answer and some fun facts. After you listen to this episode, head over to triviarewind.com, where I will post links to videos for each of the commercials.

[00:04:34] So are you ready? Let’s get started with slogan one. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

[00:04:43] This line comes from a 2001 Verizon advertising campaign. You may remember actor Paul Marcarelli saying the, “can you hear me now” line in the Verizon commercials. In these commercials, he was known as the [00:05:00] “test man.” Due to this commercial, he became an instant pop culture sensation.  He was the face of this advertising campaign for nine years, until Verizon decided to take their advertising in a different direction.

[00:05:15] While this was quite the gig to get, he said it did come with a price. A Hollywood Reporter article says, “He tells The Atlantic how at his grandmother’s funeral, a family friend whispered, ‘can you hear me now’ as her body was being lowered into the ground?” Ouch.

[00:05:35] Supposedly Marcarelli was paid up to $6,000 per commercial when working with Verizon. After his time with Verizon, he then became the spokesman for Verizon competitor Sprint. His debut with Sprint was during the 2011 NBA Finals when Sprint launched its “Paul Switched” ad campaign.

[00:06:00] [00:06:00] Slogan two. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT 

[00:06:05] This was an advertising slogan for American Express. It all started in the mid 1970s. When the commercial first aired the ad starred Karl Malden known from his role in The Streets of San Francisco TV drama that aired in the 70s. In the commercial, he talked about American Express traveler’s checks.

[00:06:29] Some of my listeners will have no idea what a traveler’s check is. Back in the day, if you were going to go on vacation, mainly out of the country, you’d go to the bank and get what were called traveler’s checks instead of taking a stack of cash with you. If you lost traveler’s checks or they were stolen, they could be easily replaced. Obviously you can’t replace cash. The tagline initially was “Don’t Leave Home Without Them,” [00:07:00] meaning the traveler’s checks. Later, the American Express credit card took precedence over traveler’s checks and the tagline changed to “Don’t Leave Home Without It.”

[00:07:13] Slogan three. THINK DIFFERENT

[00:07:18] This slogan goes with Apple computers. At the time the computer company IBM had a slogan that just said, “THINK.”  Many say this Apple computer tagline was used in response to IBM’s. Pretty smart if you ask me. On August 8th, 1997 the “Think Different” slogan was announced by Steve Jobs at the Mac World Expo. In 1998, the “Think Different” commercial won a Prime Time, Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding commercial.

[00:07:55] Slogan four. BECAUSE YOU’RE [00:08:00] WORTH IT

[00:08:01] This tagline goes with L’Oreal Paris. This slogan has evolved over the years. Way back in the early seventies, the slogan started out as “Because I’m Worth It” and it coincided with the women’s rights movement. Then came the, “Because You’re Worth It” tagline sometime in the nineties. Most recently they’ve changed it too, “Because We’re Worth It.” L’Oreal  has a video out about the history of this commercial. I’ll post a link to it on triviarewind.com.

[00:08:36] Slogan five. THE BEST PART OF WAKING UP

[00:08:41] Well, for some people, the best part of waking up is Folgers in their cup. While the coffee itself has been around since the early 1900s, “The Best Part of Waking Up” tagline was in Folgers commercials starting in 1984. Over the [00:09:00] years, there have been a lot of parodies for this jingle as well as memes. I have never been a coffee drinker, but if I hear this slogan, I definitely know what product it goes with.

[00:09:13] Slogan six. I CAN’T BELIEVE I ATE THE WHOLE THING

[00:09:20] If you did eat the whole thing, you would want Alka Seltzer. This antacid product came to the market in 1931. Their advertising campaign containing this tagline is considered a classic when it comes to television commercials. The commercial with the, “I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing” tagline first aired in the 1970s.

[00:09:45] Ad man Howie Cohen explains how this commercial tagline came about in a Los Angeles Times article. “He says the crew was celebrating the wrap of a commercial shoot in London. There were 20 of us around the table [00:10:00] and director Milos Forman ordered for everyone – chicken, steaks, lobster. I’m a nice Jewish kid from the Bronx so I ate everything until I couldn’t fit one more thing in my body. I leaned back in my chair and said, ‘I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.’ And my wife said, ‘there’s your next Alka seltzer commercial.'” And there you have it.

[00:10:25] Slogan seven.  YOU DESERVE A BREAK TODAY

[00:10:30] If you feel you deserve a break today, then maybe you’ll head on over to your nearest McDonald’s. This catchy slogan was first used in 1971. This commercial was so popular that Ad Age Magazine rated at the top advertising jingle of the 20th century.

[00:10:49] The slogan was used in commercials all the way through the 1980s. In the mid nineties, they tweaked it a little and made it “Have You Had Your Break Today?” [00:11:00] Some say that this tagline mentally gave people permission to indulge in McDonald’s fast food. Not everyone was happy with the message in the jingle. An article in ChildhoodObesityNews.com titled “Did McDonald’s Invent the Most Lethal Slogan Ever,”  they say “The underlying message is, the universe recognizes what an exemplary human being you are and wonderful people like you must be rewarded. Food is a reward so go eat some.” Well, whatever you believe about McDonald’s and their food, that slogan worked well for the fast food giant. If you want a great behind the scenes look on the story of this commercial, I’ll post a link on triviarewind.com.

[00:11:45] Slogan eight. GREAT TASTE, LESS FILLING

[00:11:51] This slogan goes with Miller Light beer. The advertising campaign featuring this tagline began in [00:12:00] 1974 and went on to be one of the best campaigns in advertising history according to Advertising Age Magazine. At one time Ad Age ranked this as the eighth best campaign in advertising history. This campaign featured many celebrities and athletes over the years where one person would say “great taste” and the other would chime back with “less filling.”

[00:12:27] Slogan nine.  15 MINUTES CAN SAVE YOU 15% OR MORE

[00:12:35] Well, we all know that this goes with Geico. I’m sure you’ve heard this slogan a million times. Over the years, Geico has made great use of their advertising. The “15 minutes can save you 15% or more on car insurance” tagline is just one of the many they’ve had success with. In 2010 the Direct Marketing Association honored Geico at the annual Marketer of the [00:13:00] Year award ceremony. Geico spends a lot of money on advertising. That’s one reason this tagline is so ingrained in our minds. In 2018, 27.9% of the money spent on television auto industry ads was spent by Geico.

[00:13:20] And slogan 10. THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE

[00:13:26] This slogan is for BMW and first started being used in the early 1970s. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, BMW went with a new advertising campaign, titled “Joy” and used a new slogan, “Sheer Driving Pleasure.” Surprisingly, this caused quite the uproar with people thinking they were dropping their tagline, “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” Some called that advertising campaign a complete failure.

[00:13:57] So by 2012, the original [00:14:00] loved slogan was back. Well, the COVID-19 pandemic took a strike on BMW sales. BMW said it saw an 8.4% drop in vehicle sales in 2020.

[00:14:15] I hope you enjoyed a look back at some of television’s most memorable television commercial slogans. What’s your favorite commercial slogan?  You can share with me on Instagram at trivia_rewind. Don’t forget to visit triviarewind.com to see video clips of all the commercials I discussed. Thanks for listening and I will be back next week with another new episode of Trivia Rewind. [00:15:00]

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The Mandalorian

So have you seen the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian yet? I’m sure you’ve seen that cute little guy that everyone is calling Baby Yoda. You don’t have to be an avid fan of the Star Wars franchise to enjoy this new series.  On November 12, 2019, when the Disney+ streaming service launched, the first season of The Mandalorian was released. This hit series is based on the Star Wars franchise.  The second season of The Mandalorian premiered on October 30, 2020 and a 3rd season is now in the works. 

So how did Disney end up creating this new edition to the Star Wars franchise? George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars sold his LucasFilm production company to Disney in 2012.  He founded LucasFilm in 1971 and this acquisition by Disney was one of the largest entertainment industry acquisitions of the last 30 years. 

In a statement, George Lucas said, “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”

The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars series. The story begins five years after the events in the Return of the Jedi film.  In the Star Wars movie series, Mandalorians were never mentioned by name.  However they have been mentioned in books, video games, comics and TV. You’ll find the first mention of the word Mandalorian in the 1983 comic, Star Wars number 68.  

The Mandalorian series was created by none other than Jon Favreau, the director of films like Iron Man,  Elf, and the 2019 Lion King movie just to name a few of his previous projects. I’ve talked about him in some of our previous episodes.

Something cool about The Mandalorian is that groundbreaking LED stage production technology was created for this series.  The motion picture visual effects company ILM -short for Industrial Lights and Magic came up with their new StageCraft technology with the help of Epic Games.

The Mandalorian does not use massive sets or studio backlots for their production. Through this new technology, the locations are brought right to the actors without leaving the studio.  They use a large soundstage with a full ceiling and a 360-degree view.  Twenty foot tall LED video screens create fully digital environments that they use as in-camera sets and backdrops. 

Imagine having a big LED screen backdrop behind you and you can choose whatever location you want. The show doesn’t have to travel off to some location that looks like another universe, they can create it all right in the studio with this new technology.   This series of rear-projected LED screens act as a real-time green screen.  

And how is this for coolness, The Mandalorian’s directors and cinematographer use virtual reality headsets so they can pre-vizualise scenes. Talk about a fun job!  Watching how they do this is really pretty amazing.  Check out this video titled, The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season One. It’s so interesting to see how they use this new technology. You can also check out this video titled, Real-Time In-Camera VFX for Next-Gen Filmmaking.

While George Lucas isn’t involved in the Mandalorian series, he has offered technical advice or pointers when asked, said Dave Filoni, who not only is an executive producer but directs some of the episodes. George Lucas has even visited the set during the filming of seasons one and two.  You have to wonder what George Lucas thinks about the series since Star Wars was like his baby that he conceived decades ago.  Wonder what he thinks when he watches the Mandalorain from the point of view of a viewer, not a creator or director of the series?  According to Dave Filoni, Lucas didn’t give a whole lot of feedback about season one. In an article with the Hollywood Reporter, Filoni says “I think he’s enjoyed the show, and he said once [that] now he gets to watch it as a fan and watch it as a viewer.”

In 2020, The Mandalorian was nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards including a nomination for Outstanding Drama series.  

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll give you ten trivia questions about The Mandalorian series.  After I give you the questions, I’ll go back and review and give you the answers plus fun facts.  Plus, find out what fellow podcaster and avid Mandolorain fan Jeff Hunt, host of the podcast Jeff Needs Help, says is his favorite part of the Mandalorain series.

In our fun facts segment, find out which actor in the series had never even seen one episode of Star Wars when he took his role. Plus, find out which episode caused quite the controversy on Twitter!  These fun facts and more await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind. 

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 34  -The Mandalorian

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. So have you seen the Disney+ series The Mandalorian yet? I’m sure you’ve seen that cute little guy that everyone is calling Baby Yoda. You don’t have to be an avid fan of the Star Wars franchise to enjoy this new series. On November 12th, 2019 when the Disney+ streaming service launched, the first season of The Mandalorian was released. This hit series is based on the Star Wars franchise. The second season of the Mandalorian premiered on October 30th, 2020 and a third season is now in the works. So how did Disney end up creating this addition to the Star Wars franchise?

[00:00:58] Well, George [00:01:00] Lucas, the creator of Star Wars sold his LucasFilm production company to Disney in 2012. He founded LucasFilm in 1971 and this acquisition by Disney was one of the largest entertainment industry acquisitions of the last 30 years. In a statement, George Lucas said, “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me. And I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”

[00:01:44] The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars series. The story begins five years after the events in The Return of the Jedi film. In the Star Wars movie series, Mandalorians were never mentioned by name. However they have been mentioned in [00:02:00] books, video games, comics, and TV. You’ll find the first mention of the word Mandalorian in the 1983 comic, Star Wars number 68.

[00:02:11] The Mandalorian series was created by none other than Jon Favreau, the director of films like Iron Man, Elf and the 2019 Lion King movie, just to name a few of his previous project. I’ve talked about him in some of our previous episodes. Something cool about the Mandalorian is that groundbreaking LED stage production technology was created for this series. The motion picture visual effects company ILM short for Industrial Lights and Magic came up with their new Stagecraft technology with the help of Epic games.

[00:02:49] The Mandalorian does not use massive sets or studio backlots for their production. Through this new technology, the locations are brought right to the [00:03:00] actors without leaving the studio. They use a large soundstage with a full ceiling and 360 degree view. Twenty foot tall LED video screens create fully digital environments that they use as in-camera sets and backdrops.

[00:03:18] Imagine having a big LED screen backdrop behind you and you can choose whatever location you want. The show doesn’t have to travel off to some location that looks like another universe. They can create it all right in the studio with this new technology. This series of rear projected LED screens act as a real-time green screen.

[00:03:40] And how is this for coolness the Mandalorian’s directors and cinematographer use virtual reality headsets so they can pre-visualize scenes. Talk about a fun job. Watching how they do this is really pretty amazing. If you’d like to get a behind the scenes look at this new virtual [00:04:00] production technology, I’ll post a link to a video on triviarewind.com. It’s pretty cool to see how they do it.

[00:04:07] While George Lucas isn’t involved in The Mandalorian series, he has offered technical advice or pointers when asked, said, Dave Filoni who not only is an executive producer but directs some of the episodes. George Lucas has even visited the set during the filming of seasons one and two. You have to wonder what George Lucas thinks about the series since Star Wars was like his baby that he conceived decades ago. Wonder what he thinks when he watches The Mandalorian from the point of view of a viewer, not a creator or director of the series? According to Dave Filoni Lucas didn’t give a whole lot of feedback about season one. In an article with The Hollywood Reporter, Filoni says, “I think he’s enjoyed the show, and he said, once now he gets to watch it as a fan and watch it as a viewer.

[00:04:58] In 2020, [00:05:00] The Mandalorian was nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, including a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. Recently I asked fellow podcaster and avid Mandalorian fan Jeff Hunt, host of the podcast Jeff Needs Help, what he thinks of The Mandalorian series.

[00:05:19] Here’s what he had to say. “I got to say my favorite thing without a doubt about the Mandalorian series so far has to be just the fact that how many ancillary characters and you know worlds that they’ve, they’ve brought to life. You know, I, I grew up on Star Wars. Most of these things were, were toys or things that were, were, were just in our imagination that we dreamed up of how they would have, how they would have acted, how they would have talked, you know, the battles that they would have had. And they’ve really leaned into that, you know, to see, you know, the Mandalorian actually use a jet pack, you know, to see all these other characters, you know, brought, brought to life on the big [00:06:00] screen after so many years of just the Skywalker universe. It’s just been awesome. And is, it is literally like, um, you know, bringing my childhood imagination to life. And, uh, I, I it’s, it’s one of my favorite series that has ever been made.” It’s so great seeing fans get excited about this new series.

[00:06:21] Now that I’ve given you a little background on this highly acclaimed series, let’s get to the trivia and fun facts. In this episode of Trivia Rewind I’ll give you 10 trivia questions about The Mandalorian series. After I give you the questions, I’ll go back and review and give you the answers plus fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which actor in the series had never even seen one episode of Star Wars when he took his role. Plus find out which episode caused quite the controversy on Twitter. These fun facts and more await you on this episode of Trivia [00:07:00] rewind. Are you ready for the questions?

[00:07:03] Here’s question one. What is the birth name of the character known as the Mandalorian?

[00:07:12] Question two. In season one, the Mandalorian, a bounty hunter is given a job to collect a 50 year old asset. What is the asset that he is assigned to collect?

[00:07:27] Question three. What is the other name for Mandalorian iron, the material that makes up the armor of the Mandalorian?

[00:07:39] Question four. What is the name of the Mandalorian’s ship?

[00:07:46] Question five. What does The Client say he will give Mando if he brings the 50 year old bounty back alive?

[00:07:58] Question six. [00:08:00] In season two of The Mandalorian, The Child eats some unfertilized eggs out of a container that belong to which character?

[00:08:11] Question seven. What is the real name of The Child?

[00:08:18] Question eight. What is the name of the former MMA fighter that plays ex-Rebel Shock Trooper Cara Dune?

[00:08:30] Question nine. What is the name of the leader of the Bounty Hunter Guild?

[00:08:37] And question 10. In the episode titled Chapter 16: The Rescue, who arrives to take The Child to be trained as a Jedi?

[00:08:50] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and the fun facts. Question one.  What is the birth [00:09:00] name of the character known as the Mandalorian? Well, that is Din Djarin. The Mandalorian’s birth name is not revealed until the season one finale. To most he’s known by his nickname Mando. When creating the Mandalorian character, Jon Favreau, the creator of the series was inspired by Clint Eastwood and his “Man with No Name” character seen in the old  spaghetti western films. While seeing the Mandalorian’s face would be a rarity, the man behind the Mandalorian is actor Pedro Pascal. And let me point out here that the way I’m pronouncing his name is how he said it’s supposed to be pronounced when he was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

[00:09:46] To me, I associate him most from his role on the Netflix crime series, Narcos, where he plays DEA agent Javier Pena. He’s also known as Oberyn Martell, [00:10:00] a character from the fourth season on Game of Thrones. At a Star Wars Celebration Chicago event in April of 2019 Pascal talked about what it was like having the lead role.  In a Starwars.com article, they say “Star Wars was an important part of his upbringing and he had trouble putting into words how it feels to be part of the franchise he’s loved for so long. ‘I was shaped by these movies.’ He said, ‘fantasy fulfillment. That’s what it’s like. I imagined that would be the dream of a lot of kids that grew up with the Star Wars franchise.'” The first time we see Pedro Pascal’s face as the Mandalorian is in the final episode of season one.

[00:10:48] Question two. In season one, the Mandalorian, a bounty hunter is given a job to collect a 50 year old asset. What is the asset that he is assigned to [00:11:00] collect? He is to collect a child that looks like a Yoda species. While fans everywhere refer to this character as Baby Yoda, at this point in the series he’s only referred to as The Child. It isn’t until the episode titled Chapter 13: The Jedi that we find out his real name. According to Deadline.com, “The actual puppet used on the streaming show costs $5 million to make and uses two technicians to control its movements.”

[00:11:35] The puppet was designed by special effects studio, Legacy Effects. In a Hollywood Reporter article, Jon Favreau says, “He’s mostly a puppet. When it’s CG, we try to make him obey the same physical laws that he would if he were a puppet. I think a lot of times CG makes itself too obvious where you don’t create parameters creatively that allow [00:12:00] the character to keep the same identity and charm.”

[00:12:03] The team went out of their way to make sure and conceal this Baby Yoda character until the moment the episode revealing him was released. They kept him out of pre-release marketing and he wasn’t one of the original toys released for the series. In a Hollywood Reporter article Favreau says, “I think that part of what people really value is to be surprised and delighted, and I think that’s becoming all too rare. It’s very difficult to keep secrets about projects you’re working on. By holding back on that one product, we knew that we may have had the disadvantage of not having toys available day and date, but what we got in exchange was an excitement surrounding the character because everybody felt like they discovered him together. That emulated more what my experience growing up was like.”

[00:12:56] Well, I’d say it worked because fans went crazy when the [00:13:00] character was revealed and people couldn’t get enough of this Baby Yoda character. When the baby Yoda products hit the market they flew off the store shelves.

[00:13:09] Question three. What is the other name for Mandalorian iron, the material that makes up the armor of the Mandalorian? Well, it is called Beskar Steel. Beskar steel is a blaster-resistant steel. In the book titled “The Jedi Path,” Beskar is also described as being lightsaber-proof. In The  Mandalorian, Mando is often paid with Beskar for his bounty assignments.

[00:13:41] Question four. What is the name of the Mandalorian’s ship? The name of his ship is the Razor Crest. It’s a former military gunship. The people at Industrial Lights and Magic  created the Razor Crest and got [00:14:00] inspiration from military style aircraft. When coming up with a design, a model was 3-D printed and making it was quite the undertaking. For a look inside Industrial Lights and Magic as they create the Razor Crest, check out triviarewind.com where I will post a link to the mini documentary titled, Inside ILM: Creating the Razor Crest. This was some old school Star Wars that’s for sure. It’s been years since ILM filmed with models like this. Lego recently came out with a Razor Crest Lego kit and for $129 and 99 cents, you can build your very own Lego Razor Crest. That is however if you can get your hands on one. At the time of this recording, they were temporarily out of stock in the Lego Store. With the popularity of The Mandalorian, who knows how hard it will be to keep those in stock.

[00:14:57] Question five. What does The [00:15:00] Client say he’ll give Mando if he brings the 50 year old bounty back alive? He will be given a full container of Beskar steel. The client is played by German actor, Werner Herzog. Herzog has quite the career as a film director, screen writer, writer, actor, and opera director. Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau approached Herzog directly about being on the show. Can you believe that when he took the role, the 77 year old actor had never even seen an episode of Star Wars?

[00:15:36] In a Variety article he’s asked about this and here’s his reply. “I was not tossed into unknown territory. I was very well briefed. I knew what was expected of me. I knew the interior landscape of the character and I knew the exterior landscape. You shouldn’t feel upset that I haven’t seen the Star Wars films. I hardly see any films. I read. [00:16:00] I see two, three, maybe four films per year.”

[00:16:05] Question six. In season two of the Mandalorian, The Child eats some unfertilized eggs out of a container that belong to which character?? Well, that would be the Frog Lady. The Frog Lady appears in chapters 10 and 11 of the series.

[00:16:24] When she appeared on the series, she immediately became a fan favorite. After the episode where we see The Child eat some of the Frog Lady’s unfertilized eggs, fans went nuts on social media. People couldn’t believe the normally well-behaved child would do such a thing. An Insider.com article discusses a tweet by the LucasFilm creative arts manager, who after the episode issued a clarification about the Frog Lady’s eggs. They quote him as saying that the eggs “are unfertilized, like the chicken eggs many of us enjoy.” I do have to [00:17:00] admit I was a little disturbed by the fact that The Child was sneaking around eating her eggs.

[00:17:04] There may be a reason why they had The Child do this. A Vanity Fair article titled “How the Mandalorian Fought to Keep Baby Yoda from Being too Cute” talks about how Jon Favreau didn’t want The Child to be overly cute. The article says, “avoiding the cutesy trap was something of an uphill battle for Favreau who found that the classic “Disney proportions” – think big round eyes and cuddly features- kept being applied to a character he wanted to keep as weird as possible.” So the incidents with the child eating the eggs looks to be an attempt at making the character a little less lovable.

[00:17:44] The Vanity Fair article says “The frog swallowing may only be the beginning of the gross things the show will let The Child do in order to underline the idea that in the end, he’s still an animal. ‘It’s like a stray [00:18:00] dog or having a little baby alligator or something,’ Favreau said, ‘then again, a baby alligator probably never sold this many toys.'”

[00:18:10] Question seven. What is the name of The Child? Well, his name is Grogu. Well, after months of people calling this cute little guy Baby Yoda, fans could finally call him by his real name, which was revealed in the episode titled Chapter 12: The Siege. The character Grogu was created by Jon Favreau. In a Hollywood Reporter article, Disney CEO Bob Iger had this to say about Grogu. “The scale of the reaction is beyond my expectations by a wide margin, says Iger. That said, the moment I laid eyes on the character, I had a strong feeling that it was going to connect with audiences. So cute. So interesting. So compelling, so [00:19:00] familiar and yet so new.”

[00:19:02] He is right about that. From the moment fans saw Grogu, The Child, everyone was in love. Imagine the amount of money being made off Grogu products.

[00:19:14] Question eight. What is the name of the former MMA fighter that plays ex-Rebel Shock Trooper Cara Dune? That is Gina Carano. The Cara Dune character is an ex-Rebel Alliance Shock Trooper turned mercenary.

[00:19:33] You may recognize Gina as Crush from the 2008 series American Gladiators. After retiring from mixed martial arts, she pursued a career in acting. She’s had several movie roles. When discussing her Mandalorian role in a Starwars.com article, she said this production called for the most secrecy of any job in her career.

[00:20:00] [00:19:59] On the series, she did most of her own stunts. A Starwars.com article quotes Jon Favreau as saying, “The only person that didn’t have any fun was Gina’s stunt double,” Favreau joked, “because they hardly got to work.”

[00:20:16] Question nine. What is the name of the leader of the Bounty Hunter Guild? His name is Greef Karga. Actor Carl Weathers plays Greef Karga in this series. You probably recognize Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed from the Rocky films. Before acting, he was a professional football player. He was once a free agent with the Oakland Raiders, where for one year he played linebacker. He then played a few seasons in the Canadian Football League.

[00:20:47] During the off season, Weathers went to San Francisco State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama. When he signed on to play Greef Karga in The Mandalorian, he told Jon Favreau [00:21:00] that he’d like to direct an episode. Well, Favreau made good on that request. Weathers is the director of the episode, Chapter 12: The Siege. When asked about his experience at a question and answer session at the Star Wars Celebration Chicago event in April of 2019, Starwars.com quotes Weather’s saying, “Of all the things I’ve been involved with, I don’t think anything has come close to this. This is insane.”

[00:21:29] And question 10. In the episode titled Chapter 16: The Rescue, who arrives to take The Child to be trained as a Jedi? Well, to everyone’s surprise that person was Luke Skywalker. In the final episode of season two, it was a huge surprise to see Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker character show up at the end. This wasn’t the older version of Luke Skywalker that we’ve seen in recent Star Wars movies. It was the younger one, like we saw [00:22:00] in A New Hope.

[00:22:01] So how they do it?  Well, it’s likely a combination of body doubles and CGI. After the episode aired and fans went crazy on social media, Mark Hamill sent out a few tweets about the episode. One tweet said, “#NoWords. Seeing fans reaction to Luke’s return is something I will cherish forever” Hamill wrote. Adding that the experience was “overwhelming” and “very moving.” And “I’m a fan myself. So I knew true fans would love it, but to see them thrilled beyond belief with the exuberance of children, whooping it up, screaming in ecstasy, the tears of sheer joy… it’s a roller coaster of emotions I’ll never forget.” I will say this was my son’s favorite part of the series so far.

[00:22:51] Mandalorian fans everywhere will be on the edge of their seat waiting for season three. When will that be you ask?  Well, [00:23:00] I’ve heard answers that range from December of 2021 all the way to sometime in 2022. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. So what’s your favorite part about The Mandalorian series?  Let me know. Email me at triviarewind@gmail.com or visit Trivia Rewind on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or on triviarewind.com.

[00:23:25] Thanks again to my guest Jeff from Jeff Needs Help, a podcast where he discusses random subjects from entertainment to sports and just about everything else in between. You can find Jeff Needs Help wherever you listen to podcasts.

[00:23:41] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening and I will be back next week with another new episode of Trivia Rewind. [00:24:00]

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

The 80s were sure a great decade for memorable movies. So many iconic films came out in the 80s…ones that we still watch and talk about decades later. This episode of Trivia Rewind is about a Steven Spielberg classic from 1982.  E.T.  I was just 10 years old when this movie came out.  What a magical age to see this film for the first time. I was obviously so touched by the movie that I even had a pet box turtle that I named E.T. which I said stood for Elliot Turtle.

Before E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial became the official title, it was originally called “A Boy’s Life” and then it was called “E.T. and Me”  before finally settling on its official title. 

Recently, I sat down and watched a great documentary called  The Making of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. This documentary came out in 1996 and includes rare behind the scenes footage as well as interviews with a lot of the cast and production team.   Steven Spielberg talks about wanting to tell a story about a lonely boy and the divorce of his parents. These were very personal issues to Spielberg.  He said that E.T. was on his mind for 15-20 years. He talks about being in Tunisia directing Raiders of the Lost Ark and one day he had some down time and took a walk in the Tunisian desert. While there, the idea for the E.T. movie really formed in his mind. 

Now he needed someone to write the script.  Harrison Ford, the star of Raiders of the Lost Ark was also in Tunisia along with his girlfriend at the time, screenwriter Melissa Mathison. Steven Spielberg approached Mathison about writing the script for E.T.  and she agreed. Both she and Spielberg collaborated on the script and in just 8 weeks time, she had the first draft written.  In the documentary, Spielberg said that after reading the first draft, it was a script that knocked him out.  He said the script was honest and came from both his and Mathison’s hearts. In the documentary, Spielberg’s co-producer Kathleen Kennedy recalls how Steven said It was the best first draft he ever read.

In the United States, E.T. was released on June 11, 1982 and was number one at the box office. It stayed number one for 6 weeks.  At the time, it set the record for being at number one for 16 weeks in total.  This film broke a lot of records!  The movie was such a hit that when the movie was test-screened at the Cannes Film Festival, it received a 15 minute standing ovation.  Can you imagine!?  

The film has many nominations, awards and honors.  Here are a few. In 2003, Entertainment Weekly called the film the eighth most “tear-jerking” film.  In 2006, It was Ranked #6 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.  In 2008, it was Ranked #3 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “sci-fi”.

E.T. was nominated for 9 Oscars at the 55th Academy Awards. It won four Academy Awards: Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects. At the 40th Golden Globes, it won for Best Picture in a Drama and it won for Best Score. The list goes on. 

In the episode, I mention young Henry Thomas’ amazing E.T. audition with Steven Spielberg. If you haven’t see this, you must watch it! I also talk about Henry Thomas reprising his role as Elliot in a 4 minute long 2019 Xfinity commercial. E.T. returns 37 years later and sees that Elliot now has a family of his own. In the episode I mention a cool YouTube video that compares the original 1982 release and the 2002 release. It’s fun to watch a side by side comparison of the two versions. I really think you’ll enjoy taking a deeper look with these links.

I hope you enjoy this episode!

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Trivia Rewind Episode 30 –  E.T.  the Extra-Terrestrial

[00:00:00] Trivia rewind. 

[00:00:05] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:05] Hey there, this is Debi Jenkins, the host of Trivia Rewind. In this episode, I’ll be talking about a Steven Spielberg classic from 1982, E.T.  I was just 10 years old when this movie came out. I even had a pet turtle that I named E.T. which I said stood for Elliott Turtle. It wasn’t only eighties kids that loved E.T.

[00:00:27] The movie still has a following today. Before E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial became the official title it was originally called A Boy’s Life and then it was called E.T. and Me before finally settling on its official title. Recently, I sat down and watched a great documentary called The Making of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.  This documentary came out in 1996 and includes rare behind the scenes footage as well as interviews with a [00:01:00] lot of the cast and production team. Steven Spielberg talks about wanting to tell a story about a lonely boy and the divorce of his parents. These were very personal issues to Spielberg. He said that E.T. was on his mind for 15 to 20 years.

[00:01:16] He talks about being in Tunisia, directing Raiders of the Lost Ark and one day he had some downtime and took a walk in the Tunisian desert. While there the idea for the E.T. movie really formed in his mind. Now he needed someone to write the script. Harrison Ford, the star of Raiders of the Lost Ark was also in Tunisia along with his girlfriend at the time, screenwriter Melissa Mathison. Steven Spielberg approached Mathison about writing the script for E.T., and she agreed. Both she and Spielberg collaborated on the script and in just eight weeks time, she had the first draft written. In the documentary, Spielberg said that [00:02:00] after reading the first draft, it was a script that knocked him out.  He said the script was honest and came from both his and Mathison’s hearts. In the documentary Spielberg’s co-producer Kathleen Kennedy recalls how Steven said it was the best first draft he had ever read. 

[00:02:20] In the United States, E.T. was released on June 11th, 1982, and was number one at the box office. It stayed number one for six weeks. At the time it set the record for being at number one for 16 weeks in total. This film broke a lot of records. The movie was such a hit that when the movie was test screened at the Cannes Film Festival, it received a 15 minute standing ovation. Can you even imagine? The film has many nominations, awards and honors. Here are just a few. In 2003 [00:03:00] Entertainment Weekly called the film the 8th most tear-jerking film. In 2006, it was ranked #6 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies Of All Time. In 2008, it was ranked #3 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 Greatest Films in the Genre Sci-Fi.  E.T. was nominated for nine Oscars at the 55th Academy Awards. It won four Academy Awards: Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects. At the 40th Golden Globes, it won for Best Picture in a Drama and it won for Best Score. The list goes on. 

[00:03:47] So now that I’ve talked a little bit about this endearing film, Let’s talk trivia and fun facts. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll ask you 10 questions about the movie. Then I’ll go [00:04:00] back and give you the answers and some fun facts. Are you ready? 

[00:04:05] Here’s question one. At the beginning of the film what game are the kids playing around the kitchen table that they won’t let Elliott join in on?

[00:04:18] Question two. At the beginning of the movie, what were the aliens coming to the Earth to get specimens of?

[00:04:28] Question three. What is the name of Elliott’s sister?

[00:04:34] Question four. When Elliott introduces E.T. to some of the things in his bedroom, what toy does E.T. try to eat? 

[00:04:46] Question five. When everyone thinks E.T. is dead how does Elliott know he’s really alive? 

[00:04:55] Question six. What does E.T. dress up as on [00:05:00] Halloween? 

[00:05:02] Question seven. Why did Elliott’s science teacher send him to the principal’s office? 

[00:05:10] Question eight. When Elliott is about to introduce E.T. to his brother what does he make his brother take off so it won’t scare E.T.? 

[00:05:21] Question nine. What popular electronic toy does E.T. use as part of his device he makes to phone home?

[00:05:31] And question 10. At the end of the movie, as E.T. is about to leave, what is the last thing he says to Elliott? 

[00:05:41] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. At the beginning of the film, what game are the kids playing around the kitchen table that they won’t let Elliott join in on?  They were playing Dungeons and Dragons. [00:06:00] Actor Henry Thomas plays Elliott. In the documentary Steven Spielberg said he had a hard time finding the right person to play Elliott. About four to five weeks out from shooting the film Henry Thomas was recommended to Steven Spielberg. Henry, hadn’t read the script and only knew a little bit about the movie when he auditioned for the role.  

[00:06:21] In the documentary  Henry Thomas talks about the improvisation he did during the audition. It’s an unforgettable audition and I will post a link to it on triviarewind.com in case you have never seen it. It’s so amazing to see young Henry Thomas audition for this film. At the end of the audition, you can hear Steven Spielberg say, “okay, kid. You got the job.” Later, Thomas said that he thought of his dead dog for inspiration. Everyone inside the room was in tears after his emotional audition. Many of the memorable scenes with Elliott and E.T. were done in one take. Steven Spielberg filmed E.T. in [00:07:00] chronological order. That’s not the way movies are always filmed. In E.T. this was mainly done because of the child actors. Filming it out of order would be hard to get the kids to show the right kinds of emotions if they weren’t invested in the story from the beginning. 

[00:07:15] Playing Elliott in E.T. was a breakout role for Henry Thomas. Prior to E.T. he only had one other credited role. A People Magazine article from 1992, mentions that Henry Thomas’ mom said they set up a trust for him and gave him $5 a week for her allowance. Nowadays, you can find Henry Thomas in a variety of productions one of which is The Haunting of Hill House, a Netflix drama series, which in 2019 he won a Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Streaming Presentation. In a 2012 article with The Mirror, Thomas admits that his new found fame wasn’t always a plus. The article quotes him as saying,  [00:08:00] “My world went completely crazy. I was that stupid kind of famous where you can’t go anywhere. It was like that for the first six months after E.T. was in cinemas. I’d go out and get mobbed. I was a shy kid and being approached by adults all the time just freaked me out. I was like a circus freak. But the only time I had to deal with it was when I left the house. So I stopped leaving the house. I became an 11 year old hermit.”  In 2005 Henry Thomas ranked #4 in E’s 50 Cutest Child Stars All Grown Up and in 2013, he was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. In 2019 Henry Thomas reprised his role as Elliott in an Xfinity commercial. In the commercial Elliott is all grown up now and has his own family.  I’ll post a link to the four minute commercial on triviarewind.com. 

[00:09:00] [00:09:00] Question two. At the beginning of the movie, what were the aliens coming to the earth to get specimens of? They were coming to get plant specimens. Government agents show up and when the aliens quickly take off, they leave one alien behind and there starts our movie. In the documentary, Steven Spielberg said that he wanted E.T. to only be three feet tall. Originally Spielberg didn’t want someone to be in an alien suit to play E.T., but producer Kathleen Kennedy convinced him that for some scenes it would work. In order to finish off their model they found someone to make glass eyes to really make E.T. look real. Three different people put on the E.T. suit for the movie.

[00:09:47] Spielberg didn’t like the jerky hand movements of the electronic E.T. model so he hired Caprice Roth, who is credited as the E.T. Movement Coordinator. He wanted someone that could do mime type of [00:10:00] work. Spielberg really thought this brought E.T. to life. In one scene when E.T. puts his hand on Elliott’s shoulder, you can see that E.T.’s hand is a little shaky. Spielberg said that Caprice Roth had coffee that morning and that caused her hand to shake a little.

[00:10:17] Question three. What is the name of Elliott’s sister? Her name is Gertie and she is played by actress Drew Barrymore. This was her breakout role and had only been credited in one movie prior to being in E.T.  In 1982,  she won the Young Artist Award for Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. In the documentary, Steven Spielberg said Drew Barrymore was the first choice for this role. She had previously tried out for a role in Poltergeist but Spielberg didn’t think the role was right for her. In the documentary  Spielberg says that nobody else was even considered for the role of Gertie. In the [00:11:00] movie when she looks at E.T.’s feet, she improvises the line,  “I don’t like his feet.” Spielberg wanted to let the kids be kids and say things that might not be in the script. This often worked to his advantage. Near the end of the movie when Elliott is sick, Gertie cries and in the documentary Drew Barrymore says they were genuine tears and that she had never had tears so readily available. 

[00:11:27] Question four. When Elliott introduces E.T. to some of the things in his bedroom, what toy does E.T. try to eat?  E.T. tries to eat a metal matchbox type of car. 

[00:11:41] The person that did the voice of E.T. was Pat Welsh. The story of how she got the job is pretty cool. She was at a photo store and the person in line behind her was the movie’s voice designer, Ben Burtt. He heard Pat talking and then once outside talked with her about doing the [00:12:00] voice role for E.T. According to a People Magazine article, she was just a housewife at the time. It’s been reported that she smoked two packs of cigarettes a day and that gave her the voice they were looking for. In the People Magazine article it says it only took a nine and a half hours for her to complete the voice work and she was paid $380. 

[00:12:23] Ben Burtt, E.T.’s voice designer changed her voice by lowering it just a little bit. He then mixed her voice with the sound of a breathing animal to give it the non-human alien sound. He said that there were actually 18 different contributors to the voice of E.T. A lot went into giving us E.T.’s voice. While filming the movie, actress Debra Winger and Steven Spielberg both provided the voice in the first cut so that the actors could hear E.T.’s dialogue. Spielberg didn’t want to use Debra Winger’s voice as the voice for E.T. in the film because he didn’t want a [00:13:00] recognizable voice to voice the part. 

[00:13:03] Question five. When everyone thinks E.T. is dead, how does Elliott know he’s really alive? As Elliott watches, dead flowers come back to life and bloom. That’s how Elliott knows that E.T. really is alive.

[00:13:21] So much about the making of E.T. can be learned in the documentary. Two things that Steven Spielberg says he regrets about the movie is that a gun was used to threaten the children when riding on the bicycles to get away. And he regrets that the guys running to the empty van had guns in their hands. He said he regrets using any guns in the movie. When he re-released the movie in 2002, Spielberg replaced the guns digitally and gave them walkie talkies instead. In his next re-release in 2011, he went back to the original version. I found a cool video [00:14:00] on YouTube that puts the original version next to the 2002 version so you can see all the differences. I’ll post a link to this video on triviarewind.com. It’s kind of fun to watch. 

[00:14:12] Question six. What does E.T. dress up as on Halloween? The kids put a sheet on E.T. and dress him up as a ghost. In this scene Steven Spielberg has someone dress up as Yoda as one of the trick-or-treaters that the kids and E.T. pass when walking down the street. When E.T. sees the Yoda character, it’s like he recognizes him and he starts saying “home home.”  Maybe they’re from the same planet!  In the documentary George Lucas talks about seeing the Yoda character and how everyone in the screening audience cheered. He was flattered that Spielberg included his character in E.T.  You may even hear some familiar music in this scene. The award-winning composer John Williams not [00:15:00] only did the score for E.T. he did it for the Star Wars movies as well. 

[00:15:06] Question seven. Why did Elliott’s science teacher send him to the principal’s office? Elliott created quite a scene in his classroom. As his class was about to dissect frogs, Elliott let his frog go and opened the jars that belong to several of his classmates and lets their frogs go toto. This prompted the other students to release their frogs. Then to top it off Elliott kisses a girl in the class. The teacher grabs him by the collar and walks him off to the principal’s office. In the documentary Steven Spielberg said that when he was a kid, he let frogs go in his science class and never got caught. Spielberg discusses this scene in the movie and how Henry Thomas did not want to do the scene where he kissed the girl. He joked that Henry Thomas was [00:16:00] willing to give up his entire movie career over this one scene. In the documentary Henry Thomas said that when he read the script and saw the part about kissing a girl, he thought, no way I have to do this? 

[00:16:13] One scene that was cut out of the movie was a scene when you actually see Elliott in the principal’s office. The actor that played the school principal was Harrison Ford. You can see this cut scene in the documentary. In this unseen footage, as well as other footage you see in the movie, rarely are the adult’s face shown. Steven Spielberg did this intentionally. Really the only adult’s face you see is Elliott’s mom’s face until you get towards the end of the movie. And if you feel like this movie is shot from a low angle, that’s because Steven Spielberg wanted it at the eye level of a child.

[00:16:52] Question eight. When Elliott is about to introduce E.T. to his brother, what does he make his brother take off [00:17:00] so it won’t scare E.T.? He makes his brother take off his football shoulder pads. Robert McNaughton plays Michael, the older brother to both Gertie and Elliott. Spielberg called Robert McNaughton the anchor of the kids. He had the most experience of all the child actors on set. In 1983 he won a Young Artist Award in the Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture category. Remember that scene where E.T. is in the closet and hiding amongst all the stuffed animals? The idea for that scene came from filmmaker  Robert Zemeckis.

[00:17:39] Question nine. What popular electronic toy does E.T. use as part of his device he makes to phone home? That toy was a Speak and Spell. The electronic toy Speak and Spell was created by Texas Instruments and debuted in 1978 at the [00:18:00] Consumer Electronic Show. A 1978 model was used in the movie. Do you remember any of the other items that E.T. used along with a Speak and Spell to try and phone home?  Some of those items were a hanger, a record player, a coffee can, a saw blade and lots of wires. 

[00:18:22] Question 10. At the end of the movie, as E.T. is about to leave, what is the last thing he says to Elliott? He says, “I’ll be right here.” In the documentary, Steven Spielberg said this particular E.T. was his favorite. He said this E.T. was operated by wires. Did you know that there was an alternate ending to E.T.? In that ending, it showed the boys back in the house playing Dungeons and Dragons and this time Elliott gets to play  and is the dungeon master. The emotional ending we see [00:19:00] now won in the end and I can see why. It’s a great way to end the movie and it really tugs at your heart. 

[00:19:07] E.T. was a hit even as far as the White House. Steven Spielberg gave president Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan a personal screening of E.T. in June of 1982. A 1982 issue of People Magazine talks about the movie and quotes Spielberg as saying, “Nancy Reagan was crying toward the end”  he reports “And the president looked like a ten-year-old kid.” In the documentary, the topic of a sequel was discussed. The producers decided never to do a sequel. Steven Spielberg said it would shame the memory of E.T. if they tried.  To see the documentary about the making of E.T., visit triviarewind.com.  I’ll post the link to where you can watch it for free.

[00:19:56] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode.  I hope you learned [00:20:00] something new about this great film. Please subscribe to Trivia Rewind and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram and you can visit us at triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening. And I’ll be back next week for more Trivia Rewind. .

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Back to the Future

Let’s kick off the last week of 2020 with one of the greatest movies of the 80s and one of my favorites, Back to the Future! 

I was 13 years old when this movie came out and I can remember one summer when my dad and I watched it over and over again.  We basically could recite most of the movie lines as we watched.  

The film stars Michael J. Fox and was written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. Robert Zemeckis directed the film.  Gale and Zemeckis met at USC film school.  Would you believe that when the two pitched the movie, it was rejected 40 times. When Disney said no, the reason they gave was that they thought the movie was too much about incest.  

There was however, one person who believed in the movie from the very beginning and he helped set up Back to the Future with his new production company. That person was Steven Spielberg and his new production company was Amblin Entertainment which was set up at Universal Studios. This was the first film to be made by Amblin Entertainment that was not directed by Steven Spielberg.  

Sid Sheinberg, the head of Universal at the time suggested changing the name of the movie to “Space Man from Pluto.” Thankfully that didn’t happen. There would be some hiccups when they started filming but in the end it all paid off. Back to the Future became the highest grossing film of 1985.

In the episode I talk about how actor Eric Stoltz was first cast to play Marty McFly. Check out a clip of him in the role instead of Michael J. Fox!

I’d like to take a minute to mention that Michael J. Fox has a new book out titled “No Time Like the Future.” One thing he discusses in the book is how he is living with Parkinson’s Disease.   When I recorded this episode, the book was #5 on the New York Times Best Sellers in the Hardcover Nonfiction category.  In 1991, when Michael J. Fox was only 29 years old, he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease.  In 1998, he made the diagnosis public. In 2000, Michael J. Fox established the The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.  For more information on his foundation and how you can contribute, visit their Website.

So, before we get to the trivia questions, let me explain how this episode is a little different from my other episodes.  This episode will have two segments.  In the first segment I will ask you ten trivia questions about the movie, then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts.

In the second segment, I’ll give you 20 additional trivia questions with no fun facts.  This should be a lot of fun and cover a lot of the great moments from this memorable film. 

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind! 

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.

Trivia Rewind Episode 29 – Back to the Future

[00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:02] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:02] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. If you’re a first time listener welcome. If you’re a longtime listener thanks for coming back. Let’s kick off the last week of 2020 with one of the greatest movies of the 1980s and one of my favorites, Back to the Future. I was 13 years old when this movie came out and I can remember one summer when my dad and I watched it over and over again. We basically could recite most of the movie lines as we watched. I’m sure that you can too if you’re a fan of the movie.

[00:00:37] The film stars Michael J. Fox and was written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. Robert Zemeckis directed the film. Gale and Zemeckis met at USC film school. Would you believe that when the two pitched the movie, it was rejected 40 times. When Disney said no, the reason they gave was that they thought the movie was too much about incest.

[00:00:59] There [00:01:00] was however one person who believed in the movie from the very beginning and he helped set up Back to the Future with his new production company. That person was Steven Spielberg and his new production company was Amblin Entertainment, which was set up at Universal Studios. This was the first film to be made by Amblin entertainment that was not directed by Steven Spielberg. Sid Sheinberg, the head of Universal at the time suggested changing the name of the movie to Space Man from Pluto. Thankfully that didn’t happen. There would be some hiccups when they started filming, but in the end it all paid off.

[00:01:45] So before we get to the trivia questions, let me explain how this episode is a little different from my other episodes. This episode will have two segments. In the first segment I will ask you ten trivia questions about the [00:02:00] movie. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts. In the second segment I’ll give you twenty additional trivia questions with no fun facts. This should be a lot of fun and cover a lot of the great moments from this memorable film. Stick around to the end where I’ll tell you about Michael J Fox’s new book and his foundation for Parkinson’s research. Are you ready to go back in time with Back to the Future?

[00:02:31] Here are the questions. Question one. In Back to the Future, what is the name of the town where Marty McFly lives?

[00:02:43] Question two. What is the date that Marty goes back in time to and why was that date important to Dr. Emmett Brown?

[00:02:54] Question three. When Marty goes back to 1955 and Lorraine’s [00:03:00] father accidentally hits him with the car, why does Lorraine call Marty by the name of Calvin?

[00:03:07] Question four. Which musician has a cameo role as one of the Battle of the Bands judges at Marty’s high school?

[00:03:17] Question five. When Marty goes back to the future, what is the name of the shopping mall in his town?

[00:03:26] Question six. At the beginning of the movie, what kind of vehicle does Marty tell his girlfriend he would one day like to have?

[00:03:37] Question seven. What is the name of the Hill Valley high school dance where Marty’s parents fall in love?

[00:03:46] Question eight. What is the name of Doc Brown’s dog?

[00:03:52] Question nine. When Marty goes back to 1955, what two drinks does he ask [00:04:00] for in the cafe?

[00:04:03] And question ten. When Marty goes back to the future, his father is now a successful author. What is the name of George McFly’s book?

[00:04:15] Those were our first ten questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. In Back to the Future, what is the name of the town where Marty McFly lives? Well the town he lives in is called Hill Valley. Michael J. Fox plays Marty McFly, but did you know that he wasn’t originally cast as Marty, actor Eric Stoltz was. It took five weeks of shooting for everyone to realize that it wasn’t going to work out with Stoltz. He just didn’t carry off the humor they were looking for. In an Esquire article, it talks about how Robert Zemeckis had to let Stoltz know about their decision to let him go. The article mentions the book titled [00:05:00] Blockbuster by Tom Shone, where it quotes Zemeckis as saying, “It was the hardest meeting I’ve ever had in my life and it was all my fault. I broke his heart.” Well, not only did this movie break the heart of Eric Stoltz, it costs the studio $4 million in wasted footage.

[00:05:18] Want to see a clip of the wasted footage? Visit triviarewind.com for a link where you can see Eric Stoltz as the Marty McFly character. In the very beginning, Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis wanted Michael J. Fox to play Marty. However, Michael J. Fox was playing Alex P. Keaton on the TV series, Family Ties and that shooting schedule prevented him from taking the movie role.

[00:05:44] Supposedly the producer of Family Ties wouldn’t even let Michael J. Fox see the script when the Back to the Future filmmakers asked that they show it to him. Well, as we all know, it did end up working out for Michael J. Fox to become Marty McFly. [00:06:00] Because Michael J. Fox was also shooting Family Ties, filmmakers had to work around that schedule. Michael J. Fox has said that many nights he’d only get two to three hours of sleep between working on Family Ties and Back to the Future. Talk about burning the candle at both ends.

[00:06:19] Question two. What is the date that Marty goes back in time to, and why was that date important to Dr. Emmett Brown? Well, the date was November 5th, 1955, and that’s the day Doc Brown invented time travel and had the vision for the Flux Capacitor. Actor Christopher Lloyd had the role of Dr. Brown. In the original script he was called Professor Brown. At least 40 actors were considered for that role. Supposedly one of the actors who was a front runner for the role was John Lithgow. In the movie, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the [00:07:00] Eighth Dimension, John Lithgow played an eccentric scientist. That was one reason he was considered for the Doc Brown role. In an Empire Magazine list of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time, Dr. Emmett Brown ranked number 20. They said his defining moment was when he offered his apology for the crudeness of his ridiculously detailed scale model of Hill Valley.

[00:07:27] Question three. When Marty goes back to 1955 and Lorraine’s father accidentally hits him with the car, why does Lorraine call Marty by the name of Calvin? She calls him Calvin, assuming that’s his name because the name Calvin Klein is written all over his underwear. The role of Lorraine is played by Leah Thompson. In the original script the name of Marty’s mom wasn’t going to be named Lorraine, Sid Sheinberg, the head of Universal [00:08:00] Studios at the time asked that they change the character’s name to Lorraine in honor of his wife, Lorraine Gary, the actress who played Ellen Brody in the 1975 film Jaws. Michael J. Fox’s  real life love interest is his wife, Tracy Pollan. The two played boyfriend and girlfriend in Family Ties and were married in real life in 1988.

[00:08:26] Question four. Which musician has a cameo role as one of the Battle of the Bands judges at Marty’s high school? Well, that musician was Huey Lewis. After Marty’s band plays their song, Lewis stands up and tells them, “Thank you fellas. I’m afraid you’re just too darn loud.” Huey Lewis and his band Huey Lewis and the News had their first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their song, The Power of Love, that was written for the [00:09:00] Back to the Future movie. In this scene, Marty and his band actually play a version of this very song.  The song was nominated for two American Music Awards and was also nominated for an Academy Award. In a USA Today article, Huey Lewis says he almost passed on the offer to write a song for the movie. He had never written a song for a movie. However, he told director Robert Zemeckis that he’d send him the next song he wrote, he’s quoted as saying, “So we wrote Power of Love. I had not read the script or seen the film and they used it perfectly. I didn’t even think it was going to work. So to their credit it did.”

[00:09:44] Question five. When Marty goes back to the future, what is the name of the shopping mall in his town? When Marty goes back to the future the mall is now called  Lone Pine Mall instead of Twin [00:10:00] Pines Mall.  Remember when Marty went back to 1955 and the DeLorean landed in old man Peabody’s field? Well, it drove over one of his two pine trees therefore changing the name from Twin Pines to Lone Pine. The mall that was used to film this scene was the Puente Hills mall in City of Industry, California.

[00:10:23] When making the movie, they had a lot of issues with the DeLorean. It would break down or other issues would arise. The Universal Studios special effects department built three DeLorean time machines for the movie and referred to them as A car, B car and C car. A car is currently at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California and featured in their exhibit called Hollywood Dream Machines. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the museum is currently closed.

[00:10:55] Want your own DeLorean?  Well visit the official Back to the [00:11:00] Future website at backtothefuture.com and you can purchase your own DeLorean slot car or a die-cast DeLorean, or even a plush DeLorean. Back to the Future fans can go crazy shopping their online store. Go and take a look.

[00:11:20] Question six. At the beginning of the movie what kind of vehicle does Marty tell his girlfriend he would one day like to have? Well, he wanted a black Toyota 4×4 truck. At the end of the movie when Marty goes back to the future, he comes home to find himself the owner of the very truck he wanted at the beginning of the movie. The truck was a Toyota Xtra Cab SR5 pickup truck. Supposedly the truck used in the movie was given away as a prize and the person that won it wrecked it. Earlier this year, a replica of the truck sold for $58,000 at an [00:12:00] auction.

[00:12:01] Question seven. What is the name of the Hill Valley high school dance where Marty’s parents fall in love? The dance was The Enchantment Under the Sea dance. The Hill Valley High School scenes were filmed at Whittier High School in Whittier, California. This is particularly interesting to me because my grandfather was a teacher there in the 1950s. When they filmed the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, that scene was filmed inside of Hollywood United Methodist Church.

[00:12:38] Question eight. What is the name of Doc Brown’s dog? Well, his dog was named Einstein. In the original script instead of a dog, Doc Brown was going to have a pet chimp named Schemp. One of the producers, Sid Sheinberg said no to the chimp idea [00:13:00] and next up came the idea for Einstein the dog. In the first Back to the Future movie, a dog named Tiger played Einstein.

[00:13:10] Question nine. When Marty goes back to 1955, what two drinks does he ask for in the cafe? Well, first he asks for a Tab, then he asks for a Pepsi Free. A great play on words is found in the dialogue that comes during this scene. Well, Tab debuted in 1963 and was the first diet soda from the Coca Cola company.  It was marketed to women who wanted to keep tabs on their weight. The soda was popular in the 1960s and seventies, and even in recent years it still had a faithful following. In October of this year, the Coca Cola company announced that it will stop production of Tab by the end of 2020.

[00:14:00] [00:14:00] In 1982, Pepsi Free was introduced and in 1987 they phased that name out and started calling it Caffeine Free Pepsi. According to frugalcooking.com, in recent months, it’s been harder to find Caffeine Free Pepsi due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing a shortage of aluminum used for canned drinks. I guess it’s that whole supply chain thing. Product placement is a huge part of the movie business. Pepsi had a huge presence in Back to the Future. In a Consequence of Sound article, it says that “writer/ producer Bob Gale famously stated that the Back to the Future trilogy taught him to never do product placement, ever, due to the creative control surrendered when corporate suits expect to see a commercial, rather than a film.

[00:14:55] And question ten. When Marty goes back to the future [00:15:00] his father is now a successful author. What is the name of George McFly’s book? Well this one may be a little trickier, but the book is titled A Match Made in Space. Marty’s father George McFly was played by actor Crispin Glover. In a Guardian article, Bob Gale, the co-writer and a producer of Back to the Future talks about Crispin Glover and says, “A lot of those mannerisms were actually his. He had to be reigned in occasionally. The hardest thing was getting him to act like a completely normal person for the final scenes of the movie.” In the early days of the Back to the Future script, the writers had George McFly end up being a professional boxer and not an author. And here’s something interesting. Crispin Glover, well in the movie he’s playing the father to Michael J. Fox’s character and he is actually three years younger than [00:16:00] Michael J. Fox in real life.

[00:16:03] Well, those were our first ten questions. Before we go to the second segment, I’d like to take a minute and ask that you make sure and stay tuned until the end of the show where I’ll tell you about Michael J. Fox’s new book and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Are you ready for part two of the show? In this segment, I’ll give you twenty extra trivia questions without any fun facts. Unlike the first round, I won’t go back and repeat the questions before giving you the answers. After I ask you the question, I’ll pause a few seconds before giving you the answer. So if you need to hit your pause button after the question, feel free to do so.

[00:16:46] Are you ready? Here’s question one. How much electricity is needed to run Doc’s time machine?

[00:16:57] The answer is [00:17:00] 1.21 Gigawatts.

[00:17:02] Question two. What is the name of the guy that bullies George McFly both in high school and as an adult before Marty goes back in time?

[00:17:15] His name is Biff Tannen.

[00:17:20] Question three. In order for the DeLorean to travel through time, how fast must the car be going?

[00:17:30] The answer is 88 miles per hour.

[00:17:36] Question four. In the opening scene of the movie, what time can be seen on all the clocks?

[00:17:46] The answer is 7:53.

[00:17:51] Question five. What time does Doc ask Marty to meet him at the Twin Pines Mall?

[00:17:59] The [00:18:00] answer is 1:15 in the morning.

[00:18:04] Question six. What is the name of Marty’s high school principal?

[00:18:11] His name is Mr. Strickland.

[00:18:15] Question seven. When Marty auditions for the Battle of the Bands, what does Marty say the name of his band is?

[00:18:26] They were The Pinheads.

[00:18:30] Question eight. When Marty goes back to the future, what is the name of the mayor, someone that in 1955 Marty told him he would one day be a mayor?

[00:18:43] That mayor was Goldie Wilson.

[00:18:48] Question nine. What is the name of the subdivision where Marty and his family live?

[00:18:56] The answer is Lion Estates.

[00:19:01] [00:19:00] Question 10. Who does Doc steal plutonium from?

[00:19:08] The answer is Libyan nationalists.

[00:19:13] Question 11. What movie is listed on the marquee of the theater when Marty arrives in Hill Valley in 1955?

[00:19:24] That movie was The Cattle Queen of Montana.

[00:19:30] Question 12. When Marty walks in to Lou’s Cafe after first arriving in the 1955 Hill Valley, what song is playing on the jukebox?

[00:19:45] That song was the Ballad of Davy Crockett.

[00:19:50] Question 13. On what street does Doc Brown live in 1955?

[00:19:59] He [00:20:00] lived on Riverside Drive.

[00:20:04] Question 14. In 1955 George doesn’t want to go to the school dance because he’ll miss his favorite show called what?

[00:20:16] The answer is Science Fiction Theater.

[00:20:21] Question 15. When George goes into Lou’s Cafe to ask Lorraine to the dance, what drink does he ask for?

[00:20:32] The answer is chocolate milk.

[00:20:36] Question 16. Near the end of the movie, Marty gives Doc an envelope. What does he write on the front of the envelope?

[00:20:48] The answer is “Do not open until 1985.”

[00:20:56] Question 17. What is the name of the [00:21:00] band that is performing at The Enchantment Under the Sea dance?

[00:21:05] That band was Marvin Berry and the Starlighters.

[00:21:11] Question 18. Biff tells Marty that it costs him how much to fix the damage to his car?

[00:21:22] The answer is $300.

[00:21:26] Question 19. At The Enchantment Under the Sea dance, Marty goes on stage and joins the band for two songs. Name one of the songs.

[00:21:41] Well, those two songs were either Earth Angel or Johnny Be Good.

[00:21:48] And question 20. When Marty goes back to the future, what is the name of Biff’s business? 

[00:21:58] Well, Biff’s [00:22:00] business is Biff’s Automotive Detailing.

[00:22:04] Well, how’d you do on those questions?  Back to the Future is such a great movie.

[00:22:10] Before I end this episode, I’d like to take a minute to mention that Michael J. Fox has a new book out titled, No Time Like the Future. One thing he discusses in the book is how he is living with Parkinson’s disease. When I recorded this episode, the book was number five on the New York Times Bestsellers in the Hardcover Nonfiction category. In 1991 when Michael J. Fox was only 29 years old, he was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. In 1998, he made the diagnosis public. In 2000, Michael J. Fox established the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research which is dedicated to finding a cure for [00:23:00] Parkinson’s disease. For more information on his foundation and how you can contribute, visit triviarewind.com for a link to the website.

[00:23:11] Thank you for listening to this episode of Trivia Rewind. You can find us on Twitter and Instagram and all the links can be found at triviarewind.com. Have a great day. And I’ll be back next week for a new episode of Trivia Rewind.

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Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

You may or may not be aware that every Christmas season, a big debate rages on about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. I’ve seen so much about this topic lately. Just last week I saw a clip on the Today Show where they replayed a segment of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  Jimmy Fallon asked Former President Obama if he thought Die Hard was a Christmas movie and here’s what he said. “No. It’s a Wonderful Life is a Christmas movie. Charlie Brown Christmas is a Christmas movie. Die Hard is an action flick that happens to involve tangentially Christmas.” All through the clip, Jimmy Fallon was agreeing with him.  

In a December 3, 2020 Tweet from Natalie Andrews, a congress reporter for the Wall Street Journal, she said that House Democrats voted on their favorite Christmas movie, as a practice vote before virtual leadership elections.  The choices laid out before them were: Love Actually, Polar Express, Home Alone, Die Hard, and Miracle on 34th Street  The Winner of the vote was: Miracle on 34th Street.  A Cinemablend article alludes to the fact that by the very inclusion of Die Hard in their choices, they are saying it is a Christmas movie.

The debate rages on each year. In 2020 when we need a little break from all the seriousness of what’s going on, the Die Hard question definitely lightens the mood.  

To help me answer the question, I first watched the movie and then I turned to Movie Talk, a Facebook group that I’m part of and I asked them the question.  Over 400 people replied to the post and the majority of the replies said that it is indeed a Christmas movie.  Here’s a few of the comments that people left.  One person said “If a film is set at Christmas time then it’s a Christmas movie in my book.”  Someone else said “This is the post that never ends on Facebook. The answer is yes for all time.”  One person said, “Absolutely. Home Alone is a heist movie that takes place at Christmas time and people call it a Christmas classic. Die Hard is a heist movie that takes place at Christmas time, it is also a Christmas classic.”  That’s a well thought out defense!   Then there was someone that said “That’s a big fat no!”  And “No. Anyone who thinks so is wrong.”  So what do you think? Is Die Hard a movie you turn to during the Christmas season?

In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I dive into the movie and the big question.  I will ask you ten trivia questions about Die Hard and then I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts about the movie, its stars and what people say about Die Hard being a Christmas movie.

In the episode, I mention a website I recently came across with the best data regarding the Die Hard vs. Christmas controversy. Stephen Follows, an established data researcher in the film industry did a whole write up titled Using data to determine if Die Hard is a Christmas movie. All his stats will blow your mind.  After going through his fact based research, you may need to re-evaluate your opinion on whether or not you think Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

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The background Christmas Music heard on the episode is by JuliusH from Pixabay

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Trivia Rewind Episode 27 – Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

[00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:04] Debi Jenkins : [00:00:04] Hey there, movie fans, I’m Debi Jenkins, host of Trivia Rewind. You may or may not be aware that every Christmas season a big debate rages on about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. I’ve seen so much about this topic lately. Just today, I saw a clip on The Today Show where they replayed a segment of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy Fallon asked president Obama if he thought Die Hard was a Christmas movie and here’s what he said. “No. It’s a Wonderful Life is a Christmas movie. Charlie Brown Christmas is a Christmas movie. Die Hard is an action flick that happens to involve tangentially Christmas.” All through the clip, Jimmy Fallon is agreeing with him. In a December 3rd, 2020 tweet from Natalie Andrews, a congress reporter for the Wall Street Journal, she said that house Democrats voted on their favorite Christmas movie as a [00:01:00] practice vote before virtual leadership elections. The choices laid out before them were Love Actually,  Polar Express,  Home Alone, Die Hard and Miracle on 34th Street. The winner of the vote was Miracle on 34th Street. A Cinemablend article alludes to the fact that by their very inclusion of Die Hard in their choices, they are saying it’s a Christmas movie. The debate rages on each year. In 2020, when we need a little break from all the seriousness of what’s going on, the Die Hard question definitely lightens the mood.

[00:01:34] To help me answer the question, I first watched the movie and then I turned to Movie Talk, a Facebook group that I’m part of and I asked them the very question. Over 400 people replied to the post and the majority of the replies said that yes, it is indeed a Christmas movie.

[00:01:53] Here’s a few of the comments that people left. One person said, “If a film is set at Christmas [00:02:00] time, then it’s a Christmas movie in my book.” Someone else said, “This is the post that never ends on Facebook. The answer is yes for all time.” One person said, “Absolutely. Home Alone is a heist movie that takes place at Christmas time and people call it a Christmas classic. Die Hard is a heist movie that takes place at Christmas time. It is also a Christmas classic.” That’s a well thought out defense. Then there was someone that said, “That’s a big fat no” and “No. Anyone who thinks so is wrong.” So what do you think? Is Die Hard a Christmas movie that you turn to during the Christmas season?

[00:02:42] In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind we’re going to dive into the movie and the big question. I’m going to ask you ten trivia questions about Die Hard and then I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts about the movie, its stars and what people say about Die [00:03:00] Hard being a Christmas movie. So are you ready?

[00:03:03] Here’s question one. When John McClain arrives at the airport on Christmas Eve, what is the name of the man that picks him up in the limousine?

[00:03:15] Question two. What Christmas gift does John bring on the airplane with him?

[00:03:23] Question three. What does John McClain write on his arm?

[00:03:30] Question four. What is the name of the building where the hostage situation takes place?

[00:03:38] Question five. What does police officer Sergeant Al Powell buy at the convenience store?

[00:03:47] Question six. What message does John write in blood on the dead terrorists shirt?

[00:03:57] Question seven. On what [00:04:00] floor of the skyscraper is the Christmas party taking place?

[00:04:05] Question eight. What is the name of the head terrorist played by actor Alan Rickman?

[00:04:14] Question nine. What kind of shoes does John wear for most of the movie?

[00:04:21] And question 10. What Christmas song is playing as Argyle, John and Holly drive off in the limo at the end of the movie?

[00:04:33] Well, those are our 10 questions, let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. When John McClain arrives at the airport on Christmas Eve, what is the name of the man that picks him up in the limousine? Well, that limo driver’s name is Argyle. Bruce Willis is the star of the movie and plays character John McClain, an NYPD detective [00:05:00] that travels to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve to see his family and hopefully reconcile with his wife. The character Argyle is played by actor De’voreaux White. The movie is based on a 1979 crime novel titled, “Nothing Lasts Forever” by Roderick Thorp.

[00:05:18] In a Nobelmania.com article De’voreaux White was asked how he got the role. He says, “Places in the Heart with Danny Glover and Sally Fields, which I was featured in had received huge accolades for Oscars the year before. My agent pitched me to Joel Silver and Bruce Willis. They agreed to take on a meeting and a reading with me. By the time I got home that day, they called and offered me the role.”  A lot of big stars were considered for the role of John McClain. Some names like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Robert DeNiro turned down the role. At the time, Bruce Willis was known for his comedic role on the [00:06:00] television series Moonlighting. The filmmakers of Die Hard had to do some work-arounds with his Moonlighting schedule. He’d often work on the Moonlighting set during the day and then he’d head over to the Die Hard set at night. Bruce Willis was paid $5 million for his role in Die Hard. At the time, this was considered huge.

[00:06:20] So does Bruce Willis think Die Hard is a Christmas movie? Well at a Comedy Central roast in 2018, Bruce Willis is quoted as saying,  “Die Hard is not a Christmas movie.” People heard that line and you’ll see people quoting it all over the internet. Oh, but wait. Some of the news media as usual, didn’t include the entire quote.  Bruce Willis finishes his statement that night by saying that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie because it’s a Bruce Willis movie. That last line is pretty important when answering the big question [00:07:00] about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. In December of 2019, the Hollywood Reporter took a poll and here’s their results: 61% said that no, Die Hard was not a Christmas movie while 39% said yes. Around 12,000 people voted in the poll. Last time I looked you can still vote so the numbers can definitely change over time. Visit triviarewind.com where I’ll post a link to the article that includes the poll so that you can go and vote. So for the people in the no camp, there’s some evidence for your side.

[00:07:40] Question two. What Christmas gift does John bring on the airplane with him? He brings a big teddy bear. John was heading to Los Angeles to visit his estranged wife Holly. Actress Bonnie Bedelia plays the role of Holly. She was born with the name, Bonnie [00:08:00] Bedelia Culkin. Her brother is Kit Culkin, the father of actor Macaulay Culkin, who played Kevin in the Christmas movie Home Alone. Hmm. Do Christmas movies run in the family? You know, Home Alone was about a heist on Christmas Eve, too. Just something to think about. In a November, 2020 Entertainment, Weekly article titled “Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie, the Ultimate EW Investigation,” the article says,  “Within Die Hard’s first ten minutes, the Christmas Eve setting is established and John McClain is jamming to Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” on the way to a holiday party. The article does however mention that both Bonnie Bedelia and Reginald VelJohnson said when they were filming the movie, they never viewed it as a Christmas movie during the production.

[00:08:52] They asked Bonnie Bedelia what her opinion on the matter is. She is quoted as saying, “It’s quite wonderful that this is [00:09:00] still being debated 30 years on” she remarks, “But the people have spoken and it’s their movie now.”

[00:09:08] Question three. What does John McClain write on his arm? He writes the names of the terrorists. Speaking of writing Steven E. de Souza, one of the  screenwriters for Die Hard, he shares his take on whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas  movie. A 2017 Vulture article says, “The movie is set at Christmas but it was released in July like a proper blockbuster. So does it get to live in the holiday cannon alongside White Christmas, Scrooged and Elf? According to Die Hard  screenwriter Steven E. de Souza, yes, it definitely does.” The article even shared screenshots of tweets between de Souza and CNN anchor Jake Tapper, where de Souza stands firm on his position that Die Hard is indeed a Christmas [00:10:00] movie.

[00:10:01] Question four. What is the name of the building where the hostage situation takes place? That building was the Nakatomi Tower. The filming took place at Fox Plaza in Century City, California. This is the corporate headquarters of 20th Century Fox. This was the perfect place to film the movie because the building was still under construction therefore they wouldn’t have a lot of people they had to deal with. In a Slashfilm.com article the cinematographer of Die Hard, Jan de Bont says that they really did use explosives and even blew out the windows of one of the floors of the buildings. When asked if the explosions were real or shot on miniature models, the article quotes him as saying, “The only one that’s shot on a miniature is the very top of the building. Obviously we couldn’t blow up the top of the building, but many other explosions in the building are actually real [00:11:00] explosions.” Due to some of the loud explosions and what Bruce Willis calls an accident on set, he has partial hearing loss in his left ear.

[00:11:11] Question five. What does police officer Sergeant Al Powell buy at the convenience store? He buys several Twinkies for his pregnant wife. Sergeant Al Powell is played by actor Reginald, VelJohnson. This wasn’t the only time VelJohnson would play a police officer. He played one in the television sitcom Family Matters. His role as Sergeant Al Powell in Die Hard was his first major film role. In a Forbes magazine article, the interviewer asks him what his go-to Christmas movie is. VelJohnson replies, “Die Hard. We didn’t realize it was a Christmas movie until we’d made it and people started demanding that it was a Christmas movie. It was only [00:12:00] really then that I realized that it was a Christmas movie because it has the snow, the Christmas songs, it’s set at Christmas at a Christmas party and then there are other things. If they showed it every Christmas, that would be fine by me.” Well, there you go. Reginald VelJohnson does see Die Hard as a Christmas movie. Add that one to the yes column.

[00:12:25] Question six. What message does John write in blood on the dead terrorists shirt? That message was “Now I have a machine gun. Ho, ho, ho.” So for the people that don’t think Die Hard is a Christmas movie, this scene is an exhibit to prove the side for those that believe it’s a Christmas movie. The dead terrorist is wearing a Santa hat and the words ho, ho, ho are written in blood on his shirt. The ho ho, ho, and the Santa hat further solidify [00:13:00] that it’s a Christmas themed movie. You can even buy Christmas sweaters with these very words on them.

[00:13:06] Question seven. On what floor of the skyscraper is the Christmas party taking place? The party was taking place on the 30th floor. So how does a Die Hard themed Christmas party sound to you? Thanks to Pinterest and Etsy you can plan that very event. I’m not sure what your boss would say, but it would definitely be an unforgettable party that’s for sure.

[00:13:36] Question eight. What is the name of the head terrorist played by actor Alan Rickman? Well, that villain was named Hans Gruber. This was Alan Rickman’s first role in a film.  Prior to Die Hard he was a stage actor in London. In The American Film Institute’s 100 Years, 100 Heroes and Villains [00:14:00] list, Rickman’s character Hans Gruber is listed as the 46th best villain in film history. Another villain he’s notable for playing as the character Snape in the Harry Potter films. In 2016, cancer took the life of 69 year old Alan Rickman.

[00:14:20] Question nine. What kind of shoes does John wear for most of the movie? Well, that’s a trick question. He doesn’t wear any shoes for most of the movie. According to Internet Movie database, “When John McClain runs through the glass shards in his bare feet, Bruce Willis is wearing special rubber shoes designed to look like his own bare feet. One can see this if looking closely, as his feet appear quite unnaturally large in some of these crucial barefoot scenes.”

[00:14:54] There definitely weren’t a lot of costume changes for Bruce Willis in this film. Willis wore [00:15:00] a white undershirt tank top for most of the film. The costume department had 17 undershirts that they used. Obviously they had to rank them in order from white at the beginning of the movie to dirty and bloody by the end of the movie.

[00:15:15] And question 10. What Christmas song is playing as Argyle, John and Holly drive off in the limo at the end of the movie? Well that song was “Let it Snow.” In addition to the Christmas song, “Let it Snow,” another song in the movie had a defining moment. Run-D.M.C.’s single “Christmas in Hollis” was played in the movie. This song was included on two of Run-D.M.C.’s Christmas albums. In a Billboard.com article, Billboard talks with the group and says, “The other thing that definitely keeps “Christmas in Hollis” such an enduring holiday classic as that it’s featured in Die Hard, which has become this [00:16:00] unofficial Christmas tradition for action film fans. What was your reaction to hearing Argyle cranking up the song in the limo for John McClain?” Run-D.M.C replies, “Man, I had no idea back then because I hadn’t seen the movie when it first came out in theaters. But I remember that opening weekend. Remember pagers? Well, my pager was blowing up with people ringing it off the hook and when I finally got to a payphone to find out what was going on, someone told me, yo, your records in Die Hard. A lot of people were introduced to the record because of that movie.” Well, there’s one more piece of evidence for fans that say this is a Christmas movie.

[00:16:42] If you really want to take a deep dive into the data behind this big question, I found the perfect place for you. Stephen Follows an established data researcher in the film industry, he did a whole write-up titled “Using Data to Determine if Die Hard is a Christmas Movie.” [00:17:00] All his stats will blow your mind. After going through his fact-based research, you may need to reevaluate your opinion on whether or not you think Die Hard is a Christmas movie. I’m going to post a link to his website on triviarewind.com.

[00:17:17] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. I’m not sure if you changed your mind one way or the other about this yearly Christmas movie question. Come share your thoughts on our Instagram or Twitter pages. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. All the links mentioned in this episode can be found at triviarewind.com. Thank you for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind. [00:18:00] .

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It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life warms the heart of movie watchers each winter. As a child, my family watched this film every Christmas. We always thought my grandfather resembled Jimmy Stewart and maybe that’s why it made the movie even more special. Over the years I have grown to appreciate the film even more. Yes, it’s a long movie. Yes, it can be pretty depressing. No, my kids don’t beg to watch it. I mean come on, how can it compete with Elf (as I put words in the mouth’s of my kids)? Regardless, this movie has become a Christmas staple.  

The movie was produced and directed by Frank Capra and released in 1946. Frank Capra’s production company Liberty Films produced the film.  The film is based on a short story titled, “The Greatest Gift” written in 1939 by Philip Van Doren Stern. Philip Van Doren Stern sent out this short story as his Christmas card in 1943. It’s a Wonderful Life didn’t do so well at the box office.  It fell $525,000 short of breaking even. Frank Capra’s reputation took a hit and his production company went bankrupt.  

So how did It’s a Wonderful Life become the Christmas classic it is known as today?  Well, you can thank Republic Pictures, the motion picture production-distribution corporation for failing to renew the copyright in 1974.  That allowed the movie to become part of the public domain and television studios had the opportunity to pick it up which they did and it started airing yearly on television. That yearly airing drew television audiences in and made the movie a Christmas classic.

According to the website Slate.com, “Republic regained control of the lucrative property in 1993 by flexing a new Supreme Court ruling that determined that the holder of a copyright to a story from which a movie was made had certain property rights over the movie itself.”  According to the American Film Institute, “Unauthorized video copies of the film were destroyed, and the NBC network acquired exclusive television rights.”   In a Medium.com article it quotes the Duke Law School’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain as saying, “Ironically, a film that only became a success because of its public domain status was pulled back into copyright.”

Most people have no idea about this behind the scenes history of how It’s a Wonderful Life went from box office flop to Christmas classic. 

In this week’s episode, I will give you ten trivia questions about It’s a Wonderful Life.  After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some fun facts.  Find out about Jimmy Stewart’s impressive military career and which scene of It’s a Wonderful Life made him nervous to shoot. Find out why Jimmy Stewart is seen sweating in the movie, in the middle of a snowstorm! Those are just a few of the fun facts I’ll discuss in this episode of Trivia Rewind.

As you’ll hear me mention in the episode, fans of It’s a Wonderful Life will be excited about an event taking place this week! On Sunday, December 13, 2020 Actor Ed Asner is hosting a star studded virtual gala and table read of It’s a Wonderful Life. Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson will read the role of George Bailey.  Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Ed Asner Family Center, which is dedicated to promoting mental health and enrichment programs for special needs children and their families.  The virtual event is taking place on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. PST and 8 p.m. EST. Visit the Ed Asner Family Center Website to order tickets and see what other actors are taking part in the table read. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind! 

The background Christmas Music heard on the episode is by JuliusH from Pixabay

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.

Trivia Rewind Episode 26 – It’s a Wonderful Life

[00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:05] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:05] Welcome to this episode of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins. In this episode, I’m taking you back to the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. The movie was produced and directed by Frank Capra and released in 1946. Frank Capra’s production company, Liberty Films produced the film. The film is based on a short story titled, The Greatest Gift, written in 1939 by Philip Van Doren Stern. Philip Van Doren Stern sent out this short story as his Christmas card in 1943.

[00:00:43] It’s a Wonderful Life didn’t do so well at the box office.  It fell $525,000 short of breaking even. Frank Capra’s reputation took a hit and his production company went bankrupt. So how did It’s a Wonderful Life become the [00:01:00] Christmas classic it is known as today? Well, you can thank Republic Pictures, the motion picture production and distribution corporation for failing to renew the copyright in 1974. That allowed the movie to become part of the public domain and television studios had the opportunity to pick it up, which they did and started airing it yearly on television. That yearly airing drew television audiences in and made the movie the Christmas classic that it is today. According to the website Slate.com, Republic regained control of the lucrative property in 1993, by flexing a new Supreme court ruling that determined that the holder of a copyright to a story from which a movie was made had certain property rights over the movie itself.

[00:01:53] According to the American Film Institute, unauthorized video copies of the film were destroyed and the [00:02:00] NBC network acquired exclusive television rights. In a medium.com article it quotes the Duke Law School’s Center for the Study of Public Domain as saying, “ironically, a film that only became a success because of its public domain status was pulled back into copyright.”

[00:02:20] Most people have no idea about the behind the scenes history of how It’s a Wonderful Life went from box office flop to Christmas classic. In this week’s episode, I will give you 10 trivia questions about It’s a Wonderful Life. After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some fun facts.

[00:02:43] Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.

[00:02:46] Question one. What is the name of the character that actor Jimmy Stewart plays in the film?

[00:02:56] Question two. What is the [00:03:00] name of the town where the story takes place?

[00:03:05] Question three.  When George was a child what happened that caused him to be deaf in one ear?

[00:03:16] Question four.  During World War II why was George Bailey ineligible to serve?

[00:03:24] Question five? What is the name of the angel that was assigned to Jimmy Stewart’s character?

[00:03:33] Question six. Which character misplaces $8,000 before he is able to deposit it at the bank?

[00:03:44] Question seven. What is the name of the cantankerous character that makes life hard for Jimmy Stewart’s character?

[00:03:56] Question eight. Who threw a rock at the [00:04:00] old Granville house and broke a window?

[00:04:04] Question nine. What does George say he’s going to lasso for Mary?

[00:04:12] And question ten. What gift does Clarence leave for George at the end of the film?

[00:04:21] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back, review, get the answers and fun facts.

[00:04:27] Question one. What is the name of the character that actor Jimmy Stewart plays in the film? Jimmy Stewart plays the main character George Bailey. Instead of Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant almost played George Bailey. On the American Film Institute’s 2003 list of The 50 Greatest Screen Heroes, George Bailey ranked ninth. Jimmy Stewart’s role as George Bailey earned him an Oscar nomination.

[00:04:59] This was the [00:05:00] third time in his acting career that he had been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category. Growing up, Jimmy Stewart was a shy child who loved working on model airplanes and dreamed of one day being an aviator. He attended Princeton University and it was there that he started acting.  Stewart’s major burst of stardom came out when he took the lead role in Frank Capra’s  You Can’t Take it With You, a film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

[00:05:35] Question two. What is the name of the town where the story takes place? Well, It’s a Wonderful Life takes place in the fictional town of Bedford Falls, New York. Seneca Falls, New York claims that Bedford Falls was modeled after their town.

[00:05:54] Seneca Falls has embraced It’s a Wonderful Life and even has a museum [00:06:00] dedicated to the film. In 2021, the city will hold its 75th anniversary “It’s a Wonderful Life Festival” celebration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 events will be held virtually. I will post a link to information about these events on triviarewind.com. It’s a Wonderful Life was filmed both on the RKO Radio Picture Studios lot and the RKO Movie Ranch in Encino, California. One of the largest sets in Hollywood history was built for this movie. The crew made use of sets from the 1931 movie Cimarron when building Bedford Falls. The entire set took up four acres and included 75 stores and buildings. They even transplanted 20 full grown oak trees. Those were just a few of the things that made up this magnificent set. Would you believe that [00:07:00] this Christmas movie full of snowy cold scenes was actually filmed in the middle of a July, 1946, California heat wave. When watching the movie, it’s hard to even comprehend that.

[00:07:13] Some people have said that you can see sweat on Jimmy Stewart’s head during the scene on the bridge, near the end of the film. Supposedly there were times during the filming of the movie that Frank Capra would have to shut down filming just so that they could get out of the heat. So how did they make the snow look so real in the middle of a heat wave?

[00:07:34] Russell Shearman the films special effects artist came up with a new way of making snow for movie sets. He used was called Foamite and mixed it with soap and water and some have said sugar. Then they’d put that mixture in front of really big fans which made it look like falling snow. Shearman and the RKO Radio Studio special effects  department won a Technical [00:08:00] Achievement Award at the 19th Academy Awards for the development of a new method of simulating falling snow on motion picture sets. That’s a big step up from the painting cornflakes white, something they had done to create snow on movie sets before. Imagine stepping on crunchy cornflakes. That’s definitely louder than the sound of walking on crunchy snow.

[00:08:24] Question three. When George was a child, what happened that caused him to be deaf in one ear? In 1919 George and his friends, as well as his brother Harry were sledding on a frozen lake and the ice broke. Harry fell in and George went into the icy water to save his brother. After being in the frozen water George developed an ear infection, which caused him to go deaf in that ear. The child that played the role of George Bailey was Bobby Anderson.  Remember the [00:09:00] scene when the pharmacist Mr. Gower slaps young George in his ear causing it to bleed?  In a Los Angeles Times article, Bobby Anderson said his ear actually did bleed. H.B. Warner, the actor that played Mr. Gower really did hit him in the ear. The article quotes Anderson as saying, “We rehearsed and as the day progressed, the louder and more demanding H.B. got. We’d rest for a little while.  I’d go back to school. They’d bring me back out and we’d spar a little more.” However Bobby Anderson did have fond memories of working with H.B. Warner. He said,  “I was a baby, he says. At the end, when it was all over, he was very lovable. He grabbed me and hugged me and he meant it.” When you start watching It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Gower’s voice is the first voice you will hear in the film. He says the words “I owe everything to George [00:10:00] Bailey. Help him, dear father. “

[00:10:03] Question four. During World War II why was George Bailey ineligible to serve? Well, the answer is he was ineligible to serve because he was deaf in one ear. Jimmy Stewart’s character George Bailey may have been ineligible to serve in World War II, but in real life, Stuart had quite the military career. This was his first film after returning from serving four years in World War II. According to military.com “When the U.S. entered World War II, Stuart was drafted into the Army, but was rejected because he was underweight for his height.

[00:10:43] He worked with colleagues to put on the necessary pounds and successfully enlisted with the Air Corps. According to the National Museum of the United States Air Force,  “he began flying combat missions and on March 31st, 1944 [00:11:00] was appointed operations officer of the 453rd bomb group, and subsequently chief of staff of the 2nd combat wing, 2nd air division of the 8th Air Force. Stewart ended the war with 20 combat missions. He remained in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and was promoted to brigadier general on July 23rd, 1959. He retired on May 31st, 1968.”

[00:11:30] Question five. What is the name of the angel that was assigned to Jimmy Stewart’s character? The name of the angel was Clarence and he was played by English actor, Henry Travers. In the movie his angel rank was angel second class. He hadn’t earned his wings yet. Did you know that the character Clarence was only visible on screen for 15 minutes of the entire movie? [00:12:00] Before his role in It’s a Wonderful Life, Henry Travers was nominated for a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for the movie Mrs. Miniver. Seven of the movies he appeared in were nominated for Best Picture Oscars. Travers died in 1965 and would never know that his role as Clarence would become his most memorable role or that It’s a Wonderful Life would become the Christmas classic it is today.

[00:12:29] Question six. Which character misplaces $8,000 before he is able to deposit it at the bank? That unfortunate character was uncle Billy. That Christmas Eve scene is really hard to watch. Here’s an extra trivia question about uncle Billy. Do you remember what his phone number was? It was Bedford 247.  Actor Thomas Mitchell had the role of uncle Billy.  In [00:13:00] his acting career, Thomas Mitchell was the first actor to win what’s called The Triple Crown of Acting. He won an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony award. He had an extensive career in both film and television. He has not one but two stars on the Hollywood walk of fame; one for his work in television and one for his work in films.

[00:13:26] Question seven. What is the name of the cantankerous character that makes life hard for Jimmy Stewart’s character? Well, that grumpy guy’s name was Mr. Potter. Actor Lionel Barrymore played Mr. Potter and I can’t think of one nice thing to say about this character. Supposedly the Mr. Potter character was based on the Ebeneezer Scrooge character from A Christmas Carol. The Mr. Potter character was so unlikable that on the 2003 American Film Institute’s list of the 50 Greatest Villains [00:14:00] in American Film History, he ranked number six. Actor Lionel Barrymore comes from a long line of actors. He is the great uncle of actress Drew Barrymore. In the movie, Mr. Potter is in a wheelchair due to polio.  In real life Lionel Barrymore was in a wheelchair due to severe arthritis.

[00:14:22] Question eight. Who threw a rock at the old Granville house and broke a window? That character was Mary, played by actress Donna Reed. While she already had quite the career this was Donna Reed’s first starring role in a film. The old Granville house is where Mary and George spent the first night of their honeymoon and then fixed it up to live in. This is the house that George later refers to as a drafty old house. He says, “gosh, it’s this old house. I don’t know why we don’t all have pneumonia. This drafty old barn. Might as well be [00:15:00] living in a refrigerator. Why did we have to live here in the first place and stay around this measly crummy old town?”  Here’s an extra trivia question about this house. Do you remember the house’s address? It was 310 Sycamore Street.

[00:15:18] Question nine. What does George say he’s going to lasso for Mary? He says that he’s going to lasso the moon. He says, “what is it you want Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.”  Remember the scene when George and Mary both have their ear up to the telephone and then they kiss? Supposedly Jimmy Stewart was very nervous about this scene. This was his first on-screen kiss since he returned to Hollywood after serving in World War II. The scene was done in one take. A 2014 Huffington Post article lists this [00:16:00] kiss as one of the Top 11 Classic Hollywood Kisses that Will Send Shivers Down your Spine.

[00:16:06] And question ten. What gift does Clarence leave for George at the end of the film? Clarence leaves George a copy of the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Inside the book is a note that says, “Dear George, remember, no man is a failure who has friends? Thank you for the wings. Love, Clarence.” Then we all know what happens in one of the movie’s most famous scenes. A bell on George and Mary’s Christmas tree rings and what does their daughter Zuzu say? “Look, daddy, teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”  It’s a Wonderful Life was nominated for five Oscars and Frank Capra won the Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture Director. In [00:17:00] 1947, the movie was listed as one of the top 10 films by the National Board of Review. In 2006, It’s a Wonderful Life topped the list of  AFI’s 100 Most Inspiring Films of all Time. Watching George Bailey give up all his big dreams for the betterment of Bedford Falls is definitely inspirational.

[00:17:23] And here’s something fans of the movie will be excited about. Actor Ed Asner is hosting a star studded virtual gala and table read of It’s a Wonderful Life. Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson will read the role of George Bailey. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Ed Asner Family Center which is dedicated to promoting mental health and enrichment programs for special needs children and their families. The virtual event is taking place on Sunday, December 13th, 2020 at 5:00 PM pacific time and 8:00 PM eastern time. Visit [00:18:00] triviarewind.com for a link to tickets and see what other actors are taking part in the reading.

[00:18:07] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. Make sure before 2020 is over you take the time to watch this holiday classic and end your year with a little inspiration. Please subscribe to Trivia Rewind and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. You can visit us on Twitter and Instagram. All the links mentioned in this episode can be found at triviarewind.com. Thank you for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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Elf Movie Trivia + Christmas Movie Quotes

Do you have a favorite Christmas movie?  For a lot of people, that movie is Elf?  Every once in a while a movie comes along that becomes a pop culture sensation. I don’t know about you, but at our house, Elf gets watched way more than once during the Christmas season and we all can recite multiple lines from the movie. 

Will Ferrell does a great job as the star of Elf and I can’t think of a better person to play the part. You know originally, Jim Carrey was offered the role of Buddy but the movie took almost 10 years to get off the ground and in that time Jim Carrey moved on and starred in a different Christmas movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  

Elf is directed by Jon Favreau, known more recently for directing such hits as Iron Man, Iron Man 2, the 2019 Lion King and the 2016 The Jungle Book.  In addition to directing Elf, Favreau even has a minor role where he plays Dr. Ben Leonardo, the Hobbs’s family pediatrician that gives Buddy the DNA test.  Also, Favreau is the voice of the Narwhal that says the line “Bye Buddy. Hope you find your dad.” That’s pretty cool that in addition to directing, he got to have a little role in the movie as well. 

Here’s how this episode will work.  In the first segment,  I’ll ask you ten trivia questions about the movie Elf, then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about the movie. Find out what trick director Jon Favreau used to get a genuine scared reaction out of Will Ferrell when he was testing the jack-in-the-box toys. Find out how long it took sculptors to build that New York City skyline out of Legos. I will tell you about a technique Jon Favreau’s team used called Forced Perspective to make Buddy appear bigger than the other elves. Plus, find out why actor James Caan says there won’t be an Elf sequel.  Those are just a few of the fun facts in this episode.

Then,  I’ll move on to our movie quotes segment where I’ll give you five quotes from random Christmas movies and you have to guess which movie the quotes came from.   You’ll find out about some pretty amazing set designs. I mention one movie and its trailer that tricked everyone into not knowing it was a Christmas movie. After you listen to the episode, watch the movie’s trailer here. Find out what iconic Christmas movie was filmed in the middle of a July California heat wave and how over the years snow has been made on movie sets.  Those and more fun facts await you. 

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind! The background Christmas Music heard on the episode is by JuliusH from Pixabay

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.

Debi Jenkins 0:05
Welcome to another episode of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins your host. Are you a fan of the movie Elf? In this episode of Trivia Rewind, that’s what I’ll be talking about. Every once in a while a movie comes along that becomes a pop culture sensation. I don’t know about you, but at our house, Elf gets watched way more than once during the Christmas season. I’m sure most people listening to this can recite at least one or more lines from the movie. Will Ferrell is the star of Elf and I can’t think of a better person to play the part. You know, originally, Jim Carrey was offered the role of Buddy, but the movie took almost 10 years to get off the ground and in that time, Jim Carrey moved on and starred in a different Christmas movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Elf is directed by Jon Favreau known more recently for directing such hits as Iron Man, Iron Man 2, the 2019 Lion King and the 2016 The Jungle Book. In addition to directing Elf, Favreau even has a minor role where he plays Dr. Ben Leonardo the Hobbs’s family pediatrician that gives Buddy the DNA test. Also Favreau is the voice of the narwhal that says the line “Bye Buddy, hope you find your dad.”

Debi Jenkins 1:24
Well, before we get to the trivia questions I’ll review how this works. This episode contains two segments. In the first segment, I’ll ask you 10 questions about the movie Elf? Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about the movie. After our Elf trivia segment, I’ll move on to our movie quotes segment where I’ll give you five quotes from random Christmas movies and you have to guess which movie the quotes come from. Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.

Debi Jenkins 1:59
Question one. When elves discover a human baby in their workshop, how do they come up with the name Buddy?

Debi Jenkins 2:09
Question two. What is Buddy’s job at the North Pole?

Debi Jenkins 2:16
Question three. Buddy is horrified when Santa tells him what fact about his birth father?

Debi Jenkins 2:25
Question four. What is the name of the department store where Buddy gets a job?

Debi Jenkins 2:34
Question five. What is the name of the character played by actress Zooey Deschanel?

Debi Jenkins 2:42
Question six. What is the name of the author that Buddy gets into a fight with at his father’s office?

Debi Jenkins 2:51
Question seven. Buddy tells the department store Santa that he smells like what?

Debi Jenkins 3:00
Question eight. What is one of the three items that is recited in the Code of Elves?

Debi Jenkins 3:10
Question nine. What does Buddy say are the elves four main food groups?

Debi Jenkins 3:19
And question 10. Where do the reindeer get their magic to make Santa’s sleigh fly?

Debi Jenkins 3:28
Those were our questions. Let’s go back, get the answers and fun facts. Question one. When elves discover a human baby in their workshop, how do they come up with the name Buddy? Well, the elves look at the label on the baby’s diaper and see that it says Little Buddy Diapers. That’s the moment they start calling him Buddy. Well do the elves’ costumes look familiar to you? If you’re a fan of the classic Rankin-Bass Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer special, you may recognize the costumes. The ones in the movie Elf are replicas of those very costumes from the television special. By the way, if you didn’t catch our last episode, you definitely need to go listen. It was all about those classic Christmas television specials like Rudolph. When director Jon Favreau first got the script for Elf he said it was much darker and had more of a PG-13 vibe. After taking a year to do rewrites, the film came more in line with what he wanted, an innocent Buddy the elf in a world that felt like the old Rankin-Bass television specials.

Debi Jenkins 4:39
Question two. What is Buddy’s job at the North Pole? Well, since he couldn’t keep up with the other elves making toys, Buddy is given the job of toy tester. While he’s never played an elf before, in real life actor Will Ferrell was once Santa for five weeks. In an article from Spliced Wire, he says that actor Chris Kattan was his elf at an outdoor mall in Pasadena, California, where together they passed out candy canes. Remember the scene in Elf when Buddy has to test all those jack-in-the-box toys? Do you remember his surprised reaction to the last jack-in-the-box? Jon Favreau had a remote control for that one and he wanted to get a genuine scared reaction out of Ferrell when he was least expecting it. It definitely worked. In the movie, the head elf is named Ming Ming. He was played by the star of a very popular Christmas movie. Actor Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in A Christmas Story had a cameo role in Elf playing the Ming Ming character.

Debi Jenkins 5:51
Question three. Buddy is horrified when Santa tells him what fact about his birth father? Well, Santa tells Buddy that his father is on the naughty list. Actor Ed Asner played Santa Claus. Asner is a charter member of the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame. He has played Santa in several movies. An IGN Film Force article says that Santa’s wardrobe was modeled after the 1950s Santa in Coke advertisements. Actor James Caan plays the role of Buddy’s birth father, Walter Hobbs. James Caan is definitely known for his Oscar nominated role in the movie The Godfather. His character in Elf was the exact opposite of Buddy’s character. From what I’ve read, Will Ferrell had fun messing with James Caan on the set. In a Spliced Wire article, Ferrell is quoted as saying, “My objective in this movie was trying to drive James Caan crazy, both on a story level, and in just constantly messing with him. It was great.”

Debi Jenkins 7:01
Question four. What is the name of the department store where Buddy gets a job? The department store was Gimbels. Instead of Gimbels the store featured in the movie was almost going to be Macy’s. The filmmakers were in talks with Macy’s about the possibility of filming there. Macy’s was going to allow them to use the store to shoot parts of the movie. However, one of the stipulations was that Santa couldn’t be revealed as fake. I can’t imagine any department store ever wanting to insinuate that their Santa might be a fake. So I can see why Macy’s had this stipulation. Faveau and his team decided to go with Gimbels, a store that was once a competitor of Macy’s. Both Macy’s and Gimbels were the topic of another Christmas movie, the 1947 movie Miracle on 34th Street. The filmmakers got permission to use the Gimbels name, and they filmed the department store scenes inside the cafeteria of a mental hospital in Vancouver, Canada. Did you know that the Gimbels department store was the first department store to have a Thanksgiving Day Parade? It wasn’t Macy’s.

Debi Jenkins 8:15
Question five. What is the name of the character played by actress Zooey Deschanel? She plays Jovie, an elf in Santa Land at Gimbels. When they started filming the movie, the director didn’t know that Zooey Deschanel could sing. When Favreau found out she could sing he wrote that into the script. In addition to her acting roles, Zooey Deschanel has a musical career. She is one half of the musical group called She and Him. Currently, Zooey is dating one of the Property Brothers, Jonathan Scott.

Debi Jenkins 8:51
Question six. What is the name of the author that Buddy gets into a fight with at his father’s office. That author’s name is Miles Finch, played by actor Peter Dinklage. Many fans now recognize Peter Dinklage, not from his Elf role, but for his role as Tyrion Lannister on the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. Peter Dinklage was born with Achondroplasia, a genetic disorder whose primary feature is dwarfism. Because of this condition, he has often turned down roles that he felt were demeaning, such as playing magical characters like elves and leprechauns. His roll in Elf definitely doesn’t fall into that category.

Debi Jenkins 9:36
Question seven. Buddy tells the department store Santa that he smells like what? He smells like beef and cheese. Buddy and Santa had a pretty amazing fight. They only had one chance to film this scene. There were no second chances because they would have to rebuild that entire elaborate set that Buddy and Santa destroy in the fight. Imagine having to rebuild that New York City skyline made out of Legos. Elf production designer Rusty Smith discusses the Lego situation in an Entertainment Weekly article. H e says, “We had Legos and Favreau said, ‘How about a whole city made of Legos and then they destroy it?’ I was like, Yes, that is so brilliant. But then I turned and looked at my art director, and he was ashen.” I can imagine. It took five sculptors two weeks to build that skyline from scratch. They had to scramble to find enough of the types of colors and different types of Legos needed to build their masterpiece. After all that hard work, it took Santa a few seconds to destroy it. In the article, Rusty Smith discusses more about the transformation that Buddy made inside the Santa Land. He said “It had to feel handmade. It had to feel like Buddy actually did it.” Remember all those snowflakes that Buddy cut out of paper? Smith said it took weeks and weeks for the art department to create those.

Debi Jenkins 11:08
Question eight. What is one of the three items that is recited in the Code of Elves? Here they are, they are treat every day like Christmas. There’s room for everyone on the nice list. And the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. I’m sure you remember the scene when all the elves were seated in the classroom reciting the Code of Elves. To make the other elves look so much smaller than Buddy a technique called forced perspective was used. Director Jon Favreau was inspired by the 1959 film, Darby O’Gill and the Little People. This forced perspective technique was used in a lot of the scenes when you see Buddy with the elves. Check out triviarewind.com, where I’ll post a link to some behind the scenes photos that show exactly how they did this.

Debi Jenkins 12:03
Question nine. What does Buddy say are the elves four main food groups? Well, they are candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. When making the movie, Will Ferrell actually had physical effects from eating so many sweets. It’s been said that he suffered from headaches due to all that sugar. Remember the scene where Buddy puts candy and all kinds of other sweets on top of his spaghetti? Supposedly they had to shoot that scene twice because he threw up the first time. I can see why. And speaking of candy, in the scene where Buddy is at the doctor’s office eating cotton balls, well, what he’s eating is actually cotton candy that had not yet been dyed.

Debi Jenkins 12:50
And question 10. Where do the reindeer get their magic to make Santa’s sleigh fly? Well, that magic comes from Christmas spirit. Remember the end of the movie when Buddy is in Santa’s sleigh and everyone is at Central Park and start singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and it’s showing Christmas spirit, the one thing needed to get Santa’s sleigh in the air? This scene brought tears to Will Ferrell while watching the movie at the L.A. premiere. In a Rotten Tomatoes interview he says, “I’m like, oh, I can’t let everyone see me cry here at my own movie. I was like, oh gosh, this is working on a level that I didn’t anticipate. And that was pretty cool.” People can’t get enough of this movie, and many people, including myself would love to see a sequel. Unfortunately, Will Ferrell turned down $29 million to star in a sequel. In an interview with The Independent James Caan says the reason there won’t be a sequel is that Will Ferrell and director Jon Favreau didn’t get along during the filming. This is something I haven’t heard before. Neither Favreau or Ferrell have publicly stated whether it’s true. Whatever the reason, we will still watch Elf year after year. In 2017 Fandango fans named Elf the number one Christmas movie of the 21st century.

Debi Jenkins 14:11
And now for our Christmas movie quotes segment. Before we start, I’d like to take a quick break and ask a favor. If you are enjoying this episode, please subscribe to Trivia Rewind and leave a five star review. If you’re listening on Apple podcasts or another podcast app that allows comments, I’d love it if you would leave a positive comment about Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and spreading the word about this podcast. Now back to our Christmas quote segment. I’ll give you five quotes the answers and fun facts.

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Here’s quote one. “Nobody’s walking out on this fun old fashioned family Christmas.”

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Quote two. “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”

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Quote three. “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.”

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Quote four. “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole doesn’t he?”

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And quote five. “You’re skipping Christmas. Isn’t that against the law?”

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Those were our quotes. Let’s go back get the answers and fun facts. Quote one. “Nobody’s walking out on this fun old fashioned family Christmas.” This quote is said by the character Clark Griswold in the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Actor Chevy Chase plays the role of Clark. Chevy Chase’s real name is actually Cornelius Crane Chase. His grandmother is the one that gave him the nickname Chevy after the medieval English ballad titled The Ballad of Chevy Chase. Chevy Chase was one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live. He had his own satire news segment called Weekend Update, and it’s where he is known for saying the much remembered phrase “I’m Chevy Chase, and you’re not.” He won three Primetime Emmy Awards for his work with Saturday Night Live. When it came to the Christmas Vacation movie, supposedly Chevy Chase wasn’t that easy to work with according to the originally slated director, Chris Columbus. In a Chicago article, he is quoted as saying, “To be completely honest, Chevy treated me like dirt.” So Columbus left the movie and several weeks later, Jon Hughes gave him a different Christmas movie to direct, Home Alone.

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Quote two. “Seeing is believing but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” This quote is from the 2004 film The Polar Express. This quote is said by the conductor, voiced by Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks had seven voice roles in this movie. He was the voice of Hero Boy, Hero Boy’s father, Conductor, Hobo, Scrooge puppet, Santa Claus and the narrator. The movie is quite the production. It combines stage acting, motion capture and computer graphics to bring the characters to life. Robert Zemeckis helped write the screenplay and he directed the film. In a Wired article Zemeckis said that he didn’t want the movie to look like animated cartoons. Well, it went way beyond that. Tom Hanks had to wear a bodysuit that had reflective dots on it. Sixty-five infrared cameras recorded his movements in 3D. For close-ups, Tom Hanks had to have 152 marks glued to his face in order to capture every expression he made. The wired article said that it took over fifty minutes to glue these to his face. After they recorded, all the data then went to a computer where the next steps in the process took place. This is all just part of what gives the film its unique look.

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Quote three. “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.” This line was said by character Doris Walker, played by actress Maureen O’Hara in the 1947 movie Miracle on 34th Street. Maureen O’Hara was one of a few actresses often referred to as the Queen of Technicolor. On Miracle on 34th Street she plays the mother to a little girl named Susan, played by actress Natalie Wood. In Maureen O’Hara’s career she played the role of mother to almost 40 children. Here’s something interesting about the filming of Miracle on 34th Street. The actual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was going on and they shot the movie’s parade sequences live when the real event was happening. And here’s the craziest fact of all. We would all assume this movie was released around Christmas time. I mean, it was a Christmas movie. Nope. It was released on May 2, 1947. The head of 20th Century Fox thought more people went to the movies in the summer when it was warm outside. But do people want to watch Christmas movies in the summer? Well, when they marketed the movie, there was no mention that it was about Christmas. The movie’s trailer made sure of it. I’ll post a link to the trailer on triviarewind.com and you can see how they promoted this Christmas movie in a non-Christmassy way.

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Question four. “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole doesn’t he?” Clarence the angel says this line in the 1946 movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. One of the largest sets ever built in Hollywood history was for this movie. The Bedford Falls Main Street took three city blocks, and included 75 stores and buildings, all of which had to be built for the movie. They even transplanted 20 full grown oak trees. You’d never guess that this cold looking snowy Christmas movie was actually filmed in the middle of a July California heatwave. Russell Shearman the movie special effects artist came up with a new way of making snow for movie sets. He used what’s called foamite and mixed it with soap and water, and some people say sugar also. Then they put the mixture in front of really big fans, which made it look like falling snow. Shearman and the RKO Radio Studio special effects department won a Technical Achievement Award at the 19th Academy Awards for the development of a new method of simulating falling snow on Motion Picture sets. I’ll post a link to a video on triviarewind.com that talks about the making of snow on movie sets over the years. Amazingly, as great as we think this film is today, when the movie was first released, it didn’t even earn enough at the box office to pay what it cost to make it. The movie grew in popularity beginning in the 1970s when the copyright expired and it was available for TV stations to air royalty free. Those reruns over the years have made it a Christmas classic.

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And quote five. “You’re skipping Christmas? Isn’t that against the law? This quote comes from the character Spike in the 2004 movie Christmas with the Kranks. The movie was based on a John Grisham book titled Skipping Christmas and stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. A lot of the movie takes place in the Kranks’ neighborhood. The production team couldn’t find just the right neighborhood so they built their own. Building their own neighborhood would save them from having to ask real people in a real neighborhood to leave their home for an extended period of time. This gave them more control over the production. In a How Stuff Works article, Garreth Stover, production designer and Karen O’Hara, set decorator provide specific details about what it took to pull this off. A parking lot in Downey, California was the blank slate. Here’s just a few of the crazy facts. They spent 504 hours designing the set. Twelve weeks building the set. They built 17 houses that were each 2400 square feet. They planted over 500 trees. They laid over 60,000 square feet of sod. I could go on and on. I mean this was a big production. Stover said, “Even though it lacks structural foundation, it was built to code.” While all this seems extravagant for one movie, the neighborhood on Hemlock Street is available for other movies and television shows to use. And remember the scene where they had the canned ham and it gets run over? Well they use 26 cans of ham to film this one scene.

Debi Jenkins 23:46
Well that’s it for this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram. All the links talked about in this episode can be found at triviarewind.com Thanks for listening. And I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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Adam Sandler Movie Trivia

In this episode of Trivia Rewind it’s all about the movies of Adam Sandler.  While movie goers world wild love his films, critics don’t always agree. Buy hey, what do critics know! With one of his latest films, Uncut Gems, the critics finally changed their tune and some called that movie one of the best of his career.  This week I will be talking about 10 of Adam Sandler’s most loved films.

In our fun facts segment, you’ll find out what item Adam Sandler bought his four co-stars in Grown Ups after the movie cleaned up at the box office. You’ll even find out on which movie set he met his wife.  What fast food did his kids love for him to bring them to school?   You’ll get all those answers in our fun facts!

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.

Trivia Rewind Episode – Adam Sandler Trivia

Debi Jenkins  0:04  
Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about the movies of Adam Sandler. While movie goers worldwide love his films, critics don’t always agree. But hey, what do critics know? With one of his latest films, Uncut Gems, the critics finally changed their tune and some called that movie one of the best of his career. This week, I’ll be talking about ten of Adam Sandler’s films. In our Fun Facts segment, you’ll want to find out what item Adam Sandler bought his four co-stars in Grown Ups after the movie cleaned it up at the box office. You’ll even find out on which movie set he met his wife. What fast food did his kids love for him to bring them at school? Stick around and find out all those answers. Before we get to the questions, I’ll review how this works. First, I’ll ask you ten questions. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie. Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind. 

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Question one. In the film Happy Gilmore, which TV personality does Adam Sandler’s character get into a fist fight with? 

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Question two. In the 2010 movie Grown Ups, what is the game that Adam Sandler’s character and his friends play that end up causing Rob’s foot to get impaled? 

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Question three. In what bowl game does Bobby Boucher win the MVP award in the movie The Waterboy? 

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Question four. In the movie The Wedding Singer, Adam Sandler’s character Robbie Hart gets left at the altar. Why did his fiance tell him she called it off? 

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Question five. In the 2019 movie Uncut Gems, what is Adam Sandler’s character Howard Ratner addicted to?

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Question six.  In the movie Billy Madison, how long does Billy have to complete grades one through twelve after making a deal with his father? 

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Question seven.  In the 2005 movie The Longest Yard, what is the name of the football team that Adam Sandler’s character Paul Crewe puts together in the prison? 

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Question eight.  In the 1999 film Big Daddy, Adam Sandler’s character Sonny Koufax works one day a week doing what? 

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Question nine. In the 2019 Netflix movie, Murder Mystery, which actress plays Adam Sandler’s character’s wife? 

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And question 10.  In the 2002 film Mr. Deeds, after inheriting one billion dollars, what does Adam Sandler’s character Longfellow Deeds buy everyone in his town, Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire?

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Well, those were the ten questions. Let’s go back and I’ll give you the answers and the fun facts. Question one. In the film Happy Gilmore, which TV personality does Adam Sandler’s character get into a fistfight with?  That TV personality was Bob Barker host of The Price Is Right game show. He played himself in Happy Gilmore. Bob Barker did all of his own stunts in the movie. Would you believe that The Price Is Right host trained with Chuck Norris for eight years and is an expert in karate? All those years of holding a microphone sure had us fooled. In 1996 this fight between Adam Sandler and Bob Barker won the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight. This was the first movie fight to be given this award. And after Happy Gilmore, The Price Is Right ratings went up. 

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Question two. In the 2010 movie Grown Ups, what is the game that Adam Sandler’s character and his friends play that end up causing Rob’s foot to get impaled? That game was arrow roulette. That was one crazy game. Adam Sandler was one of the writers of this classic comedy. The movie did so well at the box office Adam Sandler bought each of his four co-stars a Maserati.  At the time, Grown Ups was Sandler’s highest grossing film worldwide.  At the age of 17, before he was all grown up, Adam Sandler’s brother convinced him to do stand up comedy. Dennis Miller saw one of his acts and recommended him to the people at Saturday Night Live. 

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Question three. In what bowl game does Bobby Boucher win the MVP award in the movie The Waterboy? Well, that would be the Bourbon Bowl. This was another movie that Adam Sandler helped write. In a CNN article, Adam Sandler said that the idea for his Waterboy character came from one of his Saturday Night Live characters Canteen Boy. In the movie, the award winning actress Kathy Bates plays the role of Bobby’s mother. She says that she threw the script away after first reading it. Her niece encouraged her to re-think that move. The production staff couldn’t believe she agreed to be in the movie. We’re all glad she did because she did a great job playing his mother. 

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Question four. In the movie The Wedding Singer, Adam Sandler’s character Robbie Hart gets left at the altar. Why does his fiance tell him she called it off? Well, his fiance says she initially fell in love with him because of his ambitions of one day being a rock star. Well now he’s only a Wedding Singer. I guess that wasn’t good enough for her. I’m guessing the character name Robbie Hart has something to do with a robbed heart. When Adam Sandler was just 11 years old, his mom forced him to sing in his sister’s wedding. The two songs he sang were Ringo Starr’s You’re 16 and Paul McCartney’s Yesterday. The weekend The Wedding Singer opened it came in second place right behind Titanic. 

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Question five. In the 2019 movie Uncut Gems, what is Adam Sandler’s character Howard Ratner addicted to? Well, he is addicted to gambling. Adam Sandler’s wife is the one that encouraged him to do the film. When this movie came out there was a lot of buzz about the awards that Adam Sandler might win for this role. Surprisingly to a lot of people, he wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar. He even joked that he was snubbed by the Academy when he was giving an acceptance speech at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards, where he won for Best Male Lead. 

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Question six. In the movie Billy Madison, how long does Billy have to complete grades one through twelve after making a deal with his father? Well, he gets two weeks for each grade. Billy Madison was one of the first big movies that Sandler headlined. In 1999, Adam Sandler formed his own production company which is named Happy Madison Productions. The “Happy” is taken from the title of his movie Happy Gilmore and the “Madison” is taken from this movie, Billy Madison. You may remember the dodgeball scene in this movie. Sandler made one of the child actors cry after he hit him too hard with a dodgeball.  On the show Conan he talked about how some of the parents were upset and reminded him that they were only little kids. Critics didn’t seem to like this movie, but the box office didn’t show that.  It debuted at number one. 

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Question seven. In the 2005 movie The Longest Yard, what is the name of the football team that Adam Sandler’s character Paul Crewe puts together in the prison? Their team was named the Mean Machines. This film was a remake of the 1974 film starring Burt Reynolds. In the 2005 film, Burt Reynolds appears as coach Nate Scarborough and wears number 22, the same number he wore in the 1974 film when he played Paul Crewe. 

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Question eight.  In the 1999 film Big Daddy, Adam Sandler’s character Sonny Koufax works one day a week doing what?  He is a tollbooth attendant. Sonny has his law degree but is too lazy to take the Bar Exam. Adam Sandler met his wife Jackie on the set of this movie. She had a role as a waitress. They were married in 2003 and have two daughters. Jackie and their children often make appearances in his movies. Adam Sandler is known to be a great father. In a 2014 Huffington Post article, he talked about eating lunch with his kids at their elementary school on a regular basis, and how In n Out Burger was a hit with his kids. 

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Question nine. In the 2019 Netflix movie Murder Mystery, which actress plays Adam Sandler’s character’s wife? That actress was Jennifer Aniston. This wasn’t the first film that Sandler and Aniston have done together. In 2011 they starred together in Just Go With It. Adam Sandler’s wife Jackie appeared in this movie and was credited as The Great Looking Flight Attendant.  Murder Mystery was released digitally on Netflix, and at the time had their record for having the biggest opening weekend for a film in the history of Netflix. 

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Question 10.  In the 2002 film Mr. Deeds, after inheriting one billion dollars, what does Adams Sandler’s character Longfellow Deeds buy everyone in his town Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire? Well, he bought everybody red Corvettes. This film was a remake of Frank Capra’s 1936 film Mr. Dees Goes to Town. Critics once again didn’t have great reviews for this Sandler movie. In fact, in a San Francisco Gate article, the critic called the movie a stink bomb. However, audiences loved it, and it was a huge box office success. 

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Well, that’s it for this week’s episode centered around the great movies of Adam Sandler. I hope you learned something new today. Go impress your friends with one of the fun facts and then send them to listen to Trivia Rewind. You won’t want to miss an episode, so please subscribe, and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. You can join Trivia Rewind on Twitter and Instagram. All the links can be found at triviarewind.com. Thank you so much for listening. And I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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No More Great Pumpkin on Network TV?

Just add this to the #2020 list. One of October’s greatest TV traditions is going away…kind of. Ever since 1966 when It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown first aired on network television, you could count on seeing it every year on CBS until ABC bought the rights in 2001. There was just something special about watching it that one night it aired on TV each year.

Well it looks like someone has sold out. This is the first year that you will only be able to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on a streaming device. (Of course you can watch it on VHS or DVD but that’s not the same) In 2020, this beloved classic will only air on Apple TV+. Is this some marketing ploy to get more Apple TV subscribers? Probably. We’ve all fallen for those tactics before. Who hasn’t signed up for a free trial of a streaming app just to watch some special anticipated show?

Many fans are disappointed mostly because it’s a matter of principle. When traditions are frequently going by the wayside, little 25 minute pieces of enjoyment like this TV special mean more than most would think. Sure, how hard is it to get a free subscription to Apple TV and watch it that way? Well, not everyone has access to streaming devices so that cuts out a portion of the population.

With all that’s going on in the world, it seems like a mundane thing to complain about. But many, including myself just want a little piece of history to cling to. Can some things just stay the same?

If you’re a fan of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, come see what you remember about this beloved show and listen to the Trivia Rewind episode devoted to this iconic special. This Trivia Rewind episode was released the same day the change in venue news hit social media.

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