Where would we be without the silver screen? Books are great but there is nothing like the visual of a good, tear-jerking love story, or action adventure flick.

From dinosaurs to Dumb and Dumber here’s all the things you might not have known about Hollywood magic.

Fun Facts About The Movies

  • Picture people sitting around a table looking for dinosaur sounds for the movie Jurassic Park. In the back a hand goes up. “I know, I know record tortoises having sex.” Problem solved.
  • History Lost. Over 90 percent of all the movies made before 1929 are lost forever. No known copies exist.
  • Have you ever wondered why the word mafia is never used in the movie The Godfather? Because the actual mafia demanded it. I guess they made producers an offer they couldn’t refuse.
  • All those previews that take forever before the movie begins used to play after the movie years ago.
  • Paranormal Activity was one of the highest grossing movies ($193 million) but also had one of the lowest budgets (less than $15,000).
  • The movie Titanic cost more to make that the Titanic ocean liner cost to build.
  • Iconic karate artist Bruce Lee was so fast parts of his movies had to be slowed down in order to see his moves.
  • That monster tub of popcorn you buy at the movies actually costs more per ounce than filet mignon. Happy dining.
  • A lot of movies are made in the USA but even more each year in Nigeria.
  • The Apollo Creed character in the Rocky movies was based on Muhammad Ali.
  • Perhaps Hollywood had a surplus of the F-word. It was used 256 times in the movie Pulp Fiction.
  • The movie Time Machine could never be made in China. For whatever reason China bans any movies with any kind of time travel theme.
  • India sent a rocket to Mars. The movie Gravity cost more to make than the cost of that mission.
  • So much for top billing. The Godzilla monster was only on screen for about eight minutes in the 2014 film of the same name.
  • Oscar winning director James Cameron quit his job as a truck driver and decided to enter the film industry after seeing the movie Star Wars.
  • Sandra Bullock (above) won the Oscar and the Golden Raspberry (for worst film) in the same weekend. She collected both.

Some Final Thoughts

I confess I love movies. I can’t remember the last time I watched a TV sitcom. It’s really nice to suspend the reality of politics, the economy, and all the world issues for 90 minutes and watch the guys in the white hats vanquish the guys in the black hats.

What’s your favorite movie?

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