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CURIOSITIES ABOUT ‘ROBOCOP’

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In July 17 1987, was released one classic movie of the 80’s, ‘Robocop’. The movie is about Detroit, in the future, who is crime-ridden and run by a massive company. The company has developed a huge crime-fighting robot, which unfortunately develops a rather dangerous glitch. The company sees a way to get back in favor with the public when policeman Alex Murphy is killed by a street gang. Murphy’s body is reconstructed within a steel shell and called RoboCop. RoboCop is very successful against criminals and becomes a target of supervillian Boddicker.

Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy
Director: Paul Verhoeven

To celebrate the 30th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.

  • It was discovered that when in full RoboCop costume, Peter Weller could not fit properly into the police car as he was too bulky. That’s why most shots of him show him exiting the car or preparing to get into it. For shots where he actually needed to be in the car, he only wore the top part of the costume and sat in his underwear. However, to maintain the illusion that RoboCop wears the entire suit while inside a car, most shots show his robotic feet exiting the car first.

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TLBSPEDIA: GEORGE A. ROMERO

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Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero was born on February 4 1940, in the Bronx, New York. He started out making commercials and short films before moving on to feature films. His iconic movies, including ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ‘Day of the Dead’, he combines horror with social commentary and satire.

The son of a commercial artist, George Andrew Romero loved watching movies growing up. ‘The Tales of Hoffman’ (1951), a film adaptation of an opera, was an early influence. As a teen, he borrowed the film numerous times, using a projector to watch it at home. Romero once said that only one other person took this movie out as much as he did, and the fellow fan turned out to be Martin Scorsese.

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TLBSPEDIA: MARTIN LANDAU

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Veteran character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20 1928, in Brooklyn, New York. He first dreamed of becoming an artist. After graduating from Brooklyn’s James Madison High School, Landau studied at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students League.

Around the age of 17, Landau landed a job with the ‘New York Daily News’ as a cartoonist and illustrator. He made the switch to acting in his early twenties. As Landau explained to ‘Back Stage West’, “I was being groomed to be the next theater cartoonist. But when I looked around the office and saw guys 30 and 40 years my senior doing exactly what I was doing… I knew this wasn’t for me.”

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10 VINTAGE HORROR MOVIES POSTERS

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TLBSPEDIA: VIVIEN LEIGH

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Famed actress Vivien Leigh was born Vivian Mary Hartley on November 5 1913, in Darjeeling, India, to an English stockbroker and his Irish wife. The family returned to England when Hartley was 6 years old. A year later, the precocious Hartley announced to classmate Maureen O’Sullivan that she “was going to be famous.” She was right, though her fame would eventually come under a different name.

As a teen, Vivian Hartley attended schools in England, France, Italy and Germany, becoming fluent in both French and Italian. She went on to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but put her career temporarily on hold at age 19, when she married a lawyer named Leigh Holman and had his daughter. Replacing the “a” in her first name with the less commonly used “e,” Hartley used her husband’s name to craft a more glamorous stage name, Vivien Leigh.

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CURIOSITIES ABOUT ‘MEN IN BLACK’

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In July 2 1997, was released one classic movie of the 90’s, ‘Men In Black’. The movie is about a private agency code named MiB. This agency is some kind of extra terrestrial surveillance corporation. One of the agency’s finest men only going by the name “K”, is recruiting for a new addition to the agency. He has chosen James Edwards of the N.Y.P.D. Then, one day, a flying saucer crashes into Earth. This was an alien a part of the “Bug” race. He takes the body of a farmer and heads to New York. He is searching for a super energy source called “The Galaxy”. So, Agents J and K must stop the bug before it can escape with the galaxy.

Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Vincent D’Onofrio
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.

  • Vincent D’Onofrio researched his role as Edgar, by watching a lot of bug documentaries. In order to achieve his character’s distinctive walk, he put on knee braces so he couldn’t bend his legs, and taped up his ankles.

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MOVIES RELEASE DATES: JULY 2017

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TLBSPEDIA: JAYNE MANSFIELD

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Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19 1933, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Mansfield’s father Herbert was an attorney and musician while her mother Vera had previously worked as a schoolteacher. Mansfield endured a childhood tragedy at the age of 3 when her father passed away from a heart attack while driving with the family. Reflecting back on the tragedy, Mansfield later said, “Something went out of my life. … My earliest memories are the best. I always try to remember the good times when Daddy was alive.”

Mansfield’s mother returned to teaching to support herself and her daughter, and in 1939 she married a sales engineer named Harry Peers. The family moved to Dallas, Texas.

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TLBSPEDIA: JACQUES COUSTEAU

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Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born in the village of Saint-André-de-Cubzac, in southwestern France, on June 11 1910. The younger of two sons born to Daniel and Elizabeth Cousteau, he suffered from stomach problems and anemia as a young child. At age 4, Cousteau learned to swim and started a lifelong fascination with water. As he entered adolescence, he showed a strong curiosity for mechanical objects and upon purchasing a movie camera, he took it apart to understand how it operated.

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