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20. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The film's title is the result of an administrative mix up in the studio's production office. Their other 1991 release, a children's film about a noisy sheep that won't go to bed was released under the title: 'Psycho Skin Killer.'
19. Shawshank Redemption (1994)
After Andy hijacks the prison speaker system and plays opera music to the prisoners Red says “I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about” in voice over. The lyrics of the song translate as: “Everyone in prison deserves to be there, I hope the prisoners suffer for their crimes and die in their cells.”
18. Ghostbusters (2016)
Due to the all female re-boot's disappointing box office performance an all-female production of 'Under Seige 2' has been permanently shelved.
17. Top Gun (1986)
Tom Cruise discovered his passion for aircraft whilst working on the movie Top Gun. This forbidden love is hushed up in Hollywood and many say that his marriage to Katie Holmes was a sham to cover up his relationship with a Boeing 747.
16. Nic Cage (Actor 1964 -)
The only role Nic Cage has ever turned down was in the Adam Sandler movie '50 First Dates' where he was offered the part of the vomitting walrus. Cage regretfully backed out of the project after he struggled and failed to re-schedule his wedding to make the filming dates work out.
15. Cloverfield (2008)
Some audience members found the shaky camera work made them nauseous and cinemas were obliged to issue refunds to dizzy customers. The cinema goers complained and got their money back but that didn't make them feel any better really. If anything it made them regret going out in the first place and I mean, come on, who do these people think they are? Making a film like that? A film that ruins your night. Ruins more than just your night. You pay good money for your tickets and then popcorn and a soft drink on top and obviously petrol to get up to Sixfields by the leisure centre and I mean look I'm not saying that was the final straw between me and Lisa. I'm not saying that. Things had been on the rocks for a while it's just that she wanted to see some girl's film and I insisted on Cloverfield because I liked the trailer and look I'm not an idiot I know our relationship wasn't perfect I know that but did she really have to throw my heart against a wall with Stuart? He was the only guy that I really connected with in the badminton league and now what am I left with? I dunno. It's like she stripped everything away. To this day and oh God I can't believe I'm admitting to this I still have one of her blouses and I keep it in a drawer and sometimes I smell it and for a few golden seconds it's like she's right there with me but it's old now, the scent is dying. I might as well be dying for all she cares. Anyway I saw Cloverfield on DVD recently and it was much better at home. I say home. My new bedsit by the bus station. It's damp and infested with bed bugs. I coughed up blood this morning and can't afford the bus to go to the doctor. Thanks Cloverfield.
14. The Dark Knight (2008)
Christian Bale fell madly in love with director Chrisopher Nolan during filming, writing him nice poems, sending him flowers and replacing lines of dialogue on set such as “Sometimes the truth isn't good enough” with “Why oh why Christopher Nolan won't you let me hold your hand and place a kiss upon your rosy cheek?”
13. Sandra Bullock (Actor 1964 - )
Bullock enters set each day to the sound of her personal heavy metal theme song “Make way for The Bull” surrounded by clouds of thick blue smoke accompanied by a laser show depicting scenes from Miss Congeniality 2. Anyone not applauding at the end of a take will be fined $35 or “dealt with” by her group of personal bodyguards “The Bull Squad.” Her rider includes: A kilo of raw beef, three pistols, enough Jack Daniels to fill a bath, materials to start a forest fire and a punching bag with the word 'Failure' written on it.
12. Stanley Kubrick (Director 1928 – 1999)
In a 1998 interview with Sight and Sound magazine Stanley Kubrick listed his top 5 films of all time as:
- Moonraker (1979)
- Cool Runnings (1993)
- Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991)
- Brewster's Millions (1984)
- Ally McBeal (He maintained throughout the interview that Ally McBeal was a film “Better than anything Bergman could have dreamt of!” He refused to listen to any arguments to the contrary. Some say the stress of this battle against society contributed heavily to his death.) (1997)
11. Gone With the Wind (1939)
At the end of every take Clark Gable would fart loudly and shout “Well that one's gone with the wind.” He was so committed to his craft that he carried on doing the fart thing no matter what film he was in. This contributed heavily to his death.
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