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1. Hughes actually had an elaborate dance sequence choreographed for Matthew Broderick to perform during the “Danke Schoen/Twist and Shout” parade number (for which 10,000 actual Chicagoans showed up to watch after an announcement was made that a John Hughes movie would be shooting in the city center), but it was all scrapped because Broderick badly injured his knee filming the scene in which Ferris runs through his neighbors’ backyards.

2. The dirge-like song that Cameron sings to himself while lying in his sick bed (“Let my Cameron go”) is an old spiritual called “Go Down, Moses” credited to the Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1871. The actual lyrics were “When Israel was in Egypt’s land: Let my people go/Oppress’d so hard they could not stand, let my people go.” You can see the scene here.

3. Although they were playing high-school classmates, Mia Sara and Alan Ruck (Sloane and Cameron) were more than 10 years apart in age. Sara was 18 when she filmed the movie, while Ruck was a few months shy of his 30th birthday.

4. Ben Stein’s entire economics lecture (“Something D-O-O economics. Voodoo economics.”) was improvised. Said Stein later, “John Hughes asked me to ad-lib two scenes: One, teaching, which was something I was familiar with, and, two, taking attendance. When I finished the [teaching] scene, everyone on the set was gathered around and started applauding. I thought they were applauding because they’d learned something about economics. I later learned they were applauding because it was so boring.”

5. In 1990, a TV spin-off called simply “Ferris Bueller” debuted on NBC. It lasted less than one season, but is notable for being the first starring role for young Jennifer Aniston. (She played Jeannie.)

6. Two other last-minute edits still leave their marks on the finished film. There was supposed to be a longer sequence at Chez Quis in which the main trio marvels at the fact that the restaurant serves pancreas. Although the scene was cut, it is referenced near the end of the film when Ferris tries to convince Cameron that they had a good day, one of his examples being that “we ate pancreas.” Also, when Ferris first calls Cameron in the beginning of the movie, he is drawing a nude woman on his computer. She was supposed to end up on the Jumbotron at Wrigley Field, but the sequence was cut. One thing that was removed entirely was a scene involving Ferris telling some Chicago call-in-radio hosts that he was the first teenager launched into space by NASA. It was supposed to create a whole subplot for the film, but it was excised following the Challenger disaster in early 1986.

7. In the original version of the movie, Ferris had two younger siblings who were almost completely edited out of the final release. However, look closely during the scene early on when Ferris’ dad calls from his office to check in on Ferris. Behind him is a framed family portrait featuring more kids than just Ferris and Jeannie. It would also explain why the family had kiddy drawings so prominently displayed on the fridge. (They were actually done by Hughes’ 6-year-old son.)

8. Almost all of the license plates visible in the movie reference a John Hughes film (except for the Ferrari’s classic “NRVOUS,” which is self-explanatory). Ferris’ mom’s plates say “VCTN” (Hughes wrote the screenplay for National Lampoon’s “Vacation”), his dad’s say “MMOM” (Hughes wrote the screenplay for “Mr. Mom”), his sister’s say “TBC” (Hughes wrote and directed “The Breakfast Club”), and Mr. Rooney’s car says “4FBDO” (for “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”).

9. The actors who played Ferris’ parents, Lyman Ward and Cindy Pickett, actually got married after filming and were together for six years before divorcing in 1992.

10. Did Chez Quis — the “snooty” French restaurant that Ferris, Cameron and Sloane B.S. their way into — look familiar? It’s a real place called L’Orangerie (located in West Hollywood, Calif., not Chicago), and it’s appeared in movies ranging from “St. Elmo’s Fire” (when Emilio Estevez brings Andie McDowell there on a date) to “Brewster’s Millions” (when Richard Pryor treats a horde of random strangers to lunch there) to “Intolerable Cruelty” (when George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ first meeting takes place there).


Last night I went and saw the midnight premiere of American Reunion with my girlfriend Jordan and my brother. It was fucking awesome and absolutely hilarious to say the least! It definitely exceeded my expectations and I would definitely say it was a good as American Pie, if not better than it.

While it does not take much for me to laugh, I laughed through the entire movie. The directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (whom did the Harold and Kumar movies) did a great job keeping it true to what we have all come to love, enjoy and the laughter along with Executive Producers (and anyone else!) Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott.

I would highly recommend nearly anyone go see it especially if you have always enjoyed the true American Pie movies, if you have not seen them you might want to go watch 1, 2 and 3 before you see this one.

Dan Aykroyd may not be having a particularly easy time getting Ghostbusters 3 off the ground, but that doesn’t mean he’s giving up on something made. In fact, Aykroyd recently announced on his Facebook page that he’ll be teaming up with fellow Saturday Night Live alum Chevy Chase to pen a new comedy film.

Details on what the film will be are extremely light at the moment, but Aykroyd did at least say that he’s excited to work with Chase again.

“Cannot say too much about the concept, but the joy of working with him again is one that I am extremely excited about,” Aykroyd said. “Chevy is one of my favorite people, and one of the great anarchistic and physically committed comedians in the business.”

The last time Chase and Aykroyd teamed up for a movie was 1991’s Nothing But Trouble, which just so happened to be Aykroyd’s directorial debut. If you’ve never heard of the film before, that’s likely because Nothing But Trouble was a flop in just about every sense of the word. Hopefully their last movie project isn’t an indication of what we can expect with their new comedy film project.

Since then, the two actors have gone their separate ways, with Chase recently landing a gig in NBC’s comedy Community, while Aykroyd has been keeping a relatively lower profile, starring in 2010’s Yogi Bear. Aykroyd is also said to be starring in The Campaign, an upcoming political comedy from Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.

I’ve been meaning to write my review on The Hangover Part II since after seeing the movie the night it came out when I went and saw it with my girlfriend, Jordan and my brother, Mike.

Let me first say that I’m a huge fan of the first film, I have literally watched it over 1,000 times easily, and will continue to over the course of my life. :) This will of course continue with this second movie as well. I would feel the same with any more as well, which is why I would LOVE to do at least 1 more. If they were to do a third one, which I really hope they do, it needs to be based on Alan (Zach Galifianakis). I would hope we could finally see more of Doug (Justin Bartha) too.

Back to my review though, it was awesome! I absolutely loved it and every moment of it. It’s hard for me to dislike a movie though, sure some movies mess up with sequels and there will be people that actually hated this one or will say “it’s the same as the first one” but they don’t get it at the same time it seems. The first movie will always be the best, that’s what you loved. I loved the first one as well as the fact that it was in Las Vegas, which just one of the best places you could ever visit. But that doesn’t mean I disliked/hate this sequel, not at all.

There are a lot of great moments and laughs in this one compared to the first too. You can sometimes guess what is going to happen next, but sometimes not at all or guessed wrong. They really tried to make sure that you wouldn’t guess what was going to happen or where Teddy was. They even poked fun at and made sure to check the rooftop of where they ended up in Bangkok first too. That was hilarious.

Overall, this is a must movie to see if you enjoy these types of films, comedy, etc. Especially if you enjoyed the first Hangover, I don’t see how this second one could disappoint you. It’s just another movie, this time a sequel. The industry writes and directs terrible movies all the time (comedy and not), this is not one of those nor close.

Last Thursday Night, my girlfriend Jordan, my brother and my good friend Michael went to see Iron Man 2 at the midnight release. We literally sat through 20 minutes of trailers, the most we have ever had to sit through. I am not necessary complaining about it but 20 minutes is a long time to watch trailers, we saw this movie at an AMC theatre.

The movie was fucking awesome and I really enjoyed it. I think I can say the same for all of us too that saw it too. If you see it, make sure to stay till the end of the credits. Majority of our crowd in the theatre stayed after the movie to watch the clip that we all knew was going to happen, just like at the end of Iron Man.

First off, there were a bunch of easter eggs, if you are interested in finding out what they were, click that link and enjoy. If you have not seen the movie, I would not recommend you read it. There are more articles out there on Google you can go to which provide more pictures of the easter eggs and discussion.

Now about the movie, the action scenes were awesome and well done. The best part I loved about the movie, is the final fight scene and the weapon that Tony Stark/Iron Man uses. If you have seen the movie, you know what I am talking about. If you have not seen it yet, you will know what I am talking about when you get to the scene.

I was also sketchy at first with Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard as Rhodey. Do not get me wrong, Don Cheadle is a fucking badass actor and the same goes with Terrence Howard. But in the end, I think Don Cheadle deserves the role of Rhodey. The moments and humor between him and Tony/Iron Man throughout the movie were greatly written and well done. The chemistry was perfect, I think.

You will also notice that a lot of new characters are introduced in this movie than the first one. I have read around that more of the characters could of had a little more screen time such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson and Clark Gregg especially. I do not 100% agree with this, but I do think they should of had a little more screen time. I am barely a fan of Sam Rockwell and his acting, but he did play the role of Justin Hammer good.

In the end, I rate Iron Man 2 a 10/10. It is definitely worth seeing and paying for. You can not go wrong here with the purchase, unless of course you do not like Iron Man or maybe even the first one.

I have been meaning to write a review on Avatar the first time I saw it. But since then I have already seen it a second time too, both times in IMAX 3D. I first saw it with my girlfriend and then the second time with my brother.

Where to begin? This movie was just one of the greatest movies I have ever seen my entire life. The visual effect will just blow your mind away. The story? Just one of the most amazing scripts in a movie in the last many years.

Yes, there have been other great movies with such great scripts and visual effects. I am not saying there has not been but Avatar I would have to say is the first of its kind in a long time, yet alone in its own category.

Now, if you did not know, this script was actually wrote in 1995. But due to the fact the technology necessary for such a film he in-visioned was not existent back then, it did not come out back it. I would say this is a very, very good thing and I am glad that James Cameron waited so long too.

I highly recommend you go see this movie if you have not yet, see it in 3D too, preferably IMAX over Digital but Digital 3D will be fine though. This movie blows a 10/10 rating out of the water.

At least one Avatar sequel is already in the works, possibly two more at that. Taken from James Cameron’s Wikipedia:

Cameron has confirmed that at least one Avatar sequel is being planned, including more story lines with Jake and Neytiri, and the exploration of another moon orbiting Polyphemus. The sequels are rumored to be Cameron’s next two projects.