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Wednesday, November 8, 2017


The M-Net Movies Bucket List pop-up channel (109) is well under way as the channel counts down 100 popular and iconic Hollywood movies to see before you die. Along with the M-Net Movies Bucket List countdown are an added extra treat. The M-Net Movies Bucket List Bonus Features comprise additional classics which can’t be ignored but which will appeal to niche audiences. Among these titles are vintage silver screen darlings that were ground-breaking at their time.

This Coen Brothers-directed cult classic stars Jeff Bridges as an ordinary “dude” drawn into a web of deceit after a case of mistaken identity. It’s dark humour at its best.

November 9, 2017
Ghostbusters at 18h00. Bill Murray leads an all-star cast in this classic 80s blockbuster. Three parapsychology professors decide to create a ghost removal service to fight the city’s supernatural threat. Almost none of the scenes were filmed as scripted and, in fact, almost all of the scenes had at least one or two ad-libs. Most of Bill Murray's lines are ad-libs. On the set, Dan Aykroyd referred to the "Slimer" ghost as the ghost of John Belushi.
Had Eddie Murphy accepted the role of Winston, the character was actually meant to appear in more of the film. He was to have joined the team much earlier, and it would have been he who was slimed at the hotel. When Murphy declined the role, the script was re-written to have Winston appear about half-way through the film.

Groundhog Day at 20h00
Bill Murray is brilliant in this fantasy romcom. A freak snowstorm traps a weather man in a town. When he awakes he discovers that he is forced to relive the same day repeatedly. Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting. Murray had to have anti rabies injections, because the bites were so severe.

Harold Ramis directed the kids in the snowball fights to hit Bill Murray as hard as they could. Murray responded by throwing snowballs back as hard as he could. Harold Ramis originally wanted Tom Hanks for the lead role, but decided against it, saying that Hanks was "too nice".

A Nightmare On Elm Street at 21h40
Wes Craven’s classic horror introduced the world one of films' most enduring villains, Fred Krueger. Several people try to survive a clawed killer tormenting their dreams.
The little girl skipping rope was the daughter of the couple whose home was used as Tina's house.
Over five hundred gallons of fake blood were used during filming.
Film debut of Johnny Depp.
According to Wes Craven, Robert Englund was not the first choice for the role of Fred Krueger. Craven had initially wanted a stuntman to play the part, but upon testing several stuntmen, he realized he needed an actor.

November 10, 2017
Sense And Sensibility at 16h04
Emma Thompson leads a star cast in this stylish Oscar-winning Jane Austen adaptation. Elinor Dashwood, her mother and sisters are left penniless when the family patriarch dies.
Emma Thompson was asked to write the screenplay by producer Lindsay Doran when she discovered their shared love of Jane Austen when working together on Dead Again (1991).
During filming, the Jane Austen Society telephoned co-producer James Schamus to complain about the casting of Hugh Grant claiming that he was too good-looking to play Edward Ferrars.
Ang Lee originally was considering Kate Winslet only for the smaller part of Lucy Steele even though she really wanted to play Marianne. When Winslet arrived at her audition she pretended that her agent had sent her to read for Marianne, and her reading won her the role.

Back To The Future at 18h20
This sci-fi epic catapulted Michael J. Fox into stardom. A teenager accidentally travels back in time, there he must save his parents relationship or he will cease to exist.
The script was rejected 40 times before it was finally green-lit.
Eric_Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly for Back to the Future in late 1984, he was replaced after about a month of filming when Michael J Fox (the director's first choice for the role) agreed to divide time between the movie and his television sitcom Family Ties.
Writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis actually received a fan letter from John DeLorean after the film's release, thanking them for immortalizing his car.
According to Bob Gale, Johnny Depp auditioned for the role of Marty McFly: "I looked through the notes, and I said, 'Geez, I don't even remember that we read Johnny Depp!' So whatever he did, it wasn't all that memorable, I guess!"

Dirty Harry at 20h16
‘Do I Feel Lucky? Well, do you, punk?’. Clint Eastwood becomes the hard as nails cop Harry Callahan. Armed with his 44 Magnum, he tracks down a crazed psychopath terrorising the city.
In 1972, a copycat crime took place in the state of Victoria in Australia, in which two men kidnapped a teacher and six pupils at gunpoint and demanded a 1 million dollar ransom. The state government agreed to pay, but the children managed to escape and the kidnappers were subsequently jailed. One of them was called Eastwood.
After the film was released, actor Andrew Robinson received several death threats, and had to get an unlisted phone number.
The movie's line "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" was voted as the #51 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
Clint Eastwood performed all his own stunts, including the stunt where he jumps onto the roof of the hijacked school bus from a bridge. His face is clearly visible throughout the shot.

Heaven’s Gate at 22h00
Acting giants Kris Kristofferson and Christopher Walken immerse you in this Western epic about the conflict between immigrant workers and the rich cattle barons.
Martin Scorsese has said that the film has many overlooked virtues.
Wondering why they were paying so much money to rent the land, on which they were filming, United Artists went to check the local tax records to find out who the owner was. It turned out that it was Writer and Director Michael Cimino.
Jeff Bridges salvaged the log cabin from the set of this movie, and now uses it as a family getaway in Montana.
Willem Dafoe, in his feature film debut, appears briefly as a cockfighter. According to Dafoe, his role was supposed to be much larger, but during a long lighting set-up, Dafoe laughed out loud at a joke that an extra told him. Michael Cimino was so annoyed, that he fired Dafoe, and he is uncredited in the final film. He would later narrate the documentary of the making of this film, Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate (2004).

Bringing Up Baby at 00h31
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant have amazing chemistry in this romcom classic. A bumbling palaeontologist looking for funding is pursued by an eccentric heiress and her pet leopard.
Katharine Hepburn had one very close call with the leopard. She was wearing a skirt that was lined with little metal pieces to make the skirt swing prettily. When Hepburn turned around abruptly, the leopard made a lunge for her back. Only the intervention of the trainer's whip saved Hepburn. The leopard was not allowed to roam around freely after that, and Hepburn was more careful around it from then on.
This movie fared so badly at the box office that Howard Hawks was fired from his next production at RKO, and Katharine Hepburn bought out her contract to avoid being cast in the film Mother Carey's Chickens (1938). Coincidentally, Hepburn was labelled "box office poison" on the same day that her contract was dissolved.