Sunday, January 2, 2011

Trivia Time - Part 64 - the Answers

Happy New Year to all!!

Who Am I? My career has thus far spanned over 50 years. I was one of the major leading men in the world of film. One of my earliest roles was uncredited; I played a deckhand on the Titanic in A Night To Remember. Who Am I?

Answer: Sean Connery

1. Director Joe Dante and screenwriter Chris Columbus have a lot of fun with inside jokes in the movie Gremlins. Four of the best take place in the first half of the film. For a free pass for the month of January, name them in order and be specific.

Answer: (1) Two films listed on a theater marquee are Watch the Skies and A Boy's Life, which were the working titles for Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. (2) The person who comments on the dragon drawings by Polly Holliday is none other than the famous animator, Chuck Jones. (3) Just before Gizmo's first "metamorphosis", the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers is running on TV in the background. (4) At the inventors' convention, Steven Spielberg rides a bicycle past Hoyt Axton while he is in the phone booth.

2. Speaking of inside jokes, there's a running gag throughout the entire first Muppet Movie. In fact, Kermit even looks at the camera and says, "Oh no! It's a running gag!". What is the running gag? Be specific.

Answer: When anyone says they're lost, the reply is, "Have you tried Hare Krishna?".

3. This '70s movie was based on a song of the same name, sung by a character in a series of acclaimed commercials for a bakery in the Mid-West. Name the character in the commercials, the film and the lead star.

Answer: C. W. McCall, Convoy, Kris Kristofferson

5. Along with Tron, which other film was a major early pioneer in computer-generated special effects? Name the stars and the director as well.

Answer: The Last Starfighter, Lance Guest and Catherine Mary Stewart, Nick Castle

6. In addition to the special effects, why is the movie in #5 important in the history of Hollywood?

Answer: Robert Preston's last feature film

8. Which actress once played a queen from whom she was actually descended? Name the actress and the film.

Answer: Katharine Hepburn played Eleanor of Aquitaine in the Lion In Winter.

9. In the late '50s and early '60s, these two music groups did soft drink commercials for TV. Name the groups and the soft drinks.

Answer: The Limelighters for Coca Cola and the Kingston Trio for 7-Up.

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