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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Fletch Lives

Chevy Chase reprises his title role from Fletch in the film’s 1989 sequel. Here are 15 tidbits you may not know about Fletch Lives.

1. There are 11 books in the Gregory Mcdonald series that inspired the movie.

But (unlike its predecessor, Fletch) Fletch Lives is an entirely new story.

2. There’s a reason the Fletch Lives theatrical poster looks so familiar.

It’s a spoof of the poster for 1939’s Gone with the Wind.

3. Fletch continues his habit of using famous aliases in Fletch Lives.

Some of the more famous ones include Peggy Lee, Nostradamus, Victor Hugo, “Henry” Himmler, Billie Jean King, Elmer Fudd, and Robert E. Lee.

4. Fletch reuses disguises from Fletch in Fletch Lives.

The getup he uses as “Gordon Liddy” in Fletch is repurposed as “Billie Jean King,” named after the famous former tennis pro, in Fletch Lives.

5. The televangelist Jimmy Lee Farnsworth is played by actor R. Lee Ermey.

Ermey is better known for playing Gny. Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, a role that garnered him a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination.

6. Randall “Tex” Cobb who plays Ben Dover in Fletch Lives is a former Heavyweight boxer.

Before he became an actor, his boxing record was 42-7 with 36 knockouts. He has also appeared in such movies as the Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona and alongside Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Dover also reteamed with Fletch and Fletch Lives director Michael Ritchie in his films The Golden Child and Diggstown.

7. It looks like Fletch is a Democrat with a sense of humor.

He can be seen wearing a McGovern/Eagleton ’72 presidential campaign t-shirt after his first night in Belle Isle. The McGovern/Eagleton presidential bid was ultimately unsuccessful, but it’s still notable: The Democratic National Committee Headquarters were broken into during that campaign year in what would later be known as the Watergate Scandal, which was orchestrated by G. Gordon Liddy (one of Fletch’s aliases).

8. The synth score for Fletch Lives was done by German musician Harold Faltermeyer.

Faltermeyer is also most known for creating the memorable “Axel F’ theme from Beverly Hills Cop and the “Top Gun Anthem” from Top Gun.

9. Fletch Lives debuted at No. 1 and made over $35 million at the box office.

It’s predecessor, however, made over $50 million.

10. Parts of the Bibleland theme park in Fletch Lives were shot at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

The Noah’s Ark Flood ride that Fletch narrowly escapes was actually the Flash Flood portion of the Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour.

11. You can visit the televangelist’s auditorium in real life.

The exterior shots are of Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

12. The Belle Isle plantation that Fletch inherits was shot on location.

The real plantation—Houmas House in Darrow, Louisiana—dates back to 1810.

13. The biker bar that Fletch goes to is also the site of the famous tequila scene in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.

In fact, the Halfway House Café in Santa Clarita, California, has appeared in dozens of other movies, TV shows, and commercials since it opened in 1931.

14. The biker bar scene also includes a hidden Easter egg from Fletch.

The Underhills (the couple that Fletch keeps charging food and drinks to at the country club from the first movie) can be seen dancing behind Fletch in their tennis outfits.

15. Patricia Kalember (who plays Amanda Ray Ross) and Julianne Phillips (Becky Culpepper) would go on to co-star in the television show Sisters.

However, they had no scenes together in Fletch Lives.

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13 Great Jack Nicholson Quotes
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Jack Nicholson turns 81 today. Let's celebrate with some of the actor's wit and wisdom.

1. ON ADVICE

"I hate advice unless I'm giving it. I hate giving advice, because people won't take it."

From Esquire's "What I Learned"

2. ON REGRETS

"Not that I can think of. I’m sure there are some, but my mind doesn’t go there. When you look at life retrospectively you rarely regret anything that you did, but you might regret things that you didn’t do."

From an interview with The Talks

3. ON DEATH

"I'm Irish. I think about death all the time. Back in the days when I thought of myself as a serious academic writer, I used to think that the only real theme was a fear of death, and that all the other themes were just that same fear, translated into fear of closeness, fear of loneliness, fear of dissolving values. Then I heard old John Huston talking about death. Somebody was quizzing him about the subject, you know, and here he is with the open-heart surgery a few years ago, and the emphysema, but he's bounced back fit as a fiddle, and he's talking about theories of death, and the other fella says, 'Well, great, John, that's great ... but how am I supposed to feel about it when you pass on?' And John says, 'Just treat it as your own.' As for me, I like that line I wrote that, we used in The Border, where I said, 'I just want to do something good before I die.' Isn't that what we all want?"

From an interview with Roger Ebert

4. ON NERVES

''There's a period of time just before you start a movie when you start thinking, I don't know what in the world I'm going to do. It's free-floating anxiety. In my case, though, this is over by lunch the first day of shooting.''

From an interview with The New York Times

5. ON ACTING

"Almost anyone can give a good representative performance when you're unknown. It's just easier. The real pro game of acting is after you're known—to 'un-Jack' that character, in my case, and get the audience to reinvest in a new and specific, fictional person."

From an interview with The Age

6. ON MARRIAGE

"I never had a policy about marriage. I got married very young in life and I always think in all relationships, I've always thought that it's counterproductive to have a theory on that. It's hard enough to get to know yourself and as most of you have probably found, once you get to know two people in tandem it's even more difficult. If it's going to be successful, it's going to have to be very specific and real and immediate so the more ideas you have about it before you start, it seems to me the less likely you are to be successful."

From an interview with About.com

7. ON LYING

“You only lie to two people in your life: your girlfriend and the police. Everybody else you tell the truth to.”

From a 1994 interview with Vanity Fair

8. ON HIS SUNGLASSES

"They're prescription. That's why I wear them. A long time ago, the Middle American in me may have thought it was a bit affected maybe. But the light is very strong in southern California. And once you've experienced negative territory in public life, you begin to accept the notion of shields. I am a person who is trained to look other people in the eye. But I can't look into the eyes of everyone who wants to look into mine; I can't emotionally cope with that kind of volume. Sunglasses are part of my armor."

From Esquire's "What I Learned"

9. ON MISCONCEPTIONS

"I think people think I'm more physical than I am, I suppose. I'm not really confrontational. Of course, I have a temper, but that's sort of blown out of proportion."

From an interview with ESPN

10. ON DIRECTING

"I'm a different person when suddenly it's my responsibility. I'm not very inhibited in that way. I would show up [on the set of The Two Jakes] one day, and we'd scouted an orange grove and it had been cut down. You're out in the middle of nowhere and they forget to cast an actor. These are the sort of things I kind of like about directing. Of course, at the time you blow your stack a little bit. ... I'm a Roger Corman baby. Just keep rolling, baby. You've got to get something on there. Maybe it's right. Maybe it's wrong. Maybe you can fix it later. Maybe you can't. You can't imagine the things that come up when you're making a movie where you've got to adjust on the spot."

From an interview with MTV

11. ON ROGER CORMAN

"There's nobody in there, that he didn't, in the most important way support. He was my life blood to whatever I thought I was going to be as a person. And I hope he knows that this is not all hot air. I'm going to cry now."

From the documentary Corman's World

12. ON PLAYING THE JOKER

"This would be the character, whose core—while totally determinate of the part—was the least limiting of any I would ever encounter. This is a more literary way of approaching than I might have had as a kid reading the comics, but you have to get specific. ... He's not wired up the same way. This guy has survived nuclear waste immersion here. Even in my own life, people have said, 'There's nothing sacred to you in the area of humor, Jack. Sometimes, Jack, relax with the humor.' This does not apply to the Joker, in fact, just the opposite. Things even the wildest comics might be afraid to find funny: burning somebody's face into oblivion, destroying a masterpiece in a museum—a subject as an art person even made me a little scared. Not this character. And I love that."

From The Making of Batman

13. ON BASKETBALL

"I've always thought basketball was the best sport, although it wasn't the sport I was best at. It was just the most fun to watch. ... Even as a kid it appealed to me. The basketball players were out at night. They had great overcoats. There was this certain nighttime juvenile-delinquent thing about it that got your blood going."

From Esquire's "What I Learned"

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There's a Simple Trick to Sort Movies and TV Shows by Year on Netflix
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Netflix is stocked with so many movies and TV shows that it’s not always easy to actually find what you’re looking for. And while sorting by genre can help a little, even that’s a bit too broad for some. There’s one helpful hack, though, that you probably didn’t know about—and it could make the endless browsing much less painful.

As POPSUGAR reports: By simply opening Netflix up to one of its specific category pages—Horror, Drama, Comedy, Originals, etc.—you can then sort by release year with just a few clicks. All you need to do is look at the top of the page, where you’ll see an icon that looks like a box with four dots in it.

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Once you click on it, it will expand to a tab labeled “Suggestions for You.” Just hit that again and a dropdown menu will appear that allows you to sort by year released or alphabetical and reverse-alphabetical orders. When sorted by release year, the more recent movies or shows will be up top and they'll get older as you scroll to the bottom of the page.


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This tip further filters your Netflix options, so if you’re in the mood for a classic drama, old-school comedy, or a retro bit of sci-fi, you don’t have to endlessly scroll through every page to find the right one.

If you want to dig deeper into Netflix’s categories, here’s a way to find all sorts of hidden ones the streaming giant doesn’t tell you about. And also check out these 12 additional Netflix tricks that should make your binge-watching that much easier.

[h/t POPSUGAR]

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