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15 Facts About Wedding Crashers

In 2005's Wedding Crashers, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play John and Jeremy, two divorce mediators who crash weddings to meet women. The romcom/bromance flick also stars Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Bradley Cooper, and Will Ferrell in a memorable cameo role. Here are some facts about the movie to read before you get the meatloaf.

1. IT REALLY ALL STARTED WITH A WEDDING INVITATION.

Producer Andrew Panay (Serendipity, Van Wilder: Party Liason) received an invitation to a friend's wedding, triggering memories of his college days when he and his friend used to crash weddings. Panay developed the concept with his partners at their production company before hiring Steve Faber and Bob Fisher to write the screenplay. Panay met Faber and Fisher when they were shopping their script We're the Millers (2013). It was the writers that came up with the idea for one of the crashers to fall for a woman at one of the weddings.

2. IT WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TO BE SET IN BOSTON AND CAPE COD.

But producer Peter Abrams knew it would be too cold to shoot in Boston or Cape Cod in March and April, so director David Dobkin (Shanghai Knights) suggested Washington D.C., where he grew up. The director added moments from his earlier days into the movie. “Many times in my youth I sat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial finishing off a long night with a bottle of champagne or wine as the sun was about to rise over the Washington Monument,” Dobkin reminisced.

3. OWEN WILSON WASN'T COMFORTABLE WITH THE ORIGINAL SCRIPT, SO HE AND VAUGHN CHANGED MOST OF IT.

“When I first read the script, I wasn’t comfortable. It was a funny concept and story, but part felt corny," the star told New York magazine in 2005. Wilson, Vaughn, and the writers changed the arc of Jeremy's romance, and got rid of a "Graduate-like" wedding scene with John and Claire (Rachel McAdams).

4. JANE SEYMOUR BEAT OUT RAQUEL WELCH TO PLAY KATHLEEN.

Seymour had auditioned for the first time in 30 years to win the part over the likes of Welch. She said the script was the "funniest thing" she had ever read. Seymour, who was 54 at the time, also took part in her first ever topless scene for the movie.

5. HUNDREDS OF ACTRESSES AUDITIONED BEFORE RACHEL MCADAMS READ FOR CLAIRE.

Dobkin claimed he was one hour from going to the studio to present his top two choices when McAdams arrived in his office. “I was really surprised to get the part because it all happened so fast,” McAdams said.

6. ISLA FISHER WATCHED FATAL ATTRACTION AND THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE BEFORE HER AUDITION FOR GLORIA.

It helped her think about how to make someone "really psycho and funny and aggressive and sexual, but also make her sweet enough that you still like her and think that she's endearing in some way." She also used a friend's "crazy eye" and a "really bad" laugh to get the gig.

7. THE FIRST WEEK OF SHOOTING WAS THE OPENING MONTAGE OF ALL THE DIFFERENT WEDDINGS.

All five of them, as principal photography began on March 22, 2004. McAdams's first scene was dancing with noted mover-shaker Christopher Walken. “My first scene was dancing with Christopher Walken—no pressure, right?” she said. “I had been practicing with a choreographer during pre-production because I knew he was a really good dancer, but it was so nerve-racking on the day because I assumed there would be a whole bunch of people dancing and it turned out to be a whole ballroom full of people watching us dance the polka. I did encourage him to do some solo work and he broke out a few times, which made it a lot of fun for me.”

8. A WEDDING CONSULTANT WAS HIRED FOR AUTHENTICITY.

Wedding planner Lovelynn Vanderhorst was hired as a technical advisor to ensure accuracy. She admitted in the movie's official production notes how hard it was to stop people from crashing real weddings. “The hard part for me is usually a client will say, ‘I don’t know who that person is, can you go find out?’ Usually they’re not invited and I have to ask them to leave. But at one wedding, it ended up being the groom’s uncle and the bride was really embarrassed. That’s why, I hate to admit it, but it wouldn’t be as hard as you think to crash a wedding.”

9. OWEN WILSON CAME UP WITH THE '10 PERCENT OF OUR HEARTS' LINE.

"You know how they say we only use 10 percent of our brains? I think we only use 10 percent of our hearts" came to Wilson after the whole sequence was finished. “At about the same age as I was interested in petrified wood, I was just fascinated with this dumb idea that we only used 10 percent of our brains," Wilson explained about the thought process. "I was always thinking, 'Man, if I could only use 20…'". Wilson told Dobkin his idea, and Dobkin made a last-second setup to shoot the scene again.

According to Jane Seymour, Wilson also came up with the idea for her character to call him a "pervert" at the end of her seduction scene. Wilson also added to the two rules mentioned in the original script. "...I noticed over the course of the movie that whenever Vince was on one of his rants, he would throw in rules to support whatever argument he had," Owen told IGN. "And so I started to figure that out and I started to throw my own rules into the mix. And eventually it got to rule 87: Don't quote a rule to another. Don't go throwing rules in another wedding crasher's face."

10. MCADAMS LISTENED TO FLEETWOOD MAC BEFORE EMOTIONAL SCENES.

She played "Landslide" on her iPod to prepare. Wilson and Vaughn heard and sang it, straight-faced, before Jeremy and Gloria's wedding scene. McAdams said, "It totally took me out! But whatever works."

11. THEY MADE FAKE PURPLE HEARTS AVAILABLE FOR PRINTING ON THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

After some complaints from a congressman, producers took it down. “If any movie-goers take the advice of the ‘Wedding Crashers’ and try to use fake Purple Hearts to get girls, they may wind up picking up an FBI agent instead,” said Rep. John Salazar, D-Colorado.

12. JOHN MCCAIN GOT IN TROUBLE FOR HIS BRIEF CAMEO.

McCain and James Carville appeared briefly in the first Cleary wedding. He donated the $695 salary to charity, and his aides claimed he had "little idea" of what the film would be like when he agreed to make his cameo. McCain, who was awarded an actual Purple Heart, didn't comment on the Purple Heart controversy, but commented on the criticism he got for appearing in an R-rated film after earlier hosting congressional hearings that criticized Hollywood for marketing R-rated movies to kids. "In Washington, I work with boobs every day," the senator joked on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

13. IT CHANGED BRADLEY COOPER'S CAREER.

Cooper (Sack) said as much on his Inside the Actors Studio appearance. “On Alias, I played the nicest guy in the world and then I would try to audition for movies after that and the feedback was like ‘Wow, Bradley’s such a nice guy,’ ‘Yeah, I don’t really see him in that part,’ and after Wedding Crashers, ‘Bradley? Yeah, he’s an a**hole.'”

14. NO, VINCE VAUGHN DOESN'T HAVE THAT PAINTING OF JEREMY MADE BY TODD.

"I'm not sure where that painting is. But it will always be in my heart," Vaughn wrote in a Reddit AMA in 2013, despite it being claimed elsewhere on the internet that Vaughn had kept it. He also said the running gag of his character getting referred to as "baba ghanoush" stemmed from an inside joke.

15. THERE WAS BRIEF TALK OF A SEQUEL.

Vaughn, Wilson, and David Dobkin came up with an idea where John and Jeremy would compete with an "ultimate wedding crasher" played by Daniel Craig. But nothing came of it. "Wedding Crashers came out at a time when people weren’t doing lots of sequels," Dobkin explained.

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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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