After a test screening, The Witches author Roald Dahl angrily expressed to the producers how “appalled” he was at “the vulgarity, the bad taste” and “actual terror” in certain parts of the movie. He demanded that his name and his book’s title be removed from the film prior to release, but after receiving an apologetic, complimentary letter from Jim Henson, he grudgingly withdrew his threat.
I was pleased to really enjoy Ryan Murphy’s Ratched on Netflix, with its cast of misfit characters, satisfying gore and engaging narrative. Sharon Stone was a particular delight. I loved her styling in the series. It was difficult not to think about season 2 of American Horror Story because the settings were so similar and Sarah Paulson’s character was a variation of the same theme, but it did not take away from the show’s appeal or success. I’m looking forward to another season!
As a kid, I always loved the look of the Halloween trick-or-treat buckets you could get at McDonald’s, but I was disappointed in their small size. It was probably less than a quarter of what I could get into an empty pillow case. What was the point? lol
In the middle of the film’s initial release, to keep interest going, Ivan Reitman ran a trailer that was basically the commercial the Ghostbusters used in the movie, but the 555 number was replaced with a 1-800 number, allowing people to actually call in. Callers got a recorded message of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd saying something to the effect of “Hi. We’re out catching ghosts right now.” They got 1,000 calls per hour, 24 hours a day, for six weeks.