Did Vincent and Mia Steal the Twist Competition Trophy in Pulp Fiction?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Movie urban legends featured so far.

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace stole the trophy for the twist dancing competition in Pulp Fiction.

One of the most memorable sequences in Quentin Tarantino’s classic 1994 film, Pulp Fiction, is when Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) compete in a twist competition at a 1950s style restaurant (Vincent was assigned by his boss, Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), to take care of Mia while Marsellus is out of town).

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Later, when they return to Wallace’s home, they’re carrying a trophy from the competition. A very popular theory has popped up, though, that they actually STOLE the trophy. Is that true?
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May 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Movie Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Comic Book Legends Revealed #576

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-sixth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, learn whether Batman was intended to kill Joker at the end of The Killing Joke! Did David Choe almost do an X-Men comic book? And who was the Titans Leader in Armageddon 2001?

Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to access it to update it in a while).

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Did CBS Create An Alternate Version of Gilligan’s Island Where The Boat DOESN’T Get Lost to Show How That Was a Better Idea for a Show?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: The head of CBS insisted on making an alternate version of Gilligan’s Island to show why his ideas for the show were better than Gilligan’s Island creator, Sherwood Schwartz.

Hot off of his stint as head writer for the Red Skelton Show, for which he won the 1961 Emmy Award for Best Comedy Writing, Sherwood Schwartz got a development deal at CBS.

His first idea for a show was Gilligan’s Island, a show about a small group of castaways living on an island, sort of a comedic version of Robinson Crusoe…

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CBS President James T. Aubrey liked the general idea of Gilligan and the Skipper, but he thought that the idea of limiting yourself to a cast of only seven characters (the castaways) was far too limiting of a concept. So instead, he suggested that Schwartz take Gilligan and the Skipper…

and make them the stars of a show in which they would take people out of on three-hour charter tours and wacky hijinx would ensue. In some ways, it actually mirrored the basic format of the love boat (as different guest stars would show up each week to take a tour, and on that tour, presumably their lives would change in some manner or fashion).

Schwartz would not agree to change the show.

So instead, Aubrey actually had ANOTHER producer put out ANOTHER show that same season (1964-65), utilizing Aubrey’s idea – so basically, Gilligan’s Island without the shipwreck! Read on to see how it all went down…
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May 20th, 2016 | Posted in TV Urban Legends Revealed | 1 Comment

Was Vicki Vale Going to Die Originally at the End of Tim Burton’ Batman?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Movie urban legends featured so far.

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Vicki Vale was originally going to die at the end of the 1989 Batman.

One of the most difficult decisions that a filmmaker can make is whether or not to kill off major characters in their films. Quite often, characters who were originally meant to die have their lives “saved” later in the film-making process. We’ve spotlighted a few of them over the years, like Robin Williams’ character in Dead Poet’s Society, Duke in G.I. Joe the Movie and even Han Solo in Return of the Jedi. Was Vicki Vale, Batman’s love interest in Tim Burton’s 1989 blockbuster film, Batman (played by Kim Basinger), another example of this trend?

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Was she originally going to be killed off in the film?

Read on to find out!
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May 19th, 2016 | Posted in Movie Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Did Steven Tyler Write the Lyrics to “Walk This Way” on the Wall of a Stairwell?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: Steven Tyler wrote the lyrics to “Walk This Way” on a wall of a stairwell.

After initially releasing the song in 1975 as a single from their third album, Toys From the Attic, Aerosmith re-released “Walk This Way” as a single upon the release of their fourth album, Rocks, in 1976, and it became a top ten hit.

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The song had a very unusual origin, at least in part based on the strange ways that the group used to work back in their early days.
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May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Music Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Comic Book Legends Revealed #575

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-fifth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, did Spider-Verse really have every Spider-Man in it? Who was the Red Hood during Dan Slott and Ty Templeton’s Batman Adventures? And did SHIELD and Hydra end up fighting against each other in a comic that originally didn’t feature either?

Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to access it to update it in a while).

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Did Mattel Really Make a Barbie Friend Named “Wheelchair Becky”?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of all toy urban legends featured so far!

TOY URBAN LEGEND: Mattel initially produced a friend of Barbie’s called “Wheelchair Becky.”

Mattel certainly is no stranger to awkward moments over the decades that they’ve produced Barbie dolls. After all, they’ve done so many versions of the doll that they are almost bound to screw up now and again. I’ve even covered one of these instances in the past, when Sleepover Barbie came with a diet book that advised girls simply “don’t eat.”

This brings us to the case of Barbie’s friend, Becky, who is in a wheelchair.

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The website “Climbing Every Mountain” (but really, this information has popped up a number of places”) discussed the doll…

In 1997, Mattel ignored even the basic “People First” language with Wheelchair Becky. When a little girl with cerebral palsy complained, they renamed the doll Share-a-Smile Becky. Most advocates would say, “Becky” would have been enough.

Is that true?
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May 13th, 2016 | Posted in Grab Bag Urban Legends, Toy Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Was Famed Satanist Anton LaVey the Technical Adviser on Rosemary’s Baby?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Movie urban legends featured so far.

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Anton LaVey was the technical advisor for Rosemary’s Baby and/or he appeared in the film as the devil.

Anton LaVey was pretty much the most famous Satanist there was in the 20th Century.

Part of LaVey’s fame was self-fulfilled, though, as he was quite adept at promoting himself. By virtue of this talent, a number of the rumors, myths and legends that have sprung up about the man were fostered (if not created) by LaVey himself.

One of those legends, which he repeated on numerous occasions, was that he was not only the technical advisor on the horror film, Rosemary’s Baby but that he actually played the devil in the film!

Is it true?
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May 13th, 2016 | Posted in Movie Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Which Original Cast Member of Grey’s Anatomy Was Added to the Show’s Pilot Through CGI?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: One of the original cast members of Grey’s Anatomy was added to the show’s pilot through digital effects.

As the years go by, the technology behind film and the television gets better and better, especially the world of digital effects. Shows like Supergirl and the Flash have action scenes that couldn’t even be imagined twenty years ago, let alone in the days of The Adventures of Superman re-using the same flying sequences over and over. One of the big advances in CGI is the ability to add actors to scenes digitally. This was famously used in Gladiator to allow Oliver Reed to appear in the film even after the actor had died during filming. Amusingly enough, similar technology would be used five years later with the pilot of the long-running hit drama series, Grey’s Anatomy, to add an actor to the episode who was not originally in the episode when it was first filmed!

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Read on to learn who was a late addition to the series.
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #574

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-fourth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, in honor of Captain America: Civil War, legends involving Captain America, Iron Man and, well, Civil War! Were Captain America and Iron Man initially on opposite sides for Marvel’s original Civil War? Was the Mandarin banned as a villain in the Iron Man films? And what famous Captain America villain was inspired by…an ice cream sundae?!

Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to access it to update it in a while).

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