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Jingle All The Way

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1. The story is based on the 1980s shopping frenzy over the Cabbage Patch dolls.

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2. Turbo-Man's red suit is modeled after DC Comic superhero The Flash.

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3. You can actually buy official Turbo Man action figures on Ebay.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

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4. Chevy Chase appears in some scenes wearing a navy blue Chicago Bears ball cap. He wears the same Chicago Bears cap throughout all four Vacation movies.

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5. A minor earthquake occurred at the time when they were filming the scene where uncle Louis and aunt Bethany arrive at the Griswold house.

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6. The Warner Bros. back lot used for the neighborhood in which the Griswolds live is the same as the one used on the TV series, The Middle, which features Brian Doyle-Murray (Mr. Shirley) in a recurring role as Mr. Ehlert.

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7. In the scene when the police storm into the Griswolds' house, the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" sung by Gene Autry is used for the background music. Randy Quaid (cousin Eddie) is the third cousin of Gene Autry.

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8. According to an article on the making of Home Alone (1990) in Chicago Magazine, Chris Columbus states that he was the original director of this movie.

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He left after two meetings with Chevy Chase and told writer/producer John Hughes, "There's no way I can do this movie. I know I need to work, but I can't do it with this guy." He was sent the script to Home Alone in its place.

9. The scene where the cat bites on the Christmas lights cord and gets electrocuted was nearly cut from the movie.

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Prior to the first test screening. the studio execs wanted the scene taken out, fearing that it might offend some viewers, but producer Matty Simmons begged them to leave the scene in, and they eventually gave in to his request. After the first test screening, the test audience had scored the cat electrocution scene as the No. 1 favorite scene throughout the entire movie.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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10. Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson were considered to play The Grinch.

11. The prosthetic make-up Jim Carrey wore took about 8 hours to apply. Carrey felt so horribly confined and uncomfortable in the latex skin he needed counseling from a Navy SEAL who taught him torture-resistance techniques.

12. No movie has featured so many characters in heavy makeup since The Wizard of Oz.

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13. The line "6:30 p.m. Dinner with me; I can't cancel that again." was improvised by Jim Carrey.

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14. The Whoville set was built mostly on the backlot of Universal Studios behind the still-standing Bates Motel.

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During a break in filming Jim Carrey surprised and scared tourists on the Universal Backlot Tour by running out of the hotel wearing a dress and brandishing a knife. Nobody recognized him, and the tour guide at Universal Studios will tell you the story when you pass by the hotel on the Backlot Tour.

Elf

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15. The film's director, Jon Favreau, played both the Doctor and Mr. Narwhal

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16. When this screenplay first emerged in 1993, Jim Carrey was attached to star in the lead.

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17. People were so shocked to see Will Ferrell in costume walking around Central Park and the Lincoln Tunnel that several traffic accidents were reported.

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18. Will Ferrell turned down $29 million to be in Elf 2 in late 2013.

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19. The cotton balls Buddy eats while in the Doctors office were actually Cotton Candy that had not been dyed.

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In fact, Will Ferrell suffered from headaches throughout filming, as he had to actually eat all of the sugar infested foodstuffs in the Elf food pyramid on camera.

20. Will Ferrell's brother Patrick plays a security guard at the Empire State Building.

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21. The design for Santa's Workshop as well as the Elf uniforms come from the original Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) animated special. The Elf uniforms completely mirror the ones from the TV special.

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22. The Santa Clause

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23. The role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus was written with Bill Murray in mind.

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And scheduling conflicts with another film forced Chevy Chase to turn down the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus.

24. Tim Allen has a criminal record and Disney has a no hiring of ex-cons policy. An exception was made in this case.

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25. For one week in November 1994, Tim Allen had the #1 movie at the box office ("The Santa Clause"), the #1 rated television show ("Home Improvement"), and the #1 New York Times best-selling book ("Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man").

26. The elves are everywhere in the movie.

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The little boy putting his jacket on and wearing a red scarf as Scott and Charlie are led to their seat in Denny's; the girl walking behind the bench when Scott has kids lined up at Charlie's soccer game; the girl in the purple coat who walks by Scott and Charlie in the park when Scott wants Charlie to stop talking about the Santa Claus; and the attentive little boy in the blue turtleneck behind Charlie's desk during show and tell are all elves. They show up as a group at the end of the movie when Scott flies away from the Miller house, and they are the kids who run and skip off. Just to name a few.

Home Alone

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27. The picture Kevin finds of Buzz's girlfriend was a picture of a boy made up to look like a girl because Chris Columbus thought it would be too cruel to make fun of a girl like that

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28. In the original script, Uncle Frank was the real mastermind behind Harry and Marv robbing the McAllister house

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29. John Candy filmed his part in only one day. And the story about having once forgotten his son at a funeral home was entirely improvised.

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30. Joe Pesci deliberately avoided Macaulay Culkin on set because he wanted Culkin to think he was mean.

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31. The ornaments that Marv steps on are actually candy.

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32. The "evil furnace" in the basement was done by two guys with fishing line and flashlights.

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