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20 facts about Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • The cast wasn’t allowed to see the Chocolate Room set until the scene where they first emerge into the room was shot, so their reactions are genuine.
  • Charlie’s reaction to Wonka declaring he would get nothing due to defying the contract (“Good day sir!”) is also genuine; in rehearsals Peter Ostrum (Charlie) was not told that Gene Wilder (Wonka) would be shouting at him. Since Wilder and Ostrum had become friends on the set, Wilder desperately wanted to tell Ostrum that he would be shouting so that Ostrum wouldn’t think that they had stopped being friends.
  • For the riverboat scene, Wonka’s ranting poem was not in the script (it’s a lift from the novel), hence the disturbed looks on the actors’ faces, who thought Wilder was actually losing his mind.
  • During the scene with Wonka’s somersault, Denise Nickerson (Violet) genuinely thought that Gene Wilder had injured himself.
  • Mel Stuart deliberately ran Paris Themmen (Mike) through the lines when Mike explained the technicalities of television to Wonka in the Wonkavision Room so often that Stuart got the right “nasty and pissy” attitude from Themmen he wanted for the scene, as that was how Themmen naturally felt at that point.
  • Paris Themmen  mentions in the DVD Commentary that he and Denise Nickerson (Violet) “hung around Julie Dawn Cole  (Veruca) too much” and Julie’s British accent rubbed off on them as a result. Paris points out certain lines in the film where he and Denise affected British accents for no good reason, and the takes were kept. He also discussed that loved ones watching the film could not recognize that the lines were spoken by Violet or Mike and not by Veruca.
  • Julie Dawn Cole swiped a few props from the set, including a Golden Ticket and an Everlasting Gobstopper. However, she lost the mink coat that was made specifically for the movie, having apparently left it on the back of her chair when she went to lunch. The director yelled at her until she cried when he found out- it was real fur.
  • Julie also got a peek at the Chocolate Room early (the other children only saw it during the main filming).
  • On a darker note, Denise Nickerson made her scenes and returned to school… and then, after two days, her face and hands start to turn blue! It turned out that the paint used to make her face and hands blue went deep under her skin, and then slowly resurfaced during next few weeks. Talk about art imitating life!
  • Julie Dawn Cole and Denise Nickerson both had a crush on Peter Ostrum, so they would hang out with him on alternating days.
  • Roald Dahl reportedly wanted Spike Milligan to play the part of Willy Wonka. The fact that Milligan was not cast as Wonka was allegedly one of the reasons Dahl refused to allow Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator to be made into a movie, even writing that decision into his will. (Dahl also would have been happy with Peter Sellers, but Milligan was his first choice.)
  • The “I Want it Now” sequence took thirty-six takes to perfect. 
  • To achieve the look of becoming a blueberry,  Denise Nickerson was sandwiched between two halves of a giant Styrofoam ball (a centrepiece in the shape of her body had been cut out beforehand) so that only her head, hands and feet were poking out.
  • Paris Themmen was cast as Mike because Mel Stuart thought that he had the perfect brattiness for the Mike Teavee part. The later consensus on set was that this was true. ‘Four of them are wonderful,’ said Wilder in a television interview during filming, 'and one I’m going to throw through a window tomorrow.’)
  • Denise Nickerson got the role of Violet partly for her acting and partly for her round, baby cheeks. Mel Stuart thought she looked just right for someone destined for life as a blueberry.
  • Julie Dawn Cole actually lied about how much acting experience she had. She also had to read the book - which she hadn’t before - overnight between the first audition and recall.
  • Gene Wilder and Peter Ostrum would often have lunch together and walk back to the set sharing a bar of chocolate.
  • Mel Stuart saw the set for Wonka’s office - which was then perfectly normal - and decided that this didn’t suit the eccentric confectioner at all. So he ordered everything to be cut in half. 
  • During the third rewrite of the script, they brought in twenty-five year old writer David Seltzer to do some additional work on it. They ended up flying him to Munich for two weeks, where has was locked in a hotel room to every day and only allowed out for meals. At the end of the fortnight Seltzer flew home exhausted, he later said that his two weeks there was the best training a young screenwriter could have had. 
  • The actor playing Slugworth stayed away from the children as much as possible so that they were indeed a little bit afraid of him. 
Dick Grayson: Partners

A/N: In honour of Winter, my favourite time of year I got inspired. ☺️

Imagine being partners with Dick Grayson in Blüdhaven’s Police Department and he keeps trying to get you to sing ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ with him.

Warnings: It’s long, like a hella long.


Dick Grayson was ecstatic, he was getting a partner - someone from the (your home town) Police Department. His superior had recently given him the news and today was the day they’d be arriving, judging by the brief description of their characteristics he assumed his partner was male - strong, hard working and very self reliant. He knew it was stereotypical but it was how his boss had put them across.

“Guys, I’ve heard my partner is amazing - I’ll bet he’ll fit right in.” Dick rambled to his colleagues who were also looking forward to meeting this new member of the department. That’s right about when you walked in, the surrounding officers froze and fell silent whilst gawking at you.
“Oh and what about a female?” You inquired, your voice a contrast of anger and sarcasm as you stood with your arms folded.
“Looks like ‘he’ is actually a ‘she’, a very hot one at that.” The officer beside Dick observed, making a brief whistling noise.
“Ugh! I didn’t even want a new partner in the first place.” You muttered, the slightest hint of anger in tone which Dick immediately picked up on.
“Wait I - ” Dick quickly started, but was cut off as you slammed the door shut behind you causing him to wince.
“Ooooh, she’s feisty! I’m so down for that - any way you can get me her number Grayson?” His companion continued, apparently still awestruck by your appearance.
“Thanks for that. You just ruined my first impression.” Dick chimed, moving on to scold his colleague about being more respectful towards you.

Dick had managed to get you alone after debriefing to properly apologise once meeting you at your desk.
You looked up to find an officer you recognised from earlier that day holding out a hot drink rather sheepishly but in a cute sort of way, cautiously you accepted the offering and raised your brow in a way that suggested you expected an explanation.
“Hey, I’m Richard Grayson - your new partner here in Blüdhaven and I’d just like to apologise for earlier where someone was completely out of order. Even though you’re ‘hot’ as he put it, he should’ve been more respectful and I hope I can make a better first impression.” The officer before you concluded, sending a glare to the offender from earlier then sent you a small smile.
“Um - apology accepted and thanks for this by the way. I’m (y/n) (l/n) and it’s nice to meet you Richard. How’s that for starting over?” You began, a hint of defensiveness in your tone but the warm smile you offered was enough to know that you were being genuine as well as the handshake you gave him.
“Great! You can call me Dick, I prefer it.” Your partner cheerfully informed you and you could only nod in response.

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Ladybug and Cat Noir celebrate a miraculous year at No. 2.
Shadowhunters’ spoilers are leaking. All these rumors push the show up to No. 12.
Girl Meets World and it’s full of tragedy and hardship. It falls six to No. 20.

Movies: Gene Wilder’s impact was so strong, he essentially took over the list. He will be terribly missed.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory fizzy-lifts to No. 8.
Young Frankenstein is alive at No. 11.
Blazing Saddles is steady as a rock at No. 20.

Originally posted by dessinnoir

Music: Beyoncé is now old enough to be President. Of the United States. Of America.

⬆ Celebrations of Beyoncé’s birthday lands her at No. 1.
Drake moved up twelve spots to No. 4.
⬆ But Rihanna still bests him at No. 3.

Celebrities: A real mixed bag of types below.

☆ Thank you for over 50 years of genuine laughter, Gene Wilder (No. 5).
☆ Strange thing: this is Finn Wolfhard’s (No. 7)  and Millie Bobbie Brown’s (No. 8) first time on the list.
⬇︎ Kendall Jenner falls to No. 20. Time to release a new lip kit?

Games: All the pew pew pews and tap tap taps you can handle.

Mystic Messenger is still forging ahead, up to No. 2 now.
☆ The upcoming Persona 5 returns at No. 13.
⬇︎ Dragon Age: Inquisition seems to be going the way of the dinosaurs, falling three to No. 14.

Originally posted by itsohreigen

Web stuff:  The web celebs are taking over.

Carmilla bulldozes its way through fourteen spots for the coveted role of No. 1.
PewDiePie tries his best to follow, but lands short at No. 14.
Joanne the Scammer makes an iconic debut at No. 19.