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Trivia Quiz: Movies

Round 7 at the Old Pequliar on March 3, 2009
Average score: 7.07/10 (14 teams)

1) What 1999 riff on Like Water for Chocolate, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, was the final film reviewed by Gene Siskel?

2) George Clooney gained 35 pounds for his role in what 2005 drama based on the CIA memoir See No Evil?

3) His insurers made Woody Allen replace Winona Ryder with Radha Mitchell and Robert Downey, Jr., with Will Ferrell when he directed what 2004 film?

4) What 1996 comedy, named after a hit song by the Chiffons, features an uptight architect and a laid back political columnist falling in love while juggling daycare and careers?

5) Edward Burns’ brother cheats on Jennifer Aniston with Cameron Diaz in what 1996 romantic comedy, Burns’ second film after The Brothers McMullen?

6) Kieran Culkin plays Ryan Phillipe’s brother and Susan Sarandon’s son in what 2002 drama that’s sometimes compared to Catcher in the Rye?

7) What 2003 comedy features Diane Keaton’s most recent Oscar-nominated performance?

8) What 2003 horror film, inspired by And Then There Were None, features a group of people who share the same birthday being terrorized in a remote motel?

9) Bruce Willis donated his pay for appearing on Friends to charity because he lost a bet while filming what 2000 Canadian comedy?

10) What actor or actress appeared in all nine of these films?

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?otd, March 9, 2009: A question of character


What do these works have in common: Peter Pan, “The Little Mermaid,” Make Way for Ducklings, Rocky, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Honeymooners, and The Bob Newhart Show? (Yes, those of you who follow Seattlest may find the question familiar.)


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Quiz: Movies

Round 7 at the Old Pequliar on Feb. 2, 2009

1) The success of the documentary Spellbound helped greenlight what similar 2006 drama, which was the first DVD sold at Starbucks?

2) What 2004 drama features the most recent performance by a Best Actor Oscar winner playing someone with a physical handicap?

3) Adaptations of The Valley of Horses or The Mammoth Hunters did not come soon to a theater near you after what 1986 prehistoric fantasy flopped at the box office?

4) Scarlett Johansson’s husband has Kumar as an assistant in what R-rated 2002 college comedy?

5) Musicians Alicia Keys and Common both made their feature film debuts in what 2007 action film about a magician turned mob informant?

6) What 2004 comedy features this quote from Lance Armstrong: “You know, once I was thinking about quitting when I was diagnosed with brain, lung and testicular cancer, all at the same time. But with the love and support of my friends and family, I got back on the bike and I won the Tour de France five times in a row. But I’m sure you have a good reason to quit.”

7) A recent commercial for Guitar Hero features Heidi Klum parodying an iconic dance scene from what 1983 coming-of-age comedy?

8) What 1985 teen comedy features comedian Rich Little providing the voice of a Korean character who learned to speak English by listening to Howard Cosell?

9) What 1984 comedy, released in a special Panty Raid Edition on DVD, has characters “adjusting the telemetry of a 32-foot titanium javelin to accomodate [someone]’s limp-wristed throwing style”?

10) What actor or actress do all nine of these movies have in common?

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Another puzzler that you can work on over your time off:

What role do all these actors have in common?

John Derek
Victor Garber
Frank Langella
Jack Lemmon
James Marsden
Rob Morrow
Raoul Walsh


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Bonus difficulty level! This is a puzzler as well as a question of the day. (What’s a puzzler? Pretty much anything that’s not just a simple Googleable factual answer.)

What do these actors have in common?

Lon Chaney, Jr.
Brendan Fraser
Phil Hartman
Meat Loaf
John Lone
Matt Salinger


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Quiz: Movies

Round 7 at the Old Pequliar on Dec. 2, 2008
Average score: 6.8/10 (15 teams)

1) Queen’s song “Keep Passing the Open Windows” was originally written for what 1984 movie, which featured Nastassja Kinski as a woman who dresses in a bear suit?

2) What 1998 thriller, directed by Tony Scott, stars Gene Hackman as a surveillance expert similar to the character he played in The Conversation?

3) What 1990 Christian Slater film about a mysterious high-school rebel won the Golden Space Needle award at SIFF, defeating Jesus of Montreal?

4) Billy Crystal originally wrote what 2001 comedy “about celebrity, family, and other forms of insanity,” so he could play the romantic lead, but ended up playing John Cusack’s publicist instead?

5) What 2001 comedy was the first film made featuring two African-American Oscar winners, specifically Whoopi Goldberg and Cuba Gooding, Jr.?

6) According to Salon.com’s critic Stephanie Zacharek, the real stars of what 2003 caper are the Mini Coopers involved in the chase scene?

7) What 1999 comedy/horror movie about a boy who accidentally kills his parents and best friends had its release date pushed back because of the Columbine massacre?

8) What 1998 big last-day-of-high-school party movie includes nine actors who appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and four that appeared on Six Feet Under?

9) What 1997 movie features a British spy foiling the nefarious Project Vulcan, a subterranean delivery system for nuclear warheads?

10) What actor or actress appears in all nine of these movies?

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Quiz: Movies

Round 7 at the Old Pequliar on Nov. 18, 2008
Average score: 4.2/10 (15 teams) — a little more difficult than I’d like

1) Stephen King wrote the miniseries Rose Red after he left working on what similar 1999 horror film based on a novel by Shirley Jackson?

2) What 2006 Robert Altman comedy is set at a farewell performance at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota?

3) John Grisham’s favorite adaptation from any of his novels is what 1997 Francis Ford Coppola film co-starring Danny DeVito?

4) What Rob Reiner movie dramatizes the 1994 trial of Byron de la Beckwith, the white supremacist accused of assassinating Medgar Evars in 1963?

5) According to the poster, what 1995 horror film that spawned four sequels features “an evil born in heaven … about to be unleashed on earth”?

6) Alan Smithee and Judas Booth are credited with directing and writing a longer cut of what David Lynch film, which he turned down Return of the Jedi to film?

7) Until this year’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, what 2006 thriller, set in Seattle, was the last Harrison Ford film in theaters ?

8) Mr. Skin’s favorite movie for seeing Jennifer Connelly naked (butt and breasts!) is what 1990 neo-noir directed by Dennis Hopper?

9) What 1992 horror film, inspired by the legend of Mary Worth, spawned two sequels, subtitled Farewell to the Flesh and Day of the Dead?

10) What actor or actress appears in all nine of these movies?

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Puzzler: What do these presidents have in common?

These twelve US presidents have something in common. This is a complete list — they’re the only presidents that qualify for this list. What unites them?

John Adams
John Quincy Adams
Grover Cleveland
Ulysses S. Grant
Andrew Jackson
Lyndon Johnson
John F. Kennedy
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
Harry S Truman
George Washington
Woodrow Wilson

Hints will be forthcoming if necessary.

HINT #1 (Nov. 6, 2008): Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to qualify for this list.

HINT #2 (Nov. 8, 2008): Bill Clinton had a chance to put himself on the list, but it didn’t work out.

Quiz: Movies

Round 6 at the Old Pequliar on October 7, 2008

1) Originally titled Three Rivers, what 1993 action film about Pittsburgh police chasing a serial killer was so bad that Bruce Willis apologized for its existence to the movie-going public?
2) To save money while filming Nixon, Oliver Stone leased the Oval Office set built for what 1995 romantic comedy?
3) After starring in four period pieces in a row, Winona Ryder “really wanted to wear blue jeans for a change,” so she decided to take a role in what contemporary 1994 comedy?
4) What 1996 thriller based on a 1993 novel by William Diehl earned Edward Norton his first Academy Award nomination?
5) What 1993 thriller directed by Wolfgang Peterson is the last film Clint Eastwood starred in that he didn’t direct himself?
6) A 66% freshness rating on rottentomatoes.com means that what 2007 romantic comedy, his followup to Good Luck, Chuck, is Dane Cook’s best-reviewed movie so far?
7) Nicolas Cage plays Danny Aiello’s younger brother in what 1987 romantic comedy?
8) According to Premiere magazine, the 73rd best movie line ever is “”I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen” from what Seattle-based 1989 comedy?
9) “Wallace Beery. Wrestling picture. What do you need, a roadmap?” That question comes from what movie?
10) What actor or actress appears in all nine of these films?

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Quiz: Movies

Round 7 at the Old Pequliar on Sept. 2, 2008
Average score: 6.27/10 (11 teams)

1) What 1997 biography substitutes John Stamos for Luke Perry, and almost starred Jeff Goldblum until the subject decided to play himself?
2) Before directing episodes of Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, and Gilmore Girls, Nicole Holofcener wrote and directed what 1996 film, her first with Catherine Keener?
3) A pilot and a magazine editor fall in love while evading pirates in what 1998 adventure-slash-romantic comedy?
4) Katie Holmes’ film debut came in what 1997 drama, which featured the tagline “It was 1973, and the climate was changing”?
5) What Oscar-winning 1999 drama, originally written as a play by Alan Ball, shares its name with a Grateful Dead album and a variety of rose?
6) When she witnesses her husband being scalped, Renee Zellweger flees from Kansas to Hollywood in what dark 2000 comedy?
7) What 1999 romantic comedy riffs on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, setting the action in Padua high school?
8) Elaine May was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for what 1998 film, an adaptation of a novel originally credited to Anonymous?
9) What 2007 comedy features Spider-Man’s boss as the father of an X-Man, and won an Oscar for the woman behind the Pussy Ranch?
10) What actor or actress appeared in all nine of these movies?

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