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50 years ago today -- March 2, 1965 -- The Sound of Music hit theaters in the United States. In honor of the iconic film's anniversary, we take a look behind the scenes of one of our favorite movies to share some things you may not have known.
1. While singing "I Have Confidence," Julie Andrews accidentally tripped in the Von Trapp courtyard.
Director Robert Wise felt it added a much needed nervousness to the song and the character, so he decided to use it in the film.
2. Julie Andrews sang "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" to the Von Trapp children between filming.
Since Mary Poppins hadn't been released yet, the kids all thought she made it up just for them.
3. Maria never uses the Captain's first name, Georg.
She calls him only Captain, Sir, or Darling.
4. Christopher Plummer traveled to the Salzburg mountains to meet Captain's nephew and learn more about the character.
Since very little information was available about Captain Von Trapp for Plummer, he and his interpreter met with Captain's nephew to learn a bit about him. The nephew described the real man as the most boring man he'd ever met.
5. The day after the von Trapp family escaped Austria, Hitler ordered the borders shut.
6. They also took a train station to Italy and safety; they didn't hike over a mountain.
Salzburg is much closer to Austria's border with Germany, and neither Italy nor Switzerland are within walking distance.
7. If they had hiked over a mountain, they'd find themselves near Hitler's mountain retreat in Germany.
8. Charmian Carr (Liesl) has admitted she was attracted to Christopher Plummer, who played her father.
Despite the 13 year age difference, Plummer admits that the feeling was mutual. He insists it never evolved beyond flirtation.
9. Director Robert Wise didn't get along with the real Maria von Trapp when she came to the set.
He called her "bossy."
10. In the original play, ideological differences drive the Captain and the Baroness apart.
She wouldn't stand up to the Nazis, and he refused to compromise with them.
11. Grace Kelly had been considered for the part of the Baroness, but was a bit too busy, you know, being a princess.
12. The gazebo scene with Maria and the Captain was made a silhouette to hide the uncontrollable laughter of Julie Andrews.
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According to Andrews, a lighting device kept making a certain "raspberry" noise every time she leaned in to kiss Plummer. After more than 20 takes, the scene was changed to a silhouette to make her laughter less noticeable.
13. The real Von Trapp children weren't pleased with how stern their father was portrayed.
Maria Von Trapp had asked Wise to soften the character a bit, but the director refused.
14. Kurt's high note in "So Long, Farewell" is actually sung by Liesl's real life younger sister.
The note was out of Duane Chase's range, so Charmian Carr's sister, Darlene, sang it instead.
15. Mia Farrow auditioned for the role of Liesl.
Liza Minnelli and Sharon Tate were also among those who tested for the part.
16. Christopher Plummer admits he was drunk when they filmed the music festival sequence.
17. The movie is one of only four films to win both the Tony Award for Best Musical/Play and the Oscar for Best Picture.
The others are My Fair Lady, A Man For All Seasons, and Amadeus.
18. Charmian Carr (Liesl) danced through "Sixteen Going On Seventeen" on an injured ankle.
During the first take of this scene, Carr slipped while leaping from a bench and fell through glass. She wasn't badly hurt, but her ankle was injured and needed to be wrapped for the scene.
19. Even though nobody had seen how she would perform on screen yet, Julie Andrews was always director Robert Wise's first choice.
20. Yet she almost turned down the part, fearing it was too similar to Mary Poppins.
21. The actress who played Marta, Debbie Turner, kept losing teeth during filming.
They had to be replaced with false teeth.
22. The children kept growing during filming, so lots of heel lifts and camera tricks were needed for height continuity.
Louisa (Heather Menzies-Urich) started production three inches taller than Friedrich (Nicholas Hammond); he had to wear lifts. By the end of filming, he'd grown six inches. Liesl (Charmian Carr) had to stand on a box while Friedrich didn't wear shoes to help keep their heights consistent.
23. Nicholas Hammond had to endure a bunch of painful bleachings to turn brown hair blond for the film.
24. Christopher Plummer disliked filming so very much that he referred to the movie as "The Sound of Mucus."
25. Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, and Veronica Cartwright were among those who auditioned for roles as von Trapp children.
As did the four oldest Osmond brothers: Alan, Jay, Merrill, and Wayne.
26. The gazebo's interior scenes were shot in Los Angeles.
The inside of the actual gazebo was too small to accommodate the dance numbers.
27. The gazebo can still be seen in Salzburg, but only from the outside.
Visitors were too frequently attempting to dance along the benches and injuring themselves, so the interior is now off limits.
28. Julie Andrews learned to play guitar specifically for this role.
29. Christopher Plummer also learned to play guitar for the role...but his playing was dubbed.
30. Christopher Plummer asked for "Edelweiss" to be replaced.
He thought the song was trite and "schmaltzy" and asked for it to be written out. Screenwriter Ernest Lehman refused.
31. There was nobody at the altar to officiate the wedding during filming because someone forgot to wake the actor.
32. Julie Andrews has also claimed that the actual bishop of Salzburg can be spotted in the wedding scene.
33. It's not really Kym Karath (Gretl) on Captain's shoulders in the final shot as they climb the mountains to safety.
Karath had gained a bit of weight while filming in Austria, and evidently Christopher Plummer found her too heavy to carry on his back. He requested a stunt double.
34. Which is funny, since Plummer's weight gain required his costumes to be refitted for his extra mass.
He admitted he ate and drank in Austria in order to better cope with the unhappiness he felt from filming.
35. The movie features a rare onscreen performance by famed ghost singer Marni Nixon.
She played Sister Sophia. Nixon, who had previously done the vocals for Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Deborah Kerr in The King and I, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. Since Julie Andrews played Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway version but was passed over in favor of Hepburn for the film, producers were nervous to learn how she would react to Nixon's casting. Andrews approached her and exclaimed, "Marni, I'm a fan of you!"
36. Christopher Plummer has said working with Julie Andrews is like "being hit over the head with a big Valentine's Day card."
37. Julie Andrews kept getting knocked over from the helicopter's wind.
Though that iconic spin looks warm and sunny, Andrews only remembers how cold she was as she repeatedly ran across the mountain with the ferocious winds of the chopper above. She tried digging her feet into the ground without luck.
38. Director Robert Wise climbed a nearby tree in order to film that first musical number; he wanted to be able to watch the helicopter filming without getting in the shot himself.
39. Sean Connery and Richard Burton were both considered to play Captain.
40. The real Maria von Trapp makes a cameo.
In the "I Have Confidence" scene, as Julie Andrews walks beneath a brick archway, the real Maria can be seen behind her, dressed as a peasant.
41. Heinrich Himmler, famed Nazi, took over the von Trapp house after they escaped. Adolf Hitler visited him there more than once.
42. Kym Karath (Gretl) couldn't swim, so Julie Andrews was responsible for catching her when they fall out of the boat and into the water.
On the second take, the boat tipped in a way that sent Andrews flying one way and Karath falling out the other side. Heather Menzies-Urich (Louisa) was tasked with saving her instead, which Andrews was haunted by.
43. Subsequently, Karath threw up all over Menzies-Urich after swallowing too much water.
44. The cast had to be continually hosed down in order to maintain a soaking wet look after falling into the water.
45. Liesl may have been 16 going on 17, but she was actually older than Rolfe.
Charmian Carr was 22 at the time she sang that song; Daniel Truhitte, who played Rolfe, is ten months younger than she is. Now who's older and wiser?
46. Shirley Jones, Anne Bancroft, and Doris Day were all considered for the part of Maria.
47. Robert Wise initially turned down the opportunity to direct the picture.
Stanley Donen, Vincent Donohue, Gene Kelly, and George Roy Hill were also approached and said no.
48. Mary Martin, wife of the producer of the original Broadway show and the first woman to play Maria made nearly $8,000,000 from the film.
While Julie Andrews earned just $225,000.
49. According to British tabloid The Sun, it's one of the films chosen to show after a nuclear strike to improve morale.
Though this is unconfirmed by the BBC who declared it a security issue.
50. Peggy Wood (Mother Abbess) had a hard time lip-syncing along to "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."
She struggled to perfectly match the first word of the song, so director Robert Wise had her face away from camera when she began singing. When she looked at camera, she had caught up with the song enough to perfectly pass. The effect of her staring out the window in the beginning added a mystical element to the song and fit in better than originally planned.
Fifty Shades Of Grey author E.L. James has suffered a setback in the week of the movie adaptation's release after it emerged her erotic novel has fallen out of favour among British readers.
The installment in her trilogy, now a Hollywood movie starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, topped a list of Britain's most-borrowed books from U.K libraries in 2014, but just a year later, it has failed to scrape into the top 100. The novel, which sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, failed to land a mention in the list compiled by the Public Lending Right (PLR) organisation, which named Dan Brown's blockbuster Inferno as Britain's most-borrowed book over the last 12 months.
The news comes as filming on the movie adaptation of Inferno starring Tom Hanks is about to get underway. Hanks is reprising his role as Brown's literary hero Professor Robert Langdon, the expert he previously played in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, and director Ron Howard has been scouting filming locations in Europe over the last few weeks.
Actor Courtney B. Vance has been cast as O.J. Simpson's lawyer Johnnie Cochran in much-anticipated TV drama series American Crime Story: The People V. O.j. Simpson. The Tony Award winner will portray Simpson's flamboyant defence attorney in the show, which will centre around the sports star's 1995 murder trial, during which the former football star was controversially acquitted of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
Simpson's defence "dream team" will be rounded out by John Travolta, who will play Robert Shapiro, and former Friends star David Schwimmer, who will take on the roll of Simpson's late friend and attorney, Robert Kardashian.
Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. will portray Simpson, while actress Sarah Paulson has been cast as prosecutor Marcia Clark.
The series will be executive produced by Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy.
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Rapper A$Ap Rocky has made his movie debut in Forest Whitaker's new coming-of-age story Dope. The Wild For The Night star landed a supporting role in the drama, about a young hip-hop fan growing up in a rough neighbourhood in Inglewood, California.
The film, which also stars Zoe Kravitz and features appearances from fellow rappers Tyga and Odd Future associates Vince Staples and Casey Veggies, as well as Sean 'Diddy' Combs' son Quincy Brown, is set to premiere this week (begs19Jan15) at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival in Utah, which opened on Thursday (22Jan15).
A$AP Rocky previously tried out his acting skills in the video for singer Lana Del Rey's 2012 track National Anthem, portraying former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, while he began writing the script for a short film for MTV in 2013.
The controversial Whitney Houston biopic, which served as Angela Bassett's directorial debut, has been given mixed reviews from America's toughest critics. The film, which was made without the participation of the late singer's family, debuted on TV in the U.S. on Saturday night (17Jan15), with young actress Yaya DaCosta portraying Houston.
Many feared the film would be a disaster, but the critics haven't exactly savaged Bassett's debut as a filmmaker, and The Hollywood Reporter's Allison Keene has high praise for DaCosta's portrayal, insisting she "nails" the singer's look and "mannerisms, particularly when it comes to a performance of I Will Always Love You".
She adds, "The movie does not shy away from emotional portrayals" of Houston and her ex-husband Bobby Brown's "drug abuse, codependency and personal tragedy, nor does it let either one off the hook when it comes to mistakes and bad decisions."
Keene also notes Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in Waiting to Exhale, offers "sound" filming instincts when it comes to filming DaCosta and co-star Arlen Escarpeta in "several extremely intimate, lavishly sensual scenes".
New York Times' Jon Caramanica isn't a fan of the biopic, writing, "For two hours, this film cherry-picks moments of Houston's life - some recognizable, some not - and stitches them together into a perplexing, not altogether comforting quilt."
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Travolta will also serve as a producer on the mini-series.
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1. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gyosling
Yes, we know they started off hating each other. Yes, we know they did try dating in real life only to break up. But THIS is still playing over and over in our minds.
2. Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders
We know, Neil is married with kids and ladies aren't his thing, but their characters on How I Met Your Mother were so gosh darn perfect for each other that we can't help but ship them!
3. Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles from One Direction
Their friendship is the cutest thing ever and it's 90% of the reason we love One Direction.
4. Zoey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
While filming a movie together they took a break to make this little duet and we never stopped shipping them since!
5. Drake and Rihanna
Their relationship history has some drama to it, but in the Chris Brown, Rihanna, and Drake love triangle there is no doubt which one is the better choice.
6. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
It looks like this relationship is over for good and we're totally bummed about that.
7. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton
Is there a celebrity pairing that has a better back and forth than this one? We think not!
8. Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder
Another cute co-star couple that had to bite the dust. But we will always have The Vampire Diaries to give us our fix.
9. Miss Piggy and Kermit The Frog
This might be the first celebrity couple we have ever shipped and it still stands today!
10. Tom Felton and Emma Watson
When news of Emma's crush reached Tom he said he saw her like a sister, but we still argue that they would make a great couple in real life.
11. Jay Z and Beyonce
We die every time we get a glimpse into their perfect life together.
12. Taylor Swift and Lorde
They are such an odd pairing, and we love them for it!
13. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield
I mean a couple that can dance like this together has to stay together forever!
14. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
They need to stay best friends forever and then invite us over for dinner. THIS IS OUR FANTASY!
15. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley
Because we all want a man to do this for us...
Which celebrities do you ship? Tweet us your answers by using the Twitter handles below!
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Cops have since taken Robert Falon into custody and on Tuesday (28Oct14), he was charged with murder.
His bail has been set at $2 million (£1.25 million), according to TMZ.com.
Trigz, who owned the Sin City Tattoo Shop in Pacoima, California, boasted clients including Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and rocker Travis Barker.
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However, when Lizzy performed at Cowell's home the in hope of making one of three coveted spots in his group of the Over 25 year olds, the music mogul decided not to put her through to the Top 12.
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She writes, "Thanks so much for the messages of support over the last few months. Wow! It has been an amazing experience - challenging and scary, but mostly great fun! Looking forward to bringing you some new songs soon."