Zero Dark Thirty was originally about the unsuccessful decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden. The screenplay was completely re-written after bin Laden was killed.
Will Smith, Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, Michael K. Williams, and Tyrese Gibson were all considered for the role of Django in Django Unchained. Quentin Tarantino actually wrote the role with Smith in mind, and Smith’s agents and manager wanted him to accept it, but Smith ultimately decided to pass. Tarantino then offered the part to Jamie Foxx, who accepted.
Frankenweenie is Tim Burton’s first film since Big Fish not to feature Johnny Depp, and his first since Sleepy Hollow not to feature Helena Bonham Carter.
"Zero Dark Thirty" in military terms means 12:30 AM. Zero Dark is midnight, 00:00 on a 24 hour clock, 30 being added to connote 30 minutes past. In the scene during the raid you can see Maya look at the clock being shown as 00:30.
King Candy’s voice and character design in Wreck-It Ralph is modeled after Ed Wynn a popular comedian and voice artist, best known as the voice of the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland and Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins.
In Paranorman, Neil’s older brother, Mitch the typical dumb jock, may be the first openly gay animated character in a “kids” movie.
Disney first began developing an animated film about the world of video game characters in the 1980s. At that time the project was called “High Score” and in the 1990s was titled “Joe Jump.” In the 2000s, when the movie was finally pushed forward, the first two months of story development focused on Fix-It Felix Jr. as the main character. Eventually Fix-It Felix became a supporting character and Wreck-It Ralph was made.
Peter Jackson decided to cast Lee Pace as King Thranduil in The Hobbit trilogy, after seeing his performance in The Fall.
During the filming of the Elephant Love Medley in Moulin Rouge, both Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor wore harnesses as they were standing 60 feet off the ground.