The Transporter‘s success led to sequels in 2005 and 2008.
Jason Statham’s car is a one-of-a-kind BMW 7 Series.
The body of Frank’s car might be a 735i, but the V12 under the hood is only available on the 750i.
Action director Cory Yuen has been choreographing fights for over 40 years. He’s been nominated 14 times for Best Action Choreography at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
When Jason Statham was a kid, he wanted to be a race car driver.
Frank’s client is played by artist Didier Saint Melin. His paintings have been displayed at museums around the world.
In the Immortalized Handbook, AMCtv.com reveals which celebrities have a penchant for collecting taxidermied animals, from zebra heads to full-size ostriches. Immortalized premieres on Thu., Feb. 14 at 10/9c.
The Les Miserables star is an avowed taxidermy fan, with a miniature horse, an owl, a chick and several butterflies in her growing collection. During an appearance on The Conan O’Brien Show, Seyfried was thrilled when the host surprised her with a special gift: The “screeching jet-pack squirrel” that had occasionally been featured on the series.
Humorist and author Sedaris has written about his longtime love of taxidermy, and has bought specimens for himself and assorted friends and family members. So it’s a plus that Sedaris lives in Paris, home of the venerable taxidermy store, Deyrolle. When Sedaris taped an episode of the radio show This American Life about Americans living in Paris, he took host Ira Glass to Deyrolle and bought a magpie while they were recording the segment there.
Mrs. Doubtfire was one of the most popular movies of 1993. It won a Golden Globe for Best Comedy.
Robin Williams won an Oscar for playing a therapist in Good Will Hunting (1997).
Mrs. Doubtfire won an Academy Award for Best Makeup.
Mrs. Doubtfire won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Motion Picture.
Both Matthew Lawrence and Lisa Jakub were nominated for Young Artist Awards for this movie.
Intrigued by the cast of AMC’s new original series Immortalized and want to learn more about the Immortalizers themselves? Now’s your chance with these videos providing a deeper look at what makes these artists tick.
Immortalized premieres Thu., Feb. 14 10/9c as part of AMC Real Original Thursdays.
Want to learn more about AMC’s new original series, Freakshow? You can now watch ten “Inside Freakshow” videos, each of which profiles a member of the cast. Meet some of the Freakshow’s incredible performers, including Morgue “The Shock Artist,” Murrugun “The Mystic” and “Amazing Ali,” as well as Freakshow owner Todd Ray and the rest of his family (all of whom are involved in the business).
In the Immortalized Handbook, AMCtv.com shares trivia about taxidermy such as the largest animal ever mounted and the age of the oldest living specimen. Immortalized premieres on Thu., Feb. 14 at 10/9c.
The largest mammal ever mounted for a museum is the male African bush elephant, which made its public debut in the rotunda of the Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in 1959. The hide alone weighed two tons, and it took the museum’s taxidermists 16 months to re-create the animal.
Among the oldest surviving taxidermy specimens is a crocodile that was mounted in 1623 and is still on display in the Natural History Museum of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Taxidermy became hugely popular in 19th century North America, England and Europe. English Victorians were particularly fond of it, and no stylish house was complete without a taxidermy collection.
Marvel adapted Hulk again in The Incredible Hulk (2008), with Edward Norton as Bruce.
In 2012, Hulk returned as a member of The Avengers, this time played by Mark Ruffalo.
Visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren has won six Oscars, starting with E.T. (1982).
Composer Danny Elfman won a BMI Film and TV award for the Hulk score.
In the Immortalized Handbook, AMCtv.com takes a deeper look at taxidermy’s origins as a scientific art form. Immortalized premieres on Thu., Feb. 14 at 10/9c.
Derived from the Latin taxis (arrangement) and derma (skin), taxidermy is the process of skinning, cleaning, stuffing and mounting dead animals so they appear to be alive.
According to Rachel Poliquin, creator of the website Ravishing Beasts and author of The Breathless Zoo, early uses of taxidermy are tied to Europe’s Age of Discovery in the 15th Century and the opening of lucrative trade routes to the East Indies (America), the West Indies, Africa, Southeast Asia. Spice merchants sometimes brought home exotic animals and birds from their travels. Spices were used to preserve the skins, and the specimens could then be stuffed and sold. The earliest known examples of these taxidermies date back to approximately 1600, when a rhinoceros was mounted and put on display in a Florence Museum.
But it was the burgeoning interest in the natural world that truly fueled the development of taxidermy, beginning in the late 18th century. One had to study animals, inside and out. Taxidermy became an indispensable tool to the natural scientist, who needed to recreate his animal subject as accurately as possible. Museums of natural history were established in to educate and entertain the general public, and taxidermied animals were a focal point. Science and taxidermy have gone hand-in-hand ever since. Natural history museums have been at the forefront of perfecting taxidermy techniques, not only in terms of creating viscerally lifelike animals but also in depicting them as they behave in their environments.
The premiere of AMC’s new original series Freakshow is less than three weeks away, and AMC has now unveiled the official poster for the series. The poster features Todd Ray, his wife and children, and the amazing performers from the Venice Beach Freakshow, all under the tagline “Normal Is Relative.” Click here to see a larger version of the poster. Excited to watch this new series? Show the world how you feel by downloading the Freakshow poster as a Facebook Timeline cover photo or desktop wallpaper.
Freakshow premieres Thu., Feb. 14 at 9:30/8:30c as part of AMC Real Original Thursdays.
Story Notes already provides fascinating real-time trivia about your favorite movies while you watch them on AMC — and now, Story Notes is also providing chances for you to win $500! Next week, the first of four more opportunities to win comes on Mon., Jan. 28 at 8/7c during Hulk: Simply watch for the Golden Note code word, then go to amcgoldennote.com and fill out the sweepstakes entry form (no purchase necessary). The entry period ends at 6AM ET the following morning. Then tune in on Tue., Jan. 29 at 8/7c for Predator, Wed., Jan. 30 at 8/7c for Mrs. Doubtfire, and Thu., Jan. 31 at 8/7c for The Transporter for three more chances to win. Plus, the winning will continue on Thu., Feb. 7!