“Beethoven” is one of the few movies he wrote that doesn’t take place in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois.2. The most recent of the straight-to-video sequels was “Beethoven’s Treasure Tail” in 2014.13. It earned back $57 million in North America and another $90 million overseas.11. Jones actually took on the role of George, reverting to nice-guy form once again.12. Arguably, it was this massive St. The film cost a reported $18 million to make. Varnick an unusually chilling bad guy for a family movie, he must have done something right.10. Bernard, since that was his real name.5. Posted April 1, 2017 by Gary SusmanThe biggest movie star of the early ’90s? Read on to learn more secrets about the movie ’90s kids can’t get enough of. Levant went on to direct such canine classics as “Snow Dogs” and the TV live-action movies “Scooby-Doo! The casting of Dean Jones as veterinarian Dr. Bernards used in the sequels.6.Steve Rash (“The Buddy Holly Story,” “Can’t Buy Me Love”) was the original director, but he was replaced by Brian Levant (“Problem Child 2”) shortly after filming began.7. The “Beethoven” animated series ran for one season (1994-95) and featured only Jones and Nicholle Tom (daughter Ryce Newton) from the original film. “Beethoven” was the first film for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, then 10 years old. Varnick was a wink to his starring role in Disney’s 1976 movie “The Shaggy D.A.,” where he played a man cursed to transform at awkward moments into a big fluffy pooch.9. 1. He played a schoolmate of son Ted Newton (Christopher Castile).8. So far, there have been seven (?!) “Beethoven” movie sequels, only the first of which (1993’s “Beethoven’s 2nd”) was released in theaters. Bernard who wreaked hilarious havoc on the Newton home in “Beethoven.”Released 25 years ago this week (on April 3, 1992), “Beethoven” was a huge hit that spawned a cartoon series, a video game, and a litter of sequels. The Mystery Begins” and “Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster.” Answering to “Beethoven” was no acting challenge for the movie’s St. Reports from the set say he tried Method acting for the first time, refusing to break character even when cameras stopped rolling. She’s not credited in the film, but Eleanor Keaton, widow of silent comedy legend Buster Keaton, was Beethoven’s trainer. Jones had made a career of playing nice guys in wacky circumstances in similar Disney movies, so playing the villain in “Beethoven” offered him a real chance to stretch. Given how many young viewers found Dr. It also launched the career of one of today’s busiest actors, and it was the semi-secret project of one of the most celebrated comic screenwriters of the past 30 years. Among the comic actors reportedly considered for the role of dog-averse dad George Newton were Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Danny DeVito, Jeff Goldblum, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Rick Moranis, and Robin Williams.3.Charles Grodin was 56 when he played George. He is 26 years older than Bonnie Hunt, who was 30 when she played mom Alice Newton.4. He was a descendant of the Keatons’ dog, Junior, as were some of the other St. One of the credited screenwriters of “Beethoven” is “Edmond Dantes.” The real writer, who used the “Count of Monte Cristo” protagonist’s name as his pseudonym, was none other than John Hughes.
He still had credits in smaller films, but he was frozen in carbonite fell off the radar for a while, only seeming to re-emerge recently to film the action thriller “First Kill” with Bruce Willis.Now, the official Star Wars site says Christensen will return to Star Wars Celebration Orlando for the first time since 2002 for the special “40 Years of Star Wars” panel on April 13. Christensen will meet fans and sign autographs at the show, which will also feature panelists Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Ian McDiarmid (the Emperor/Darth Sidious), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Kathleen Kennedy (Lucasfilm president), Dave Filoni (executive producer, Star Wars Rebels), and more.This tease from Lucasfilm’s announcement suggests fans can expect more surprises:”Never before have this many involved in bringing Star Wars to life — from the original trilogy to the prequels to the current Star Wars Rebels animated series — joined together in one place to discuss a galaxy far, far away. Posted March 31, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe Force is still with Hayden Christensen, even if he doesn’t share it with fans very often.Christensen, now 35, played Anakin Skywalker through his transformation into Darth Vader in the second and third prequels, “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” in 2002, and “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” in 2005.Then he kinda disappeared. Plenty of surprises are in store so fans will not want to miss this very important kick-off to Celebration.”It’s kind of amazing to think that “Star Wars” is turning 40 this year, but it’s good to see Hayden Christensen return to the fold to celebrate that milestone. The event is meant to gather Star Wars creators and stars from throughout the saga. Like us on Facebook. Star Wars Celebration Orlando is being held April 13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida.[via: StarWars.com]Want more stuff like this?