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All questions in this episode will relate to debut films. We defined debut films as the first theatrically released feature of a actor, writer, or director.
Each of our 8 members will take a turn reading the 10 questions they have prepared for this week. All other members attempt to answer them. The audio is available for download/listening here on celluloidering.com or free from the iTunes store. A list of the questions and individual cast member scores from the week are available in “Full Post”. Answers are also in “Full Post” at the bottom of the page, so please scroll down carefully if you wish to avoid them.
1. This action star, better known for his legitimate acting career, made his feature film debut in a soft-core porn entitled The Party at Kitty and Stud’s. Hint: He later filed suit against the producers who later retitled the film to reflect that actor’s Oscar-nominated role.
2. This actor, and later director, made his feature film debut alongside James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause.
3. This actor, perhaps better known for his music career, made his feature film debut as the Scarecrow in The Wiz.
4. This comedian made his feature film, debut as everyone’s favorite sailor in a film by Robert Altman.
5. This comedic actor made his feature film debut as one of the high school bullies in Donnie Darko alongside Alex Greenwald, better known as the front man for Phantom Planet.
6. Sophia Coppola made her feature film debut in this film, directed by her father.
7. Lea Thompson, best known for her role ass Caroline in the City, made her feature film debut alongside Dennis Quaid in this monster movie… in 3-D.
8. Leonardo DiCaprio made his feature film debut in this third installment of a series about Bradley Brown and his eternal struggle with an alien race on Earth.
9. Jason Bateman started his feature film career in the footsteps of Michael J. Fox in this sequel about a high school team captain.
10. While perhaps better known for his pornographic efforts, Ron Jeremy’s first feature film is well documented as the best feature film ever made. Name it.
1. In Woody Allen’s debut film What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, the Grand Exalted High Macha of Raspur can have his country gain a place on the globe if what object of international intrigue is returned to him?
2. In Rob Reiner’s debut film This Is Spinal Tap, what is the name of the album that the title band has just released and is promoting across the United States?
3. In Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut Synecdoche, New York, who plays Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final doppelganger?
4. In Spike Jonze’s debut film Being John Malkovich, once a person gets kicked out of the mind of the title actor, where do they inexplicably end up being thrown to?
5. In Frank Darabont’s directorial debut The Shawshank Redemption, according to the uneducated inmate Heywood, who is the author of The Count of Monte ‘Crisco’?
6. Martin Scorsese’s debut film Who’s That Knocking at My Door provided the first lead role for what actor who went on to star in four more of the director’s films?
7. In Martin McDonagh’s debut film In Bruges, what is Ralph Fiennes’ ultimate purpose in sending Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson to the title city in Belgium?
8. From Judd Apatow’s directorial debut The 40-Year-Old Virgin, can you say one of the lines from the famous “you know how I know you’re gay” exchange between Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd?
9. In Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam’s co-directorial debut Monty Python and the Holy Grail, after the French guard tells the knights he farts in their general direction, what insult does he level at King Arthur’s parents?
10. In Kevin Smith’s debut film Clerks, what newfound realization leaves Randall so bothered by the destruction of the unfinished Death Star in Return of the Jedi?
1. The 1957 British film “No Road Back” was the credited debut of this famous actor, in a minor role as “Spike” a gangster with a stutter, a far cry from suave, globe-trotting persona of his star-making role.
2. Matthew Broderick made his film debut in 1983’s “Max Dugan Returns” a film written by this comedy veteran whom Broderick would later work with on film and on stage in his semi-autobiographical “Eugene” trilogy of plays.
3. Although he officially premiered in “Making a Living,” in 1914, he didn’t sow the seeds of his legend until his second film, “Kid Auto Races at Venice” made later that year.
4. This husky-voiced starlet made her debut in “To Have and Have Not” in 1944, alongside her famous future husband, with whom she would make three more films.
5. In 1929’s “Words and Music” this actor was credited as Duke Morrison for his acting debut in the film, but was credited by his more famous moniker under the lowly position of property assistant.
6. She debuted as Marlon Brando’s love interest, the sister of a man Brando unwittingly leads to his death, in this 1954 political allegory. NAME THE FILM AND THE ACTRESS.
7. He would make his film debut in “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” in 1946, 8 years before finding himself on the Nautlius.
8. 1935’s “The Farmer Takes a Wife” was this prolific actor’s debut, in the role of –you guessed it– a farmer by the name of Dan Harrow. He’d play a more famous farmer, in search of work, in a more famous film 5 years later.
9. This comedian’s debut was in the 1951 british film “Penny Points to Paradise” almost a decade before acting in two consecutive Stanley Kubrick films.
10. This actor made his debut in 1950’s film noir “Dark City” as a street hood, a far cry from the lavish epic films he’d become known for throughout his career.
1. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 1978 was Steve Martin’s acting debut. What character from The Beatles song library does George Burns play?
2. “Popeye” in 1980 was Robin Williams’ acting debut. As the movie begins, what food does Popeye the Sailor dislike?
3. “Blood Simple” in 1984 was The Coen Brothers directing/producing/writing/editing debut and Frances McDormand’s acting debut. What type of car does the Private Detective drive?
4. “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes” in 1984 was Andie MacDowell’s acting debut and Christopher Lambert’s English language acting debut. Andie MacDowell plays Jane. What actress rerecorded her dialogue during post-production?
5. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984 was Johnny Depp’s acting debut. What number house on Elm street does Nancy Thompson live in?
6. “Rain Man” in 1988 was Bonnie Hunt’s acting debut. What two items does Charlie Babbit inherit from his father?
7. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” in 1991 was Edward Furlong’s acting debut. What man is responsible for the development of Cyberdyne’s revolutionary microprocessor?
8. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” in 1991 was Edward Furlong’s acting debut. After heading south, how does John introduce the T-800 to Sarah’s friend Enrique?
9. “Titus” in 1999 was Julie Taymor’s directing debut. Roman General Titus Andronicus returns from battle victorious against what enemies?
10. “Star Trek” in 2009 was Zachary Quinto’s acting debut. Young James Kirk steals a car from a man voiced by what actor?
1. In his debut movie of Time After Time, a young Corey Feldman sees what author sitting in an exhibit at a museum?
2. In Don Bluth’s feature length debut film The Secret of NIMH, Mrs Brisby needs the help of the rats of NIMH to do what?
3. Steve Martin’s feature film debut was as Maxwell Edison in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but which musical group starred in the movie?
4. That Thing You Do, the writing and directorial debut of Tom Hanks, follows the story of a musical group. What is the name of the group?
5. Three Murray brothers, Bill, Brian Doyle. and John, appeared in Harold Ramis’s directorial debut. The subject of the movie became the subject for another Murray brothers project. What is the name of the movie?
6. In Sean Astin’s debut film of The Goonies, what is the name of the explorer whose body the kids find deep in the caves who had the key to One-eyed Willie?
7. In Fred Savage’s debut movie of The Boy Who Could Fly, he faces several neighborhood bullies who won’t let him do what?
8. In Cameron Crowe’s directorial debut Say Anything, Diane’s father, played by John Mahoney, is being investigated by what government agency?
9. Danny DeVito directed Throw Mommy From The Train and also stars as Larry the misguided young writer who is inspired to kill the wife of his teacher by what Hitchcock film?
10. In Penny Marshall’s directorial debut of Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Whoopi Goldberg receives communications from a British agent trapped where?
1. Clint Eastwood’s first acting role was in a sequel to which Universal classic monster movie?
2. Sylvester Stallone’s directorial debut was a film called “Paradise Alley”. Who did Stallone get to sing the theme song entitled “Too Close to Paradise”?
3. Jamie Lee Curtis’ first movie was “Halloween”. What horror movie is playing on television throughout the film?
4. Michael Crichton’s directorial debut was “Westworld”. Name one of the other “worlds” tourists could visit.
5. Teresa Wright had what unusual distinction about not only her first film, but also her first three?
6. Retlaw Yensid’s first writing credit was for “LT. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.”. Retlaw Yensid is actually an alias for what filmmaker?
7. George Romero’s first film was “Night of the Living Dead”. What was the name of the female lead character?
8. Johnny Depp’s film debut was “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. Did Freddy kill Depp? If so, how?
9. Christopher Lloyd’s first film was with his future “Taxi” co-star Danny DeVito. Which film was this?
10. Joss Whedon’s first writing credit is for the feature film “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. What future Oscar winning actress had a role in this film as one of Buffy’s classmates?
1. In Norm MacDonald’s feature film debut, Billy Madison, who rules?
2. In Norm MacDonald’s feature film debut, Billy Madison, what does Chris Farley do that causes the O’Doyle’s to go careening off a cliff?
3. In Norm MacDonald’s feature film debut, Billy Madison, what does Billy drunkenly chase after in his golf cart at the beginning of the film?
4. In Norm MacDonald’s feature film debut, Billy Madison, what song does Billy dance to when he comes down the stairs?
5. In Norm MacDonald’s feature film debut, Billy Madison, what book does Billy use as an example to answer the final question in the Academic Decathalon?
6. What does the Dali Llama supposedly offer Carl the groundskeeper in Caddyshack to which he responds, “So I got that goin’ for me… which is nice?”
7. In Rob Lowe’s first film, The Outsiders, he plays the brother of Pony Boy Curtis who is on the run from what rival gang?
8. Zach Braff appears on the silver screen for the first time as the pimple-faced teenage son of Woody Allen in this Woody Allen movie. And big surprise! It takes place in New York. And big surprise! It’s a mystery.
9. This secret agent film features a truly great fight scene which takes place in a bar… under water.
10. In the directorial debut of Zach Braff, Garden State, what is unique about the shirt his mom’s friend makes him?
1. Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers made the co-directorial debut as James Earl Jones played an African king in this Academy Award-winning film.
2. This film that also has two debut directors (Chris Miller and Raman Hui) features the first (and currently only) voice performance of Justin Timberlake in a feature film.
3. Though this is the first feature film for a now famous director, surprisingly it is not the debut of this character, played by Paul Reuben. Name the character and the movie.
4. Spike Jonze pursued this actor for several years to play himself in the titular role of Jonze’s debut film before he finally gave in.
5. This film co-written by Simon Pegg is the first of three parody films planned by him and Edgar Wright.
6. This film was co-written by the Thirteen-year-old lead in this debut film of Catherine Hardwicke.
7. This feature film was put into production by Warner Brothers after it’s short film (which almost has the same title) won at a student film festival.
8. This great sci-fi, which was the writing and directorial debut of Andrew Niccol, starred Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman who met on the film, dated and later married.
9. This film an about a mentally challenged man is one of the few films I can think of that starred, was written, and directed by the same person. Hint: It was the directorial debut of someone who is better known as an actor.
10. This film took a year to film, as they alternated between filming and rehearsing only on Saturdays. Hint: It is written and directed by an academy nominated writer/director who has had phenomenal success with his reboot of a know franchise.
1. Sylvester Stallone
2. Dennis Hopper
3. Michael Jackson
4. Robin Williams
5. Seth Rogen
6. The Godfather
7. Jaws 3-D
8. Critters 3
9. Teen Wolf Too
1. His secret recipe for egg salad
2. Smell the Glove
3. Dianne Wiest
4. A ditch on the side of the New Jersey turnpike
5. Alexandre Dumas pronounced as ‘alexandree dumbass’
6. Harvey Keitel
7. For Farrell to enjoy a holiday in the ‘fairytale’ city, and for Gleeson to kill him soon afterwards
8. “You macraméd yourself a pair of jean shorts”, “you just told me you’re not sleeping with women anymore”, “you’re gay, so you can tell who all the gay people are”, “you like Coldplay”, “you like the movie Maid in Manhattan”, “I saw you make a spinach dip in a loaf of sourdough bread once”, “you have a rainbow bumper sticker on your car that says ‘I love it when balls are in my face’”
9. “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries”
10. The space station was such a big job that there had to be independent contractors involved, and all of them would have been innocent victims
1. Sean Connery
2. Neil Simon
3. Charlie Chaplin
4. Lauren Bacall
5. John Wayne
6. Eva Marie Saint – On the Waterfront.
7. Kirk Douglas
8. Henry Fonda.
9. Peter Sellers
10. Charlton Heston
1. Mr. Kite
3. Volkswagen Beetle
4. Glenn Close
6. The Buick convertible and rose bushes
7. Miles Dyson
8. Uncle Bob
9. The Goths
10. Greg Grunberg
1. H.G. Wells
2. To move her house to the lee of the stone.
3. The Bee Gees
4. The Wonders
6. Chester Copperpot
7. They won’t let him ride his Big Wheel past their house.
9. Strangers on a Train
10. Eastern Europe
1. “Creature From the Black Lagoon”
2. Sylvester Stallone himself
3. “The Thing”
4. Roman World or Medieval World
5. She was nominated for her first three films. “Three Little Foxes”, “Mrs. Miniver”, and “Pride of the Yankees”. She won for “Mrs. Miniver”.
6. Walt Disney
8. Yes. Freddy sucked Depp inside his bed and all of Depp’s blood was shot out toward the ceiling.
9. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
10. Hilary Swank
2. He throws a banana peel out the window.
3. A penguin.
4. Boy George’s “I’ll tumble for ya”
5. The Puppy Who Lost His Way
6. Total Consciousness on his death bed.
7. The Socs
8. Manhattan Murder Mystery
9. Top Secret!
10. It was made of leftover fabric from redecorating the bathroom.
1. The Lion King
2. Shrek the Third
3. Pee-Wee Herman in “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” Pee-wee’s first appearance in a feature was actually “Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie.”
4. Being John Malkovich
5. Shaun of the Dead
7. THX 1138 (Based on Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB)