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2014-04-28 11:07:15 AM  
My favorite movie is Generic Spy Thriller #433. I love how middle aged white dude fails the first and second time to defeat the old Asian boss but succeeds the 3rd time when he discovers his long lost wife and their 19 year old daughter were the targets all along. The helicopter chase is legendary.
 
2014-04-28 11:08:26 AM  
"Original name: Shoeless Joe
Final name: Field of Dreams
For better or worse? Better. Because, what?"

Seriously? Have you never even seen the movie?
 
2014-04-28 11:33:24 AM  
Allegedly, "Tomorrow Never Lies" became "Tomorrow Never Dies" because of a typo on a script copy that the producers decided they liked.

/CSB
 
2014-04-28 11:35:12 AM  
not exactly on point, but Adam Carolla tells a story of he and Jimmy Kimmel having a meeting with I think Ivan Reitman (or was it Harold Ramis?) circa 2003-2004, pitching a screwball comedy about a 40-yr old virgin and how his friend makes it his mission to get the other guy laid (i think Kimmel was the virgin, Carolla the wacky friend).

whichever legendary comedy director it was, the idea was dismissed out of hand.  "a 40 year old virgin?  Audiences will never, ever, ever even buy the premise!  not in these days!  What else do you got?"

and of course, fast forward to 2006 or so.....
 
2014-04-28 11:39:15 AM  

rickythepenguin: not exactly on point, but Adam Carolla tells a story of he and Jimmy Kimmel having a meeting with I think Ivan Reitman (or was it Harold Ramis?) circa 2003-2004, pitching a screwball comedy about a 40-yr old virgin and how his friend makes it his mission to get the other guy laid (i think Kimmel was the virgin, Carolla the wacky friend).

whichever legendary comedy director it was, the idea was dismissed out of hand.  "a 40 year old virgin?  Audiences will never, ever, ever even buy the premise!  not in these days!  What else do you got?"

and of course, fast forward to 2006 or so.....


The original title was: "Sad Man Who Cannot Properly Masturbate and Should Just Kill Himself."


/also, no one wanted to name Blade Runner anything to do with sheep (speaking of typos)
 
2014-04-28 11:39:37 AM  

rickythepenguin: not exactly on point, but Adam Carolla tells a story of he and Jimmy Kimmel having a meeting with I think Ivan Reitman (or was it Harold Ramis?) circa 2003-2004, pitching a screwball comedy about a 40-yr old virgin and how his friend makes it his mission to get the other guy laid (i think Kimmel was the virgin, Carolla the wacky friend).

whichever legendary comedy director it was, the idea was dismissed out of hand.  "a 40 year old virgin?  Audiences will never, ever, ever even buy the premise!  not in these days!  What else do you got?"

and of course, fast forward to 2006 or so.....


And.... That would have sucked it had starred those two.
 
2014-04-28 11:39:59 AM  

rickythepenguin: not exactly on point, but Adam Carolla tells a story of he and Jimmy Kimmel having a meeting with I think Ivan Reitman (or was it Harold Ramis?) circa 2003-2004, pitching a screwball comedy about a 40-yr old virgin and how his friend makes it his mission to get the other guy laid (i think Kimmel was the virgin, Carolla the wacky friend).

whichever legendary comedy director it was, the idea was dismissed out of hand.  "a 40 year old virgin?  Audiences will never, ever, ever even buy the premise!  not in these days!  What else do you got?"

and of course, fast forward to 2006 or so.....


I was in the Army with a guy who didnt lose his virginity til he was like 25. He was brought in a pretty religious household. BONUS- he lost his virginity to a stripper he was dating!

/Pro tip- Let your kids live a little bit so they dont lose their damn minds when they get out on their own.
 
2014-04-28 11:41:57 AM  
I think that the author of the article didn't really research some of the films that heavily, if the whole thing for Pretty Woman is any indication. The movie wasn't originally supposed to be a romantic comedy, it was supposed to be a pretty dark affair.

The Julia Roberts character was supposed to be a drug addict with an abusive pimp and they weren't supposed to end up together in the end, she was going to end up on a bus to DisneyWorld because that was her dream in life. The whole thing was more about this guy buying a woman for a few days and him basically treating her like she was only worth 3 grand. I mean, part of the script has him kicking her out of his car and absolutely zero love to it, so yeah... the title sort of fits.
 
2014-04-28 11:43:08 AM  
Original name: The Corpse Violators
Final name: Weekend At Bernie's

/ this is fun
 
2014-04-28 11:43:35 AM  
Wait... Hobbit 3 changed its name? When did this happen?
 
2014-04-28 11:46:06 AM  
I first read that as Original movies. As in ideas that were an original concept.  I knew that couldn't be right since almost everything is a remake or sequel now.
 
2014-04-28 11:48:46 AM  
Entertainment Weekly: journalism without a gag reflex.
 
2014-04-28 11:49:55 AM  

rickythepenguin: not exactly on point, but Adam Carolla tells a story of he and Jimmy Kimmel having a meeting with I think Ivan Reitman (or was it Harold Ramis?) circa 2003-2004, pitching a screwball comedy about a 40-yr old virgin and how his friend makes it his mission to get the other guy laid (i think Kimmel was the virgin, Carolla the wacky friend).

whichever legendary comedy director it was, the idea was dismissed out of hand.  "a 40 year old virgin?  Audiences will never, ever, ever even buy the premise!  not in these days!  What else do you got?"

and of course, fast forward to 2006 or so.....


One of the best comedies of the previous decade could have starred Adam Carolla but he passed?  Chalk that up to a big farking win.
 
2014-04-28 11:51:49 AM  
Missing from the list, the most important movie ever made:

Snakes on a Plane was at one point going to be called Pacific Air Flight 121, but then thankfully got changed back.
 
2014-04-28 11:52:29 AM  
It must have taken a whole 10 minutes to research and write that and it had the depth of an empty kiddie pool.
 
2014-04-28 11:53:30 AM  

czetie: Allegedly, "Tomorrow Never Lies" became "Tomorrow Never Dies" because of a typo on a script copy that the producers decided they liked.

/CSB


It doesn't make sense unless you know that the villain's newspaper is called "Tomorrow".
 
2014-04-28 11:58:35 AM  

FarkingReading: /also, no one wanted to name Blade Runner anything to do with sheep (speaking of typos)


Plus, you don't dream of sheep, you count sheep to go to sleep. Even the original title doesn't make sense.

flaminio: Wait... Hobbit 3 changed its name? When did this happen?


Just this week. I think they figured "There and Back Again" wouldn't make sense for the third movie in an overly stretched out trilogy since the "There" part was already covered in the previous 7 hours.
 
2014-04-28 12:00:29 PM  
Original name: Truth Bending and Fear Mongering For Fun and Profit.
Final name: An Inconvenient Truth
For better or worse? No one wins with this one except for Al
 
2014-04-28 12:13:00 PM  

Mugato: Plus, you don't dream of sheep, you count sheep to go to sleep. Even the original title doesn't make sense.


Interesting, what it is about sheep that means you don't dream about them then?
 
2014-04-28 12:14:35 PM  

xria: Mugato: Plus, you don't dream of sheep, you count sheep to go to sleep. Even the original title doesn't make sense.

Interesting, what it is about sheep that means you don't dream about them then?


I'm just saying that's the expression.
 
2014-04-28 12:23:59 PM  
Another intern up against a deadline. Are there no editors in electronic "journalism"?
 
2014-04-28 12:30:01 PM  

Mugato: xria: Mugato: Plus, you don't dream of sheep, you count sheep to go to sleep. Even the original title doesn't make sense.

Interesting, what it is about sheep that means you don't dream about them then?

I'm just saying that's the expression.


So you *do* dream of sheep then?

/subscribe
 
2014-04-28 12:31:28 PM  

nmrsnr: "Original name: Shoeless Joe
Final name: Field of Dreams
For better or worse? Better. Because, what?"

Seriously? Have you never even seen the movie?


Actually, we read the book in High school.  But this isn't a content analysis list; it's an off the cuff "devoid of any background, which title sounds better?"

/And Field of Dreams, while hokey, is better, IMHO.
//I remember hearing about that "Revenge/Return of the Jedi" change back in the 80's...
 
2014-04-28 12:35:14 PM  

FarkingReading: rickythepenguin: not exactly on point, but Adam Carolla tells a story of he and Jimmy Kimmel having a meeting with I think Ivan Reitman (or was it Harold Ramis?) circa 2003-2004, pitching a screwball comedy about a 40-yr old virgin and how his friend makes it his mission to get the other guy laid (i think Kimmel was the virgin, Carolla the wacky friend).

whichever legendary comedy director it was, the idea was dismissed out of hand.  "a 40 year old virgin?  Audiences will never, ever, ever even buy the premise!  not in these days!  What else do you got?"

and of course, fast forward to 2006 or so.....

The original title was: "Sad Man Who Cannot Properly Masturbate and Should Just Kill Himself."


/also, no one wanted to name Blade Runner anything to do with sheep (speaking of typos)

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

is the title of the novel the movie is based on. So yes, it was under consideration.
 
2014-04-28 12:36:58 PM  
Original Title: Butthole Bang-Bang
Final Title: Backdoor Sluts #9.
 
2014-04-28 12:39:08 PM  

mekkab: /I remember hearing about that "Revenge/Return of the Jedi" change back in the 80's...


Yeah, revenge isn't very Jedi-like, plus Wrath of Khan (at the time called Vengeance of Khan) was just coming out.
 
2014-04-28 12:40:36 PM  

MessyDwarf: It must have taken a whole 10 minutes to research and write that and it had the depth of an empty kiddie pool.


Research?  If any had been done, the hack would have realized that both Blade Runner and The 13th Warrior's original titles were products of the material they were adapted from.
 
2014-04-28 12:41:44 PM  
They are called 'working titles'.
 
2014-04-28 12:42:32 PM  
First Blood was originally titled Aunt Flo Comes to Teen Town
 
2014-04-28 12:44:14 PM  

mekkab: Actually, we read the book in High school.  But this isn't a content analysis list; it's an off the cuff "devoid of any background, which title sounds better?"


You might have a point if they didn't go into why 3000 made any sense as a title for Pretty Woman.
 
2014-04-28 12:44:32 PM  

Ed Grubermann: Original Title: Butthole Bang-Bang
Final Title: Backdoor Sluts #9.


Original Title: Frontdoor Sluts
Final Title: Backdoor Sluts
 
2014-04-28 12:47:16 PM  

Mugato: FarkingReading: /also, no one wanted to name Blade Runner anything to do with sheep (speaking of typos)

Plus, you don't dream of sheep, you count sheep to go to sleep. Even the original title doesn't make sense.



Actually, P.K. Dick wasn't referring to the act of counting sheep. He was referring to the novel's main theme (one that was totally pitched for the movie) that owning an animal makes you a better person. In the novel, Deckard dreams of having a real horse because in this world where animals have been dropping dead due to humanity's slow destruction of the environment, owning and caring for an animal is considered a requirement-- It's this world's way of "keeping up with the Joneses" and proving you're a good person. Owning a sheep, goat, horse, or other large animal is considered quite the luxury.

Every real person dreams of having a large, real animal to care for... So the title is asking if androids-- electric people-- dream of owning electric sheep.

The movie is great, but it throws out all the deeper themes in favor of basic detective noir thriller stuff. The novel gets into religion, controlling the masses with senseless entertainment, what it is to be human (beyond just BEING human; What you DO to prove and maintain your humanity), and so much more. The movie chucked anything that wasn't part of the android hunt and dumbed everything down significantly.

That said, I still love the movie. But it's NOT the book by any means. All they did was borrow a couple concepts and a few names. They even changed a lot of the names, actually. J.S. Isidore becomes J.F. Sebastian. Rachel Rosen becomes Rachel Tyrell. Roy and Irgaard Baty become just Roy Batty. Deckard's name remains the same,  but they change his location, his domestic situation (in the novel he's married to Iran Deckard), his motivations, and his situation with Rachel. They cut out the Pennfield Mood Organ completely, which is a MAJOR story element in this world (people "dial" emotions from this device, causing them to feel however they choose to feel, with doses of what they're led to believe they "should" feel from time to time, on schedule. This is what makes it possible to compare humans to android in the novel-- They're both "programmed" to feel in the book, but in different ways.)
 
2014-04-28 12:48:10 PM  
Typo, sorry:  It's Irmgard Baty.
 
2014-04-28 12:53:46 PM  

Mugato: mekkab: /I remember hearing about that "Revenge/Return of the Jedi" change back in the 80's...

Yeah, revenge isn't very Jedi-like, plus Wrath of Khan (at the time called Vengeance of Khan) was just coming out.


I remember hearing that a bunch of posters and promotional material was made with "Revenge..." that had to be redone when they changed the title.  There is a move theater around here that still has a "Revenge of the Jedi" poster hanging in the lobby.  I don't know if it is original or not, but a lot of people do a double take: it doesn't look like their know it should, but can't figure out what is wrong until someone points out the title.
 
2014-04-28 12:55:07 PM  
Original name: By the Book
Final name: Renaissance Man


If I recall correctly, this movie was re-released as "By the Book" just a few weeks after it's first theatrical run.

It sucked horribly.
 
2014-04-28 12:55:14 PM  

bingethinker: FarkingReading: rickythepenguin: not exactly on point, but Adam Carolla tells a story of he and Jimmy Kimmel having a meeting with I think Ivan Reitman (or was it Harold Ramis?) circa 2003-2004, pitching a screwball comedy about a 40-yr old virgin and how his friend makes it his mission to get the other guy laid (i think Kimmel was the virgin, Carolla the wacky friend).

whichever legendary comedy director it was, the idea was dismissed out of hand.  "a 40 year old virgin?  Audiences will never, ever, ever even buy the premise!  not in these days!  What else do you got?"

and of course, fast forward to 2006 or so.....

The original title was: "Sad Man Who Cannot Properly Masturbate and Should Just Kill Himself."


/also, no one wanted to name Blade Runner anything to do with sheep (speaking of typos)

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is the title of the novel the movie is based on. So yes, it was under consideration.


Holy shiat. This is one of those moments like when you suddenly realize you've been singing the wrong lyrics to a song your entire life.

I swear to God I always thought it was "electric sleep," not "sheep."

Ha ha. Wow.
 
2014-04-28 12:55:35 PM  

mekkab: nmrsnr: "Original name: Shoeless Joe
Final name: Field of Dreams
For better or worse? Better. Because, what?"

Seriously? Have you never even seen the movie?

Actually, we read the book in High school.  But this isn't a content analysis list; it's an off the cuff "devoid of any background, which title sounds better?"

/And Field of Dreams, while hokey, is better, IMHO.
//I remember hearing about that "Revenge/Return of the Jedi" change back in the 80's...


I ordered a storybook with "revenge" printed on it before the movie came out. Sadly, by the time they were printed, they said "return" instead.
 
2014-04-28 01:04:46 PM  

syberpud: I remember hearing that a bunch of posters and promotional material was made with "Revenge..." that had to be redone when they changed the title. There is a move theater around here that still has a "Revenge of the Jedi" poster hanging in the lobby. I don't know if it is original or not, but a lot of people do a double take: it doesn't look like their know it should, but can't figure out what is wrong until someone points out the title.


yeah, from memory i thiiiiiiiiiiiiiink European markets got the "Revenge" posters but they were never made available (i.e., shipped) to US theaters.  of course they are highly collectible  but yeah, I think the story was they weren't available in the US, just some overseas markets.  something like that.
 
2014-04-28 01:06:48 PM  

xria: Mugato: Plus, you don't dream of sheep, you count sheep to go to sleep. Even the original title doesn't make sense.

Interesting, what it is about sheep that means you don't dream about them then?


I've heard that you can't read in dreams. The characters are just all a jumbled mess if you look at them closely. Maybe sheep are the same way.
 
2014-04-28 01:07:08 PM  
Ah yes... Eaters of the Dead.   The was the name of the original Michael Crighton story, which is essentially a retelling of Beowulf but with fictional footnotes.   Pretty cool book.
 
2014-04-28 01:09:33 PM  
I think they should have gone with Eaters of the Dead over The 13th Warrior... although I enjoyed the movie and quickly identified it as an adaptation of the book.
 
2014-04-28 01:12:55 PM  
the movie "freaked" (with the guy from bill and teds excellent adventure who isn't keanu reeves) was originally titled "hideous mutant freeks" which i think was a good change.

also, that recent stallone/schwarzenegger prison movie was supposed to be called "the tomb" but they changed the name at the last minute to "escape plan."  i like the original title better.
 
2014-04-28 01:13:24 PM  

Nix Nightbird: Mugato: FarkingReading: /also, no one wanted to name Blade Runner anything to do with sheep (speaking of typos)

Plus, you don't dream of sheep, you count sheep to go to sleep. Even the original title doesn't make sense.


Actually, P.K. Dick wasn't referring to the act of counting sheep. He was referring to the novel's main theme (one that was totally pitched for the movie) that owning an animal makes you a better person. In the novel, Deckard dreams of having a real horse because in this world where animals have been dropping dead due to humanity's slow destruction of the environment, owning and caring for an animal is considered a requirement-- It's this world's way of "keeping up with the Joneses" and proving you're a good person. Owning a sheep, goat, horse, or other large animal is considered quite the luxury.

Every real person dreams of having a large, real animal to care for... So the title is asking if androids-- electric people-- dream of owning electric sheep.

The movie is great, but it throws out all the deeper themes in favor of basic detective noir thriller stuff. The novel gets into religion, controlling the masses with senseless entertainment, what it is to be human (beyond just BEING human; What you DO to prove and maintain your humanity), and so much more. The movie chucked anything that wasn't part of the android hunt and dumbed everything down significantly.

That said, I still love the movie. But it's NOT the book by any means. All they did was borrow a couple concepts and a few names. They even changed a lot of the names, actually. J.S. Isidore becomes J.F. Sebastian. Rachel Rosen becomes Rachel Tyrell. Roy and Irgaard Baty become just Roy Batty. Deckard's name remains the same,  but they change his location, his domestic situation (in the novel he's married to Iran Deckard), his motivations, and his situation with Rachel. They cut out the Pennfield Mood Organ completely, which is a MAJOR story element in this world (people "dial" emotions from this device, causing them to feel however they choose to feel, with doses of what they're led to believe they "should" feel from time to time, on schedule. This is what makes it possible to compare humans to android in the novel-- They're both "programmed" to feel in the book, but in different ways.)


I didn't know that. Thank you
 
2014-04-28 01:21:15 PM  

enderthexenocide: also, that recent stallone/schwarzenegger prison movie was supposed to be called "the tomb" but they changed the name at the last minute to "escape plan."  i like the original title better.


I guess they thought "The Tomb" was an inappropriate title for a movie where the two leads both have one foot in the grave (by action hero standards).
 
2014-04-28 01:40:54 PM  

wiwille: Original name: By the Book
Final name: Renaissance Man

If I recall correctly, this movie was re-released as "By the Book" just a few weeks after it's first theatrical run.

It sucked horribly.


My hometown was shown for a minute in that movie when they go to the Shakespeare play. And my barracks roommate was an extra in the chowhall, err umm DFAC scene.
 
2014-04-28 01:50:46 PM  
Lazy intern-written clickbait

One of the guys assigned "Do Androids Dream?" swiped the title 'Blade Runner' from William S Burroughs.  When the producers called him raving about it he had to confess it was a swipe so they immediately contacted Burroughs & cut him a check.  "Blade Runner" also inspired indirectly "RoboCop", was an exec @ MCA/Universal in the early 80's(the OCP stuff is all based on MCA, 'The Old Man' is supposed 2 be Lew Wasserman), "Blade Runner" was using every backlot in town & one morning the execs were watching them filming before a meeting from the executive boardroom @ the top of The Black Tower,  Ed Neumeier asked another guy what it was about & he summed it up as "a cop running around shooting robots"  And thus...

William S Burroughs "Naked Lunch" was titled because Jack Kerouac was typing the manuscript for him & he was thrown by Burroughs' handwriting of "Naked Lust".  Kerouac wanted to cghange it but Burroughs believed in serendipity...
 
2014-04-28 02:15:12 PM  

NewWorldDan: Missing from the list, the most important movie ever made:

Snakes on a Plane was at one point going to be called Pacific Air Flight 121, but then thankfully got changed back.


Sam Jackson threatened to walk if they didn't keep the title Snakes on a Plane, so thank him.
 
2014-04-28 02:19:22 PM  
Original name: Coma Guy
Final name: While You Were Sleeping
For better or worse? Better. Who wants to watch a movie about a coma guy? Well, I mean, who wants to watch a movie about a coma guy that's also called  Coma Guy?

This guy.

img2.wikia.nocookie.net

/What's an ip od?
 
2014-04-28 02:20:19 PM  

Ed Grubermann: Original Title: Butthole Bang-Bang
Final Title: Backdoor Sluts #9.

I think that is good, it certainly was in the oeuvre as 1 thru 8 of the series, at least in spirit, although it shared none of the same cas...er, yes, you made a funny, Ed!

 
2014-04-28 02:29:39 PM  

LoneWolf343: Sam Jackson threatened to walk if they didn't keep the title Snakes on a Plane, so thank him.


Really. Not only is is a great title but Flight....whatever sounds like a terrorist movie.
 
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