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April 25, 2017
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Trivia Question

In which other film does the freeway ramp from La La Land host a pivotal scene?

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Answer to Trivia

In the opening sequence of La La Land, a freeway jam turns into a musical number as the participants celebrate the virtues of living in the near-optimal climes of southern California. If you pay close attention to the words of Another Day of Sun, you will find that pretty much the entire film is laid out in the song.

Before the freeway ramp was home to singing and dancing motorists, another film featured it in the limelight. Back in 1994's Speed, Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock jumped the bus over a missing section of a freeway that was still under construction.

Don't worry though, the missing part of the freeway was removed in post-production and the big stars were never in any real danger. On the set of La La Land filmmakers had another danger to deal with. Temperatures on the day of filming soared in excess of 109 degrees Fahrenheit.

The cast and crew survived and the rest is an iconic opening to a new musical classic. La La Land is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4k UHD.

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