Home Alone was initially set to be financed and distributed by Warner Bros. Hughes promised that he could make the movie for less than $10 million, considerably less than most feature film production budgets of that era. Concerned that the film might exceed that amount, Hughes met secretly with 20th Century Fox before production to see if they would fund the project if Warner proved inflexible. According to executive producer Scott Rosenfelt, a copy of the script was \"clandestinely\" delivered to Fox, bypassing the legal restrictions that would have otherwise prevented Fox from seeing it until the project was in turnaround. Early in production, the budget grew to $14.7 million. Warner demanded that it be cut by $1.2 million; the producers responded with a memo arguing that the budget could not be cut any further. Unconvinced, Warner shut down production the next day, but it quickly resumed when Fox took up Hughes on his offer. The final budget grew to $18 million.
Home Alone remains a highly popular Christmas movie in Poland, when it is played on Polsat every Christmas Eve. In 2010, Polsat did not play Home Alone, which caused over 90,000 people to protest on Facebook. In 2016, over 4.44 million Poles tuned in to Polsat to watch Home Alone. Since the 2010s, its TV trailers even include a tagline that acknowledges this popularity: \"Christmas without him It's absolutely impossible!\".
The 1989 French horror thriller film 3615 code Père Noël, which is about a young boy who is home alone with his elderly grandfather and has to fend off a home invader dressed up as Santa Claus, has been noted for its plot similarities to Home Alone. 3615 code Père Noël director René Manzor threatened the producers of Home Alone with legal action on the grounds of plagiarism, alleging that Home Alone was a remake of his film. 3615 code Père Noël was not released in the United States during its original theatrical run in January 1990 and did not become widely available there until 2018.
In December 2015, Culkin reprised his role as an adult Kevin McCallister in the inaugural episode of the Jack Dishel web series, \"DRYVRS\", where a visibly disturbed Kevin recounts his experience of being left home alone by his family. In response to Culkin's video, Daniel Stern appeared in a short video reprising his role as Marv, released in conjunction with Stern's Reddit AMA, where he pleads for Harry to return to help protect him against Kevin's traps.
Films such as Home Alone and Die Hard are very popular at Christmas time in Poland, because they were some of the first Western movies to be released in Poland since the end of communist rule. However, the Polish premiere of \"Home Alone\" took place not during the Christmas season, but on May 22, 1992. Three years later, on Christmas Day (December 25), 1995, at 20:10 CET on TVP1, the Polish television premiere of the film took place. Then three times on December 26, 1997, and December 24 and 25, 1999, the film was broadcast on television TVN.In 29 December 2000, 8.9 million Poles were watching Home Alone on Christmas Eve; At that time, the broadcasting of the film was taken over by the only nationwide TV station, Polsat (TVN was broadcasting terrestrial broadcasts only in larger cities at that time), which continues it every year (with the exception of 2002, when the third part of the film was broadcast on January 1, 2003) to the present. It is Polsat that is mainly responsible for the popularity of the film \"Home Alone\" in Poland. On Polsat from 2000 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2013, the film \"Home Alone\" was broadcast alternatively both during the Christmas season (for the first time on December 24, 2003) and in the period preceding it (then the sequel of the film, i.e. \"Home Alone 2: Lost in New York\" or both films appeared on Polsat in the pre-Christmas or post-Christmas period, but not later than before New Year's Eve. In 2010, Telewizja Polsat did not include the film in the Christmas schedule, which was met with a protest of over 90,000 people on Facebook. Under the pressure of public opinion, Polsat changed its mind, however, broadcasting the film on Christmas Day (December 25) at 20:00 CET and additionally on Boxing Day (December 26) at 12:45 CET.  Starting from 2014 (except for 2015, when the film was broadcast only on Christmas Day, i.e. December 25 at 16:40 CET, the comedy \"Home Alone\" is shown on Polsat every Christmas Eve (December 24) around 20:00 CET.
With Christmas just a few days away, many will be revisiting the holiday classic Home Alone, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. Fans even got a chance to watch the movie in theaters last month with a special two-night screening put together by Fathom Events. But have you ever wondered what happened to the adorable Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin If so, a new web series entitled :DRYVRS has your answer, with Macaulay Culkin returning to reprise his role as an adult Kevin, giving us a glimpse at what his life has become.
The web series stars creator Jack Dishel as a musician who uses a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft, with each episode featuring a different guest star, as we see how the passenger and driver interact. The first episode, entitled Just Me In The House By Myself, stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, a distraught, long-haired adult who doesn't even know how to drive, but is tasked with taking over his wife's duties as a driver. After Kevin doesn't answer a phone call from his mother, he starts telling his passenger all about how his family left him alone over the Christmas holiday when he was just eight years old.
In addition to the first full episode, we also have three photos from the first episode of :DRYVRS. If you're planning on watching Home Alone this holiday season, the first episode of :DRYVRS will serve as a fine companion to that timeless classic. Check out the first episode below, to see how the events of this beloved Christmas movie scarred young Kevin for life, but be warned, there is plenty of adult language in this five-minute episode. Stay tuned for more episodes of :DRYVRS, arriving sometime next year.
One of the most memorable running gags in \"Home Alone\" is when Kevin McCallister uses an old black-and-white movie to do everything from scaring the heck out of the pizza delivery boy to warding off burglars after he's left alone during Christmas.
\"Angels with Filthy Souls,\" which Kevin is finally able to watch when he's mistakenly left home alone after his family goes to Paris for Christmas, was made by director Chris Columbus specifically for \"Home Alone.\"
During a wide-ranging interview that celebrated the 30th anniversary of \"Home Alone,\" Columbus told Insider that he had heard about Rogen and Evans thinking \"Angels with Filthy Souls\" is real. And he has a theory on why it's tricked so many moviewatchers.
\"We also shot the 'Angels with Filthy Souls' scene the same way,\" Columbus said. \"That richness of black and white made it look like a movie from that era and I think that's why some people think it's a real movie.\"
In the early '90s, Stern returned for \"Home Alone 2\" and starred in the two \"City Slickers\" movies, \"Rookie of the Year\" and \"Bushwhacked.\" He continues to make occasional appearances on TV and in movies and played a regular in the TV series, \"Manhattan.\" He's also appeared in the shows \"Angie Tribeca\" and \"Getting On.\" At 62, he's got several more movies in the works.
Catherine O'Hara, who played Kevin's worried and harried mother, Kate McCallister, was a comedic actress in the '70s and '80s, having been a \"SCTV\" cast member. She also played in the movies \"Heartburn,\" \"After Hours,\" \"Double Negative\" and \"Beetlejuice\" by the time \"Home Alone\" debuted.
Heard appeared in \"Awakenings,\" \"Gladiator\" and \"The Pelican Brief\" and played recurring TV roles in \"The Sopranos,\" \"CSI: Miami\" and \"Prison Break.\" But he himself admits he hasn't lived up to the potential of his early career. (Note: He starred in the popular, campy TV movie smash \"Sharknado\" in 2013 with fellow actors past their expiration date, Tara Reid and Ian Ziering.)
\"See that garbage can full of salt That's where he keeps his victims. The salt turns the bodies... into mummies.\" -Buzz McCallisterRoberts Blossom played Old Man Marley, a Boo Radley of sorts to the McCallister kids in \"Home Alone\" who actually turned out to be a kind, gentle man. Blossom had played before in \"Slaughterhouse Five\" and \"Close Encounters of the Third Kind,\" among dozens of other TV and movie roles.
Of course, there's Kevin's twerpy older brother, Buzz, who threatened to feed Kevin to his tarantula. Devin Ratray appeared in 1989's \"Little Monsters\" with Daniel Stern before bullying Kevin in the first two \"Home Alone\" movies.
Candy's career slumped in the early '90s, though he landed a serious role in Oliver Stone's \"JFK\" and reprised his comedic career in the Disney film about a Jamaican bobsled team, \"Cool Runnings.\"Candy died of a heart attack in 1994 in Mexico, where he was filming a movie. He was 43.
Maronna is now more of a backstage guy, serving as an electrician for dozens of hit movies and TV shows, but he did play a prominent role in 2002's \"Slackers\" with Jason Segel, Devon Sawa, Jason Schwartzman and Laura Prepon.
Larry Hankin played the small role of Officer Balzak, who fielded Kate's frantic phone call when she panics about Kevin being left at home. \"Home Alone\" was the third John Hughes movie in which he appeared, following \"Planes, Trains and Automobiles\" and \"She's Having a Baby.\" He also played a major part in \"Escape from Alcatraz\" with Clint Eastwood.
Larry Hankin has appeared in almost everything you've ever watched. His credits include *big inhale*: \"Laverne and Shirley,\" \"WKRP in Cincinnati,\" \"Family Ties,\" \"Hill Street Blues,\" \"Newhart,\" \"Pretty Woman,\" \"Dragnet,\" \"L.A. Law,\" \"Mad About You,\" \"Married With Children,\" \"Billy Madison,\" \"Star Trek: Voyager,\" \"Ellen,\" \"Friends,\" \"My Name is Earl,\" \"Breaking Bad\" and \"CSI,\" among countless other movies and TV shows.He also played Tom Pepper in \"Seinfeld,\" who played Kramer in the show's pilot within the show. George Costanza got into a big fight with him about raisins and Kramer was jealous that someone else was playing him in Jerry's show. He is 79. 59ce067264