Courteney Cox as: Gale Weathers
Release Date: 4 February 2000 (Canada)
Gale: Deja voodoo.
Gale: I’m sorry that things didn’t work out with Brad Pitt, but being single, that’s a pretty good fallback.
Jennifer: It gives me more time for my work. After all, Gale Weathers, you’re such a complex character.
Gale: And to be played by an actress with such depth and range.
Gale:Jennifer: Gale Weathers!
Gale:Gale: [says quietly] Shit.
Jennifer: I know we’ve never met… and I know you never returned my phone call, but after getting into this project, I feel like I’m in your mind.
Gale: Hmm, that would explain my constant headaches.
Jennifer: You know, I’m sorry things didn’t work for 60 minutes II, but Total Entertainment, that’s a pretty good fallback.
Gale:Thank you. I’m sorry things didn’t work out with Brad Pitt, but being single, that’s a good fallback.
Jennifer: Gives me more time for my work. After all, Gale Weathers, you’re such a complex character.
Gale: And to be played by an actress with such depth and range…
Dewey: Surprise. Surprise. Someone dies and Gale comes running.
[Jennifer is studying Gale in order to play her character]
Jennifer: The ruthless ambition, your private self-loathing, and that lost and lonely little girl inside.
Gale: Lost and lonely what?
Jennifer: You heard me.
Gale: Lost and lonely what?
Tom: Hey. It’s the real Gale Weathers.
Gale: Real from top to bottom.
Gale: I did write the definitive book on the Woodsboro Murders.
Dewey: And I’m sure you just can’t wait to write another one.
Dewey: The killer called her.
Gale: What’d he say?
Sidney: Oh you know the usual small talk. “What’s new?” “How you been?” “How do you wanna die?”
Gale Weathers: Hey, are you…?
Bianca Burnette: No.
Jennifer Jolie: But you look just…
Bianca Burnette: …like her? I’ve been hearing it all my life.
Jennifer Jolie: It’s uncanny.
Bianca Burnette: I was up for Princess Leia. I was this close. So, who gets it? The one who sleeps with George Lucas.
Gale Weathers: I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to bring up a sore subject for you.
Bianca Burnette: Sure, you didn’t. None of them did. So, how can I help you? Or do you want me to tell you who you look like?
Jennifer: The way I see it, I’ve got no house, no bodyguard, no movie, and I’m being stalked. Because someone wants to kill me? No, because someone wants to kill you. So now, starting now, I go where you go. That way, if someone wants to kill me, I’ll be with you, and since he really wants to kill you, he won’t kill me, he’ll kill you. Make sense?
Gale Weathers: NONE
Gale: What the hell are you doing?
Jennifer: Being Gale Weathers! What are you doing?
Gale: I *am* Gale Weathers!
Jennifer: Here’s how I see it. I’ve got no house, no bodyguard, no movie and I’m being stalked. Because someone wants to kill me? No, because someone wants to kill you. So, now, starting now, I go where you go. So that if someone wants to kill me, I’ll be with you and since they really wanna kill you, they won’t kill me, they’ll kill you, make sense?
Gale: [shouts] None!
Jennifer: You know in the movies, I play you as being much smarter!
Gale: And as a sane person, for you that must be quite a stretch!
Jennifer: That’s funny.
Jennifer: Need to get in that building?
Jennifer: Is there a story in that building?
[interrupting a moment between Dewey and Gale]
Jennifer Jolie: [shouting] What the fuck happened to you?
Dwight ‘Dewey’ Riley: Jennifer, wait a minute.
Jennifer Jolie: Who gave you a place to stay? Who are you supposed to be protecting?
Dwight ‘Dewey’ Riley: Jennifer.
[Jennifer slugs Dewey]
Gale Weathers: Hey!
[Gale slugs Jennifer]
Jennifer Jolie: My. Lawyer. Liked. That.
Gale Weathers: Not as much as I did.
Bianca Burnette: [Referring to the search being made on Sydney’s mother’s past] If they’re looking for Maureen Roberts, they’re never gonna find her. Rina Reynolds they will.
Jennifer Jolie: Rina Reynolds… stage name.
Bianca Burnette: You should talk, Judy Jurgenstern.
[Gale giggles as Jennifer glances in embarrasment]
Jennifer: Is he dead?
[as Gale looks at Jay’s bloody body]
• A special makeup-effects man working with “Tyson” on the set of Stab 3 is named Stan, a possible reference to legendary makeup-FX man Stan Winston.
• The house used during the climax, where most of the killing takes place, is the same house used as a school in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).
• The empty cinematographer’s chair on the “Stab 3” set has the name of the actual Scream 3 (2000) cinematographer, Peter Deming.
• Throughout the movie the actors and actresses complain about the rewrites and the three different scripts for Stab 3. These complaints actually originated with the cast of Scream 3 (2000), because of frequent rewrites and three different endings.
• Gale mentions Jennifer’s relationship with Brad Pitt. Courteney Cox’s “Friends” (1994) costar Jennifer Aniston was married to Brad Pitt.
• Set a record in its opening weekend for number of screens in the U.S.: 3,467 (later surpassed by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) with 3,762).
• Jay and Silent Bob, the popular drug dealer characters from Kevin Smith’s movies, appear as tourists visiting Sunrise Studios who spot Gail Weathers and mistake her for Connie Chung.
• Director Cameo: [Wes Craven] can be seen dressed as a tourist walking behind Jay and Silent Bob, outside the “Stab 3” set.
• The Song “Red Right Hand” is played in all three of the movies.
• The horror film rules for a continued sequel as stated in the film are: (1) the killer has got be super human – stabbing or shooting won’t be enough to finish him off (2) anyone, including the main character, can die (3) the past will come back to haunt you. Later in the film, Detective Mark Kincaid remarks “All I know about movie trilogies is in the third one, all bets are off”.
Compared to its two predecessors, “Scream 3” used the least amount of artificial blood. Its tally of 10 gallons compares with 50 gallons for the first film and 30 for the second.
Body count: 10
It took $34.7 million in its opening weekend, the most any film had ever earned during the January-April period at the time, and the most Miramax had ever earned for any debuting film.
Wes Craven only agreed to direct the film after Miramax allowed him to helm the inspirational drama Music of the Heart (1999).
Roman Bridger (Scott Foley), the director of the ‘movie within the movie’, complains that he had to make a horror film before he was allowed to make a classic love story. Something similar happened to director Wes Craven himself: he had to agree to do Scream 3 (2000) before he was allowed to make the musical drama Music of the Heart (1999).
Miramax was so concerned about protecting the movie’s plot secrets that no journalists were allowed to see the finished film until two days before it opened.
Wes Craven filmed three different endings and didn’t tell the cast which one he was going to use.
The film’s original website was a spoof website for Sunrise Studios, the fictional company making “Stab 3”, complete with a production list of upcoming films and cast bios of its “Stab 3” stars.
It was only after English actress Emily Mortimer had been cast that the production discovered that she didn’t have a permit to work in the States. Mortimer was flown to Canada where she was able to obtain the correct permit just as production got underway.
“Scream 3” never had a public test screening. The cast and crew only had their first chance to see the finished product at the premiere because of fears of spoilers being put out on the Internet.
The main house where most of the actors hang out in actually belongs to “Grease” (1978) director Randal Kleiser.
Ehren Kruger was frantically rewriting while filming had started.
Patrick Dempsey was hired the day before shooting began. He had one night to learn three big dialog-heavy scenes.
Neve Campbell was concurrently shooting “Drowning Mona” and ‘Party of Five’ during the production of “Scream 3”. As her character in “Drowning Mona” had long, streaked hair, she had to wear a wig to play Sidney Prescott, one that took 2 hours to apply each morning.
Another idea for Jamie Kennedy to reprise his character Randy Meeks was to have him survive the stabbing in “Scream 2”. His family had whisked him away to anonymity to help him recover and keep him safe. This was ultimately deemed to be too far-fetched so Randy was resurrected via a post-mortem video appearance instead.
Carrie Fisher helped rewrite some of her lines.
Liev Schreiber insisted that Cotton Weary should shrug off his white jacket in the opening teaser. This was mainly because Schreiber had been doing a lot of working out at the time and wanted to show off his pecs!
Scott Foley’s feature film debut.
During the studio tour, the tour guide mention’s that the next stop on the tour is the set of “Seinfeld” (1990). Patrick Warburton, who plays Steven Stone in the movie, was famous for role as David Puddy on “Seinfeld” (1990).
During Randy’s taped message to Sydney, Dewey and Gale, he refers to the Star Wars trilogy. Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy, has an in-joke cameo in the movie as ‘Bianca’, the studio archive keeper, a former actress who is still mad at losing the Princess Leia role to Fisher, who (‘Bianca’ reveals) slept with George Lucas to get the part.
Lance Henriksen’s director character shares the same name as the famous 17th century English writer. The author John Milton is best known for his poem “Paradise Lost.” In “Paradise Lost”, Satan deceives Adam and Eve to choose temptation over God’s Eden. Their decision leaves them expelled from Eden, forever corrupted. “Paradise Lost” suggests the debate concerning whether it is better to be bad than good. Director John Milton in Scream 3 (2000) dupes Maureen Prescott into believing that she can become successful in Hollywood by performing sexual favors. In a similar fashion as Adam and Eve, she loses her innocence to false promises of grandeur, receiving only bit parts in Milton’s films. As a result of her corruption by Milton, Maureen Prescott fully embraces promiscuity as evident by the Scream trilogy storyline.
Slipknot’s “Wait and Bleed” is on the soundtrack. Slipknot is known for wearing masks.
The bathroom Sidney finds Angelina in on the set of “Stab 3” is the same bathroom used when Sidney is attacked in the original _Scream_. You can tell by position of doors and soap dispenser design.
Neve Campbell made a deal which stated that she could have been on set just for 20 days, which is also why she isn’t as predominant a character as she is in the other films.
Throughout the film Sydney can be seen to be wearing the Greek letters around her neck that were given to her by her boyfriend Derrick, in Scream 2 (1997), shortly before he was killed.
Between Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 3 (2000), David Arquette and Courteney Cox (two of the five actors who feature in all the Scream movies) got married. They met on the set of the first movie, were an item whilst shooting the second and by the third they were married. Courteney added ‘Arquette’ to the end of her name, as can be seen in the credits. Courteney and David had to cut their honeymoon short to begin filming Scream 3 (2000).
Kate Winslet, Shannen Doherty and Charisma Carpenter were all close contenders for the part of Christine. Kelly Rutherford got the part.
The green outfit worn by Parker Posey while on set is the same one worn by Courteney Cox in the first movie. All sets for “Stab 3” were replicas of the originals since the sets were destroyed after _Scream (1996)_ wrapped.
Parker Posey plays actress Jennifer *Jolie* while Emily Mortimer portrays actress *Angelina* Tyler.
Tyson Fox says that Cotton Weary’s murderer was “probaby some Stab-fan pissed off they killed Randy in ‘Stab 2’.” This is a reference to Scream-fanatics being so upset that Randy Meeks was killed in Scream 2 (1997), that Wes Craven got hate-emails at his official website. This was also the root to the idea of Randy surviving the events of “Scream 2” as a twist, which was later turned into a video-recording.