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Where is Gemma Arterton in The Wrath of the Titans?

I've just been to see Wrath of the Titans, Gemma Arterton is credited very highly however I did not see her in a single scene? Is she in the film? If so where? If not why is she credited?
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First Hollywood (or at least made in USA) movie where Russian dialog was spoken by Russian speaking actor?

I was wondering what the first movie (made in USA) was where a character speaking Russian was played by an actor for whom Russian was a fluent (though not necessarily first) language, spoken with no ...
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Why did they change the child actress portraying Lily twice?

I am watching Modern family and I am currently on season 3. In Modern family, season 1 Lily is played by Jaden. In season 2 by Ella Hiller and from season 3 Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. What is the reason ...
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Did Christian Bale star in “A Midsummer Night's Dream” (1981)?

Christian Bale is said to be in the BBC's 1981 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. However, after watching it over and over again. I can't find him. I think he is one of the little boys but I am ...
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Why was the game designer actor replaced in the show Level Up?

On the Cartoon Network show Level Up they changed the actor that plays Max Ross the creator of Level Up. In the movie he was one guy and now for the series he is someone else. It seemed that the ...
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How did Patrick Moore come to be the GamesMaster?

GamesMaster was a British television show, screened on Channel 4 from 1992 to 1998, and was the first ever UK television show dedicated to computer and video games. The show featured astronomer and ...
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Are there differences in the ways/rationales that movies cast real persons to play “themselves?”

One situation is when the movie features a famous person, especially with a relatively small part. I have a recollection of (former Secretary of State) Henry Kissinger in such a role. This is what I ...
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Is there any criteria for selection of James bond?

We have seen many actors playing "James Bond". So is there any criteria that actor has to fill in order to be James bond.
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How did Movie 43 get so many big name stars?

Movie 43 is a basic comedy shtick driven movie that seems to be directed at the humor level that teenage boys are supposed to have. It's not an entirely new type of movie following pretty much the ...
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What happened to the first actor to play Dan?

On the TV show Lucifer, why was the role of Chloe's ex husband recast? In the pilot he was played by a different actor to the full series. The new actor is shown in this picture.
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Is it possible to get an A-lister into a big-budget movie without anybody knowing?

Could a studio realistically disguise until the premiere the presence of an A-list actor in a small but non-trivial part in a movie they would not be expected to be involved in? Presumably if they're ...
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Why was Michael Gambon's Dumbledore allowed to be so much more assertive than Richard Harris'?

Richard Harris' portrayal of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series was a very frail wispy old man. In the third movie, when Michael Gambon stepped in, they did a very good job of making him look ...
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Is there something behind Alyson Stoner's appearance in only odd numbered sequels of step up films?

In Step Up (film series), Alyson Stoner only appeared in the 1st film, then 3rd film, and now she is confirmed for 5th film. In some speculation I have heard that she is only going to appear in odd ...
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Why do TV series creators prefer to remove characters rather than recast them?

Actors playing roles on TV series occasionally leave the series after a while, for various reasons. I've noticed that, at least in the last few decades, that usually results in the character leaving ...
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Why were there so many repeat performances in Columbo?

Watching Columbo reruns I noticed that a lot of actors have repeat performances in different episodes portraying different characters. This page has a big list of such actors, one of them played as ...
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What was the reason for Terry Markwells departure from Mission: Impossible?

The episode "The Fortune" (S01E12) of the 1988 run of Mission: Impossible sees the death of primary team member Casey Randall (Terry Markwell) and the introduction of Jane Badler's Shannon Reed, who ...
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Why did so many different actors end up playing Quatermass?

Quatermass was a british rocket scientist in a pioneering series of early television science fiction on the BBC. There were originally three series (incidentally broadcast live to camera) with a forth ...
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Is there a website with stats on male versus female leading roles in movies?

In Hollywood, are there more main roles for male actors than female (actresses)? Are there generally more roles for male actors than female (not just leading ones)? It probably depends on the genre. ...
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What is the first instance of people filing a petition against casting a character?

These days people are very serious about the live action adaptation of their favorite character from comic books or novels. Some fans even file online petitions to request a change in the character's ...
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Why did Werner Herzog play Zec?

While watching Jack Reacher I realized that Werner Herzog was playing the role of Zec. But why would such a famous arthouse director (whom I remember of not being particularly fond of mainstream ...
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Why couldn't “Doctor Strange” cast a Chinese actress for the Ancient One, but make the character non-Tibetan? [closed]

In the Doctor Strange comics, the titular character is trained by "the Ancient One", who is a Tibetan mystic. An interview with co-writer C. Robert Cargill noted that if they kept this origin, China ...
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Was Matt Dillon the first choice for Carl?

For the movie 'You, Me, and Dupree', was Matt Dillon the first choice to play Carl? Reason I ask: Owen Wilson as Dupree and Kate Hudson as Molly make the movie. But I wonder if the person in charge ...
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Is there any reason for the absence of Walt in Lost?

In Lost, mostly all the dead and non dead characters return for the last season. But Walt didn't return for it, he didn't even appear in Lost: Missing Pieces episode, Room 23 which was even about ...
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Why is Raymond K. Hessel an Asian man with an accent in Fight Club?

In the movie Fight Club, is there a plot-related reason that Raymond K. Hessel is portrayed by Joon Kim, a South Korean national with a very noticeable Asian accent? The surname Hessel seems to be ...
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Why wasn't Tobey Maguire in The Amazing Spider-Man?

In the Spider-Man franchise, Tobey Maguire is an outstanding performer as a Spider-Man and also reprised his role in the sequels Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3. He also provided the voice of Spider-Man ...
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Why does Joss Whedon use the same actors so frequently?

When I watch Joss Whedon's shows I'm very aware of how often the same actors appear. Here's a quick list of ones I've spotted. Eliza Dushku - Dollhouse and Buffy/Angel Alexis Denisof - Buffy/Angel ...
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What was the biggest actor-actress height mismatch in a romantic feature film?

It is a well-known fact that lead actor-actress pairings have not always resulted in good height matches. What was the biggest actor-actress height mismatch in a romantic feature film? ...
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Most direct family members in a film?

Which film has the most actors that are direct family members? To be fair, lets exclude non-significant crowd roles.
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Showtime series “The Tudors” casting question

Just finished watching the complete Showtime series "The Tudors". I very much enjoyed the show. One of my complaints is the actor whom played Henry VIII. I am not discrediting the young man's ...
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Is Dr. Ratha's role similar to some comic counterpart or is it kept only for popularity of the actor?

In The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Dr. Rajit Ratha's role played by Irrfan Khan, which appear to me an open end character. Is his role similar to some Comic counterpart or is it kept to earn from the ...
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Do stars of original series get royalties for reboots or remakes?

While this may be a bit subjective, the recent remake of Roots, produced by the original star, Levar Burton, got me to think. Is it common, or even heard of, for an actor or star to get royalties for ...
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Why was Billy Crudup Not Credited in “The Watch”?

In "The Watch" from 2012, Billy Crudup plays a creepy neighbor. He has a lot of dialog, and several important/pivotal scenes in which he directly interacts with the main characters. Why was he not ...
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What non-actor did the director Robert Bresson cast as the French king?

I read (in a New Yorker article, "Clio at the Multiplex," many years ago) that the French director Robert Bresson made a movie about Joan of Arc, cast with non-professional actors, called The Trial of ...
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Is there a website showing membership stats for casting sites for actors?

Is there a website or organisation which shows membership stats for online casting sites for actors? i.e. How many members does Actors Access/CCP/LA Casting etc have? I'm putting together a research ...
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Was “Big Lob” originally supposed to be a licensed sports personality?

In the animated G.I. Joe the Movie, basketball-player-turned-Joe "Big Lob" (voiced by Brad Sanders) is introduced. He has the number "14" on his jersey. Hasbro has used licensed personalities as ...
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Any known cases of a person appearing in one reality TV show as having one career but later in another reality TV show as having a different career?

This question is not about following types of reality TV shows: "Big Brother" or "Jersey Shore" were the portrayed individuals are recognized as "actors"/"participants". "Cops" where the portrayed ...
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Why does S06E08 feature so many guest stars?

The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "The Gang Gets a New Member" (S06E08) features three significantly famous actors/comedians in guest roles, that being Jason Sudeikis as former group ...
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Why so many British actors in American productions?

As a viewer from a non-Anglophone country, I noticed that there is a quite high proportion of British actors in American films and TV shows. They often portray British characters: a handful of agents ...
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Is Extant only the SECOND national primetime scripted TV-drama with a female African-American lead?

Is Extant only the SECOND national primetime scripted TV show with an African-American female lead? I'm looking specifically for mainstream networks. To be explicit, BET is not that - talkshow and ...
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Why do the best chefs in the world go on Masterchef?

In the latest (UK) series, Ferran AdriĆ  was prominently featured tasting the contestants food, possibly the most famous in a long line of critically acclaimed multi Michelin starred chefs. Presumably ...
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What's the word for an actor not getting a part in a movie?

What's the word for an actor not getting a part in a movie?? It's like some verb, it starts with an S. It's not scooped, but something like that. There's an entire website about actors getting ...
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Movie Database API [closed]

Does anyone know of an open source movie database (such as Imdb) or an api that I could plug my project in to in order to extract credits, cast listing or movie posters/trailers etc?
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List of actors looked at for Tony's role

I know Steven Van Zandt and Ray Liotta were looked at for the role of Tony Soprano on The Sopranos; however, has anyone come across or know of a complete listing of all actors considered for this ...
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What was Max Pomeranc's role in Definitely, Maybe, and in which scene was he?

Max Pomeranc, known for his role as Josh Waitzkin in Searching for Bobby Fischer/The Innocent Moves, was apparently in Definitely, Maybe. Who was he? In which scene was he?
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Why was Edward Norton replaced by Mark Ruffalo in “The Avengers”? [duplicate]

In the movie The Incredible Hulk, there was a scene with Tony Stark having a conversation with Bruce Banner who was played by Edward Norton. So why didn't Joss Whedon choose him in his movie The ...
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Why kids are allowed to play in Caligula (1979) movie?

Why kids are allowed in Caligula (1979) movie? Actually Caligula (1979) is pure adult movie, even i can clearly saw sexual activity involved in the film. There is a scene: where womans with bare ...
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Harvey Dent black?

I was watching Tim Burton's Batman series and found out that Harvey Dent was played by a black man but he is played by a white guy in Nolan's series. What race is Harvey Dent portrayed as in the ...