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Why does Rust keep checking for his pulse?

The character Rust, played by Mathew McConaughey in the TV series True Detective, Season 1, has quite a number of quirks or ticks. One of them is to check his pulse at times. His hand reaches out to ...
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Background character in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

In Catching Fire, Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch and Effie are taken to the capitol. While Haymitch gives the Tributes his "forget everything you think you know about the games" speech there is some ...
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How much money did Charlie Harper have?

This is quite tricky to figure out, and I am not looking for a specific number, but for a approximation. As you know, Charlie (nearly) always had a lot of money to spend, but a few hints suggest that ...
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Why did Deborah start a relationship with Bailey?

At the end of Once Upon a Time in America, when Noodles visits Deborah and asks her about Senator Bailey (who later turns out to be Max), she first denies to know him but shortly after we learn that ...
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Is Russell Crowe in the opening scene of Beverly Hills Cop?

Just after Beverly Hills Cop starts it shows some parts of Detroit. About 1:45 in the movie appear 3 people looking at the street and it looks like one of them (the left one) is Russell Crowe. I ...
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Role of the priest in the detention center

While Finch enquired about what happened in the detention centre in V for Vendetta, they came to realise that the priest was the highest paid staff there. But eventually I think it's not clear why ...
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Why does Walt go by Heisenberg?

In Breaking Bad, Walter White chooses to go by Heisenberg. I know that there has to be some significance behind both why Walt chose the name and why the writers chose that name as opposed to any other ...
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Significance of Gabriel Engel's name

The antagonist from Antibodies (orig.: Antikörper) carries the name Gabriel Engel. Given that "Engel" means "angel", this name is likely not just a coincidence and seems to refer to the Archangel ...
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Why do so many Cary Grant films show him in a shower?

I notice that a great many of Cary Grant films show him in a shower, bathroom or bathhouse, with or without clothes on. Was this supposed to be some 'trademark' of his at the time that his fans have ...
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Why did his sister make a scary face?

I am taking about After Earth. In the scene the boy was sleeping on his hand-made raft and his dream was being shown. After hearing the conversation I think that the boy wanted to talk to his sister ...
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Would a director revive a dead character for a sequel?

Scarface's director regretted killing Tony Montana. He didn't know that the movie would have such success; he could have used the character to create a sequel. Is it possible to revive someone who ...
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Why did James Moriarty decide to end it this way?

At the end of Sherlock S02E03 it simply doesn't make sense for me that James Moriarty killed himself. I mean, for me there is nothing greater than life, so why would he kill himself? I understand ...
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Television crossover episodes between networks?

It can be somewhat common among spinoff series or when cross promotion is desired, for characters from one series to appear in episodes of another series. This has most recently been seen in some of ...
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Association between antagonists in Iron Man 1 and Iron Man 3

I was wondering if there was any relation between the villains of the first and third movie of the franchise. In Iron Man 1, the terrorists who abduct Tony belong to a group called the Ten Rings. ...
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Was J. Gatsby a shallow, superficial man?

My friend and I were having a discussion about The Great Gatsby and Mr. J. Gatsby in particular. My friend opines that he is a superficial man because all he cared about was wealth and showing off. ...
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What can someone use to give them 'Godfather cheeks'?

You know the story. Someone tells you the great news that they're expecting, and the even better news that they want you to be the Godfather. Your natural response is to look the part. But how? ...
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How did Napoleon Wilson come to his name?

As a big fan of John Carpenter's classic of urban terror Assault on Precinct 13 I always wondered (together with the rest of the characters) why Napoleon Wilson is called that way. It is made clear ...
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Why does Ron Swanson work at the Parks Department?

For me, it not really clear why Ron Swanson is working at the Parks Department: Ron hates the government. Ron has a lot of money. (He mentions several times that he has buried gold.) He doesn't like ...
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Why does the president of the Federation look like a Klingon?

I always wonder why the president of the Federation in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country looks very similar to a Klingon. He has the characteristic high hairline, this "Fu Manchu moustache" and, ...
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What is the reason for Brunhild's suicide?

At the end of Fritz Lang's 1924 silent movie Die Nibelungen: Siegfried, when Kriemhild enters the minster, she sees that Brunhild has commited suicide at the corpse of Siegfried, calmly remarking ...
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How does copyright work for pre-existing character/work?

Do film studio have to acquire rights for a public domain character or they can use them freely? I mean characters like Hercules, Thor, Social figures or fairy tale characters or any other ...
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What motivated Mr. Smith to carry on?

During the course of The Way Back, when the company is traveling through the Gobi Desert Mr. Smith seems reluctant and unable to go on and is about to give up and die (maybe also in part because of ...
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What is the average life expectancy of Middle-Earth inhabitants?

I realize that some of this can be pieced together through recurring characters of the movies, but I wonder if anyone knows how long the different races are supposed to live? What is the average life ...
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Why does Sherlock think Billy Kincaid is a good man?

In The Sign of Three Sherlock said Billy Kincaid the best man he ever knew. Following was his quote about Billy Billy Kincaid, the Camden Garrotter, best man I ever knew. Vast contributions to ...
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What exactly he wanted to make by killing girls or he wants to store the smell of that girl (first girl he killed)?

In the movie Perfume: The Story of a Murderer it's like he liked the first girl's fragrance so much so he just tried to smell her closely, but why does he keep on killing other girls? Was he getting ...
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Why did Susan's hair change colour?

In Monsters VS Aliens when Susan begins to grow in the church her hair changes from black to white. Throughout the movie (including when she's temporally reduced back to normal size), her hair keeps ...
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Who is the third girl in “Black Swan”?

In the 2010 movie Black Swan, Nina and Lily are the two main characters, but a couple of times in the movie, a third girl pops up out of nowhere. I cannot find any information about who this third ...
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John Cale's knowledge of the involvement of 3rd parties

In the movie James Woods was the one behind the terrorist attack; but how did John Cale come to know about the involvement of the "Speaker of the House of Representatives"? How did John Cale know ...
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Was the creation of the little red haired girl inspired by a childhood crush?

In Charlie Brown, was the creation of "The Little Red Haired Girl" inspired by a Charles Schulz' childhood crush?
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Are Kaijus alien creatures or Earth based animals?

As per the size of the Kaiju, they seemed like they could be monsters from Earth, but in the movie they showed that they may be alien too. So I just want to know, what exactly are these Kaijus?
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Movies & TV That Predicted a Black President [closed]

I can recall some TV series and films that had black presidents (USA) before Barack Obama became president in 2009. For example, David Palmer is President of the USA in 24 and Morgan Freeman plays a ...
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Firefly references on Castle

I have begun watching Castle (in rerun) and have a chuckle every time there is a Firefly reference made. Nathan Fillion always gives a little smirk/wink. Season 4, episode 16 - Setup: Martha asks ...
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What is the significance of “The Girl in Red” in Schindler's List?

"The Girl in Red" is a character talked about as much as the movie itself! However, I don't exactly understand the significance of the character itself and the usage of the color. Wikipedia ...
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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 the role of Colonel Race true to the novel?

Having seen Death on the Nile for many times, it only occured to me recently that the role of Colonel Race, played by David Niven, doesn't seem to serve much more than being a slightly more "socially ...
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Why name Bob after Robert Mapplethorpe in Bottle Rocket?

In Bottle Rocket, Robert Musgrave's character is named Bob Mapplethorpe after the infamous photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe. Why did Wes Anderson or Owen Wilson choose this particular name? Were ...
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In the Dark Knight, what is the Chechen's fate?

In The Dark Knight after the Joker burns the money, he threatens to feed the Chechen to the dogs if he doesn't fall in line. But after that, he is not mentioned again. Anyone heard his final fate?
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Is Walter White dead?

In the last episode, they don't actually show Walter White dying. They only show him lying on the floor. Is it possible for them to continue the story from there?
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Why does Frank peel off the labels from bottles and things?

Catch Me If You Can's fictionalized version of Frank W. Abagnale Jr. uses to peel off labels from things. While in certain cases this is part of his check frauds (especially the Pan Am labels), he ...
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When do we first learn that Martine suffers from tuberculosis in Monte Walsh?

In the 1970 Lee Marvin western, Monte Walsh, the eponymous protagonist learns rather suddenly that his woman, Martine, is dead. This caught me completely by surprise and led me to believe that this ...
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How did Red get approval for rehabilitation? [duplicate]

In Shawshank Redemption, Red receives parole after serving 40 years in Shawshank. In the beginning of movie it is shown that Red's plea for rehabilitation got rejected multiple times. When Andy ...
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How did the bullet lodged in his brain affect Bazil in Micmacs?

In Micmacs, Bazil is the protagonist of the story, initially a Tarantino-like video store clerk, and later the mastermind of a revenge plot. One of the reasons for his quest for revenge is the fact ...
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What was Petit Pierre's contribution to the scheme in Micmacs?

In Micmacs, each member of Bazil's crew has a speciality. This includes Petit Pierre who can build impressive stuff (like automatons) out of just about anything. Each member assists in Bazil's plots ...
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What type of mental illness does Nina suffer from?

What type of mental illness does Nina suffer from? It looks like she has schizophrenia. Her mother also appears to be unwell or just extremely overbearing.
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Is Frances a bad dancer? Or is it Greta?

In the film, Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig plays the titular character who happens to be an apprentice dancer in a professional dance company and later, a choreographer. The movie is sprinkled with a ...
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How is George Stark related to the twin?

During the course of The Dark Half we learn that the killer is actually George Stark, an alter ego that Thad Beaumont invented in order to publish books not to be brought in relation with his name. ...
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What is the name of Master Shifu in the Chinese dub of Kung Fu Panda?

Master Shifu is a supporting character in the Kung Fu Panda (franchise). But seeing as to how his name is something of a tautonym (shifu means master in Mandarin), what is used for his name in the ...
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What was the role of Jackie Costigan?

Billy Costigan's uncle Jackie is mentioned in The Departed with Queenan and Dignam, then again during Sullivan's briefing scene. How was he important to Frank Costello's crew?
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End result for Jim Cunningham - motivational speaker

What was the end result for Jim Cunningham (the 'motivational speaker' played by Patrick Swayze) in Donnie Darko? After Donnie completes his task to revert the time-line to the original 'correct' one ...
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Oracle's motives in the Matrix trilogy

What does the Oracle wish for? Disorder? If she supports humans then she should help destroy the Matrix. If she does not, then she should mislead Neo and make the machines win. In the end of The ...