The listing at the beginning or ending of a film/tv show that displays all people involved in producing the project.

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Why do movies still have credits?

I asked my friends and none of them remembers having ever watched the credits after a movie to the end, except where the movie still continues after credits start rolling (short comic pieces or "what ...
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Why do studios use Roman numerals in the copyright notice in the end credits?

© Time Warner Studios MCMXCVIII Something like this is almost always used at the very end of the credits creep in movies (and TV shows). But why the cumbersome use of Roman numerals? Why not just say ...
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What rules govern how TV show opening credits are structured?

I've always been curious what decides if a credit is in the opening or closing credits. It seems loosely that cast (in order of today's "big name" significance), directors and financiers get the ...
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Which movie did top-to-bottom credits first?

One of the many notable things about modern film-noir Seven was its reverse credits (scrolling top to bottom, the opposite to the expected direction). I recently rewatched the brilliant 1950's ...
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Why these credits for Star Trek Into Darkness?

I noticed during the credit sequence at the end of Star Trek Into Darkness that Chris Hemsworth and Jennifer Morrison were credited as Kirk's parents (whom they portrayed in the previous film). I ...
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In opening credits for TV shows, why does it say 'with so and so' for some actors?

I am thinking of Ally McBeal in particular. For the entire run of the show the opening credits generally had clips of a character and the name of the actor that plays them. The final two actors (Peter ...
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Why didn't James Earl Jones get voice over credit for Star Wars?

I just watched Star Wars and noticed that James Earl Jones is not listed anywhere in the credits. I wanted to know why, given that he voiced Darth Vader?
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Why do some actors in credits appear as - Character (As Actor)

I was just browsing imdb and always wondered why in some movies an actor/actress will appear in the credits as the character but right beside in parenthesis "As Name"? Check out Dane DeHaan's profile ...
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What's the difference between “writer” and “screenwriter” professions?

I'd like to know the difference between the "writer" and "screenwriter" professions in the context of movies. Please notice that I'm not English mothertongue and I have little knowledge of ...
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Why do some closing credits show the character name of only one actor?

In some closing credits, one (*) actor is listed with the name of her/his character in addition, in the form: [Actor name] as [Character name]. I always thought this is the case for actors playing ...
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Why is this picture used in the opening titles of Cheers, and where is it from?

The following image is from the sitcom Cheers title sequence. Source: sitcomsonline.com Can anyone tell me where this image is from and why it is used in Cheers.
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Who is the man in the credit scene in The Amazing Spider-Man?

In The Amazing Spider-Man, in the post credit scene Dr. Curt Connors is in a jail cell and he was talking with someone, but his face was never shown in the movie due to shadows. Here is the youtube ...
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What year did they begin announcing that TV shows were “Filmed in front of a live studio audience”?

I was watching antenna TV and now I wonder: What year did they begin to make the point of announcing that specific TV shows were "Filmed in front of a live studio audience"? and which show was ...
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Why does the director's name always show up in the end of the credits?

I have noticed that during the opening credits of a movie/TV show, the name of the director(s) always shows up last, at the end of the credits. I'm not really sure if that happens in the ending ...
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Unrelated Cast Songs for the Credits

At the end of "There's Something about Mary" (1998) the characters sing "Build me up, Buttercup" which seems to be fairly unrelated to the film and at the time unique. Was TSaM the first film to ...
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Why was the movie The Wicker Man dedicated to Johnny Ramone?

At the end of the movie The Wicker Man (the Nicholas Cage version not the original) after the fade to black and before the credits there is a screen that says "For Johnny Ramone" What was the reason ...
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Why are electricians listed in the closing credits?

The closing credits in a full length movie can seemingly go on for ages, or at least 10 minutes or more after the actual film has ended. I realize that modern movies requires a lot of professional ...
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How is the credited director for any one Game of Thrones episode decided?

My research for this question revealed that due to extensive location shooting and use of wide-ranging intertwining storylines, Game of Thrones shoots with up to three different units concurrently in ...
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Game of Thrones Title Sequence

It's occurred to me many times how long the title sequence is for Game of Thrones, apparently it's award winning but I've found it to be tedious. Is the title sequence significantly longer than other ...
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Is it legal to cut off the credits when showing a movie on TV?

Where I am (which I won't specify), there are a couple of free-to-air movie channels. However, almost every movie I watch has the boring bit of the credits cut off. That is, if there are bloopers with ...
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What is the name for the symbols next to subtitles, commentaries, dolby, etc?

Some square like symbols similar to : http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/48471/how-to-generate-the-movie-dvd-available-sound-systems-symbols appear on the back of DVDs, with various number of ...
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Uncredited Demon Character

After reviewing the IMDB cast list for the movie The Ninth Gate, I noticed there was an uncredited "demon" character played by Jane Bradbury. I just recently watched the movie, and have seen it ...
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What was the first film or television show that used computer generated credits?

I imagine, but do not know for sure, that in the early days of film and television, credits were filmed on a second reel and added to the production after the fact. Historically, what was the first ...
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Seinfeld credits - Jason Alexander as George [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What rules govern how TV show opening credits are structured? In opening credits for TV shows, why does it say ‘with so and so’ for some actors? In the credits of ...
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What do they all do? (AGT executive producers)

I was watching America's Got Talent last night, and during the opening credits was struck by the number of executive producers listed. It seems to grow longer each year. They are (from the official ...
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Production company(s?) for “Face Off” and “Ink Masters”

I've been watching SyFy's series "Face Off" (IMDB) since its first season debut. Recently, I watched an episode of SpikeTV's "Ink Master." I'm not typically a huge fan of 'reality' TV so I was ...
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What does “Character as actor name” mean in Movie credits? [duplicate]

In some movies I see many times in the cast and credits it says something like (using Sparkle 2012 as an example) CeeLo Green ... Black (as Cee-Lo Green) Tamela J. Mann ... Ms. Sara ...