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What does the three finger salute mean in Hunger Games?

In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, there is a three finger salute that is constantly shown, sometimes with whistle sound. But what does this three finger salute mean?
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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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The planned assassination of Don Corleone - The Godfather

In The Godfather, Sollozzo and the Tattaglia's attempt to assassinate Don Corleone. He is shot several times in the back but survives. An hour before the assassination Sollozzo picks up Tom Hagen. He ...
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Why does Cobb use the spinning top?

In the movie Cobb (DiCaprio) tells Ariadne (Page) that the most important rule in choosing a totem is to make sure that no one else has ever touched it. This is emphasized with flashbacks showing ...
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Explain Lennys “I've done it” tattoo in Memento

So I've watched memento quite a few times. I feel for the most part that I understand it, while most people don't. I’ve seen people go as far as to say that Lenny is Sammy Jankins which is impossible. ...
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S04E08 (Hermanos): Why is Gus allowed to live?

I was rewatching this episode and I didn't quite understand why exactly Juan Cartel killed Gus's partner, but he let Gus live. He says: The only reason you're alive and he's not, is because I know ...
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How was Walt unharmed after throwing the mercury fulminate on the floor in Tucos office?

In season 1 of Breaking Bad, Jesse visits Tuco in order to make a drug deal. Tuco takes Jesse's meth, beats him pretty severely, and doesn't pay him. Later, Walt visits Tuco to make a deal and get ...
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How did Pippin know that Merry was part of the Rohirrim army at Minas Tirith?

After the battle of the Pellenor Fields in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Pippin searched for Merry on the battlefield. The last time they spoke, Merry was still in Rohan. How, aside ...
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Why were American accents common?

In Total Recall (2012), most of the world was rendered uninhabitable. Two regions remain habitable, the UK and Australia. So you'd expect accents appropriate to those areas to be common. However, ...
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Did the fuel transform Wikus, or was it something else?

In the movie District 9, Wikus van der Merwe goes through a transformation into an alien after being exposed to an alien artifact. Throughout the development of the story, it is revealed that the ...
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Why would anybody pay the toll if an alternate road already exists?

In the film In Time, it is shown that the toll rates are very high to get to the city area from the ghetto. But later, it is also shown that there is an alternate route for people to use which is free ...
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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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How did Talia find her father?

In the great revelation of The Dark Knight Rises, we are shown it was Talia that escaped from The Pit, then brought her father back to rescue her savior, Bane. However, considering the fact that ...
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Why did Agent Coulson hand Thor over to Selvig?

In Thor, after Thor's failed attempt to retrieve Mjollnir from the S.H.I.E.L.D. compound, he gets taken into custody. A little while later, Erik Selvig shows up, asking Agent Coulson to release him ...
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Where did the Spider-Suit come from?

Watching Spider-Man last night, after Parker's fateful night with the robber, we flash-forward to him being Spider-Man in full. However, it is never shown where exactly his costume came from or how ...
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Where did Deb live towards the end of the season?

Just finishing the 5th season of Dexter and partway through the season Deb ends up going to live with Quinn because of their relationship and because of Dexter's old apartment becoming too crowded for ...
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Why didn't Magnussen's bodyguards search Sherlock and Watson for weapons?

In the His Last Vow (s03e03) episode when Charles Augustus Magnussen first come to meet Sherlock his bodyguard searched Sherlock and Watson for weapons. But at the climax when the detective duo ...
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Why didn't Cobb talk to any of his team members at the airport in the ending of Inception?

In Inception, it always makes me wonder why Cobb didn't say a hello to his team members. He does not even smile at any of his team members at the airport. What is the reason he acts like he does now ...
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What is the meaning of the line at the end of Chinatown?

At the end of the amazing film Chinatown, Jake Gittes is told, 'Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown'. What are supposed to deduce from this? Is it that Jake is powerless to prevent or challenge what had ...
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why did Silva steal the hard drive in Skyfall?

At the start of Skyfall Bond is chasing down the hard drive which contains all the names of agents under cover. Then later on in the film you find out that Silva is actually a genius hacker and he ...
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Did Bond sleep with Eve?

In Skyfall, during the scene before Bond visits the casino in Macau, when Eve shaves him, it is not completely clear to me if they sleep with each other afterwards, although the atmosphere between ...
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Where did the clues come from?

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when Indy is going through the cave to get to the grail, he goes through several different obstacles. Either my memory is wrong or he was muttering to himself ...
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What purpose did Quaid serve Cohagen as an Average Joe on the assembly line?

Both the 2012 and 1990 versions of Total Recall rely on the same back story for the main character, Quaid: Quaid was working for Cohagen Quaid agreed to be brainwashed to think he switched to the ...
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How did Sherlock know the combo for Adlers safe?

Adler said it was her measurements, but what does that mean?
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Why does Robert Angier not use a double for “The Real Transported Man”?

Why does Robert Angier choose to die everyday instead of using the machine just once to create his clone? Here are some reasons that I don't think justify his act. Ego issues: It didn't work well ...
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Purpose of the “Purge All” button in Cabin in the Woods

When Dana And Marty make it into the underground complex after they leave the elevator they find themselves in room with 8 (ish..) doors and some form of control booth. They go into the control booth ...
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Why did Mrs Robinson ask Benjamin not to take Elaine out in The Graduate?

In the movie The Graduate, Mrs Robinson asks Benjamin not to take Elaine Robinson out or date her. Why does she want to prevent Benjamin from dating her daughter? Would it be that she thinks ...
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What is Billy Ray Valentine doing on the trading room floor?

Near the end of Trading Places, Winthorpe and Valentine concoct a plan to get back at the Dukes while making themselves rich. I understand they used insider trading; but what exactly is Billy Ray ...
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What did Coppola want to symbolize by the last sequences involving rogue colonel?

I didn't understand the ending of Apocalypse Now. What did Coppola want to symbolize by the last sequences involving rogue colonel? And what is the purpose of Marlon Brando's character?
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Unrealistic story in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

In the Hindi movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, 'Taani' (Anushka Sharma) can not identify the 'Suri' (Sharukh Khan) until 'Suri' revels the truth himself, This is kind of unbelievable and impractical as ...
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What do people think what Walt does now?

In Breaking Bad season 4-5, people are told that Walt has won a lot of money in gambling and hence they have bought a Car Wash and clearly Walt doesn't need to work anymore. But Car Wash is run by ...
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Looper: Why don't more things change back?

In looper why don't more things change when they kill/mame people? Like when Joe shoots himself at the end and Older Joe disappears why doesn't it undo the things that Older Joe did seeings as he now ...
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Why did they call Harvey a two face even before the accident?

In The Dark Knight, it is mentioned that the cops had a nick name for Harvey Dent even before the accident in which half of his face got burnt. Why did they call him that?
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The last scene of the Breaking Bad mid-season 5 finale

Hank's epiphany in the last scene spawns a flashback from season 3 (I think) where he and Walt talk about a book that Gale owned(?); maybe Gale owned it. Whatever the case, there was the same book ...
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What was wrong with Betty's hands?

Early in the first season of Mad Men, Don Draper's wife Betty seems to be suffering from some kind of affliction that makes her hands go numb. She eventually sees a psychiatrist and the whole thing ...
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Did cats have magical powers in Batman Returns?

In Tim Burton's Batman Returns, Max Shreck throws Selena out a high story window where she plunges to the ground. It's not quite clear to me if she dies upon landing or just knocking at death's door. ...
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In Total Recall, how did Quaid know who to shoot when someone pretended to be trying to “wake him up”?

In the Mars version, it was a doctor. In the 2012 version, his friend, Harry. How did he know to not take the pill / shoot his friend rather than Melina?
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Tron Legacy - Why Doesn't CLU Visit Flynn Earlier?

In Tron : Legacy, When Quorra initially rescues Sam she tells him that Rinzler and co. can't follow them off the grid. But then when Quorra and the Fylnns go back into grid city, CLU and his cronies ...
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Drugging Robert Michael Fischer on Flight

Why does Cobb slip the sedative into Robert's glass of water himself, taking considerable amount of risk at getting caught? Why didn't the Air hostess get the pre-drugged water for Fischer? Is there ...
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Was Frodo Baggins in the original version of The Hobbit?

I see from the trailers for the new Hobbit film that Frodo Baggins is in it. It has been a while since I read the book but I don't remember Frodo being in it. Was his addition only for the movie ...
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What's the meaning behind the phrase “The blood stays on the blade”?

At the beginning of the movie Gangs of New York, Priest Vallon tells his son not to wipe the blood of the blade after he's cut himself shaving, saying "The blood stays on the blade". I've watched the ...
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What is the significance of the veil in the Harry Potter series?

What does it mean? Why is it never explained?
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Did the “Last Emperor” really find a live pet cricket when he returned to his throne in the Forbidden City?

In the 1987 film The Last Emperor, Pu Yi is removed from power and taken away from the Forbidden City. As a child, he had a pet cricket that he kept in a tiny cage in a secret compartment in his ...
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Why did Zod ask for Lois Lane to come on their spaceship?

In Man of Steel (2013), when Zod and his subordinates come to take Superman, they ask for Lois Lane too. But when they take her, they don't ask her anything. They just put her in some kind of prison, ...
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What's the real meaning of the birth of the alien in Prometheus?

In the movie Prometheus the alien is born from the last 'human-alien' of the planet they traveled to. But, how should it be interpreted? The alien is a mutation from the parasite inside the body of ...
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At the end of the movie, does Aunt May know Peter Parker is Spiderman?

When he gives Aunt May the eggs he was supposed to bring earlier, he is clearly injured but Aunt May does not suggest that he is Spider-man. (At least that's what I remember) However, after Gwen goes ...
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Why is “Based on a True Story” used?

I have had little to no interest in a movie that claims it is "Based On a True Story" since Fargo. It's well known that it was a lie that Fargo was based on a true story. There are many movies though ...
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What happened to Loki in the Dark World?

In Thor: The Dark World, Thor, Loki and Jane are in the dark elves world. Thor is in a fight and Loki saves him by impaling the foe with a blade. The enemy then grabs Loki and stabs him with the ...
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Swords in The Hobbit

Why don't Orcrist / Goblin-cleaver and Glamdring / Foe-hammer glow like Sting when orcs/goblins are near?
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What is the reason for the blood between Henry and Clair in The Time Travler's Wife?

There is a scene after the miscarriage where Henry and his wife are sleeping on thier bed and they see blood on the bed. What does it mean? Is this a second miscarriage or did I miss something?