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Ambiguous Countdown Conundrums?

Countdown is a very long-running game show in the UK. I was watching a comedy-take on the show, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the (non-crucial) conundrum was: T W A R T E H A B The ...
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Why did Disney go with Netflix to air their Marvel's Defenders' series?

Netflix has some aired series from Marvel Studios, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. They will be continuing the partnership into the future and both series have been, according to Netflix, very ...
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What techniques are used to film the twins in Quantico?

In Quantico, there are a pair of recruited agents. Raina and Nimah Amin, both played majestically by actress Yasmine Al Massri. The two characters are shown side by side in almost every episode. They ...
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Why was Hodor renamed in the TV show?

In the Song of Ice and Fire books, we learn early on that Hodor's real name is Walder. However, in Season 6 episode 02 of Game of Thrones, we learn in a flashback that his name is Wylis. There are ...
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Why are movie scenes shot with green background?

I remember reading that green colour makes the best contrast with colour of human skin so in post editing it is easier to remove it. Is that the only reason why they use green backgrounds when ...
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Why do TV shows uses multiple directors and screenwriters?

In many TV seasons different directors are used to direct different episodes and different screenwriters are used to write different episodes, this is even common in one single season (e.g. GoT and ...
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How do they make bloodshot eyes in movies?

I have seen tons of make-up tutorials on cuts, bruises, bullet wounds etc., but could not find much information on how bloodshot eyes are made in movies.
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Did McDonald's bankroll The Founder?

I'm wondering what level of involvement McDonald's had in this film. I reckon if developers of the film were looking for investors, McDonald's would have been able to pay for the whole project in a ...
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What J. Michael Straczynski screenplay was this 2006 Marvel comic referring to?

In the letters section of the 2006 comic Captain America #22, there is this congratulation for J. Michael Straczynski about an upcoming movie he wrote (JMS was also a writer at Marvel at that time): ...
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Frame rates of early movies

If I am correct, films run at 24 fps. Early, we saw jerky and rapid movements of people. This was, I think, 16 fps. However, we have seen earlier films (like the first kiss) at 24 fps it seems. Also ...
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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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When the trailer for a movie is released, how far along is it in development?

When a trailer (not a teaser) comes out, the rest of the movie usually follows a few months later. Is the movie itself typically complete at this point, or is there still (post-)production work to be ...
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When movie or show script gets stolen long into filming

I remember reading something about Bryan Cranston's script getting stolen from his car at the time when he was playing Walter White of Breaking Bad. I can imagine something like this can totally throw ...
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Do the teams in The Amazing Race already know which countries they will be visiting prior to the production?

While watching The Amazing Race, it feels like that the teams don't know which country they will be visiting next and they finds out only while opening the clue at the start of the each leg. If this ...
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Why screeners are released in DVD format instead of Blu-ray?

A screener (SCR) is an advance screening of a film or television series sent to critics, awards voters, video stores (for their manager and employees), and other film industry professionals, ...
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What happens to complex movie set decorations?

I can imagine that movies with large budget should generate a lot of set decorations. I have seen those go to theme parks like Universal of Orlando, however, that is only a tiny portion. While ...
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Did DC officials ever acknowledge the term “Arrowverse” for their canon universe?

Did officials ever confirm or acknowledge the term Arrowverse for their DC shows (consisting of Arrow, The Flash, Vixen and Legends of Tomorrow)? "Arrowverse" and "Flarrow/Flarrowverse" were famous ...
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What was the budget for the film “Hitchcock”?

Does anyone know what the budget was for the film Hitchcock? I read somewhere that it had a low budget, but I haven't been able to find a specific amount. (Due to the low budget--I read--it was ...
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What's with the Wessen head shake?

In Grimm, what is the real-world reason for the Wessen head shake during woge? Is it to mask the morphing software? This occurs in all episodes: Wessen characters snap their heads from side to side ...
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Who really designed The Lake House and under what considerations?

A major setting in The Lake House is the eponymous house at the shore of a lake in the middle of nowhere, where both Alex and Kate lived consecutively and which Alex's father designed and built for ...
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When someone is shown via a photograph/prop, but they don't do any acting, how are they credited?

Sometimes, usually in TV shows, it might happen that an actor is shown via photograph or a prop of their body. They themselves don't make an appearance, and don't do any voice acting. For example, in ...
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What movie is this set from?

While on a motorbiking trip across America in 2012, we had the good fortune to be taken to visit a movie set. We were not allowed onto the set itself as they were due to start filming soon after we ...
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Why was there such a long gap between the parts of the “Before” Series?

I was just wondering why there was such a long gap between the "Before" series. Before Sunrise: 1995 Before Sunset: 2004 Before Midnight: 2013
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Hollywood movie that took longest to create

What Hollywood movie did take longest to create? By 'the longest' I mean full production until it made it to the theaters.
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Why do movies in theaters not have recaps?

Weekly TV shows like The Flash, Supernatural, DC's Legends of Tomorrow... always have a recap at the beginning of each episode to bring the viewer up to date with the current events of the stories' ...
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What is the reason behind the multiple Spiderman reboots? [duplicate]

Spiderman is the one franchise that is on course to a third reboot in a span of 15 years. My question is what was the reason for these numerous reboots of Spiderman which pretty much follow the same ...
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What would happen if a show would remove its disclaimer?

What would happen if shows like South Park would remove their introductory disclaimer like message like 'all celebrities are impersonated...poorly'etc. before the show stars. What could happen to them ...
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How do filmmakers avoid offending actors when casting?

Almost all characters in films necessitate actors who have certain features before makeup and costumes fill in the gaps. The role of James Bond, for instance, necessarily calls for a tall, handsome ...
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Why does 13 Hours look like it's been filmed with a camcorder at times?

Why does 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi look like it's been filmed with a camcorder at times? It's especially noticeable with the colors, especially of fire or harsh lighting at night but ...
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Did The Revenant movie team kill animals for the movie?

I found this article claiming that Leonardo DiCaprio really ate raw bison liver and slept inside of dead animals for the filming of The Revenant (2015). Yet I never heard a single complaint, e.g. from ...
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What happened to the cut 44 minutes of The Magnificent Ambersons?

Does anyone really know what happened to the missing 44 minutes of Orson Welles’ “The Magnificent Ambersons”? Were they saved somewhere in an RKO vault and forgotten*, or left on the cutting room ...
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Do “Arrow” and “The Flash” share sets?

Watching a recent episode of Arrow (Season 4 Episode 15 "Taken"), I get a feeling that Oliver's Star City mayoral race campaign headquarters looks incredibly identical to Central City's Police ...
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Why does Lost have an unequal number of episodes among all seasons?

Lost seems to have an unequal number of episodes across its various seasons: season 1 - 25 episodes season 2 - 24 episodes season 3 - 23 episodes season 4 - 14 episodes season 5 - 17 episodes season ...
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What was the budget for “Fay Grim”?

Does anyone know what the budget was for Hal Hartley's film "Fay Grim"? I haven't been able to find any figures in the usual places (such as IMDB). (Also, I'm curious because the film had exteriors ...
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Why are there such large gaps in the Star Wars release timelines?

Wikipedia lists the following release years for the Star Wars movies: Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) Episode I: The ...
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Are the Puppy Bowl puppies trained to play the game?

Instead of watching the Super Bowl this year, I decided to watch the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl, featuring puppies dragging toys around the field and scoring if they drag it to the end zone. It made ...
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Is there a common origin to those blue background TV commercials?

I've seen a number of these in my many years of watching TV since at least the 1990s. These are commercials for some random mail order product, and right before the ad ends, the screen cuts to ...
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Whose idea was it to put an orange lightbulb in the mysterious briefcase?

This answer about the contents of the briefcase contains an interesting quote from Roger Avary, the co-writer of Pulp Fiction: Originally the briefcase contained diamonds. But that just seemed too ...
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Are the movies 'The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins' and 'Cloak and Dagger' connected somehow?

In 1984, both The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins starring Gary Coleman (TV movie) and Cloak and Dagger starring Dabney Coleman (theatrical release) came out. They have identical plots. In both, ...
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Why are two Jungle book movies being made consecutively?

Everybody perhaps knows of Jon Favreau's movie The Jungle Book which is going to be released in 2016. But quite recently I learned (and to my utter surprise) that another Jungle book movie is coming ...
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Why were the Doctor Who opening scenes and music changed between seasons and not between Doctors?

It makes sense to me to replace the music and/or intro sequence upon arrival of new Doctor incarnations, but this isn't how they decided to replace the opening intros. It seems like they stuck with ...
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Was Dulé Hill appearing so briefly in *The West Wing* because he was co-starring in *Psych*?

Sometime around the later years of The West Wing (season 4? 5?), Dulé Hill (Charlie Young) tends to only appear for one brief scene in most episodes. (Fans complained about it, e.g. in Television ...
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Did iZombie drop an episode?

In the recent iZombie episode "Method Head", the episode starts as Christmas-themed and concerns the murder of a man dressed as Santa Clause. A quarter of the way through the episode, that ...
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Is Conan O'Brien bullying Jordan Schlansky?

Is there any evidence or interviews shining more light on the incredibly confusing Jordan Schlansky situation? For years Conan has been going on "remotes" with Jordan where they have conversations or ...
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Animals on movie sets - the cat in The Hateful Eight

In The Hateful Eight, chapter five, when a few more people arrive at Minnie's Haberdashery we can see a cat wandering around. It is most likely that they didn't kill him, and that he is hiding for ...
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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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Why are laugh tracks only used in TV series but not in movies?

Note the word "only" which makes my question different question from this one. If you see the Mr Bean TV series you will hear background laughs (a laugh track), but in Bean (the movie) there is no ...
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How does this studio(?) hiearchy work

In the beginning of every Hollywood movie, I can see like 3-5 studios(?) being listed with their logos (animated of course). How does this work? Why are there so many?
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What's the stuff before the title sequence in a TV show called?

A lot of TV shows are structured like: Some common generic opening footage. A few minutes of intro to the episode. Title sequence and credits. The rest of the show. #1 is a little rarer, sci fi ...
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Who "produces“ 4DX movies?

With films shown in 4DX format, who is responsible for chosing the environmental effects and their timing? 4DX allows a motion picture presentation to be augmented with environmental effects such ...