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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 ...
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Why was the Force Ghost scene altered in the 2004 DVD version of Return of the Jedi?

In the 2004 DVD edition of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Sebastian Shaw is replaced by Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker's Force Ghost. But why? The other Force Ghosts appear to be ...
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Can a TV sitcom like TBBT be pulled off the air prematurely?

I'm curious as to whether a (once?) hugely popular and liked sitcom that is/was The Big Bang Theory be pulled off the air before its final season. The show's longevity was confirmed in March of last ...
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Why MGM lion roar only once at end of the film? [closed]

In the beginning the movie, MGM lion roar two times, but at the end of the film, it roars only one time. Why so? Why they changed the end one?
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Was the bathroom stall scene in Get Hard real or green screen?

In Get Hard, Will Ferrell plays a stock broker that gets framed for embezzlement and gets convicted for it. He's sentenced for five to ten in San Quentin max security prison. To get prepared, he hires ...
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Geometric figures in the corner of TV shows—why were they there?

Back in the 80s and I think also the 90s, on (German) TV, sometimes it happened that during recorded shows (I think only in TV series, but might also have been in movies) in one of the corners of the ...
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What does key grip means? [duplicate]

I was reading throught the Schizopolis Wikipedia page. In the production section, it says: Schizopolis was shot on a budget of only $250,000. Due to Soderbergh's desire to keep the film ...
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How many KITTs were destroyed during production of the '80s Knight Rider series?

I'm re-watching the original '80s Knight Rider series. I've noticed that numerous times, after taking a big jump, KITT comes down at a pretty severe angle--but the shot always cuts away before you see ...
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What changes to Mockingjay Part 2 were made due to P. S. Hoffman's passing?

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who portrayed a character in The Hunger Games, passed away during the middle of filming for the Mockingjay movies. His character Plutarch Heavensbee is a central figure ...
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How is the text for closed captions and subtitles chosen for newly made, non-live TV shows?

I was watching Jessica Jones on Netflix and at one point the captions say [Speaking polish] on other shows it just seems them say something like [Speaking foreign language], I was wondering just where ...
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Why does the boom operator have to hold the boom mic by hand?

This woman is a boom operator. She holds a long stick with a big microphone on one end, to record sound on movie and television shoots. If you've ever tried to hold something over your head for a ...
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When are film soundtracks made?

At what point in the process of film creation are the soundtracks/scores usually made? I'm particularly interested in modern blockbusters, especially those with symphonic scores like Pirates of the ...
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Was the movie 3096 Days remade in English?

Was the movie 3096 Days remade in English? Looks like the movie was a German movie. However, I saw this movie on TV in English. It didn't look like a dubbing as there were no obvious mismatches in the ...
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How much is scripted/choreographed in Grease?

There are many little things in the movie Grease that make me wonder what was choreographed, what was accidental, what was just left in to avoid doing a re-take, or what was left up to the performers ...
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Was Project X based on a real incident or vice versa?

Was the movie Project X based on events of a real incident or did parties get thrown to mimic Project X? Was there a real party (thrown by a teenager) that lead to a riot and news coverage that lead ...
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Filming timespan of Jeopardy!

Most Game Shows are filmed with live audiences. A popular and long running example is Jeopardy!, others being Family Feud, Who wants to be A millionaire, and a recent one is The Chase. Some of these ...
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Was Kirk's retirement from the Star Trek franchise already decided in The Undiscovered Country?

After the crew of the Enterprise successfully intervenes the assassins' plans and saves the future of human-Klingon-peace in 1991's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, there is a little epilogue ...
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Why do old movies sound like old movies?

There seems to be a distinctive "old movie" sound. The accents (often British, or some weird American-British hybrid), the delivery of lines (if I talked to somebody the way these lines are delivered, ...
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Is clapping the clapper just tradition at this point?

As I understand, modern film and audio are synced using SMPTE timecode which is embedded in the metadata of the respective source files. Modern clappers also display the timecode, but they still have ...
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Union contracts and extremely long workdays on movie sets

We've all heard about movie shoots with ridiculously long workdays, e.g., we've heard actors talk about getting up at the crack of dawn, working until the wee hours of the next morning, sleeping a ...
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Why is there a delay between the news presenter and the reporter on location?

As the title says.. I don't know if this is the right stack to ask this question but it has to do with TV so I thought it would be best to ask it here. So sometimes, not always, there is a 1,2, or 3 ...
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In dubbed films, what language is spoken if the character says something in the dubbed language?

For example, German and French is spoken a lot in Inglorious Basterds. In the German and French dubbed version of those films, what language would be spoken in those scenes?
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How much did Legendary Pictures' connections to the Pittsburgh Steelers really influence the production of The Dark Knight Rises?

As explained in previous questions, the fact that the football players of the Gotham Rogues in The Dark Knight Rises were largely played by actual football players from the Pittsburgh Steelers was ...
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Why are some principal characters missing from some TV episodes?

Why are some principal characters missing from some TV episodes? What's even more difficult to understand is when they're even included in a few minutes of the episode, and then they are written out ...
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How is this scene in Batman made?

In the 1989 movie Batman, the Joker is seen falling and the images make it seem like it was animated. How was this done? I am talking about the images of the Joker himself, which are not photographs ...
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Was there ever a TV comedy that showed you the other side of the TV?

So Seinfeld, The Cosby Show, Who's the Boss, Everybody Loves Raymond, Growing Pains, Roseanne... they are all built off the living room set where you watch the actors watching TV in the living room ...
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When did shows start repeating the last few seconds/minutes after commercials?

You know the deal. You are watching a show. Something big is about to happen. Commercial... Then they go back 30 secs to a minute in the show after the commercial. Some shows are terrible about ...
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Were Borat's interactions with the public staged?

I know that Borat is not the greatest of all movies but I have always wondered if scenes in the movie where he appears in public, staying at the Jewish house etc. have been staged and participants ...
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Starting to film before screenplay is completed

I was just wondering how (un)common it is to start filming a movie before having the screenplay finished and sort of write it as you go along. Is there a list of movies that were produced in that way? ...
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Why are there such big gaps between Sherlock seasons?

It looks like the British show Sherlock gets a new season every 2 years (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016?) based on IMDb. Why so much time in between? They only release 3 episodes 1.5 hours long each. With ...
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Where does the automated/automatic come from in ADR? [duplicate]

I know there are recent advancements in software that allow for automatic/automated dialogue replacement but in films that predate this technology they still use the same terminology and as far as I ...
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The future of “Almost Human”?

Almost Human is a sci-fi buddy cop/crime drama revolving a tough as bones, old school human cop his deadpan snarker almost human synthetic robot partner. Well rated, Fox decided to cancel it after a ...
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Original Cooties ending

Cooties, a horror/comedy film was released both in theaters (very limited) and pay-per-view this last weekend (September 18). It was produced by Glacier Films and SpectreVision, a production company ...
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Was Mulder's abduction planned from the beginning of the series?

I remember a long time ago being told that Mulder's abduction was not part of the original plot of The X Files and only happened due to financial negotiations going wrong between David Duchovny and ...
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Why does the Underworld team release their movies exactly with 3 years gaps?

The Underworld movies have been released 3 years apart each: Underworld - 2003 Underworld: Evolution - 2006 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans - 2009 Underworld: Awakening - 2012 You can see that each ...
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Why was the gostface mask changed in the TV series?

Why has the Father Death mask of Ghostface been changed in the TV series Scream. What is the reason for this change? The older one seemed to be more popular and loved, while the newer one seems less ...