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Why are some DVDs with old movies have black bars on all four sides of the screen

I've watched a lot of movies in resent years and I certainly know about anamorphic and non-anamorphic presentation of picture on DVDs but still there're some DVD editions that have black bars on all ...
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How long must a Hollywood film wait to use the same title of an older film?

I just stumbled on the new film Bound (2015) and remembered that there was an older film by the Wachowskis also called Bound released in 1996. I am sure this varies from country to country - but in ...
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Why are box office numbers made public?

Why are all 'box office sales' made public? Is it a customary thing? A marketing ploy? Do they have a similar thing for TV (beyond ratings)? I only see profits for video games listed for publicly ...
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Why the discrepancy between the sound levels of dialogue and music in older movies?

I've been watching a lot of older films lately (older, in this instance reads "circa 80's and 70's" and mainly in the Sci-Fi and action genres), and have been asking myself the same thing as I watch ...
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Has there been any proof that Storage Wars producers planted items?

After Dave Hester left Storage Wars, he opened up that the producers had been planting items every show. I find this interesting because I grew up following my grandparents who owned a successful ...
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What does the audience do during hour-long breaks while taping Wizard Wars?

There is a relatively new show on the SyFy network called Wizard Wars. The format is somewhat of a ripoff of cooking shows like Chopped and Iron Chef; two teams of magicians are each given the same ...
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Why the Angels and not the Dodgers in The Naked Gun?

This question has plagued me since I was a kid. The culminating scene at the end of The Naked Gun takes place at a baseball stadium, purported to be occupied by the California Angels. But that ...
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Technique of shooting scenes inverted?

I read in a recent article on moviefone that there is a common technique of shooting scenes inverted (left is right and vice versa). Apparently this was used in Star Wars to shoot a scene including ...
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On The Biggest Loser, do they interview contestants before AND after the weekly weigh-in?

Each week on The Biggest Loser, during the weekly weigh-in segment, the show will frequently cut back and forth between contestant interviews and the weigh-in itself as it progresses. The contestants ...
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Legal implications of shooting a movie along a public sidewalk with dozens of people

In a lot of movies and TV shows, there will be a scene where an actor will be walking along a busy sidewalk, and there will be dozens of people behind them, and perhaps even one or two people coming ...
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Why are pilot episodes often unaired?

I frequently watch TV series on DVD and very often I see the "Unaired Pilot" episode advertised (most recently Supernatural). I understand these are the test episodes which will be given to the ...
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How is an actor cast that's an older version of another one?

How does someone show the same character at very different ages who has also morphed from one type of person to another? Is it possible that the same actor can somehow close the two-decade time ...
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What is today's version of the 'cutting the phone line' trope?

I watched Kiss the Girls last night and thought it was funny in the final scene that it all happened because the bad guy pulled the phone line. If you watch any Lifetime movies this might happen ...
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Why did the writers choose this development for Moriarty?

Professor Moriarty is generally known as the greatest villain Sherlock Holmes has ever faced. I know that Sherlock was planned to end after the third season, concluding with the death of Sherlock, ...
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How do the Whale Web Cams on Revenge TV Series work?

On the TV Series Revenge Nolan has has those awesome little cameras in the shape of a whale. I know the series is fictional, but they way he uses them in terms of spying - you can't do that unless ...
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Do the “miners” on Gold Rush make money other than the gold they find?

The TV show Gold Rush is wildly popular. Does anyone know if the miners make money from the advertisers, have endorsements with the equipment manufacturers, are they compensated by the Discovery ...
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Wachowski trademarks?

We all know the Wachowskis perfected the now famous Bullet Time in the movie The Matrix. We also know they are on the cusp with the technology they utilize. Are there any production/filming techniques ...
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What is the point of making some dialogues inaudible and not showing some language translations?

Today I was watching Sherlock Holmes and The Game of Shadows. In that movie, several foreign languages like German, French etc. were used. The film itself had no translation in English despite some ...
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Why did Werner Herzog play Zec?

While watching Jack Reacher I realized that Werner Herzog was playing the role of Zec. But why would such a famous arthouse director (whom I remember of not being particularly fond of mainstream ...
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How do they make horses fall down in war movies?

I have seen horses falling down many times in war movies while running. How do they make horses fall down in war movies? Are they highly trained to know fall down at some place or some barriers are ...
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Why are some actors uncredited in certain films?

Eli Wallach appears in Mystic River. Olivia Williams plays a role in X-Men: The Last Stand. However, neither of them (according to IMDb) is credited in the movie. These two instances are simply ...
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How realistic is the hacking depicted in Blackhat?

The movie Blackhat (2015) shows professional hackers sabotaging an atomic reactor and the stock market, as well as counterhackers trying to get on the blackhat's trail, finding out their identity. As ...
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Was Sharknado planned as a trash movie?

I just watched the movie Sharknado and I wondered myself, if this movie was planned as a Trash-Movie or if this 'just happened'. There are so many really strange scenes, cuts, dialogs etc. so that I ...
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Way to find out about Movie/TV Budgets?

Is there a way to find out what the official budget of a Movie or TV show is? I'm aware that Box Office Mojo is a fairly reliable resource to find the estimated gross of a movie, but I haven't come ...
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Who will decide about the sequences of scenes in a movie?

Who decides about the sequences of scenes for a movie? My friends are telling me that the Editor edits the film, so he will arrange the scenes in the way he sees fit. But I have some doubts about ...
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Was there any mutual inspiration between Copper and Ripper Street?

While I've admittedly only seen a few episodes of Copper yet, on a first view it seems to be basically the Americans' Ripper Street (or Ripper Street the British Copper, however you want it). While ...
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Legalities of shows recording crime?

I'm not quite sure how to form this question, but basically I've watched a lot of shows that record crimes happening. These are usually the series about narcotics, violence, etc. The shows film crimes ...
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Why wasn't Interstellar shot in 3D?

A large part of the story in Interstellar takes place in space and hence there are many occasions when it feels like "wouldn't it have been better to watch this scene in 3D?". Especially after ...
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Why do all post-apocalyptic-set media portray perfect teeth? [closed]

I understand the premium that's placed on perfectly straight pearly white teeth in American society (or at least I think I do) but one thing that really irks me is the dental perfection on display in ...
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Was there any consideration to set “The Interview” in a fictitious country?

It seems much of the controversy around "The Interview" could have been prevented by setting it in a fictitious country instead of the real North Korea, like they did for example in "The Dictator". ...
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What is the reason that the air order and the DVD order of a tv show is different?

Some TV shows the order of the episodes on the DVD and the order how the episodes where aired is different, e.g., Freaks and Geeks. The fact that on thetvdb there is a field "DVD order" implies more ...
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How to describe the music that appears in the background of EVERY Egyptian related scene?

I was watching Sherman and Mr. Peabody, and in the Egyptian scene they started to play that prototypical Egyptian background music that sounds like a mixture of sitar and flute. It is very hard to ...
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What kind of animation/drawing program do they use to make South Park?

In 6 Days to Air, the documentary about the making of South Park there is some great footage of the animators working on the characters in studio on wacom tablets. I couldn't tell what program it was. ...
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How are stunts where vehicles are seriously damaged (such as explosions or crashes) filmed?

In many movies vehicles are apparently seriously damaged. How are these stunts filmed? Are these made animated? Does it costs more to shoot these types of shots? Do these shots have retakes? Examples ...
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Why do panelists on British panel shows have a pen and paper which they seem to use regularly?

I personally find British panel shows to be among the funniest shows you can find on TV. One common occurrence I've noticed is that the panellists are often seen writing scribbling notes while another ...
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Will Daredevil be serialized or dump released?

Daredevil is going to be released on VOD, specifically Netflix which typically sticks to a model of releasing all episodes simultaneously, like a box set, to encourage its connection with 'Binge ...
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How does Impractical Jokers get the permission to be in places like IKEA?

How do the people on Impractical Jokers get brand-name places to allow them to come in and act stupid and bother their customers? update To be clear they do things that a person could press charges ...
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Was Felicity Smoak always planned to be a main character in Arrow?

According to the trivia section of this article "Emily Bett Rickards was originally only intended to appear as Felicity in 'Lone Gunmen'." The wording doesn't make it clear if they meant that the ...
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To which degree are movies filmed simultaneously in different languages?

After having watched the Tamil movie Raavanan I was surprised to learn that there is also, Raavan, a Hindi version of this movie, which was produced and released simultaneously by the same director ...
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What happened to the production between seasons 5 and 6 of the 2003 TMNT series?

The sixth season of the 2003 TMNT cartoon marked a distinct change from the earlier series; a lighter tone, aimed at a lower aged audience (over use of catch phrases, stating the obvious etc), and ...
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How did they get this shot in Metropolis?

How were the shots of the runners running towards the camera captured in Fritz Lang's Metropolis? Here's the shot: (Skip to 7.13, the URL was supposed to link there) ...
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What's the significance of the Disney movie intro ident?

At the start of recent Disney movies, there's a short 30 second animation of a river with an old sailing ship, a bridge with a steam train and then the familiar Disney castle and fireworks. Is ...
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What is the reason for choosing Mary Jane over the Gwen Stacy in the 2002 Spider-Man movie?

As per the original storyline of Spider-Man Gwen Stacy is the first serious love of Peter Parker (Betty Brant is the first relationship of him which never worked). Then why did Marvel/Columbia ...
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Is it possible to produce a continuous Game of Thrones?

If you’re like me, 10 hours of Game of Thrones per year is not nearly enough, which got me considering the following thought experiment: What if we could tune in to a channel that, 24 hours a day, ...
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Permisson requirement for Song usage in movies [duplicate]

When songs are used in movies, in what circumstances it is required to get permission or is it always required? For example, If a song is played in the background and used as a soundtrack for the ...
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Why not shoot movies with stereoscopic 3d cameras instead?

Isn't it easier (and way cheaper seeing 3d conversion runs in the millions for a full movie) to just shoot a movie using stereoscopic cameras instead of creating a shallow 3d effect via post ...
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How to shoot a party scene with few people? [closed]

I have about 7 people and need to give the feel of 20. I'm using a long lens, any tips or solutions?
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Is episode S09E03 a comment on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's success at the awards?

In the 3rd episode of the 9th season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award" for the best bar. While the show is not particularly famous for referencing ...
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How can credits (like closing credits) be found?

Is there any way other than watching a movie or trusting IMDB to see the credits (such as closing credits) of any movie?
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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 ...