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Use of safewords in mainstream moviemaking

I was puzzled by the following bit of trivia about the movie Now You See Me: During filming of the scene where Henley Reeves tries to escape from a tank of water and piranhas, Isla Fisher came ...
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Was the “leg crossing scene” in Basic Instinct real?

Did Sharon Stone use a body double in Basic Instinct's infamous interrogation scene, a.k.a. the "leg crossing" scene, or was that all her?
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Does the producer demand to have the trick explained before hand, privately?

I watched an episode of Penn & Teller: Fool Us where a magician fools Penn and Teller and the only explanation that seems possible to anyone is that the randomly chosen audience member involved is ...
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Do producer credits now require “pga” after their names?

During the end credits of Star Trek Beyond, all the producers had their names followed by "p.g.a". This apparently stands for Producer's Guild of America certification. Are they required to append ...
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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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Captions in Mexican TV Commercials

Watching Mexican TV channels like Televisa and TVAzteca, you'll notice that many TV commercials have captions at the bottom of the screen with what appear to read as cautionary messages. Snack ...
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How did they make Cat & Dogs talking realistic?

There was a movie called Cats & Dogs released in 2001. In the movie cats and dogs are fighting each other to win. So my question is, the makers of this movie used so many cats and dogs, I like to ...
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Why did filmmakers choose the particular dog breeds that are showcased?

The 2000 "mockumentary" film, Best in Show direced by Christopher Guest and co-written by Eugene Levy follows five separate dogs and their owners to the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. The dog breeds ...
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How is the “solid black eyes” effect done?

In several shows, there are characters who gain solid black eyes, usually to indicate that they have turned on sort of superhuman or supernatural ability. For instance, Alexander Lyta in Babylon 5 ...
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Why are some regulars credited as Guest Starring? [duplicate]

I was watching a Person of Interest episode a few weeks ago. I noticed that the main star, Michael Emerson (who plays Harold Finch) was credited in the "With" part of the Starring credits. Also, ...
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What prevents contestants from collaboration with a planted buyer during the sale phase?

I'm watching the Flea Market Flip episode "The Flipping Unicorn", where a buyer picks up all the furniture from one team's side for a hefty profit, after the team spent quite a while not making much ...
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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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Does Glee use excessive auto tune?

I know most pop music uses some auto tune, but I've heard a few Glee songs (against my will) and the auto tune seemed almost omnipresent! Does Glee use auto tune more than typical pop music normally ...
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Why is Pulp Fiction told in a non-linear manner?

Why was Pulp Fiction constructed in a non-linear manner? What is the main reason for it?
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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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Was the development of Lockout influenced by Escape from New York?

When looking at the story of Lockout there are a few similarities to John Carpenter's Escape from New York, putting a badass convict onto an unwanted mission to rescue the president (or his daughter ...
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Why do TV comedy programs have laugh tracks?

In the early days of TV people used to go to theaters and enjoy vaudeville where there was a live audience. TV programs in the early days were mostly recorded in front of a live audience so the ...
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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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Why did they blur faces of some people in Bad Grandpa?

I encountered weird scenes in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, where some people have blurred faces. I didn't understand why they blur it.
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Why is it that most movies seem to be created in cooperation with some unknown studio?

I noticed that most movies appear to be created by a cooperation of at least one very well known studio (like Pixar, Paramount, Dreamworks, etc.) on the one hand and a company you've never heard of on ...
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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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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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Was Roohdaar intended to be the replacement of Hamlet's father's ghost?

In the film Haider, as I mentioned in another question, supernatural elements were avoided in the film in comparison to Hamlet which it is based on. But there was one character named Roohdaar, which ...
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Why was The Force Awakens so much more expensive than the episode 1-3 movies?

When searching for the budgets of the Star Wars movies, I found sources which claim a budget of about $300 million for The Force Awakens (TFA), the episode 1-3 movies had each a budget of about $115 ...
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What comes first, the music or the take?

Good music in a movie is not only good music but also music that is in sync with what happens on the screen. I can imagine it's not a trivial job to achieve this. So it made me wonder what generally ...
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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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Why did the ending change in the Fight Club adaptation?

Recently finishing up the book Fight Club after being a fan of the movie for so long. While the movie retains most of the dialogue and several tones of the book, one giant contrast is now present to ...
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Why was Mr. Smithers black and then white?

In season 1, episode 2 of the Simpsons, Mr. Smithers has black skin. In later episodes, he has white skin. Does anyone know the reason for this change?
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How does this studio(?) hierarchy 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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Have the Arrow writers fully planned out Oliver's 5 years away?

I was just bothered about the whole continuity thing, and whether the writers make up Oliver's time away for 5 years as they go along, or if everything has been laid out already. For instance, no way ...
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When was Stargate (1994) filmed?

I would like to know when the actual shooting for the original Stargate movie took place. I suppose it was done in 1993, but I need at least the month/months, although I would prefer the exact dates.
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What does a movie producer do?

I'm curious about what role the producer plays in the production of a movie. I understand that it's the person in charge, but that's all I know. What are the responsibilities of a movie producer?
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Is “The 5th Wave” part of the trilogy?

The ending of the second movie suggested that it was not the last one. Secondly The 5th Wave book is the first book in a trilogy. Is the movie part of the trilogy as well? In other words, are there ...
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What is “the low budget” of Kill Command (2016)?

We've heard and read over and over about this great extra low-budget movie that hit the ceilings of success. Curious, I did some search on Google and to my surprise there's nowhere it ever mentioned, ...
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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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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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What is the most expensive scene ever shot?

I was just reading a piece about I am Legend and noticed that one particular scene that was shot on Brooklyn Bridge cost five million dollars. This piqued my curiosity as to what the most expensive ...
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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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Is Parallels supposed to be the pilot for an actual series?

The movie Parallels is on Netflix, and gives the impression that there is more to follow. Even the opening credits give more of a "series" than "movie" impression. So my question is, is there any ...
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What Unit Does the BBC News Countdown Timer Count Down?

BBC News (UK) has a countdown timer in its opener, for example see this video. On the bottom right, there's a countdown timer which counts the time until the news begin. But I find the timer ...
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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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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 ...