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Why are there typically no more than 24 episodes in a TV Season?

I noted that there is typically a maximum of 24 episodes per a season in a TV show. What is the reason for that?
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How are the Iron Man suit scenes filmed?

In all three movies, you see Downey Jr (as Tony Stark, and occasionally Cheadle as Rhodes/War Machine) in the namesake suit, either completely covered, or with the head open or having the suit put on/...
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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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Was Terra Nova too expensive to be renewed?

The show seemed reasonably entertaining and had its audience yet it did not work out. Was it mostly due to costly production or lack of audience?
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How are TV shows resurrected?

Can anyone explain how cancelled shows are able to come back on different networks? What I mean is, who owns the rights to the show, the network or the production company? And to that end, are the ...
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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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Why do most characters have perfect, white teeth even if the film's setting makes them unlikely? [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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Why do contestants play quiz shows by speaking?

Why on most radio/television quiz shows the contestant interact with the game (answering questions, activating lifelines) by speaking instead of pressing buttons?
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Are there union rules requiring stunt performers, and what does this mean for action stars who “do their own stunts”?

In an answer to this question, it is mentioned offhand: There are almost no "live shots" of this as it is technically a stunt and according to union rules ( at least in Hollywood) that requires a ...
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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 process does a production company have to go through in order to obtain a 'high profile' actor/actress?

While the definition of a High Profile actor/actress may be a bit subjective on its own; lets just figure it is determined by the financial (an objective quantifier) success of past movies. What kind ...
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What is this vehicle during the filming of the bus flip in Terminator Genisys

In this "behind the scenes" footage, which shows how the bus flip was done, at 0:52 there is a strange vehicle that comes up alongside the bus: What is this? It appears to be a normal car enclosed ...
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Disclaimer of a movie: Can it really save the producers?

It is usual in films to use Disclaimer in it to reduce the possibility of legal action for libel from any person who believes that he or she has been libeled via their portrayal in the work (whether ...
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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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What is the Resolution of 35mm film?

There is a lot of talk about 6k resolution from the Epic Dragon by RED, and of course there are 4k TVs now, but I'm wondering what actual film, 35mm particularly has a resolution equivalency of, if it ...
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Do they really have sex in movies?

Many times in movies (especially Hollywood), actors and actresses are shown having intercourse (not talking about pornographic films). Do they really do this? Or fake it? That's really up to the ...
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Has Jean-Claude Van Damme really no memories of filming the movie Knock Off?

I recently watched Knock Off and came across this little quote: It also features Jean Claude Van Damme’s best performance outside of JCVD… not that he’d recall as he’s suggested he was so coked ...
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How did “Good Kill” get the cooperation of the Air Force?

How did Good Kill (2014) get the cooperation of the Air Force? It's a heavy handed moralistic drama about an ex-airman who is driven to drink because of his "conscience" as a Predator pilot and how ...
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What are the exact responsibilities of the showrunner?

Some of the series I follow intensely have showrunners I know off the top of my head. Doctor Who has Steven Moffat (who was preceded by Russell T. Davies). Lost had Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof....
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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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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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Transformers 3 Computer Graphics Production

I recently read an article about "Transformers 3 Computer Graphics Production" which states: For a last push on the final weekend of work, ILM’s entire render farm was used for Transformers 3. ...
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Green Colour of Blood in “Mankatha”

In The South Indian Tamil Movie, 'Mankatha' why is the colour of blood shown to be Green in the main character's imagination? The movie is miles far from anything related to Science Fiction or ...
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Why are 3D films so dark?

Why are 3D films so dark? I watched Brave yesterday and the film was so dark (light wise) in places that it was hard to make out what was happening. Why are 3D films darker than 2D films and does it ...
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How would a producer decide whether to use a real or “mock” site for filming?

I'm working on a screenplay that features a scene in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Specifically, the hero and heroine are shown walking around the capital's "Casa Rosa" (Pink House), which is the Argentine ...
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Regarding Age of Ultron's post-credit scene

The movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have established the common procedure to place little scenes after and during the credits sequence, in order to hint at future movies or to give hardcore ...
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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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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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How do TV shows with live audience manage special effect scenes?

Many sitcoms are recorded in front of a live audience who provide the laughter track. Now this is simple enough in most scenes. But some scenes require added special effects. For example the dinner ...
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What's taking Sin City 2 so long?

According to wikipeida, Robert Rodriquez announced that he would do Sin City 2. The latest update, according to Wikipedia, is that they're almost done writing the script. Is there any indication as ...
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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 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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What is the cost of making Game of Thrones each episode?

I'm wondering by seeing the richness of episodes in Game of Thrones. What is the average making cost of a single Game of Thrones episode?
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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: Was a dolly used? If it was, would it have been mounted on wheels only or would ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 Gravity,...
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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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How does the budget breakdown for a US TV season compare to a UK TV Season?

Firstly, regardless of the total amount how is the budget for a US TV Season of twenty odd episodes typically broken down? What percentage goes on writing, sets, equipment, actors, etc? Secondly, how ...
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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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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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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 ...