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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. In short, there will be a commercial for some random mail order product, and right before the ad ends, the screen cuts to a white/yellow ...
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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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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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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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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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Are the similar 1984 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 with Dabney Coleman (theatrical release) came out. They have identical plots. In both, the main ...
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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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How do TV shows earn money and how to find the stats about it?

Whenever a big budget movie comes out we see some statistics like first week earning breaks this and that record. So money/earning also became a source of addressing success or failure for that movie. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How do they make a huge crowd in a movie?

We usually see a huge crowd in a movie: In scenes in war movies having a huge crowd, where you'll have an army force with costumes In musical shows set in a movie, games like football, cricket, or ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it easier to make an older actor look younger than a younger actor older?

Considering how well 42-year old Matt Damon carried off the role of 17-year old Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra, I'm curious to know if it is easier, in terms of make-up, to make an older ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Is the story of the Prince of Persia movie purely based on the titular video game?

I heard that Prince of Persia: The sands of time movie was based on the Prince of Persia: The sands of time video game. However in the wiki article it is said: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ...
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How can weightlessness be simulated on film?

How can the weightlessness of space be realistically simulated on film? Does it require CG or can a convincing simulation be achieved using wire fu and editing? (I'm happy to hear of good examples of ...
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Do they really drink or eat when shooting movies?

Many times in movies and TV shows characters are showed as eating or drinking activities (water, beverages, alcohol). If a shoot takes many retakes, then the actors will not want to eat after going ...
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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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Why were movies in the past filmed faster than today?

In the past movies were produced pretty fast. For example Charlie Chaplin made about 5-10 movies a year, often being actor, director and producer in one person. Today a movie often takes many months ...
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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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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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Was Birdemic intended to be a bad movie?

I would like to know if Birdemic was intended as a funny non-serious movie or if it was really made with the intention of producing a genuinely scary movie that just got bad. Were they serious when ...
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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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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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What's the difference between the professional titles “writer” and “screenwriter”?

I'd like to know the difference between the professional titles "writer" and "screenwriter" in the context of movies. Please notice that I'm not a native English speaker and I have little knowledge of ...
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Are there any existing animation templates for movie graphics?

I was recently watching the newest Hunger Games movie. There was a scene when Katniss walked out of a bunker for hunting and she saw a deer that was not afraid of her. What got me thinking, was that ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...