Inanimate objects used in film or tv productions to propel the storyline or that help to define a character by association.

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The meaning of the Dexter lock in the series Dexter

Every time the series started I remember wondering about the lock on Dexter's door. I was sure I had the same one in my garage so I went to check and it turned out to be a "Dexter" lock. Is there a ...
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What is Neil Patrick Harris drinking?

In the movie Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay approximately one hour in, Neil Patrick Harris is driving a car. He picks up a bottle and takes a long swig. His hand is covering up a ...
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What is the pink thing on the Sherman tank?

When the Fury tank enters the town, a pink object is visible on the tank. What is that?
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What was the purpose behind the metal object Forest Whitaker rubbed on Jake Gyllenhaal's face in Southpaw?

In Southpaw, Forest Whitaker rubs a metal object on Jake Gyllenhaal's cheek to do some sort of first aid I presume. I think it could be metal chilled in iced water to reduce blood flow. Is that ...
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Why the bin bag in Silver Linings Playbook?

The hero of Silver Linings Playbook, Pat, was seen wearing a bin bag (or garbage bag depending upon your locale) that had holes cut for his head and arms... Both his mother and father asked why he ...
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Disney's Recess Whistles

Is there a name for the whistle-like things they use on Disney's Recess? I am fairly certain that they have never given a name for those things on any episode. If it is a whistle, what kind of ...
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Why is the Satellite of Love shaped like a bone?

Why is the SOL in MST3K shaped like a bone? I know it's not hard sci-fi or anything, but has it ever been explained by the creators, actors, set designers, etc? The views of the inner architecture do ...
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What do they use in place of actual marijuana plants?

We see a lot of weed plants in Trailer Park Boys, they look very very real. What are these plants? Is there a standard showbiz weed plant look-a-like?
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What kind of glasses is Ronnie Kray wearing?

In the trailer [Youtube.com] for the upcoming ganster movie Legend, we see Ronnie Kray (cast by Tom Hardy) wearing the following glasses: Are these glasses accurate for the timespan (1950 - 1960)? ...
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Was the set of “The Shining” intentionally set on fire by Kubrick to eliminate prop re-usage?

It is said Kubrick had a habit of destroying outtakes and any unwanted scenes, even destroying the Monolith in order to prevent the re-hashing of props in later movies. Could this fire that happened ...
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Is there an actual prop of the Monolith that was used in 2001? [closed]

The monolith from the final scene of 2001: A Space Odissey with the old man in bed lifting hand as if to touch the monolith from the bed. Where are these props?
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Is that a real baby?

Many shows nowadays have birth scenes with newborn babies right after. It seems pretty crazy, risky and unreliable to me to use a real newborn. So what do shows use for scenes with that deal with ...
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Is the BB-8 robot in the new Star Wars movie and in this presentation the same exact robot?

Check out this gif of the BB-8 robot rolling through desert: See how its head is wobbling a lot? Now see this footage of BB-8 on stage of The Force Awakens celebration panel in Anaheim (seen from ...
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Why do some movies have photoshopped pictures of the 'family'

I've seen it on quite a few movies where they show pictures of the family in some past gathering or with friends but usually they are photoshopped in some background or their faces are shopped onto ...
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How are car model years identified?

This is some question that has always been in my mind. I ask here because I have mostly seen it in American movies and TV series, not so in those from other parts. Typically in a movie, a suspect is ...
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When did bombs start having fancy countdown timers?

I think that it's widely considered that bombs with cute LCD displays and timers displaying the time left, all in movies and video games, are highly unrealistic, because what evil villain wants to let ...
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Is a whiteboard anachronistic in Ashes to Ashes?

In Series 1 Episode 1 of Ashes to Ashes, DI Alex Drake employs a whiteboard as she reasons out her situation with Shaz and Chris. Were whiteboards in general use in 1981? Is this an anachronism?
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Why is it always the same type of beer cup used in college-style movies/series?

This has been a mystery to me for quite a while. I'm talking about this cup: The screenshot is from the 2008s movie Fanboys. The exact same cup also appears in movies such as: American Pie ...
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What is this poster in the background?

I was watching the movie Cisco Pike and I was very interested in this creepy-looking bearded man on the poster / tapestry in the background. It's shown in the scene when Cisco and his friend go to ...
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In the “False Prophet” scene, what is Daniel Plainview eating?

What is Daniel Plainview eating in the last scene of There will be blood as he is forcing Eli to recite "I am a false prophet, God is a superstition!" before killing him?
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Fake currency used in movies - trouble?

Every fourth movie that I watch has a suitcase full of money, money in stacks, money being thrown into the air. While I can imagine that if its a stack of money, maybe only the top bill is real. ...
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Nylon brush in a Western?

You tell me. Is that a Nylon brush in that hand? The movie this comes from was set in 1865. I know... I know. Endless loops of gaffs and goofs. No. Not looking for trouble. Those are Clint's ...
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What is the purpose of Rust's one-eye mirror?

In the 1st season of True Detective one of the very few things in Rust's apartment back in 1995 is a very small mirror, just large enough to reflect a single eye, which he repeatedly looks into during ...
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What exact color is Inspector Morse's car? [closed]

I am building a plastic model of the Jaguar Mark II, the same car that Inspector Morse drives in the British TV series. His car is in a deep red color, and I would like to know the exact color ...
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What's the original use of the “meth cooking tent”? [closed]

In Breaking Bad a tent made of plastic wrap(?) with rigid rods is used for meth cooking: Since it's definitely not sold for that purpose in hardware stores, what's the original purpose of it? Can ...
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Whose photo is on the table in the telephone call scene?

It's hard to believe that a detail in a Tarkovsky film is arbitrary. In The Sacrifice (Offret), there is a scene at the 2:00:00 mark, where the main character is sitting at a table facing the ...
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What kind of flashlights are used in the X-Files by the FBI?

I've noticed that in the X-Files series the FBI agents use flashlights that has very strong light. There are many dark scenes and when in buildings they usually don't use the electricity of the ...
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What type of gun is primarily used by the protagonist in “Blue Ruin”?

In the movie "Blue Ruin", what type of gun is used most by the protagonist? It looks like an AK47 or some type of assault rifle, but what exact type is it? (On iTunes)
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Is Breacher wearing a European style necktie to point to Schwarzenegger's heritage?

In Sabotage (2014) the character Breacher, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is shown wearing a European style necktie, i.e. the stripes showing positive diagonals when seen by others ( // , see here). ...
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What's on Rose's shoulder when she's contemplating suicide (Titanic)?

What's this black semicircle thing on Rose's left shoulder (scene where she's prepping to jump off Titanic)? It almost looks like a fake eyelash. It disappears after this shot, and afterward, is ...
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What is the Eraserhead baby?

As anyone who has seen the movie will tell you, the Eraserhead baby is the stuff of nightmares. The baby itself is famous for being somewhat of a mystery. David lynch refuses to discus the baby, ...
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Big Bang Theory prop

Big Bang Theory is full of interesting props. It's a pastime of mine to try to identify odd props in shows and movies. This one has me stymied. It is in the rarely seen set of Sheldon's bedroom. I've ...
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What can someone use to give them 'Godfather cheeks'?

You know the story. Someone tells you the great news that they're expecting, and the even better news that they want you to be the Godfather. Your natural response is to look the part. But how? ...
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What is the symbolism of the remote controlled toy car?

In Breaking Bad, there are various occasions where there is a boy playing with toy car. Noticed mostly when Walter and Hank talk (about meth or Hank's cases). In Breaking Bad everything appears to ...
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In films how do they make spider web?

In films where there are some treasure hunting like in Indiana Jones, National Treasure; we can see that some time actors went to old temples, caves etc. There are spider webs all over the places. Now ...
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What do actors actually inhale when they snort cocaine or smoke crack?

While film scenes where an actor injects something into his/her arm can perhaps be faked with edits and maybe prosthetics, how do actors manage to snort cocaine or smoke crack? Are there approved safe ...
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What movie or TV show is this shuttle-craft prop from?

I'm trying to find out what movie or TV show this sci fi-looking prop is from. I saw the prop, appearing to be some kind of shuttle-craft, recently at the Aviation Warehouse in El Mirage and I suspect ...
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What is the significance of the statue given to Hank?

Hank is given a little statue in one episode of Breaking Bad, which looks like a railway employee from his cloths, with the phrase 'know your enemy'. Which he hands over to his partner later. So what ...
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What does the pink teddy bear represent in Breaking Bad?

After the plane crash in season 2 of breaking bad a pink teddy bear falls into Walts pool. We see the bear in several scenes before the plane crash in previous episodes of the season. In these ...
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What's with apple pie at the diner?

I am sure I must have seen this few times were people ask or have apple pie (at a diner), the 2 occurrences that I know for sure is from Men in Black (III) and Sleepy hollow episode 2 season 1 ( But I ...
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Was the painting a genuine La Tour?

In the Merchant Ivory picture, Le Divorce, there is a painting supposedly painted by the French painter, Georges de La Tour, which plays a role in the plot. Was it a genuine painting by this painter?
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How was the bank robbery completed?

In Now You See Me, when Morgan Freeman explains to the detective on how the Four Horseman robbed the bank, he mentions that they replaced the real money (while in the secured transport truck) with ...
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Why does House have an old TV in his office?

I'm up to Season 3 of House, M.D. and it's been perplexing me for a while now as to why Dr. House has an old TV in his office. It's a small Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) TV and has been seen in the ...
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Breaking a whiskey glass with your bare hands: how would this have been done?

In Broken City, there's a scene where the character, Jack Valliant, breaks his whiskey glass by squeezing it with his bare hands. I'd first like to know if this is actually physically possible. ...
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Why choose an Aztek?

In Breaking Bad, one of the iconic items is Walt's original car, the Pontiac Aztek. It is featured a lot in the series and can be argued as a slight companion to Walt, accompanying him on his journey ...
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What is the story behind Robert Langdon's Mickey Mouse watch?

In Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, movies, the character Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wears a Mickey Mouse watch and when somebody asks about it he never answers (or did i miss it?). The ...
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Why do they sometimes not use a real operating system in films?

Why is it that sometimes TV shows and movies use real operating systems (ie: Windows, Mac OS or Linux) and computers but then sometimes hide the logos or use a fake OS with an unrealistic GUI?
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How do they film money in TV or movie?

Money shown in movies or TV shows before 30-40 years was looked fake. Is there a law that prohibits was showing real money (bills and close ups of coins) in a TV commercial, show or film? How do they ...
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Is it really Steve McQueen's car?

In the movie Tower Heist, it was said a specific car belonging to Arthur Shaw is Steve McQueen's car. Now herein lies my doubt. Is it really his car? Can anybody provide any reference?!
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What's written on Q's cup in Skyfall?

Saw Skyfall over the weekend and was just wondering what's written on the side and bottom of Q's cup?