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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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 is Jack Nicholson tossing aside in this scene in The Shining?

What are those round metal objects that Jack Torrance is throwing to the floor in this scene in The Shining?
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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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How are injections given without injuring actors?

In the movie Contagion, Jennifer Ehle's character is shown giving herself an injection. This got me wondering - are the injections they perform on-screen real? Do needles actually penetrate the skin ...
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Why do so many movies & TV shows feature recognizable, un-branded or re-branded products?

I've particularly noticed this in the past with cars in movies & TV shows. A car will quite obviously be of a certain make and/or model, identifiable by certain body features, but it will have ...
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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 is the significance of the cigarette in 'Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia'?

Mycroft Holmes, gives a cigarette to Sherlock and says "Merry Christmas". Then in the following scene, Dr. Watson asks Mycroft if he gave the cigarette to Sherlock. So, it seems to me that the ...
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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'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?
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What is Kevin from?

In Cabin in the Woods there is a board with a list of monsters on it: Bbetween Deadites and Mummy in the lower left there is Kevin. I am Kevin. I would like to know what monster reference this is ...
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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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What purple items have Samuel Jackson's characters had?

Samuel Jackson's (Mace Windu's) purple lightsaber was supposedly at his behest because that's his favorite color. Are there other conspicuously-purple items that Jackson's characters have had?
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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 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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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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Are fictional trademarks or brand names used in movies and TV legally held?

I saw this article and it got me thinking about fictional brands we see in movies and TV. Are they actually applicable trademarks? Meaning are they registered and legally upheld or could anyone ...
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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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What were the sea shells for in Demolition Man?

The three shells used in the toilets even confused poor ol' Sylvester, how were they used?
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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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Was the TARDIS an inspiration for the time-traveling phone booth?

The 1989 film Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure features a pair of dim-witted teenagers traveling through time to retrieve historical figures to make an oral presentation for their history class. ...
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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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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 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 purpose or meaning behind the Hot Rod in the Iron Man series?

In several scenes in both Iron Man 1 and 2, there are several scenes with references to Hot Rods throughout both movies. Whether it be the screen savers on the computers, Tony constantly working on ...
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Who's on the cover of this issue of Playgirl in 30 Rock?

This still is from 30 Rock season 3 episode #14, "The Funcooker": 30 Rock is known for its attention to detail and its endless pursuit of even minor jokes and sight gags, so I am willing to bet ...
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In films how do they make spider web?

In films like in Indiana Jones and National Treasure old temples, caves etc. have spider webs all over the place. Assuming that these aren't real spider webs, how do they make these fake ones? (I'm ...
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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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What is the prop meth made of?

I'm going to guess using the illegal drug would not be an option. So exactly which substance did they used as a prop for the crystal meth in Breaking Bad?
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Hebrew newspaper in Laurel & Hardy's Blotto?

In the Laurel & Hardy movie (or episode, if you will) Blotto (1930), in the first scene, Stan is reading a hebrew newspaper. So I was wondering, why a hebrew newspaper? Is there any reason and ...
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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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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 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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Is the Stay Puft brand brought into any other films?

Many directors or writers keep using brands in other movies they make. Such examples include Abrams with the Slusho brand and Tarantino Red Apple cigarettes. Also many brands are used only in ...
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What's with the “wobbly” swords in Chinese martial arts movies?

In various martial arts movies set in China, we see swords that are "wobbly" (for lack of a better term). Sometimes the effect is subtle, visible only if you pay attention to the moment when two ...
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Is the jewellery in the 2016 adaptation of War and Peace genuine?

I've been watching the 2016 BBC adaptation of Tolstoy's War and Peace, and also reading about it on the internet between episodes. One of the rumours I've come across is that the jewellery used on set ...
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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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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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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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What are these cartridges that many characters have in the Star Wars movies?

Admiral Ozzel has them on both sides of his uniform (upper chest). Most Imperial officers seem to have them. Han, pictured also here, has three such cartridges on his jacket. I'd like to make such ...
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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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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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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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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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South of Hell: Car in Purgatory

In episode 6 of South of Hell, the main characters are in Purgatory waiting for a bus that will take them to Hell. The main characters escape to a place on the edge of Purgatory and there is a car ...
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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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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'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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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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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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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 ...