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How were the CGI scenes created for National Geographic series WW II Greatest Raids

I've been watching a few of the World War II series on the National Geographic channel lately and they have a series called WW II Greatest raids. In this series they provide CGI reenactments of the ...
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Why do film studios buy domains of fictitious companies?

A few moments ago I saw an episode of 'The Blacklist' and recognized a sign with the address of an fictitious estate agent. My curiosity was to check the domain in the web browser. It seems that the ...
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Why are TV shows not aired at the same time across the World?

It's not as bad now, but it used to be the case that in the UK an American TV show would air, and we would only be able to watch it months later. Sometimes when we got the first episode, in the US ...
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Upto what extent do foreign sitcoms/drama shows exhibits 'real culture' of those countries?

Looking at sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and other ones, up-to what extent do they reflect the culture of America? Is it good to make a statement about other countries' ...
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When/Why did American television change from primarily episodic to primarily serialized?

My recollection of the prime-time television I watched growing up -- the 70s and 80s plus whatever were on at the time -- are almost invariably of episodic television. At the end of each episode, ...
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How are viewing figures gathered?

Many TV sites give the viewing figures for a particular episode or series. With more modern digital TVs I can accept that these values could be gathered from the television itself but I find this ...
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Television crossover episodes between networks?

It can be somewhat common among spinoff series or when cross promotion is desired, for characters from one series to appear in episodes of another series. This has most recently been seen in some of ...
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Why do TV shows sometimes change the intro mid-season?

I've noticed with a few TV shows (most recently White Collar) midway in both season 2 and 3, the intro has changed. I'd have thought they would have sent all the episodes to the TV station at once, ...
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What is the purpose of a mid-season finale?

With shows like The Walking Dead, why do they use a 2-part season? There are other shows like Son of Anarchy that do not have a 2-part season. Some shows such as American Horror Story take a break for ...
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How come Top Gear (UK) has swearing in season 22?

I've watched Top Gear (UK) for all its 21 seasons. Recently, season 22 started airing and I managed to catch the first episode. What surprised me is that it is rated as TV-MA and they have explicit ...
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Why was Mossador afraid of death?

In the new season of Game of Thrones we see the former slave Mossador being executed. Before he dies he pleads for his life. Is this inconsistent with the people of the free cities' behaviour? So as ...
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In Back to the Future Part II, how could old Biff have made it back to 2015?

In Back to the Future Part II, Doc picks up Marty in 1985 and takes him to 2015. Then old Biff realizes the Delorean is a time machine. Old Biff steals the Delorean and travels from 2015 to 1955 to ...
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Why doesn't the spider venom affect Peter badly?

In The Amazing Spider-Man, why does Peter not get badly affected by the poisonous venom spider, while both Harry and Connors (used lizard serum) do?
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229 views

80s-style vampire movie with a delivery boy

I am trying to identify a movie I saw while on a road-trip to Florida when I was very young. I remember it being 1980s style and American made. The only real scene I remember is that this vampire ...
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3 white brothers: an excon, a war veteran and a young urban artist

This is probably from late 80s or early 90s. The 3 brothers are adults but still live at their parents with family problems. The war vet is timid and somewhat crazy, spends time alone in his room and ...
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Where did the “calmly eating noodles when bad guys walk in” scene first appear?

This scene happens in many martial arts movies: It usually starts with some hero wandering into a strange town; orders a bowl of noodles; then a couple of bad guys casually sit down and start ...
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Does Grand Maester Pycelle have an agenda?

In the Game of Thrones series the character Grand Maester Pycelle seems perfectly content to brew potions, give bad advice and hit on handmaidens. I'm not saying that he doesn't serve a purpose, he ...
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483 views

Movie about a startup during the dotcom

I can't seem to remmember or find the name of the movie or the company that was in the movie. The movie was about a mobile game developer (developing on old Nokia phones) company that was based in ...
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Do bastard names depend on the birth location, or the place where the father of the bastard belongs?

In Game of Thrones, bastards of highborns, like kings or lords are given bastard names like Snow in the North, and Sand in Dorne. So these names are given due to the region they are born in or the ...
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260 views

From where does Detective Bobby Goren draw his wealth of knowledge?

Detective Robert Goren of Law and Order: Criminal Intent is often compared to Sherlock Holmes and draws on experience in the US Army as a criminal investigator. He knows facts from a huge variety ...
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Who was the first actor/actress who made the move from Adult to Non-Adult movies full time?

This question is obviously inspired by Sasha Grey's entrance into mainstream moviemaking in Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience". Was there a Adult actor or actress who made such a move ...
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What was the earliest mass-release movie that used Matrix-like “bullet time”?

One of the things that The Matrix was famous for was "bullet time" cinematography. I'm fairly sure that, while it was the first one to use the technique extensively and become famous for it, it ...
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Why are computer hackers shown to either be geniuses, or show them doing it in fantastic ways?

I was watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Lisbeth Salander was really good at hacking computers as well as other security breaking skills, to the point where it was way too easy to do from a ...
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Why did Michael Richards refuse to portray himself?

In the 1999 film "Man on the Moon" starring Jim Carrey as the infamous comic Andy Kaufman, the movie takes great pains to recreate specific points in Kaufman's life. In a somewhat unorthodox fashion, ...
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482 views

Movie with a scene of a reused condom with chewing gum sticking on it

The general visual impression of the Movie reminded me of the 80s, one scene of it was like this: A young man had sexual intercourse with a woman, the woman left but the used condom stayed inside the ...
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Why does the computer having data from Dr. Mann's planet react in this way? [duplicate]

In the movie Interstellar on Dr. Mann's planet when Rommily tries to check the data from the computer or robot he says "This data makes no sense" and then suddenly it blows up killing Rommily. Now how ...
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In the Doctor Who episode “Blink”, why do the angel statues appear in weird places?

There are two specific scenes I'm thinking of where angel statues inexplicably appear in strange places. The first is when Sally Sparrow is in the police depot and looks out the window and sees ...
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Movie where holding their breath makes people invisible

I remember watching an English language (probably live-action) film as a kid (on the TV, but I don't think it was a series) about which I remember the part where there was a group of people who could ...
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What are the reasons for different Worldwide release dates of a movie?

What are the major factors that lead to different release dates worldwide for a movie? Eg: Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained releases on 25th Dec, 2012 in the US, on 18th Jan, 2013 in UK and as ...
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Why did Nina Myers help Jack Bauer if she was a mole?

In the last two episodes of the first season of the TV series 24, it is shown that Nina Myers is a mole. However, from the very first episode and onwards she's very helpful to Jack Bauer. Why did ...
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376 views

Is the Hound a lord?

So in Game of Thrones I know that The Mountain is older than The Hound; but as everyone knows, the Mountain is a knight. Many would say that the hound is also a knight but this isn't technically true ...
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208 views

Movie with a sword fight on and into a body of water (man and woman)

I remember a few years ago my grandfather was watching a movie that had a sword fight scene between a man and a woman. I believe she had boots on and they were fighting near a body of water that took ...
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Was Patrice hired for murder or suicide?

In Skyfall, the contract killer Patrice travels to Shanghai where he forces entry into a skyscraper and shoots a man in an adjacent building with his sniper rifle, when he is attacked and inadvertedly ...
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Strange creatures crawl out of the house's fireplace and attack the inhabitants

Approximately 30 years ago, I watched a horror movie which I have been trying to identify for years. The problem is that after so many years I don't remember a lot about the movie and the only things ...
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Why does Blake ask the salesmen if they have “Made your decision for Christ”?

During Blake's (Alec Baldwin) motivational speech to the salesmen, he explains the acronym AIDA - Attention, Interest, Decision, Action. When it comes to 'decision', he asks "Decision. Have you made ...
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Does River Song's message on Planet One in “The Pandorica Opens” have any perceived meaning?

In Doctor Who ("The Pandorica Opens" S05E12), River Song is the person responsible for leaving a message on "Planet One" carved into the Diamond Cliff. The message reads: HELLO SWEETIE ΘΣ Φ ...
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Movie about a criminal inside a bar

I have seen this movie three or four years ago, it was indeed catchy and entertaining; and it got stuck in my memory. The very well american produced movie should be released between 2004 and 2009. I ...
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What relevance does the comic reading subplot in the Ultimate Cut have?

What was with the subplot of comics "Tales of the Black Freighter" in the film Watchmen and how is it relevant to the story? Note: Tales of the Black Freighter is a part of Ultimate cut of the movie. ...
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How is the fluent conversation with spacecraft possible in Capricorn One?

In Capricorn One, the NASA mission control center maintains fluent communication with the spacecraft crew, which is obvious especially in the scene where the astronauts talk with their wives, even ...
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What does Lisa call the Tibetan Buddhist Devil's name in “The Simpsons”?

In an episode of The Simpsons I saw years ago, I remember there being a secret room below the school, Lisa discovering it and some other things I cant remember. She - being Buddhist - did though ...
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Why didn't Julian tell Danny the truth about his last job?

At the end of The Matador Julian asks Danny for help with a last job he needs to do in order to be free and not get killed by his boss, to which Danny reluctantly agrees. But then after it's done he ...
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Origin of the quote “mad impetuous boy”

I occasionally run across a phrase containing the words 'mad impetuous boy' in a number of movies. Probably most famous is a Pete Lorre lookalike in a Loony Tunes cartoon being slapped by Daffy Duck. ...
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Unknown 80s movie with closet-portal & goat-legged man

I am trying to figure out this movie I watched when I was a kid and I'm pretty sure it is from the 80s, kind of spooked me. All I can remember is they go the closet and open the hangers of clothes and ...
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What's with the shark in the pool?

During The Matador, at the morning after his bar talk with Danny, we see Julian walk through the hotel lobby in swimming wear and boots and jump right into the pool with his beer can still in his ...
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199 views

Movie name - A movie 1990 - 2000 where the devil visits village

Release date: Should be between 1990 and 2000. Production: American (Hollywood). Genre: Thriller and Drama Like, not horror. Popularity: It was a "mainstream" movie, I guess quite successful. ...
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Why did Nolan want to end the Batman series?

According to numerous sources, The Dark Knight Rises will be the end of the Batman series. I think all the three Batman movies directed by Nolan was successful and did well at the box office. Since ...
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What is the primary spoken language in Passion of the Christ?

The Wikipedia article says that the spoken languages are Aramaic and Latin. Are these roughly 50/50, or does one predominate? I could watch this and try to determine it for myself, but I'm not ...
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How come Ser Loras is engaged to Cersei after being kingsguard?

In Game of Thrones we know that Jamie cannot marry as kingsguard is supposed to not have family, as they took the oath to save the king. I believe this oath is the same like the people at the wall ...
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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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Why couldn't Ocean's team show Benedict the live feed? Why was the recording needed?

In Ocean's Eleven, during the vault robbery, Terry Benedict is shown a recording of a copy of his vault with the robbery in progress. The way I understand the time line, when this was happening Ocean, ...

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