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What was the first live-action movie to feature a talking animal?

What was the first live-action movie to feature a talking animal, and did the film predate the first live-action televised appearance of a talking animal?
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Why is the Weasley house destroyed in the sixth Harry Potter film?

The destruction of the Weasley house added no plot element and it was not in the book. The Weasley home was basically supposed to be the safest place for Harry (aside from Hogwarts). Why did the film ...
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What explains the digitization effect experienced by Stevens in one of his “flashbacks”?

In the movie Source Code, during one of his "flashbacks," Stevens experiences the world appear to disintegrate, and "digitize." While watching the movie, you get the impression this is the result of ...
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First appearance of a weapon with the power of a nuclear bomb?

Atomic Bomb Predicted Before It's Time Written literature that predated the atomic bomb made references to man creating a weapon that could set the sky on fire. H.G. Wells book The Time Machine ...
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Children run in midair, stone bricks appear at their feet to create a castle

Does anyone know this movie? It's animated but not Japanese. These four children are travelling with this older creepy dude. Near the end they run around in midair and stone bricks appear at their ...
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Possible flaw in Predestination (2014)

This is in regards to the movie Predestination. This is an amazing movie, beautiful extrapolation of the short story and brilliant execution. I wonder if there is a tiny little flaw: Jane would have ...
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How was the nuclear reactor failure simulated?

Maybe someone who read the homonymous book that The Hunt for Red October is based on can answer this. The officers of the Red October (except for the doctor) simulated a reactor failure and leak of ...
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Explanation of Jule's ending monologue

I partially understand Jules' ending monologue at the end of Pulp Fiction, although the full meaning doesn't click for me. What is he trying to say in simple terms? Jules: Well there's this ...
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Announcer's Voice in “42”

Was John C. McGinley recreating the voice of someone in particular as the baseball announcer in "42"? I've heard that kind of voice before, but I don't remember where. ...
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Was Mr. Orange switching guns between scenes the first indication of a character shift?

In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Orange (Freddy) switches guns between the bar scene and the killing of the woman in her car, indicating his loss of sense of self once he understands the consequences of his ...
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Movie about a girl taking revenge for the death of her parents

I remember pretty well that I have seen a movie like this on television. American, extremely well produced. Should be between 2005 and 2012. A woman, hot and confident, tries to take revenge on a ...
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Why did Nicky do what he did to Jess in New Orleans?

So in Focus, Nicky leaves Jess in the car right after the big betting scene in New Orleans. I don't see why he did that. He wasn't being chased by cops or anyone. He wasn't in danger that he did it ...
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Was the first season of Leverage shown out of order?

On Leverage, the first appearance of FBI agents Taggert and McSweeten in Season 1, Episode 5, The Bank Shot Job, where they briefly show up right at the end after everything's all over. Two episodes ...
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Movie with disturbing initiation ritual (sometime 2004-2008)

It's an espionage thriller set in a college and focusing on two students. A most memorable scene is during initiation when, while struggling through one of the tasks, the protagonist sees his friend ...
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Why does Holder use the term 'habibi'?

In the American version of The Killing, detective Stephen Holder is seen using the term habibi several times when talking to his sister and his nephew, Habibi is an Arabic term of endearment widely ...
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Movie begins (almost) with boy and girl faking car accidents to rob helpers

Released around 2002, about two juvenile delinquents, boy and girl. At the beginning of the movie, they fake car accidents and ask drivers for help, then they steal their car (or something like that). ...
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Is money transfer in Casino Royale a plot hole?

I am not sure if I am missing something but I feel like there is a plot hole in Casino Royale in regard to the money transfer. After Mathis is tasered and taken away, Mendel (the banker guy) shows ...
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Why did Jodie Foster decide not to reprise the role of Clarice in Hannibal?

After winning an Oscar for her performance as Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs, Jodie Foster decided not to reprise the role in the sequel. When asked about it in an interview with Total Film, ...
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70s movie where fatally ill wife is frozen to be thawed when her illness is cured

There was a movie (released around 70s or early 80s I think) where someone's wife was fatally ill. She was frozen to be kept alive, until a cure is available. Much later, a cure was found, and she ...
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Why don't Jimmy and Henry get punished for their involvement with murdering Billy Batts?

In Goodfellas the MOB killed Tommy due to his act of murdering a "made man" - Billy Batts. But if they figured out that Tommy did the killing, wouldn't they also have known that Jimmy and Henry were ...
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Where is the 2nd season of True detective set?

As we know, the 1st season of True Detective was set in the state of Louisiana and the teaser for season 2 shows some explicit shots of a particular place (the intermingled highways). I want to know ...
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Why is the governor perplexed after hearing the doctor's question about releasing prisoners?

In the award-winning short movie The Voorman Problem the governor informs doctor Williams that he doesn't know Voorman's crime, because of the computer system malfuction. This leads to the following ...
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What dystopian movie features someone running at a screen and breaking it at the end?

Both my memory and my Google-fu fail me: What movie has a scene of the hero/heroine running towards a giant screen at the end, breaking it? I am SURE it was one of the dystopian sci-fis but I cannot ...
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Help identifying a film featuring a rich bad boy?

A couple years back I happened to catch the beginning of a film that really interested me but was unable to finish or find out the name. It looked fairly new probably no older than 2000. It featured a ...
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549 views

The Witch's Prophecy in S05E01

Last night I watched the first episode of Game of Thrones season 5 (awesome). In the very beginning we see a young Cersei ask a witch about her future. The Witch says that she will have three ...
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How come the chained dragons don't choke when they grow?

I have a question regarding episode 1 of season 5 of Game of Thrones. In the final episode of season 4, Daenarys chains the dragons in the cave, and they are depicted as being medium sized, with the ...
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What was going on with Tom Hagen?

In The Godfather, Part II there's some conflict between Michael and Tom: TOM: That plane goes to Miami. MICHAEL: That's where I want it met. TOM: Mike that's impossible -- they'll turn ...
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What changes were made to the Star Wars Blu-ray and what effect did they have on the plot?

The recently released Blu-ray edition of Star Wars has a few changes made personally by George Lucas. The most striking is Darth Vader's "No!" in episode VI. Why were these changes made, and do such ...
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Why did they change the location of Akira in the remake?

As described on IMDB site, the Akira remake: Set in New-Manhattan a city rebuilt with Japanese money, the story focuses on two biker friends. Further plot is not known at this time. My issue is ...
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Where did the speaking-disease come from?

In the movie Pontypool, the people have a disease that is transferred by hearing the mumbling of an infected person and thinking about it. Where did the disease come from? In the plot the possibility ...
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615 views

What is this White Horse a reference to

In episode 9 of unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt at the end the step father who seems to to be coming down after doing Heroin sees a White Horse in the restaurant, what is this a reference too? There is a ...
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Where to find info about the spy movie “The Night Listener”?

It had something to do with an agent "Z" or with that letter in his "name." It was set in Russia and, of course, had to do with the KGB. At the end someone wrote a book and dedicated it (secretly) ...
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Episode of Naruto with miniaturized characters

I stopped watching Naruto after the first 90 episodes, that was in 2005. I came across a channel on my cable tv that showed a strange episode of Naruto.. All characters are miniaturized (cute short ...
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Sonny and Carlo's relationship in The Godfather?

In The Godfather I, Carlo is seen as an abuser of his wife Connie, and my general feeling (and maybe yours too) is that he's somewhat of an outsider who wants desperately to get involved in the ...
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Need help remembering 80s or 90s movie action movie

I have recentenly been thinking about a movie I watched quite a few years ago. I don't remember anything about the plot, I believe it involed a mix of soldiers and civilians, but I can remember 2 ...
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Did Harvey Dent know that it was Bruce Wayne who locked him up

In The Dark Knight's fundraiser scene where Bruce Wayne invites many people for Harvey's fundraiser, Joker attacks the place with his goons, looking for Harvey. When Bruce sees this, he catches Harvey ...
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Why did Varys support the plot to assassinate Daenerys Targaryen?

This question may contain spoilers for season one and season five. In the season one episode, "The Wolf and the Lion", the small council discusses the imminent threat of Viserys and Daenerys ...
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How did Bran get over the wall?

I've read how Gilly and Sam got through the wall on their way home in Game of Thrones. Did Bran and Jojen do the same with a passage?
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Criminal Minds: Which episode has Garcia dressed in a suit?

I'm trying to chase down the season and episode which has Penelope Garcia wanting to be a little more hands on with the rest of the BAU... So she has a makeover which involves dolling herself up in a ...
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Eighties movie featuring a destruction derby-scene, with a Darth Vader “doll” on roof of car (?)

Has anyone seen a movie featuring a scene with a destruction derby and a car with a life size Darth Vader doll on the roof? I may be mistaken, but I am wondering if there's a scene with an airplane ...
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Why was Prowse chosen to play Darth Vader?

Everybody knows that David Prowse played Darth Vader in the old Star Wars episodes. He was a weightlifting champion and a bodybuilder. Does anybody know who and why actually chose him to play this ...
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How does the son (R.L.) die?

In the beginning of the movie 'Tree of Life', Mrs. O'Brien (Jessica Chastain) receives a telegram (or was it a regular piece of mail?) notifying her that her son has died. According to Wikipedia this ...
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Movie about young Australians marooned on island with a creep

I am looking to watch a movie I haven't seen in several years, but I cannot remember its title. What I can tell you is that the premise has a group of young Australians, (early 20s, I believe), ...
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Riggan arriving in cab at the theater

In the movie Birdman (2014), could you also explain the scene when we see Riggan jumping off a roof (when a man comes to stop him and asks if he knows where he wanted to go), flying above the city ...
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Why no stars in Interstellar?

Sometimes when they fly in space there are stars around but sometimes there are no stars at all. Why is that? For example, when they are flying alongside with saturn. We see the rings of saturn but ...
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Trying to remember a film where a rich risk taker is trying to get life insurance

I think one guy worked for an insurance company, and the other guy (who is some kind of millionaire/CEO of a huge company) wanted to get life insurance, but he was a risk taker and always sky diving ...
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Was the sabre-toothed cat shown in the closing credits of The Flintstones ever in any episodes?

Just curious if that cat was ever part of the family, because he was Fred's nemesis in those closing credits. Yet I don't recall seeing him in any episodes.
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Who is the monologue targeted at at the end of White Tiger?

The movie White Tiger (2012) ends with a monologue by Adolf Hitler. This scene leaves many unanswered questions, but the one I'm interested in is, who is the person he's talking to? If the ...
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Who are the statues at the Gates of Argonath?

In Lord Of the Rings, when paddling down the river Anduin the fellowship pass by two statues, one on each side of the river, both holding their left hand forward. One is in armour and is bearded and ...
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West Wing reasoning behind mocking people who say “there but for the grace of God go I?”

I saw on this TV show make the exchange: Leo McGarry: The Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee has a... Josh Lyman: There's a Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee? Leo McGarry: Yes. ...

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