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How does a movie get animals to “like” a character?

Suppose there is a movie in which the heroine is liked a lot by animals (as a means of foreshadowing how lovable she is to people). Would they use an actress or actor that is naturally well-liked by ...
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In Star Wars, is the Wampa's dismembered arm foreshadowing?

In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke sabers the arm off the wampa, the scene shows the arm falling to the ground in dramatized slow-motion with a slightly "strobe" effect (consequence of ...
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Movie like the song hotel california

This movie, I can't seem to find. I've been looking for years. I'm guessing it came out sometime after 2000. The plot is something like the song hotel California. Though it's four friends driving ...
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What evidence existed against Skyler White during the final episodes of Breaking Bad?

I've been watching Breaking Bad as of late, and I've got the final episode planned for tonight (so please, no spoilers). In Ozymandias and Granite State, we see Walter White going into hiding after ...
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Do Celebrity Big Brother contestants still earn a fee if they are ejected from the show?

The UK version of CBB has had two housemates ejected on behavioral grounds within the first few days... One of these contestants, Ken Morley, talked about deliberately being rude and irritable so he ...
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Which movie scene is it where sniper takes a shot through a moving exhaust fan to save a hostage?

I have searched best sniper movie scenes but couldn't find this one. This is an ultimate shot taken by the sniper to save the hostage. In this movie sniper is sitting pretty far perhaps on roof top ...
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How are the Gummi Bears related to each other

I recently rewatched Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears. The general opinion is that they are not related to each other. There is no father/mother/daughter/son scheme. Only Sunni and Cubbi are ...
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Is an in-universe explanation ever given for why presidential elections are staggered differently than in real life?

In real life, United States presidential elections are held every four years. The first was held in 1788 (roughly) and as such the elections of recent times have been held in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, ...
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Boss Hogg-type character with a wart on his nose

The film is set in the American South, possibly in the mid-20th Century. I saw it on US TV in the 80s or early 90s. One of the main characters reminded me of Boss Hogg from the Dukes of Hazzard. ...
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Why is the title of The Big Bang Theory not translated in Quebec?

In Quebec, the French speaking part of Canada, it is usual (and seems to be part of Bill 101 about the use of French Language in Quebec) to translate titles of movies and TV show into French. For ...
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What is the point of selling in 2.35 format a movie recorded in 1.85 format?

I can see that the "E.T." movie is sold in 1.85 and 2.35 formats: Example of 2.35 format - Another example - And a last one Example of 1.85 format But seems to have been recorded in 1.85 ...
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What does the ending of the movie “Coherence” mean?

In the ending of the movie Coherence, we see that It would really be helpful to get a clear answer here!
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Ghost/horror film from 80's or 90's on BBC or ITV

I remember watching part of a film (in English) when I was a child about a town plagued by invisible spirits after dark. I seem to think it was set in a town by the sea, and after dark, everyone had ...
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Is this famous Michael Jackson dance move inspired by The Wizard of Oz (1939)?

Is there an evidence that this famous Michael Jackson dance move is inspired by the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939)? With evidence I mean an interview or something like that. In The Wizard of Oz there ...
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When did movies first start to show real world from inside a car?

When did movies first start to show real world from inside a car and not a studio-based rear projection? What was the first movie that contains car sequences all made with real action shots?
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Help identifying a sniper movie

The opening scene is set in the Balkans where two American (?) snipers are staking out a bombed-out building where hostages are being held. A third guy shows up, kills the snipers, the ...
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Old movie with mother seeing her daughter's ghost

Could you help me identify a movie? I remember seeing it around the end of the 90s. At the beginning of the story the daughter of a couple died because of some kind of medical malpractice. The girl ...
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Was “The 400 Blows” influenced by “The Catcher in the Rye”?

Truffaut's The 400 Blows is considered by many to be the first film of the French New Wave, and somewhat autobiographical, and Truffaut has been quoted as saying that the film saved his life. It has ...
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Why was this version of the Stark vs Loki scene abandoned?

So recently I found this little animation that seems to be taken from either deleted scenes or some sort of pre-processing/concept work up of the scene before the Battle of New York of Stark vs Loki. ...
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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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Soundtrack idioms in movies

I use the term "Soundtrack idiom" to mean a very short musical phrase that immediately informs the viewer that the scene has shifted to a new location, and also suggests where the location is. A ...
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Cop partner supposedly dies, yet is alive and the bad guy

Movie where there is a cop partnership, and they are trying to find the bad guy who has files or paperwork, something like that. One of the partners "dies" and the other one continues to look for the ...
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Is Moon (2009) a remake of an obscure Italian movie Eutamnesia?

There are these claims circulated around the net that Moon (2009) is in fact "inspired" by an Italian movie Eutamnesia. I.e., here is a video which (in a very unconvincing way) has started it. Here ...
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After the Time of the Doctor are the events in the Name of the Doctor just an aborted timeline?

The Time of the Doctor special gives the strong impression that the future has been changed. The Doctor does not die at Trenzalore. The planet does not become the horrifically scared and burnt ...
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Villain tracks henchmen chasing hero through a maze/labyrinth

I'm trying to ID a movie that I had caught the end of as a child. The specific scenes that I remember are a cat-and-mouse exchange between the protagonist and a couple of henchmen in a giant, ...
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What was the role of Jackie Costigan?

Billy Costigan's uncle Jackie is mentioned in The Departed with Queenan and Dignam, then again during Sullivan's briefing scene. How was he important to Frank Costello's crew?
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What is the significance of the election in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”?

What is the significance of the election in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"? Why were the rich ranchers so excited about the territory's independence that they were hiring outlaws to influence the ...
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Why are the Romero Dead Series remakes so different?

Why are the remakes of Dawn of the Dead (1978), and Day of the Dead (1985) so drastically different from the original films? The remakes seem too different form the originals to even call them remakes ...
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Preteen boy travels to Africa to find his lost father

Early 80's movie. An American preteen boy (more generally of white race) decides to know why his father doesn't return from Africa (or maybe it was the Amazons... I remember tropical jungles) and ...
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Animated film for adults with funny bathroom scene

This was an crudely-ish animated film around the early 90s. Had swearing and adult themes. I remember a tiny red ball that gave the beholder unlimited strength. The bad general of the film had the ...
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What does Harmonica's brother say before he dies?

Here is the scene : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kD54-q1uFM It is right before the final duel and lets the audience know Harmonica's motivation in wanting to kill Frank. Harmonica's brother is ...
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How can I tell whether or not a film has been broadcast on TV?

Is there any way to determine whether or not a film has been broadcast on a TV station (particularly in the UK)?
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Why did “The Narwhal” smuggle lemurs?

In the final episode of season 1 (EP24 "Heroine") of the tv series Elementary, Holmes finds a coded message on a murdered thug that read; BN23MACEDONIANSUN Following the message they find a ...
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1990s sci-fi tv show with invading humanoids and dull crosshatched eyes

I am remembering a sci fi tv show from probably around the 90s in which the enemies had strange eyes. The eyes were dull and had either a cross or a line through them. Weaponry was like assault ...
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The bleeding man in Pi (1997)

Who is the bleeding man at the train station? He is most likely just imagined, as is so many other things in the movie (e.g. the brain), but I can't imagine what it means.
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Why does Folger give Muir a confused look in this scene at the end of Spy Game?

It's the last 5 minutes of the movie. See clip @approx 0:08. Someone in the room: "Are we done here?" Harker: "Non-disclosure agreement." Muir quickly signs the NDA. Folger: ...
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Pollution-themed animated TV-series that aired in the early '90s?

I watched this show as a child in North America in the early '90s, though it is probably older, and have nothing but vague memories with which to identify it. Thus, anything fitting even one of the ...
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What is the name of old lego racing animated series?

I remember watching a lego animated "cartoon" somewhere back in nineties but I can't seem to be able to google the name of it. I remember episodes about cars/formulas racing each other. It could be ...
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Who was the girl and why was she seen in Wrecked?

I recently watched Wrecked and have some unclear parts. I realized that during the robbery, the men (robbers) dragged along the Man only to use his vehicle. During that, we are shown the dumbfounded ...
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What is the cinematic origin (first use) of a “Fortune teller will lose powers after intimacy” trope?

I happened to watch 2 movies in the same week ("Live and Let Die" and "Scorpion King") both of which had a common trope of a fortune teller virginal female who is supposed to lose her prescient powers ...
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Looking for a specific movie from about late 90's to 2000's

I watched a movie a long time ago I think it was anywhere from late 90's to mid 2000's, I will post below what happens in some of the movie it is all I can remember and I would love to see it again. ...
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How “directed” were the activities filmed in Disney's Monkey Kingdom?

While watching the plot of Monkey Kingdom unfold, I became very curious about just how directed many of the scenes were. This is perhaps a slightly broad question, but I think it's still a good one. ...
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Old movie about an immortal man who saves a young girl

Ok, this is a long shot considering that I don't remember very much at all about this movie. I watched it with my parents like 10 years ago but I've always wondered what movie it was. I only ...
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Non-credit in Julie and Julia

I've read other threads regarding credit/non-credit in movies, but haven't come across my particular question. I was watching "Julie and Julia" last night and noticed something odd about the credits. ...
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Movie (maybe show?) where clinic is held hostage for adult son who dies

At the latest, I saw this movie in January of 2008 on TV. I'll describe what I remember and see if it rings any bells. There were three adult men, including what I believe to be a father and a son. ...
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Where did the “dream effect” originate?

When a TV or movie character begins to dream (or daydream), there is a common set of effects used to communicate that to the audience: Whitened screen or edges (a "cloudy" effect) Sometimes a brief ...
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Why do Penny and Sheldon's mom sing “Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty” differently?

Penny sings "Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty" to Sheldon in a few episodes of "The Big Bang Theory". In at least one other episode, Sheldon's mom sings "Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty" to him but with a slightly ...
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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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Why did Ben manipulate Locke into not entering the code?

In Season 2, Ben (as fake Henry Gale) was trying to manipulate Locke into not entering the code into the computer in the Swan Station. This was made clear in particular when Ben told Locke that never ...
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What's the distinct color grading in David Fincher's movies?

In most movies, there is a post shoot processing, which gives the movies a distinct look. Often this color grading is based on certain pre-defined presets or let's say themes. Now, every time I see a ...

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