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Summary: Legal/contractual obligations to list all staff who've worked on film Evidence that staff have worked on film, which can be used to help them gain future employment Some movie-goers are extremely interested in credits and finding out who was responsible for what Detailed Answer: Union Rules/legalities E! Online were asked a question about why ...


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According to David Feldman's book Imponderables: The Solution to the Mysteries of Everyday Life: Why are copyrighted dates on movies and television shows written in Roman numerals? The general consensus is the "deception theory": to "make it difficult for viewers to determine exactly how old the show is", the reason being the older the ...


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There are a lot of films with actors/actresses who dominate the film, but actually have very little screen time. For example, Orson Welles in The Third Man had ~10 minutes of screen time. Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight had just under 20 minutes. Judi Dench won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love for less than 8 minutes acting time. Similarly, Beatrice Straight ...


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Hugh Laurie has been well known in the UK since the 1980s, appearing in such popular TV shows as: The Young Ones A Bit of Fry and Laurie Blackadder (series 2 - 4) Jeeves and Wooster And parts in the films: Peter's friends 101 Dalmations Spice World Before 1998 when these episodes were made. As these episodes were set in the UK a well known (and ...


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EDIT: We might have a new record. In the US historical epic One Night with the King from 2006, Peter O'Toole briefly appears in the prologue as the Prophet Samuel for "barely 30 seconds", according to Leonard Maltin's 2015 Movie Guide. (I timed it myself and it's about 25 seconds). Despite this, he's top-billed as the film's star: Another notable example ...


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From the IMDB trivia page James Earl Jones supplied the voice of Darth Vader, but specifically requested that he not be credited. At the time, the reason he cited was that he felt he had not done enough work to get the billing, but he later admitted that he didn't want his name associated with the film because he was still an up-and-coming actor, and ...


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From IMDB: The closing title card, "Based on the character of 'The Bride' created by Q and U", refers to the first initials of Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman.


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This is because there is a difference between how IMDb (or another source) lists the actor's name than their credit in a movie. The name after 'as' shows how they were credited in the movie. In the case here, it is because there is a difference in the capitalization between Dane DeHaan and Dane Dehaan. The difference here is relatively minor, they can be ...


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According to an article about the credits for the movie at TrekMovie.com, although they [Hemsworth and Morrison] don’t appear in the film, some of their dialog from the 2009 movie can be briefly heard during a dream sequence/flashback. Presumably that counts as a speaking part, so they have to be in the credits.


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According to Screenrant (beware: SPOILERS for future movies): the originally planned post-credits scene featuring Bruce Banner a.k.a. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) would have been shot for the film but instead, as we learned from co-writer Christopher Markus, I'll put the information regarding the possible appearance in a future movie in spoilers: The ...


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From What's the Difference?: How to Tell Things Apart that Are Confusingly Close A “story by” credit is given to the person or team who came up with the essence of a film (such as the plot or main characters) and who may have written a treatment, but who didn’t write the screenplay. Similarly, a “screen story by” credit goes to a person or team who ...


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There's a bit of prestige being listed last. Generally this spot is for a famous actor that has a small role. For the Hobbit movies, Bloom isn't in all the films so he won't get the same type of billing as the regular players. The SAG rules are different for guest stars and featured players than for principal players. For Andy Serkis, I think it's because he'...


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He didn't want to be credited. From a Guardian article: Moore has a complicated relationship with money. "Pure voodoo," he says now. "Only there as long as we believe in it." Challenged, during a television interview this year, about why he would sign away the movie rights to a comic such as Watchmen if he didn't ever want it to become a movie, ...


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Game of Throne's opening sequence clocks at 1:50 minutes, which is indeed longer than most modern TV opening credits that rarely break a minute. There are several reasons for this: To establish an epic feeling for the series. A similar series, Rome, has a credit sequence that lasts 1:30. To establish where the action takes place. Each episode the camera ...


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According to IMDb there are only 17 movies (including shorts) that uses this rolling down credits technique, the earliest being just the one you used as example: Kiss Me Deadly (1955). In the list of movies that match this request there's also, as you mentioned, Seven (1999). Recently, the movie Next (2007) used this approach, making it the last to do so ...


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In the early days of Hollywood, at the Academy awards, the Academy members could choose whether they thought an actor’s performance was leading or supporting. This led to an interesting scenario in 1945, where an actor was nominated for the leading and supporting Oscars for the exact same role (Going My Way). After this the Academy changed the rulings and ...


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The rules for how the order of credits is produced is very long and convoluted. They also vary from show to show, so for any one "rule of thumb" it's almost guaranteed you can find an exception on the air right now on some channel. The basic guidelines that most shows follow most of the time are drawn from the rules for the various industry guilds. In the ...


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From an interview with James Earl Jones (2008): Q: How come you didn’t take a credit for Darth Vader’s voiceover in the first “Star Wars”? The first two. You know the story, don’t you? When Linda Blair did the girl in “The Exorcist,” they hired Mercedes McCambridge to do the voice of the devil coming out of her. And there was controversy as ...


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My best answer comes from an answer that was given to this same question in 2006: Adult Myers is introduced in the screenplay as a shape jumping on the back of Marion's car. Therefore, for script consistency, the term was used for the rest of the draft and eventually the series. Also, there is further explanation and links to the script here. ...


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In the USA, this is governed by the agreements of the Director's Guild of America. Their basic agreement states in section 8-201 that: No other credit shall appear on the card which accords credit to the Director of the film. Such credit shall be on the last title card appearing prior to principal photography. This convention even appears to cover ...


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Answer: Sometimes. The Same: This is the MCU one (Iron-Man through Iron-Man 3 (excluding the Hulk)) and is also used in such films as the Blade trilogy, Spider-man trilogy, Daredevil (2004), X-Men franchise, and Man-Thing. And this is the new one introduced with Thor 2: The Dark World and continues for all current MCU ...


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I think Neeson was indeed Ra's Al Ghul, and that the credits were only that way because that was how they would be listed on IMDb - if their true roles had been listed then the big surprise would be revealed before the film opened. This is similar to Marion Cotillard's character being listed on IMDb as Talia Al Ghul a year before TDKR opened (the listing was ...


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Closing credits are not entirely there for the audience, although I have a few friends that work in the movie industry and it's cool to see their names scroll by at the end of a movie. The ones that you see for electricians, gaffers, best boy, etc., are part of the film crew. It's an acknowledgement that without those people, the film would not have been ...


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The Screen Actor's Guild sets certain required pay scales for actors. In some cases actors will agree to pay adjustments or a lack of credit as a favor to a friend directing the film (Robin Williams in Baron Munchausen) or just to have the chance to cameo in the film for fun. In some cases an actor won't be billed so as not to spoil a surprise. Lately the ...


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According to this article. I guess they just wanted a simple name, that wouldn't draw too much attention. The original proposal was to credit the fictional "Al Smith", but that was deemed too common a name, and in fact was already in use within the film industry. The last name was first changed to "Smithe," then "Smithee,"1 which was thought to be ...


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In addition to the other answers, I find credits useful for many things. When I hear a great song in a movie, I rely on the end credits to tell me the name of the song, the artist who performed it, and maybe even the title of the album. End credits often tell me the locations where the movie was shot, and how many crews were used. New Zealand Crew, US ...


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IMDB page for the movie's trivia lists that:The film is dedicated to late musician Johnny Ramone, who introduced Nicolas Cage to Robin Hardy's original The Wicker Man.


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One of the earliest, if not the first such announcements was "All in the Family was recorded on tape before a live audience" from 1971. According to Michael Tueth's Laughter In The Living Room (2005), one of the earliest American sitcoms to broadcast live was I Love Lucy (1951 – 1957). For personal reasons, Lucy Ball wanted to produce the programme from ...


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According to the IMDb, it is the only episode so far: Unlike in any previous episode, there is a 'stinger' scene, ie. after the end credits are completely over. Update: After this epsiode, there was another season 5 episode with a stinger scene: S05E08 From the IMDb: Just like in the season premiere, there is a 'stinger' scene (actually ...



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