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Mar
12
comment Unrelated Cast Songs for the Credits
@vastra360: Do you have any examples?
Feb
12
comment First use of on-screen text messages, like in Sherlock and House of Cards
Thanks. The article says of House of Cards: David Fincher, who directed the first two episodes of the show, decided that he wanted the texts to appear almost as text bubbles with a pale blue or gray background, depending on who was sending the message, as opposed to showing close-ups of phones. After he proposed the caption idea, Mr. Willimon showed him some clips from "Sherlock," which depicts texts on screen as white subtitles in a Helvetica font, and asked "Is this what you had in mind?" Mr. Fincher "was a bit bummed that it had been done before," he says. "But good ideas are good ideas."
Oct
14
comment What is the first instance of people filing a petition against casting a character?
The website danielcraigisnotbond.com dates from at least September 2006 when it said: "So keep those emails going, sign the petitions, and BOYCOTT this movie!" wayback.archive.org/web/20060901174939/http://… // They linked to the KeepPierceOnAsBond Yahoo group which started in October 2004: wayback.archive.org/web/20060831202957/http://…
May
17
comment Where did flatlining come from?
QI is entertaining but isn't always right.
May
6
comment How is naming done in MI6?
Yes, appears to be just to be a personally assigned number to go along with the 00.
Apr
27
comment Which film has the most direct sequels/prequels?
14 in total. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes_(1939_film_series)
Apr
24
comment What is the most repeated programme on British telly?
This is interesting but doesn't answer the question: what's the most repeated single episode of a television series? Perhaps it'll be an episode from your lists, particularly one that didn't have many series (so each episode has been shown more times).
Apr
17
comment Origin of “knife to a gunfight” quote
@poepje: The Ngram chart, with zero results before 1987, suggests it wasn't a common expression before The Untouchables (1987).
Apr
17
comment Origin of “knife to a gunfight” quote
@poepje: Yes, that's why the 1732 quote is a comment and not in my answer.
Feb
13
comment Has swearing always been part of Hollywood movies?
This is also probably a duplicate of: movies.stackexchange.com/a/2463/386
Feb
13
comment Has swearing always been part of Hollywood movies?
People swear in real life. Films reflect real life. Swearing makes things more dramatic. Films are dramatic.
Feb
6
comment First use of on-screen text messages, like in Sherlock and House of Cards
@Dan: Well, it's certainly similar -- avoiding showing a "boring" phone or letter to keep the story moving forward. I think it's somehow different with an SMS, short by definition, that pops up on screen almost as if your television screen is the mobile (somehow like second screens and all that).
Dec
5
comment What was the first case of a celebrity playing a fictionalized version of her/himself?
Love and Baseball (1914), NYT: "Legendary baseball player Christy Mathewson played "himself" in the Bison two-reeler Love and Baseball." / 1914 paper's account of the story.
Dec
5
comment What was the first case of a celebrity playing a fictionalized version of her/himself?
Heading Home (1920) stars Babe Ruth as a fictional version of himself. Wikipedia: "It attempts to create a mythology surrounding the life of baseball player Babe Ruth... Ruth stars in the film, playing himself, but the details of his life are completely fictionalized." IMDb: "The "true story" of baseball great Babe Ruth; Ruth plays himself." ... "If this is the "true story" of Babe Ruth, then I am a Llama!" Watch online
Dec
5
comment What was the first case of a celebrity playing a fictionalized version of her/himself?
Likewise, Frank "Home Run" Baker played the leading role in Home Run Baker's Double (1914). Here's an account of the 'photoplay', and it certainly sounds like a fictional story of a baseball player, his doppelganger and some crooks.
Dec
5
comment What was the first case of a celebrity playing a fictionalized version of her/himself?
Hal Chase's role in Hal Chase's Home Run (1911) was more than a cameo :) "... in which the leading role is played by the famous First Baseman and Manager of the New York American Leage Team..."
Sep
26
comment What was the first film to have a fight on top of a moving train?
And the first narrative film: filmsite.org/grea.html
Sep
2
comment How did Sherlock survive the fall?
@NiceOrc: Barts hospital has no A&E (sources: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Bartholomew's_Hospital / bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk/for-patients-and-visitors/… ), but it's not only labs, and not implausible there was an ambulance crew nearby.
Aug
29
comment What was the first movie to introduce “blue wire or red wire” bomb disposal?
From Juggernaut's subtitles: "On no account cut the red wire before isolating the relay contacts."
Aug
29
comment What was the first movie to introduce “blue wire or red wire” bomb disposal?
Another Time, Another Place (1958) has a bomb disposal scene. But it's a black and white film with no mention of the colours, and the sapper just cuts some insulation then four wires separately.