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Do actors get paid more to do their own stunts?

There are several actors who are known for doing their own stunts. Generally speaking, is it an industry convention to pay actors "bonuses" for performing their own stunts?
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What is the relationship between theaters and film distribution?

I've always been a little confused at "big screen" film distribution so I thought I would ask here. How do movie theaters relate to one another in terms of what films they can show and their ...
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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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How do studios decide which movie (classic) to release on Blu-ray?

Consider the examples of The Odessa File (1974) and The Day of the Jackal (1973). They are both classics based on novels by Frederick Forsyth and released at around the same time. The Day of the ...
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Is there a way to find out about Movie/TV Budgets?

Is there a way to find out what the official budget of a Movie or TV show is? I'm aware that Box Office Mojo is a fairly reliable resource to find the estimated gross of a movie, but I haven't come ...
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Who was the youngest Executive Producer?

I was reading an article from Deadline stating that the teenage Stranger Things actor, Gaten Matarazzo will executive produce a new 'hidden-camera prank' TV series for Netflix. Gaten Matarazzo is 16 ...
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Is there a name for Robin Williams' style of physical comedy?

I'm sure all film fans were deeply saddened by the recent death of Robin Williams. In obvious tribute, News outlets and internet sites are broadcasting clips of his finest works, and videos of his ...
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Is there a specific flag that should be raised when filming a boat scene with a pirate flag flying?

Since flying a pirate flag in open waters would likely attract a "shoot first and ask questions later" response, I was wondering if there is a maritime flag that should be flown when you are using a ...
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Is Hamilton the biggest film acquisition in history?

Coming from an article at Deadline with the headline, Disney Paid $75 Million For Worldwide Movie Rights To Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’; Biggest Film Acquisition Deal Ever? and then goes onto to ...
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What is the bit-depth of a movie played in the movie theater?

I was trying to search this up, as I had no idea if they played a RAW video, with no color compression, or something like 10-bit color-depth?
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Why are electricians listed in the closing credits?

The closing credits in a full length movie can seemingly go on for ages, or at least 10 minutes or more after the actual film has ended. I realize that modern movies requires a lot of professional ...
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Is there any censorship board present for films and TV shows for Hollywood?

There is Censor Board for films produced in India. It assigns certifications to films, television shows, television ads, and publications for exhibition, sale or hire in India. Films can be publicly ...
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The mark on top right

Sometimes when I watch movies I notice a mark ( circle ) that shows for less than a second on the top right corner of the many movies. I wonder what is that and why they have it?
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What is the most loss suffered by a Hollywood movie?

What Hollywood movie has lost the most money ever? How much did it lose? Is the answer different if you adjust for the value of money over time?
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Why do people tap the back of cameras during filming?

At 58 min 49s, the video above shows on-set footage of a film crew. (Link is setup to start playing from there.) For a few seconds, it shows people following the camera and repeatedly tapping the ...
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Why do cable and TV have watermarks on their programming?

When I first got Cable TV I noted that most programs had an intrusive logo on the top or bottom corners that distract from the movie watching. In time I canceled my subscription as I didn't see why I ...
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Why do some trailers contain scenes that aren't in the movie? [duplicate]

I'm an avid watcher of trailers. I watch trailers over and over again. I even watch trailers of movies that I don't plan on watching. But sometimes, I notice that some trailers contain some ...
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Why do actors often play their last scene on a movie on their first day of filming?

I am not even sure this is the case, but it did happen to Lena Headey in 300 and in this interview (9:30) Ethan Hawke and Keira Knightley agree that it is something that happens all the time, namely ...
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Customs and decisions on putting bloopers in end credits

Who decides whether to put bloopers in end credits? I sort of feel like any comedy should pepper the end credits with bloopers, gags, or outtakes. I love them. Is there an industry view on the ...
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Do different major Hollywood studios have distinctive styles or signature elements in their filmmaking?

Do film experts, critics, industry insiders, etc recognise and discuss signature styles or elements between major Hollywood studios? Along the lines of... "This is a very typical Universal film, in ...
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Children actors in R-Rated films [duplicate]

When a children appear in a movie that has a scene or two depicting sexuality (R rated material), is it the norm to let these children know what kind of movie they are participating in? Or are they ...
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Why are many movies still filmed using the "scope" aspect ratio (2.39:1) despite film no longer being widely-used?

Question: Today, in the cinema industry, pretty much all theaters use digital projectors for exhibition. D-Cinema standard calls for the 2K chips (most widely-used) to have 2048x1080 resolution; ...
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Which people get paid in Million Dollar Listing?

The reality TV series Million Dollar Listing shows a lot of people: the main real estate agents agents that they negotiate with agents who come to their open houses real estate developers clients and ...
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Why are people playing police officers not arrested?

In a film or TV series there are often people playing police officers, quite often on set where members of the public can see them. Wouldn't this fall foul of the 'impersonating a police officer' law?...
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How do they decide what/who gets nominated at the Oscars?

I watched Zero Dark Thirty last night and I have to say, I didn't expect the movie to be nominated as one of best pictures of 2012. Some of the flicks I was expecting were, The Hobbit Django ...
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Has there been a breakthrough in film technology for television?

I've been binge watching Season 2 of The Crown and Godless, both on Netflix, via an fourth gen Apple TV and a very average Vizio 50" 1080p LCD television. I'm a visual artist by trade, and I can't ...
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What does the new PGA guidelines on sexual harassment state?

I just saw this tweet from Rebbeca Keegan... What is this new policy and what does it state? I mean sexual harassment was never allowed in Hollywood in the first place (... because its illegal) ...
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How do they count box-office grosses so fast?

The reporting of movie grosses is very fast, even all over the world. How do they do this?
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Series vs. serial

As I learned from Wikipedia and some other sites/forums, there is a difference between series and serials: A series contains the same characters throughout, but each episode is a different story. So, ...
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Why are superhero animated movies not made with the same level of graphics as pre-rendered videogame cutscenes?

I've played some superhero games like the Batman: Arkham series and I've noticed that the pre-rendered cutscenes (to be distinguished from real-time cutscenes) are really good. So much good that I've ...
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What is the budget of a typical modern B-movie?

B movies are generally considered to be low budget films without the greatest production values. But where is the line in the sand that divides a B-movie from its richer brethren? (Also, who draws ...
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Is there a website with stats on male versus female leading roles in movies?

In Hollywood, are there more main roles for male actors than female (actresses)? Are there generally more roles for male actors than female (not just leading ones)? It probably depends on the genre. ...
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Has an actor ever been uncredited to keep their face secret?

In the 2019 show The Mandalorian, it is a recurring theme that the protagonist never takes his helmet off in front of others. But since we know who the actor is, anyone can just google his name and ...
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History of show times prior to release date

My recollection is that movies are not shown to the general public until their release date. I remember going to midnight screenings of highly anticipated movies when I was younger. My wife just got ...
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How do they decide Blu-ray/DVD release date?

I think my question is different from this. Some movies' productions release Blu-ray/DVD so early after theatrical release, others will take time. How do they decide for the Blu-ray/DVD release date?
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Why are there so many Shark based monster movies these days?

Other than Jaws and maybe that movie with LL Cool J and Samuel L Jackson, I can't really think of many shark monster/horror movies. But suddenly it seems to me that there is a new shark monster movie ...
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Is there any common/regular business model for film production companies?

I noticed that there're more than 500 movies released every year in US. But very few of them can be really successful. How do those worse ones make money? What is their business model?
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Copyrighted Filming Techniques

The first Matrix film had the bullet time sequence, and people will most likely associate that technique with the movie. Research into bullet time shows that it was used long before The Matrix (...
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If there is nudity in a movie, do actors have to show their bodies in casting too?

If there is nudity in a show or movie, will the producers/casting directors want to see the actors nude in casting? I guess to "see the merchandise", so to speak?
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TIFF has existed since 1976 and has premiered 11 films that went on to get Oscars, but all of them were after 1998. Why is that?

It is acknowledged that the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) used to be called "Festival of Festivals" before it became called TIFF in 1994. But it existed with the previous name since 1976. ...
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How much is a director responsible for? [closed]

I have heard lots of complaints about the recent Star Wars trilogy focusing on the directors. The first that it was a retread. The second that it tried too hard to subvert expectations. The third that ...
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Why do so many movie advertisements mention "Only in Theaters"?

I've noticed that advertisements for films and film-related merchandise in the USA that relate to films that are in theaters will almost always include the phrase "Only in Theaters" somewhere, often ...
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Why can't movies be released in homes? [closed]

I wonder if there is such a system where by people can enjoy movies sitting at their homes.This is can prove beneficial for both movie makers and their team as a business point of view as well as ...
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Are there other film collections like the Criterion collection?

Are there other curated film collections like the Criterion collection?
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Why is Atlanta Georgia becoming the new Hollywood?

I have been noticing more and more that a lot of movies have been filmed in Atlanta Georgia and that many still continue to be filmed there. Is the city just becoming even more popular than usual or ...
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When was the first adult film ever made?

I was curious if anyone happens to maybe know when the first adult porno video was made on record? I was wondering how that might come about and what was the idea backing it versus how it is now?
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What is the name for a film that sets up another film?

TL;DR - is there any specific, one-word, film-specific name for films that are feature-length but don't have a specific ending? Traditionally, films are said to have three parts- a beginning, a ...
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What is the Film Partnership in Britain?

Could anyone explain and help me understand what the "Film Partnership" is in Britain, preferably using colloquial language? Anything that relates to the Eclipse 35 Film Partners Scheme would also be ...
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Confused About Translators' Philosophy When They Create Subtitles And Dubbing For Movies

I cannot figure out why some translators change the meaning of characters' lines via the subtitles and the audio dubbing. Sometimes humor is removed. Sometimes they change the meaning of what the ...
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Is it possible to get an A-lister into a big-budget movie without anybody knowing?

Could a studio realistically disguise until the premiere the presence of an A-list actor in a small but non-trivial part in a movie they would not be expected to be involved in? Presumably if they're ...