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The source or first usage of an idea used in a movie or television show.

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Are Transformers robots?

After watching Bumblebee, this question arise in my mind. What are these Transformers? Are they some post-biological species or a different species all together? In the movies, the way they are ...
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Why does Lucille Bluth's family call her “Gangie”?

In Arrested Development, Maeby and George Michael refer to Lucille as "Gangie". The other family members do this too, but usually only when speaking about her to Maeby or George Michael. So this ...
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Origin of on-screen location sound in spy movies

In spy movies, there are often sequences showing an overview of the ocean or a city, with a location like "SOUTH PACIFIC SEA" being written, letter by letter (often uppercase / fixed width / green / ...
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Has the authenticity of the Raiders story conference transcript ever been determined?

Many years ago I stumbled across the Raiders Of The Lost Ark story conference transcript on a film review website. Supposedly this is a typed transcript of several audio-taped story conferences ...
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Were the 1934 St Louis Cardinals Team the Inspiration for Daffy Duck?

The following commentator writes: Historical baseball discoveries: Dazzy Vance was amazing. The '34 Cardinals had Dizzy Dean, Daffy Dean, Dazzy Vance and Ducky Medwick. Now we know ...
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Is there a source for the “Kleebob card game” gag George Burns used?

Many of the gags used in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show had their roots in Vaudeville and were from their routines or even routines their friends did. In their very first episode on TV, The ...
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Which movie first did the chase sequence/pane of glass gag?

There's a common gag/cliche/trope/whatever in chase sequences in movies/tv/cartoons where two people are carrying a window/mirror/pane of glass across a road that gets smashed during the chase. In ...
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What defined the Alien- & UFO sterotypes? [closed]

What movie/series or who has defined sterotypes like: Aliens are gray UFOs are some kind of disk UFOs pick up cows with a beam and the list goes on but you probably know what I mean.
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About the phrase Balian has in his workshop

There is a quote in Kingdom of Heaven, when Balian explains to Liam Neeson's character the meaning of a phrase he has carved in wood in his workshop. He says the meaning is "What man is a man who ...
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From which movies does the stereotypical b/w film noir voice-over introduction originate?

When doing stereotypical film noir style stories they always have the hard boiled black and white detective narrating to himself with smooth jazz playing while it is raining, like in the first minute ...
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Why is Los Angeles targeted for destruction so often in Hollywood movies?

One of my favourite types of films are ones where some form of cataclysm occurs (morbid I know). But one thing I have noticed in many films is the destruction of the city of Los Angeles (sometimes ...
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Why do criminals whistle after doing something?

There's an old tradition in cartoons and comedies: criminals (mostly thieves) and bullies often whistle some tunes after doing something bad or when they are likely to be detected by police or guards. ...
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See you on the other side

The sentence "See you on the other side." is often used in movies and series, for example Lost, Jason Bourne movies and many others. Is this a reference to an old movie? Or is it just a common phrase ...
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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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Supernatural Episode inspiration for Once Upon a Time

Is the episode Bedtime Stories from Supernatural the inspiration for the plot structure of the series Once Upon a Time?
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Are Star-Lord's final words a reference to something else?

After watching Guardians of the Galaxy and Peter Quill's final words: What should we do next? Something good? Something bad? A bit of both? a friend of mine meant that he thinks to know this quote ...
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Where does the “One of us! One of us!” chant originate?

I've seen the chant "One of us! One of us!" parodied in both South Park and Big Bang Theory. Where does it come from? Is "Gibble Gobble Gibble Gobble" (added by South Park) part of the original ...
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What's the origin of “Choose life” phrase?

The question can sound banal because everyone would say "Trainspotting", but I am just watching a late-soviet movie from 1987 called "Burglar" and I noticed a man in the crowd with a t-shirt with ...
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Origin of the phrase “You're either very brave, or very stupid”

You're either very brave, or very stupid It's a common as dirt line from basically every action or drama movie ever, some examples from the top of my head would be Spooks S05E08- Agenda, Star Trek ...
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The origin of the loss of the Fourth Wall?

"The Fourth Wall", for the uninitiated, is the wall that separates the movie from the audience, allowing the audience to be spectators to the events depicted. Famously, the Fourth Wall was demolished ...
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Who really is “the meanest motherfucker in the valley”?

In Renny Harlin's 1999 Deep Blue Sea LL Cool J gives a great badass interpretation of the classic 23rd Psalm of the old testament: Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I ...
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The three note danger idiom

There is a three note idiom that has appeared in SEVERAL theatrical releases (comedies) recently that indicates danger. I do not know the notes, but it goes "dum dum DUM", and the viewer knows ...
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What are the origins of the name 'Malekith'?

In Thor - the Dark World Malekith is the leader of the Dark Elves. The film obviously derives from the Marvel universe. I also play a lot of tabletop wargames and I know Malekith is also a character ...
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Does Kanima's mythology match any historical stories/works or is it only written for Teen Wolf?

In Teen Wolf Season 2, a new creature called a Kanima appears, which is a part of the major plot line. My question is, is this Kanima creature all made up for the Teen wolf series, or is it inspired ...
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Is this quote originally from The Dark Knight?

You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. Now I'm fairly certain I've been saying that line for at least ten years, don't know where I heard it, but now someone ...
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What's the origin of the quote “You da man, Harry. You da man.”?

I'm sure it's from a film, and I'm fairly sure it's sort-of said under the breath, in a respectful manner - for example as though the subject, Harry is out of earshot anyway. (Similar to the bit at ...
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What is the origin of Harem Anime?

We have all probably watched Harem Anime at one time or another. Harem Anime is comprised of the following concepts: akward, underconfident or extremely hard headed boy lots of girls that want him, ...
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Origin of “knife to a gunfight” quote

I hope this question isn't too tirivial, but in The Punisher Harry Heck says to Frank You are one dumb son of a bitch. Bringing a knife to a gunfight. right before Frank kills him making said ...