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Why was a body double for Fredo used in this scene?

At 36:38 in The Godfather, Fredo and Michael arrive at the casino for the meeting with Mo Greene. I've seen that scene (and movie) tens of times before I notice that it's not John Cazale who gets out ...
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Is computer animation becoming cheaper?

Kung Fu Panda 4's budget is less than 60% of the last one. Is this partially due to animation becoming cheaper? I'm sure there could be other factors, like if they didn’t expect to make as much and ...
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Did Louis Gossett Jr. and Eddie Murphy break the fourth wall in this Season 8 SNL skit?

The caption for the SNL video Black Stereotype Sketch reads: Louis Gossett Jr. and Eddie Murphy refuse to continue a stereotypical black father/son sketch and confront the writer saying they loved ...
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Why did the Jack Ryan series switch from subtitles to all-English?

In the first two seasons of Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime, a lot of the dialogue was in foreign languages such as Arabic, Spanish, and German, with subtitles. In the last two seasons, even though there ...
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How was Star Trek (original series) reformatted for 16:9 presentation?

Star Trek (original series) was produced for North American television in the 1960s, which used a 4:3 frame format. There are HD digital remasters which fill a 16:9 HD frame. How were they re-framed? ...
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Why was the production of the animated TV series "Invincible" suspended?

The first season of Invincible (TV series) had eight episodes. The second season had only four episodes, and the story ended inconclusively. Why was the production of the animated TV series Invincible ...
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What are the international releases and language versions of "Richard Deacon - In Between"?

According to the Amazon page of Richard Deacon - In Between, this movie, produced in Germany, is available in English and German, where specifically the original track is in English and there's a ...
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Why was there never a segment for the number one in the Pinball Number Count?

Pinball Number Count is an animated segment featured in Sesame Street, in which a ball rolls around a pinball machine, during which we hear several counts from one to twelve, as well as call outs of ...
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How would you credit people who gave writing suggestions but did not actually participate in writing? [closed]

I am participating in an amateur short movie project, and we had several online meetings to discuss all the various aspects of it, including the plot. The script was basically written by me and the ...
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Why do some Chinese shows avoid using real toponyms?

While watching the 2023 Chinese tv adaptation of Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem with English subtitles, I noticed a peculiarity: Instead of using actual place names, the show appears to use ...
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Where do the fragments at the end of Barbie come from?

At the end of Barbie, when Barbie meets Ruth, she is shown a number of fragments of what seem to be home movies. Are they indeed fragments of existing home movies? If so, where do they come from?
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Does Friday the 13th have the highest box office to budget ratio?

From the Wikipedia article of the film: Budget: $550,000 Box office: $59.8 million The ratio here is about 50x Are there any other films with a higher ratio?
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Words or text rolling over the action in beginning of films

Is there a name for the rolling text, sometimes a prologue, in mid 20th c. movies? Often in westerns one would see on the screen a wagon train or stagecoach from above, with an intro or explanation in ...
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Who was the intended audience for Dora and the Lost City of Gold?

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) was written to be significantly different in style from the original animated series. It contained more adult orientated humor and scenes of peril, and it made ...
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Producer Vs Executive Producer

It is has always been confusing to me, and I believe that I have the right to be confused. In Arabic, we refer to the Executive Producer as the one who executes what the main producer wants. In ...
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Were these two actors in Bullet Train filmed separately?

I was watching Bullet Train and I noticed something very odd in the final scenes. Spoilers ahead. In the final scenes where Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock something seemed off to me... Like they were ...
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About the chosen songs and music of Movies [closed]

If you pay attention on chosen songs of a movie, series, etc... you will realize that the whole set of songs aren't random, despite the fact that you may not perceive while you are watching the whole ...
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How often do localized versions of movies localize shots?

When a movie is released internationally, it is not unbeknown to localize credits and title sequences (on top of the must-dos — localizing audio and, often, subtitles). But The NeverEnding Story takes ...
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How common is product placement in movies?

Product placement has existed in movies for a very long time (as this previous question illustrates). There are even some widely believed rules associated with it like the widely believed idea that ...
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What would be the last decade in the US that wide release movies would be shot, edited and released on film?

It is my understanding that movies started out being shot, edited and released on film - then advances in technology slowly allowed for digital editing, digital releases and then movies shot on ...
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Is it realistic for an actor to act in four movies in six months?

Watching Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which, as I understand it, is mostly a pretty realistic portrayal of Hollywood in 1969. One thing that doesn't feel right, though: the part where the actor is ...
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Cases where voice actor reprises role in live-action adaptation [closed]

Aside from anime and the examples listed below, what instances have there been of voice actors reprising their roles in live-action adaptations? (For anime, see this post.) Patton Oswalt voices ...
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Which scenes of Top Gun: Maverick included actual aerial footage and which are VFX?

Questions I am looking to learn which scenes (starting from when through when) included footage of airplane physics that were not actually shot, but done in VFX including CGI. Even more so, I am ...
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Difference between guest star and special guest star [duplicate]

What's the difference between the 2 roles in TV credits, I noticed that the special is given to a more famous player, is it true? Is there a definitive answer?
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Why did Disney go from colour to black-and-white cartoons in the same year (1934)?

Disney's The Wise Little Hen was released in 1934. It's in full, nice colour. But Donald's next appearance, or at least the first time he is more like Donald Duck as we know him, is in Orphan's ...
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Is NYC taxi cab number 86Z5 reserved for filming?

I was just watching Jessica Jones and noticed the cab she was riding in was number 86Z5. Immediately afterwards I watched an episode of The Leftovers set in NYC, and one of the characters also hailed ...
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What's the difference between a concept artist and a concept designer?

What's the difference between a concept artist and a concept designer? Do concept designer have to also be artists, or can they just design something and give a written form of what they had in mind ...
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Why is the recap sequence of a TV series sometimes slightly different from the original material?

I have noticed that the recap sequence ("Previously...") is sometimes different in subtle ways. The actors use slightly different words. It's almost the same material overall. It's like the ...
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Rationale for using working title on clappers during production

I'm aware that many movies, especially large-budget films, are developed under working titles, such as "Ebb Tide" for Jurassic World." or "Red Cup" for Solo. The Wikipedia ...
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Why did they choose green lighting for the lounge shootout in John Wick 3?

During the lounge shootout in John Wick 3, the lounge is lit in green, as shown here: Was this intended to be a homage to The Matrix? If not, then why was green lighting chosen for this scene?
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What exactly is a “European style of single-source lighting, which involved the use of incense burners?”

Was reading the Wikipedia article on the movie Fame (1980) and came across this line in the “Filming” section; bold emphasis is mine: “During filming, the crew and several cast members objected to ...
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Was there an Australian version of the movie "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"? [closed]

I'm pretty sure the premise of two firemen pretending to be gay to get their proper pension benefits was the main premise of both I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and some Australian movie. The ...
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Why don’t second unit directors tend to become full-fledged directors?

The wikipedia page on second units lists very few second unit directors who have gone on to have full-fledged directorial careers: Second unit directors who have gone on to become full-fledged film ...
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Chimpanzees in Hollywood? When did it become unethical?

I recently took the time to re-watch Sunset Boulevard (1950). Thanks to this question for reminding me of it: biggest age gap between romantic leads . I'll try to refrain from gushing about how great ...
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Did Star Trek: Picard get new writers for Season 2?

The tone, substance, and quality of the second season of Star Trek: Picard seem vastly different than season one. I understand that there are people out there who view this as an improvement, but my ...
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Is there a reliable source for the strapline of The Sabrina the Teenage Witch Show being what Wikipedia reports?

Wikipedia reports that the strapline of The Sabrina the Teenage Witch Show is: Once upon a time, there were three witches, who lived in the little town of Riverdale. Two aunts, Hilda and Zelda, are ...
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Machine Gun Use in Rambo IV

Rambo IV (2008) (titled Rambo in the US) has a scene towards the end of the film in which Rambo uses a powerful 0.50 caliber machine gun (it is the turret of a car). My question is: How do the ...
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Why is the swordfight in The Princess Bride so good?

Why did the filmmakers go to the trouble, and how did they do it? There are plenty of movies that get by with lackluster combat. (Some of the Monte Cristo adaptations are pretty funny in that respect.)...
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Why was Servant filmed in a single location?

Over three seasons, the show Servant takes place almost entirely in a rather large Philadelphia townhome, very rarely venturing outside (and then almost always to the street immediately outside the ...
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Where do production houses find tailors and how much do they cost?

I read that costumes, including suits and dresses, are custom tailored for big studio productions. By that I assume they mean bespoke tailoring where a pattern is created and adjusted to a particular ...
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Why is the video game footage "re-created" (badly) in the AVGN movie?

In Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, there are some segments where old NES video game footage is shown. However, unlike in the episodes in the YouTube video series, they for some reason have not used ...
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How do movies & films determine what to put in their sex scenes?

On a superficial level, sex sells, but someone is deciding what to put in these scenes. How do they decide? Has someone gone out and done marketing studies to figure out exactly how much nudity to put ...
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Crossover episodes that have title cards for both series? [closed]

Usually a crossover episode is clearly a Series A episode with a plot that includes visiting Series B characters. Are there any cases where a crossover episode is a mainline numbered episode of both ...
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Which TV shows had the longest gaps between seasons? And why? [closed]

I'm trying to find a comprehensive list of shows with extremely long gaps between seasons, but most only include very recent shows with maybe a two-year gap at most. I'm wondering about much longer ...
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Was "My People, My Country" financed by the state?

"My People, My Country" is a Chinese movie from 2019, created to commemorate the 70 years from the founding of the People’s Republic. It was the 14th highest grossing Non-English film of all ...
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How are period food wrappers sourced or produced?

When a movie or show is set in, say, the '80s, how are the notably-dated food and drink wrappers/labels found? Does the production team generate them from scratch? Does Frito-Lay keep the designs for ...
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How are movies and TV shows archived?

In computing world, data are archived mainly using tape drives and hard disks with redundancy, but how are TV shows and movie reels preserved? This question talks about the format but what about the ...
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How are busy city scenes like this one filmed?

It's common for films to take place in big cities like New York, Chicago, Seattle, etc. A lot of scenes in these films are set in a highly congested area such as Grand Central Station. I am curious ...
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How were scripts duplicated before 1970?

Before the days of mimeographs and xerox machines, it must have been problematic to duplicate scripts. How was it done before 1970?
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Are multiple scenes filmed at the same time?

Are multiple scenes of shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine filmed at the same time? For example while Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and Gates McFadden are filming ...
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